Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame announces 2019 inductees

The Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame has announced the 2019 inductees. There will be five people will be indicted into the hall of game this year.

Inductees for 2019 will be Paralympic athlete Hilda May Binns, former Hamilton Tiger-Cat Bernie Faloney, track athletes Nancy Lewington & Paula Schnurr, and University sports builder Thérèse Quigley.

The 2019 reception celebration will take place on Wednesday October 16th 2019 at 12 noon from the Michelangelo Events and Conference Centre.

Hilda May Binns

Hilda May Binns won Canada’s first Paralympic gold medal in Tel Aviv Israel in 1968 and she is nothing shy of an inspiration.

Binns, from Hamilton’s North End and a graduate of Westdale Secondary School, was a multi-sport athlete, who competed in track and field and swimming. She won 58 medals over four years. Her total includes six Paralympic and 18 Parapan American games medals. She also captured 34 Canadian championships.

When she was nine years of age, Binns lost the use of her legs to polio. But her mother wanted to discourage her daughter from using a wheelchair when she returned home from the hospital. She wanted to foster her strength and independence. Hilda May learned to use her arms to pull and push her body through her daily life. With determination, skill and work, she developed impressive upper body strength, which would lead to her incredible sporting results.

Binns was a founding member of the Steel City Wheelers as well as the Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association. She was Secretary of the Hamilton Post Polio Association and a member of the Hamilton Handicapped Club.

Her accomplishments have been commemorated in the book ‘For the Record: Canada’s Greatest Women Athletes’ and on the front page of the Hamilton Spectator.

Binns was quoted as saying “Everyone has a disability. But it’s your ability to overcome that disability, that will help you through your path in life.”

In 2018, Hilda May Binns was inducted into Hamilton’s Gallery of Distinction.

Bernie Faloney

Bernie Faloney, was a native of Carnegie Pennsylvania. He was such an outstanding quarterback at the University of Maryland, that the San Francisco 49ers drafted him in the first round, 11th overall, in 1954.

But Faloney found out he could get more money north of the border and signed on with the Edmonton Eskimos.

After serving two years in the U.S. Air Force, Faloney took his football talents to the east and hooked up with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats from 1957-64. He also called signals in Montreal in 1965-66 and in BC in 1967.

Faloney was a three time Grey Cup champion, first with Edmonton in 1954 and with Hamilton in 1957 and 1963. He was the first man to quarterback both East and West teams to CFL championships.

He had 2876 pass attempts, with 1493 completions for 24,264 yards and 153 touchdowns.

He was a CFL East All-Star five times, the 1961 Most Outstanding Player and won the Jeff Russel Trophy.

Faloney was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. He was also enshrined in the Pennsylvania, the West Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland Halls of Fame.

The Tiger-Cats retired Faloney’s number 10, in 1999.

A portion of Cannon Street in Hamilton near Ivor Wynne stadium and it’s replacement, Tim Hortons Field, bears his name.

Nancy Lewington

It was not surprising that Nancy Lewington would have a stellar sports career. The Delta Collegiate graduate’s mother Betty was part of Canada’s gold medal winning Medley Relay team at the 1934 British Empire Games in London, running the second leg.

Like her Mom, Nancy would excel in track, at the 50, 60,100 and 220 yard distances, as well as the 4×100 relay from 1955 on.

An honour student at Delta, Nancy Lewington collected over 100 medals, trophies and other awards at the midget and juvenile levels, at such prestigious events as the 91st Highlanders, the CNE, the Toronto Police Games and the CANUSA Games. She also starred in the Ontario Junior Championships winning the 60 yards as a midget and the Eastern Canada Track and Field Championships, winning four events.

In 1960, at the Ontario Championships, she recorded three first place finishes, in the 60, 100 and 200 metres.

