The six new Hall of Famers elected into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame was announced at a press conference held at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre.
“We are very proud to announce the addition of these inspiring athletes and sport builders into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame” said Andrew McLeod, Board of Governors Chair. “We are also very excited to recognize the City of Bathurst as the host community for our 50th annual Induction Gala.”
These six, who have made a lasting impact in their field of sport, will be inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame on June 1, 2019 at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre. The achievements of these inductees will join the legacy of the over 700 fellow Hall of Famers enshrined in the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame since it was formed in 1970.
“On behalf of the province, as Minister responsible for sport I have a great appreciation for the achievements of New Brunswick’s high performing athletes and builders.” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Robert Gauvin.
2019 inductees include:
Michel Coté of Bathurst has been at the forefront of developing and building the sport of wrestling for over 35 years. Coté was the first New Brunswick wrestling coach to be certified NCCP Level 5 and his athlete’s have amassed over 100 National Championship medals
Franklin Henderson of Saint John wheeled his way into National and International Wheelchair sports and amassed over 80 medals, including a silver medal in the Men’s 60m Relay at the 1972 Paralympics in Heidelberg, West Germany
Patricia Nolan-Edwards of Bathurst has been widely regarded as one of New Brunswick’s most committed builders in ladies’ golf and figure skating. Nolan-Edwards received the designation of Canadian Precision Skating Championship Judge in 1988 and went on to judge over 23 events ranging from Provincials to International Championships. Additionally, she received a Distinguished Service Award from the Royal Canadian Golf Association in 2004 for her years of service in New Brunswick and Nationally
Anne Orser of Bathurst and Fredericton had an outstanding career in women’s and senior women’s curling. Playing third under two different skips, and finally skipping herself, Orser represented New Brunswick at thirteen National Curling Championships, winning Bronze Medals in 1988 and 1989
Allain Roy of Campbellton was an ice hockey goaltender who was drafted 69thoverall in the 1989 NHL entry draft by the Winnipeg Jets and went on to win an Olympic silver medal at the 1994 games in Lillehammer, Norway.
Hermel Volpé of Edmundston had a distinguished archery career including 6 first place finishes at the Canadian Archery Championships and 10 first place finishes at the New Brunswick Archery Championships.
Tickets for the 50th annual Induction Gala may be purchased at the K.C. Irving Regional Centre Box Office or the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame Offices starting on March 1, 2019.