The New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame Announces 2020 Inductees

The 6 new Hall of Famers elected into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame were announced on our social media platforms and in a press release Friday March 13th 2020.

“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.

The 51st Induction Ceremony will take place at the Richard J. Currie Center in Fredericton on June 27th, 2020. Tickets will be available for purchase on April 1st through the Center’s box office. Please join us for a noon hour media event at Fredericton’s Capital Winter Club on Wednesday April 1st .

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.

2020 inductees include:

 

Louis Fortin – Athlete

Shippagan born Louis Fortin, is a Paralympic Nordic skiing athlete. In only 4 years, he remarkably made the leap from recreational to Paralympic skier. Louis has been a trailblazer for the sport in New Brunswick. He was part of the initial recruitment of para athletes in NB in to grow the sport enough to be able to expand the reaches of Canada games. Starting his competitive skiing career at age 31, he began competing at the provincial level against able bodied men through a series of NB cup races. These competitions did not serve as a good benchmark for his abilities, but they did help improving his confidence as a competitive athlete. In 2010, he will travel to Canmore, Alberta and have the opportunity to train with other para-athletes as the Canadian National Team was preparing for the Paralympics games. He returned to New Brunswick with a rejuvenated passion for the sport and started accumulating the medals at the national level against other para-athletes. Between 2011 and 2015, he competed at the Canada Winter Games and won 2 Gold medals and 2 Silver ones, which allowed him to qualify and compete in the 2014 Paralympics games in Sochi, Russia.

 

Joyce King – Athlete

Lower Hainsville athlete Joyce King, is a world champion arm-wrestler. Joyce officially started her career in 1996 and she quickly started distinguishing herself at the national level with both her right and left arms. In 1996, she won Bronze at the Nationals and the following year, she was titled Female Arm Wrestler of the year at the National competition held in Kelowna, British Columbia. Then, she started winning Gold at the nationals in the 80kg category; she was the champion for 10 consecutive years. It is in 2000 that she competed for the very first time at the World Arm Wrestling event. She won Silver her first year and then Gold for 5 years in a row. In 2004, she was Women’s World Wrist Wrestling Table Champion and in 2007, 2008 and 2016 Women’s Arnold Classic Arm-Wrestling Challenge Champion. Joyce defeated Liliya Kharnidullina (Russian Heavyweight) in an Open invitation tournament in 2006. By defeating her she was crowned Best Female Arm Wrestler in the World as she was the only woman to ever have defeated her at the time.

 

Pauline Lordon – Athlete

Miramichi born Pauline Lordon is a Basketball athlete who has distinguished herself in the province and beyond. As a University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds Women’s basketball team member, she received numerous mentions and awards. Team Captain for her team, she was also twice Atlantic University sport (AUS) Scoring Leader, twice AUS MVP and 4 times AUS All-Star.  In 1990, she was in the top 5 scorers in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport’s charts. In her minor basketball days, she made the provincial team and represented the province at the Canada Games. She co-captained NB’s team at les Jeux de la Francophonie in 1994, in Paris France, and again in Madagascar, Africa, in 1997. The team won silver in their first performance and bronze in their second. Throughout her athletic achievements, Pauline has been developing her coaching experience and has held important coaching roles such as Assistant Coach and Team Leader at the National Basketball Team for the 1995 FIBA tournament of America’s champions and for the 1996 Olympic Summer Games.

 

Gardiner MacDougall – Builder

Fredericton builder Gardiner MacDougall has been University of New Brunswick Men’s Hockey team Coach for 19 seasons, leading the team to 6 out of 7 of their participation into national championships. Coach MacDougall does not only strive for excellence, he gets at it; in 2006, he became the coach with the most wins in UNB’s history. During 18 consecutive years, he led the team to appear as the “final 4” in the Atlantic University Sport’s (AUS) ratings, and his team won the AUS championships 8 times. Between 2003 and 2019, the team made it to 13 Canadian Interuniversity Sport Championships which they won 7 times. Beyond his accomplishments with UNB’s hockey team, Gardiner has been assistant coach in 2007, and Head Coach in 2013 for the AUS’s hockey team at the World University Games. Both times the team became World Champions. Gardiner is also one the founder of the Vreds Prospect hockey program and has been its Director from 2002-2016. Since its inception, the Vreds Prospects have given young players exposure to elite competition and the opportunity to be scouted and further their hockey career.

 

Kathy Meagher – Builder

Fredericton sports builder Kathy Meagher started her career when she joined the provincial government’s sports branch as a sport consultant. When the Sports Branch established the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame (NBSHF) in 1970, Kathy was involved in its early inception. She soon became the go-to person on everything Hall of Fame related. In 1980, she was recruited by NBSHF on a part-time basis to organize the Hall’s events, most notably the dinner and induction ceremony, which was growing in size and complexity each year. In 1984, the Sports Branch decided to establish NBSHF as an independent provincial sports organization and Kathy became the organization’s very 1st Executive Director. She held that position for 22 years. Kathy planted the seeds of new initiatives, did the research and planning and turned good ideas into operational success. Over the 22 years Kathy was NBSHF’s Executive Director, the organization grew in size and scope, took on new roles and became a cornerstone organization in the New Brunswick’s sport system. At the time, Kathy became one of NB’s best known and respected sports administrators.

 

Team Wayne Tallon Rink – Team

Fredericton Capital Winter Club’s curling team Wayne Tallon Rink were on top of the world in 2014. With multiple individual appearances at Canadian championships, skip Wayne Tallon, mate Mike Kennedy, second Mike Flannery, lead Wade Blanchard and alternate Chuck Kingston reached their pinnacle as a team. Their journey started when they won the New Brunswick’s Men’s Provincial Championship and later won Gold at the 2013 Canadian Senior Men’s Championship in Summerside, PEI. That win earned them the right to represent Canada at the World Senior Curling Championship in 2014 in Dumfries, Scotland. The team brought home Gold and earned the title of World champions by defeating Sweden in the finals. Winning SportsNB Team of the year award in 2014, their achievements were further recognized in 2019 when they were inducted into the Fredericton Sports Wall of Fame. Since becoming World Champions, they have also taken on individual volunteer roles around the province to improve youth curling as well as inspire and promote the importance and value of sports’ involvement at any age.

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