CONGRATS TO JILL AND ALL OTHER HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:
Clarington October 23, 2017/- The Municipality of Clarington recognized its sporting heroes during its annual Sports Hall of Fame ceremony held at Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex in Bowmanville on Saturday night.
The annual celebration recognizes individuals who have contributed to Clarington sports and who have excelled in sports. The inductees are nominated in four categories including athlete, builder, team and honorary.
Clarington Sports Hall of Fame is proud to welcome our new inductees:
- Jill Coombes - Athlete
Jill Coombes has been the Referee-in-Chief for the Clarington Girls’ Hockey Association (CGHA) for almost 20 years. She has mentored and encouraged girls and young women to grow and improve both on and off the ice through the CGHA’s officiating program. Jill has refereed for ice hockey locally, provincially and nationally. She has also refereed ball hockey at the provincial, national and international levels. In 2009, she was the first female from Canada to referee the World Ball Hockey Championships in the Czech Republic.
- Jason Crosbie – Athlete
Jason played many local sports in Clarington. Jason played professionally in the National Lacrosse League for 11 years. He played in 146 games, scoring 436 points. In 2009, Jason was selected to represent the Toronto Rock at the NLL All-Star Game. Jason also coached the Clarington Green Gaels Junior B team from 2002 until 2013. He continues to be involved in the sport today, giving back to the community and nurturing the passion of young lacrosse players.
- Daryl Reid – Athlete
Daryl Reid competed in volleyball provincially, nationally and internationally, setting records and winning many championships. During his high school career, he won five OFSAA Medallions in a single sport. In 1993 and 1994, Daryl was selected as the winner of the Ken Davies Memorial Award, Ontario’s most prestigious award in volleyball. To this day, he is the only athlete to win this award for two consecutive years.
- Shirley Reynolds – Honorary
In the 1960s and 1970s, Shirley Reynolds taught swimming lessons in Clarington to people of all ages and abilities. Shirley served as a dedicated Red Cross Water Safety and Royal Lifesaving Society Instructor. In the 1970s, Shirley was approached to run a swim program for children with special needs based out of Solina. She sought out volunteers who could work one-on-one with children to ensure their safety. The program started small, but grew over the next two decades.
- Edward Taylor – Athlete
Ed Taylor is a successful tennis player. Ed has competed both in Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles bringing home multiple gold medals. Ed has also given back to the senior sports community by volunteering at the Durham Region Senior Games for several years, earning the Government of Ontario Volunteer Service Award in 2006.
- Bowmanville IDA Midgets ‘A’ - Team
The Bowmanville All Ontario Midgets ‘A’ team won the International Midget ‘A’ award at the Silver Stick tournament in Sarnia in 1973, beating Midland in the finals 3 to 1. Three players also won individual awards for their outstanding achievements. The team also won the All Ontario Midget ‘A’ Championships.
The Municipality created the Clarington Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. Since then, 87 Clarington sporting heroes have been inducted into the Hall of Fame in various categories. The evening has become a hallmark event in the community.
“Clarington has a large sporting community that was shaped by the inductees of Clarington Sports Hall of Fame,” said Mayor Adrian Foster. “We recognize them for passing on their passion and dedication to new generations of athletes, coaches and volunteers.”
Canadian Olympic gold medalist Joan McCusker was the keynote speaker at the ceremony. Joan won Olympic gold in curling at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.