Lewington, running for the Hamilton Track Club, at age 19, set the Canadian record of 11.8 seconds at the Olympic Trials in Saskatoon before heading off to Rome, Italy for the 1960 Olympic Games. She competed in both the women’s 100 metres and the women’s 4×100 metre relay, making it to the semi final stage before being eliminated with a leg muscle problem.

She hurt the leg five years previous, but the injury only flared up occasionally. However, she re-aggravated the problem at the Olympics and her competitive racing was effectively over.

She would go on to teach and coach at several elementary and high schools.

An avid photographer, Lewington also became involved in ‘Art of the Olympics,’ which links Olympians with school children through art. She was honoured by the AOTO as a featured Olympian artist in 2012.

Nancy Lewington is a breast cancer survivor for more than 20 years.

Thérèse Quigley

One of the most respected and decorated athletic leaders in Canadian Interuniversity sport, Thérèse Quigley, arrived at McMaster University in 1984, as the women’s volleyball coach.The former volleyball star with the powerful Western Mustangs, Quigley rose to the position of Director of Athletics and Recreation at Mac within six years. She worked tirelessly to achieve her vision for the University until 2009. During her 18 year tenure as Director, the McMaster Athletic and Recreation Department completely transformed with regard to athletic programmes and facilities. It established itself as one of the most progressive programmes in Canada.

By forging and cultivating relationships both on-campus and in the greater Hamilton community, Quigley was able to build a lasting legacy that included the building of the Ron Joyce Stadium, the state-of-the-art David Braley Athletic Centre and Sport Medicine Clinic, Alumni Field, the Alpine Tower and major renovations to the Ivor Wynne Centre.

Quigley achieved one of the highest accolades in the industry and was recognized by her peers as the International Athletic Director of the Year in 2002-03.

One of the most memorable moments of her career was getting women’s soccer included in the Summer Universiade and hosting the very first FISU women’s soccer championships at McMaster University in 1993.

in 2009, Quigley ended her nearly two decade stint as McMaster Athletic Director to return to her alma mater, Western University, as Director of Sport and Recreation Services. She retired in 2016.

“Thérèse has put her heart and soul into McMaster and it’s hard to imagine the University without her,” said then McMaster president Peter George. “She always put students first, leads by example, believes in and achieves excellence and is as committed to the Hamilton community and sporting organizations across Canada as she is to the University.”

Paula Schnurr

A much decorated varsity track and cross country athlete at McMaster University, Paula Schnurr won 28 OWIAA indoor and outdoor medals – 18 of them gold. She also set CIAU records at both 1000 metres and 1500 metres on the track.

In 1987, Schnurr captured the silver medal in the OWIAA Cross Country Championships.

She was a five-time CIAU All-Canadian, and named as the top performer at the 1988 CIAU Track and Field Championships.

Schnurr, a native of Kirkland Lake Ontario and a graduate of Burlington Assumption Catholic Secondary School, is a two-time Olympian, competing in the 1500 metre event at both the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympic Games. She reached the semi finals of the ’92 Games, finishing eighth in what was a personal best time of 4:04.80. She won silver at that same distance at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria British Columbia.

Schnurr won the Thérèse Quigley Award as the Marauders Female Athlete of the Year in each of the first four seasons of its existence between 1985 and 1988 and was inducted into the McMaster Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998. She also was enshrined in the Athletics Ontario Hall of Fame in 2015.

The former Halton Catholic District School Board teacher, has coached cross-country and track at McMaster for 16 years and has been Head Coach the last eight years. She has had five different stints as a Mac coach, alongside husband Peter Self and since returning to the University as a full time coach in 2010, Schnurr has guided the Marauders to 30 medals at OUA and USports (CIS) Championships.

2018-19 was McMaster’s best year in cross country, winning the OUA men’s team title and the individual crown (Max Turek). The team went on to capture the bronze medal nationally. The school had not medalled in the event for for 54 years.

After winning the OUA men’s championship Schnurr became the first female Coach of the Year for men’s cross country, in Ontario university history.

Source: Al Craig

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