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HOF

Mission Statement:

The Ontario Squash Hall of Fame was created by Squash Ontario to promote a greater awareness of the history of squash in Ontario by recognizing individuals for their outstanding achievements and exceptional contributions to the game; and to preserve the heritage of the game.

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History

The Ontario Squash Hall of Fame was created in 2005 by Squash Ontario to promote a greater awareness of the history of squash in Ontario by recognizing individuals for their outstanding achievements and exceptional contributions to the game; and to preserve the heritage of the game.

Every sport should have a home for heroes – the individuals who over the years were responsible for the growth and development of the game. We guarantee our future when we honour our past.

Currently there are two categories of recognition. The first is Player and any Ontario resident who has achieved extraordinary success as a competitor in amateur or professional squash is eligible for nomination. Athlete nominees shall not be considered until after a two (2) year waiting period following retirement from major open championship competition. Any athlete and/ or builder who has been inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame is automatically eligible for induction into the Ontario Squash Hall of Fame provided they meet the Ontario residency requirements.

The second category is Builder and any Ontario resident who has made an extraordinary contribution to amateur or professional squash in Ontario other than as an athlete is eligible to be nominated. Builder nominees may be either active or inactive at the time of their consideration. This would include coaches, officials, and volunteers.

Categories of Recognition

There are two categories of recognition. The first is Player and any Ontario resident who has achieved extraordinary success as a competitor in amateur or professional squash is eligible for nomination. Athlete nominees shall not be considered until after a two (2) year waiting period following retirement from major open championship competition. Any athlete and/ or builder who has been inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame is automatically eligible for induction into the Ontario Squash Hall of Fame provided they meet the Ontario residency requirements.

The second category is Builder and this category includes any Ontario resident who has made an extraordinary contribution to the game in a singular role as a volunteer leader, coach or official; or a dual role as an athlete/volunteer leader, athlete/coach or athlete/official.

Special Dates in the Hall’s History

2005 Induction Ceremony: Ian C. Stewart, Jack Fairs, Jim Mason, Susan Swift, Sharif Khan

2007 Induction Ceremony: Jonathon Power, Heather Wallace, Gerry Shugar, Ernest Howard, Anne Smith

2009 Induction Ceremony: Donald Leggat, Barney Lawrence, Tony Swift

2009 Official Opening of the Ontario Squash Hall of Fame, The Club at White Oaks, Niagara-on-the-Lake

2011 Induction Ceremony: Frank Baillie, Gary Waite

2013 Induction Ceremony: Gordon Anderson, Graham Ryding, Peter Hall

2015 Induction Ceremony: Barbara Cooper, Jay Gillespie, Melanie Jans, Mark Sachvie

2017 Induction Ceremony: Robert Brooks, Jim Kenward, Victor Harding

Permanent Home of the Ontario Squash Hall of Fame

White Oaks Resort & Spa

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The Niagara Region has become an international travel destination, and is recognized as one of the world’s finest centres of viticulture. Situated in the heart of this region is White Oaks Resort & Spa which includes The Club at White Oaks.

When Squash Ontario created the Ontario Squash Hall of Fame, its vision was to install the Hall in a permanent home and after an extensive request for proposals program with its member facilities, the Board of Directors unanimously endorsed the selection of The Club at White Oaks. White Oaks has been a long time and passionate supporter of squash in Ontario and in Canada. It has hosted many of the most prestigious provincial, national and international events – it is a beacon of excellence in the Canadian squash community. In 2014, it will play host to the Women’s World Teams Championship.

White Oaks Resort & Spa is the crown jewel of the Niagara Region and this is due in large measure to the attention to detail and vision of excellence of the Wakil family. The Ontario Squash Hall of Fame has found its home at White Oaks.

Ontario Squash Hall of Fame Board of Governors

The Ontario Squash Hall of Fame was created in 2005 and is managed by an independent Board of Governors.  The role of the Board is to stage bi-annual inductions to the Hall, review and amend selection criteria when appropriate, create fund raising initiatives to ensure the growth and sustainability of the Hall and oversee the upkeep and enhancements to the Hall which is hosted at The Club at White Oaks in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Conflict of Interest Policy

Members of the Board of Governors are not eligible to submit nominations to the Hall of Fame.

A conflict of interest will be deemed to exist when a nomination for the Ontario Squash Hall of Fame is under consideration by the Board of Governors and the individual has a close personal or professional relationship with a member of the Board of Governors.

Process to Determine Conflict of Interest

If a real or perceived conflict of interest exists, the Board of Governors (excluding the individual with the conflict) will decide through a vote as to whether a conflict of interest exists.  If the Board of Governors decides there is a conflict, the member of the Board of Governors shall not be permitted to vote on the nomination.

Current members of the Board of Governors are:

Anne Smith (Chair), Rob Brooks, Sherry Funston, Peter Hall, Penny Glover, Tony Swift