The Halton Hills Sports Museum is looking for athletes, teams or builders worthy of being inducted into the annual Halton Hills Sports Museum Hall of Fame in 2018.
The museum, located in the Mold-Masters SportsPlex, is seeking nominees for the gala induction ceremony on Thursday, June 21 at the John Elliott Theatre in Georgetown.


Tickets for the gala are $30 each. The evening begins with a reception at 6 p.m. and the formal awards ceremony begins at 7 p.m.
THE ESQUESING HISTORICAL SOCIETY VISITED THE HALTON HILLS SPORTS MUSEUM TO HEAR ABOUT GEORGETOWN'S HOCKEY HERITAGE FROM THE HOCKEY EXPERTS BELOW:  LEFT TO RIGHT, DAVE KENTNER, FINN POULSTRUP AND BRYAN LEWIS.
FOLLOWING THE PRESENTATIONS, SPEAKERS AND MUSEUM VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT CURATOR GLENDA NIXDORF DISPLAYED THE NEW REPLICA SIGN CREATED BY ARTCAST.  BRICKS IN THE BACKGROUND HAVE BEEN REPURPOSED FROM THE GEORGETOWN MEMORIAL ARENA.

IT WAS A WONDERFUL NIGHT OF
 FAMILY AND FRIENDS GETTING TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE THE
 2017 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES


EACH INDUCTEE RECEIVES ONE OF THESE BEAUTIFUL AWARDS DESIGNED AND PRODUCED BY ANDREW KUNTZ OF GLEN WILLIAMS.  


ARRIVING FOR THE RECEPTION:  HUGO DIFFACH AND WIFE BETTY


RACHEL DODS, FINN POULSTRUP, CHAIR OF HALTON HILLS SPORTS MUSEUM AND GLENDA NIXDORF, SECRETARY & VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT CURATOR


FINN POULSTRUP AND SANDY HAWLEY - ONE OF THE
 GREATEST HORSE RIDERS IN CANADA.


KEYNOTE SPEAKER MIKE KNOEPFLI AND LYNETTE KNOEPFLI


INDUCTEE GABY SZANTO (CENTRE) AND FRIENDS


INDUCTEE MICHAEL MITCHELL


INDUCTEE NOREEN ATKINSON AND FATHER GEORGE


INDUCTEE JONATHAN CORNWELL (LEFT) AND GALA CHAIR STEVE FOREMAN


TED AROTT MPP WELLINGTON-HALTON HILLS


ANNE ANDREWS AND DEBBIE BOYCOTT - 2016 INDUCTEE


DANA PITCHER, SPORT KID OF THE MONTH FOR DECEMBER/16
 WITH PARENTS GREIG AND CRYSTAL



JOHN BOYCE, CHAIR OF SELECTION COMMITTEE
 AND JURI KUDRASOVS - 2016 INDUCTEE


PAT GRAHAM - 2009 INDUCTEE


HADDY SMEDEMA - 2010 INDUCTEE AND SON


HALTON HILLS SPORTS MUSEUM
 HALL OF FAME

 WELCOMES 5 NEW INDUCTEES ON JUNE 22, 2017
 AT THE JOHN ELLIOTT THEATRE

Keynote Speaker - Mike Knoepfli
Tickets are $30 ea. and are available by contacting Glenda Nixdorf at 905-873-1360 or email info.hhsm@bell.net.
Reception - 6 pm     ~     Awards - 7 pm

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Noreen Atkinson
Forty-five years of umpiring experience from local rural diamonds to world championships, and Atkinson still witnesses plays she’s never seen before or comes across situations that aren’t covered by the rule book.
An elite-level catcher as a youth, she was recruited at age 12 to work Kinsmen Girls’ Softball League games. Atkinson soon moved up to the Georgetown Men’s Industrial League and worked her way through the ranks to become a Softball Canada Level 5 official, later achieving International Softball Federation certification.
She participated in several Canadian championships as both an umpire and supervisor.
The 56-year-old holds a master’s degree in education and officiated at international tournaments including the 2007 Jr. Women’s World Championship in the Netherlands, the 2012 Women’s World Championship in the Yukon, and the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.
Atkinson received the Jim Bradford Memorial Award in 2008 as the Ontario-based umpire who best exemplifies the characteristics of leadership, an educator and evaluator.
She was also a member of the Softball Canada’s Officials Development Committee (ODC) and continues to conduct umpire clinics locally and around the GTA.
Jonathan Cornwell
Whether it was on the road, ice, dirt or short track, the 55-year-old Cornwell’s prowess on two wheels is directly attributed to a strong family tradition of riding motorcycles.
The Kingston, Ont. native’s grandfather rode British bikes following the Second World War and his father Norm, a mechanical engineer who died when Jon was just 17, instilled in him a deep passion for racing and a knowledge of how the machines worked.
Inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2011, Cornwell won several Canadian championships in multiple disciplines such as 250cc expert, mostly in the 1980s as a Georgetown resident.
He regularly competed in the U.S., qualifying for four national championships there, and in European spiked-tire ice and endurance events.
Retiring from professional competitive racing in 1994, the GDHS grad joined Swedish suspension manufacturer Ohlins on the World Superbike Circuit, contributing to the victories of several riders.
Cornwell now calls Erin home and works for Ohlins as its U.S. road racing technical manager. He is considered by his peers as one of the most knowledgeable suspension technicians in North America.
Hugo Dittfach
A refugee from East Germany after the Second World War who arrived in Canada with no knowledge of horse racing, Dittfach was working in a Calgary restaurant when a diner suggested that the young busboy had a suitable body type to become a jockey.
Having spent time in a concentration camp in Poland, he burst onto the thoroughbred racing scene in western Canada as an 18-year-old in the mid-1950s, taking on more mounts than any of his competitors before moving to Ontario.
‘Hustlin’ Hugo’ went on to have a 33-year career as a jockey and won more than 4,000 races, highlighted in 1991 when he received the Avelino Gomez Memorial Award for his achievements and contributions to the sport.
His resume´ includes a Queen’s Plate in 1991, five Prince of Wales Stakes’ titles and four Valedictory Stakes’ wins, 4,092 second-place finishes, 6,113 thirds, and $13,506,502 in earnings — working out to $398 per start across 33,905 rides.
Dittfach earned the Sovereign Award in 1975 as Canada’s best jockey and was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1983, ranked 67th among the world’s top jockeys of all.

