ONTARIO BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME GALA
The Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame has added four new members.
On Saturday, October 30th, Bob Bain, Andrea Blackwell, Laurentian Lady Vees (1974-1975) and Hazel Miner were inducted as members of the Hall of Fame Class of 2010 at the Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame Gala Dinner at the Holiday Inn and Suites Toronto-Markham. The Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame honours individuals and teams who have attained extraordinary achievement in, or who have given distinguished service to, the sport of basketball in Ontario. The 2010 inductees join 30 individuals that have been previously inducted.
Bob Bain enters the Hall of Fame as a 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.
Andrea Blackwell becomes the 15th individual to enter the Hall of Fame as an athlete. 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.
The induction of the Laurentian Lady Vees (1974-1975) marks the first time a team has ever been inducted into the Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame. 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 only member of the 2010 class to enter as a builder was Hazel Miner. Described as a tireless worker and a dynamic personality, Miner has been a pioneer for women’s basketball beginning in the 1970s. 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.
The evening also featured a special partner recognition award given to Humber Athletics. The award is given to a partner that best exemplifies dedication to development and a commitment to excellence in basketball. Humber Athletics was recognized for their contributions to Ontario Basketball’s elite programs and their work as the host facility for the 2010 and 2011 National Championships.
Four athletes also received awards at the gala event. Kia Nurse (U15) and Kelly Van Leeuwen (U17) were named the Hazel Miner award winners, and Kemar Alleyne (U15) and Agunwa Okolie (U17) were named the James Rose award winners. The Hazel Miner and James Rose awards are given to athletes that are members of Team Ontario and uphold the finest qualities of sport in their pursuit of athletic excellence.
Ontario Basketball began the evening by awarding eight individuals an Ontario Basketball Recognition Award. Royal Church, Mary Collinson, Dave Cutler, Jobina D’Aloisio, Tom Ellison, Joanne Jackson, Mike Pink, and Brent Scowen were all recognized for making an outstanding contribution to the development and health of basketball.
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