Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame induction class signals social change in sport

By Donna Spencer THE CANADIAN PRESS CALGARY – NHL players inducted for social change instead of on-ice exploits, and the first Special Olympian entering Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, reflect an admiration of more than medals and trophies. Sheldon Kennedy and Willie O’Ree, weightlifter John (Jackie) Barrett, Paralympic curler Sonja Gaudet and wheelchair rugby founder Duncan Campbell join basketball star Steve Nash and golfer Lori Kane among 11 inductees entering the country’s Sports Hall of Fame in October. A class of six athletes and five builders was announced in 2020 in recognition of its 65th anniversary. The fall induction gala was postponed to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Another class was not named this year. Barrett, a powerlifter from Halifax, is the first Special Olympian inducted. Nash, Kane, Gaudet,…

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