Michael Mitchell
An all-American and team captain at NCAA Division II West Texas State University, Mitchell has also contributed extensively to the sport of tennis as a builder during his decades-long involvement as a coach and mentor at the university and local levels.
The 56-year-old Sudbury native moved to Georgetown at the age of two and grew up playing on Georgetown’s Gordon Alcott courts. He remains as a coach and mentor with the Halton Hills Tennis Club.
In 1991, Mitchell warmed up against any local youngsters he could find as an amateur in preparation for a match against Canada’s top singles player at the time, Daniel Nestor, whom he led 3-0 at the SunLife men’s national championship before bowing out 6-3, 6-1.
He went on to coach at York University and was named Ontario University Athletics coach of the year three times, guiding the Yeowomen to a provincial championship in 2003 and the men’s squad in 2005, 2007 and 2009.
Mitchell also was appointed head coach for Canada at the World University Games in Serbia in 2009.
Described as an aggressive serve-and-volley player, Mitchell won the Canadian Senior Men’s (over-35) Outdoor Championships doubles’ title in 2000 with partner Alan Trivett of Brampton.
Gaby Szanto


High-jump records began to fall in Szanto’s wake as a teen in her native Hungary and she continues to excel at international Masters competitions in both track and field and sprint canoe/kayak.

She competed for Hungary professionally from 1981-87 and still holds national age group records there, but upon emigrating to Canada in 1989 added hurdles, pole vault, long jump, shot put and pentathlon to her repertoire, winning several Ontario and national medals at the university level.

In 1995, she represented her adopted country in heptathlon in the Canada vs. U.S. combined events competition.

She lists her gold-medal performances in the pole vault at the World Masters Championships in Australia in 2001 and Finland in 2012 as the highlights of her career, while also holding Canadian Masters records in the pole vault, javelin and shot put.

The owner of a PhD in molecular genetics at Trent University, a master’s of science degree in zoology from the University of Guelph, and post-doctoral fellowship in cancer genetics at York University, Szanto began racing in canoe and kayak events in 2012 and within two years won all of her events at the World Masters Games.

She received nine gold medals at Ontario Masters Athletics events in 2014-15 and three times has been named the organization’s athlete of the year.
HALTON HILLS SPORTS MUSEUM
7th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
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 Left to Right - Glenda Nixdorf, Bruce Andrews, Gloria Sinclair, Karen Bajic, Finn Poulstrup


 Left to Right - John Boyce, Ann Andrews

Left to Right - Finn Poulstrup, Bob Hooper

Young Lads enjoying the hockey puzzles.

Kaitlyn Andrews display was unveiled today.


Due to illness Colleen Shields was unable to be at her 2016 Induction Ceremony.  She dropped by the Museum recently to receive her belated award.  


GUESTS ARRIVING FOR RECEPTION


DEBBIE BOYCOTT - INDUCTEE - BUILDER, SPECIAL OLYMPICS RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS

JURI KUDRASOVS - INDUCTEE - ATHLETE, HOCKEY
JOHN BOYCE - CHAIR OF SELECTION COMMITTEE

JIM HALL - INDUCTEE - ATHLETE/BUILDER, WRESTLING
WITH WIFE PATTY

KEYNOTE SPEAKER MIKE HARRIS
WITH CHAIR OF HALTON HILLS SPORTS MUSEUM, FINN POULSTRUP


LEN FISHER AND FAMILY ACCEPTING ON BEHALF OF INDUCTEE BILL FISHER, BUILDER, HOCKEY


 MARCH SPORT KID OF THE MONTH - AUSTIN MEDEIROS WITH FAMILY


SEPTEMBER SPORT KID OF THE MONTH KEIRA SAVIN WITH MOM ANNA



2012 Halton Hills Sports Museum Hall of Fame Inductee
 Bryan Lewis officiated the NHL Alumni Game
 in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 20, 2016
 between Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota North Stars.
  Pictured below with Bryan are the other former NHL Officials
who also participated:
Left to right - Steve Dowling, Ron Foyt, 
Ian Sandercock and Bryan.






The Governor General of Canada, the Right Honourable David Johnston has declared 2015 to be The Year of Sport in Canada.
As part of celebrating the year of sport in Canada, the Halton Hills Sports Museum & Resource Centre would like to start a year-long celebration of young athletes from Halton Hills who do it all – on and off the field. 

Further detail on how you can nominate someone are in the Tab above - "Sport Kid of the Month".

It was a great afternoon of celebrating the Halton Hills Sports Museum's 6th Anniversary with many former Inductees and visitors attending.


Kaitlyn Andrews - 2014 Inducteee & Guest

Kelly & Mark Rowe - Author Of Bats, Balls & Sticks

Mr. & Mrs. Jim Ford - 2007 Inductee

Finn Poulstrup - 2015 Inductee & Chris Collins
 wife of Eustace Collins - 2015 Inductee

Dave & Gerri Kenner - 2014 Inductee

Bob Hooper - 2011 Inductee

Bruce Andrews - 2007 Inductee & Frank Wilson Contributor