ONTARIO BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2010
Every two years, Ontario Basketball opens the Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame for those with outstanding accomplishments in our sport in Ontario. 2010 inductees into the Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame were nominated by their peers and voted on by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee. The categories are athletes, coaches, builders, teams and officials.
This year we are honoured to announce the 2010 Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame class, as follows:
Bob Bain – Coach
As head coach of the York University Lions, Bain amassed nearly 700 victories over the course of his 37-year career. He is a two-time Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Coach of the Year award winner and a nine-time Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Coach of the Year award winner. Under the guidance of Coach Bain, York University captured 11 OUA East Division championships and six OUA championships. Bain was also instrumental in the creation of the technical curriculum for the national coaching certification program.
Andrea Blackwell – Athlete
From Calgary and Kingston to Italy and Greece, Blackwell is one of the most accomplished female basketball players in Canadian history. Selected to the junior women’s national team at age 15, and the senior women’s national team at age 16, Blackwell represented Canada for 17 years and competed in four World Championships and two Olympic Games, capturing fourth place at the 1984 Los Angeles games. Blackwell is a three-time Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union (CIAU) All-Canadian and was named the Nan Copp Most Outstanding Player in Canada for the 1983-1984 season. Blackwell led Bishop’s University to back-to-back national championships in 1982-1983 and 1983-1984.
Laurentian Lady Vees (1974-75) – Team
Undefeated in league and playoff play, the 1974-1975 Laurentian Lady Vees were Laurentian University’s first-ever national championship team. Under the guidance of coaches Norm Vickery and Dr. Sandy Knox, the 1974-1975 Lady Vees also captured the Ontario Women’s Interuniversity Athletic Association (OWIAA) and Canadian Women’s Interuniversity Athletic Union (CWIAU) championships. The team had two athletes named All-Canadians in Anne Hurley-McGrath and Sheila Strike. The team finished the season with an overall record of 25-6, and captured what would be the first of five consecutive national championships.
Hazel Miner – Builder
Described as a tireless worker and a dynamic personality, Miner has been a pioneer for women’s basketball beginning in the 1970s. Beginning with the establishment of the Ottawa Rookies basketball club in 1973 in Ottawa, Miner was pivotal in the development of basketball throughout the province. Miner created the Nepean Amateur Basketball Association, a grassroots organization that remained sustainable for more than 25 years. In addition to her work in Eastern Ontario, Miner was the driving force behind the establishment of Ontario Basketball’s Player Development Program, a training program that has contributed to the development of countless elite athletes. Despite these accomplishments, it is said Miner’s greatest contribution is the immeasurable impact her hard work has had on the lives of thousands of young athletes.
Congratulations goes to all of these outstanding individuals. This year’s field had many qualified and deserving nominees but the contributions of those being inducted in 2010 have been deemed extraordinary.
The Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame Gala will take place on Saturday, October 30, 2010 at the Holiday Inn Markham. The gala serves as a gathering of the basketball community and provides the opportunity to recognize those who have made significant contributions to the sport both past and present. We look forward to spending the evening with you.
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