Local sports hall of fame inductees announced

Brooke Alvinston's Krista DuChene (Photo Courtesy of Joe Perry)

Ten individuals and one team comprise the Sarnia-Lambton Sports Hall of Fame class of 2022.

Amateur athletes Kelly Lynn Killoran and Krista DuChene have been named to the list.

Killoran excelled in basketball and won many championships, all-star selections and other individual awards from elementary school through university. She was named to the Mayor’s Honour List in 2015.

DuChene is a track and field athlete who became known as “Canada’s Marathon Mom” after winning the 2009 Mississauga Marathon on Mother’s Day. She came in third at the 2018 Boston Marathon and 35th at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Professional athlete John Lynch is being recognized. Known for scoring five touchdowns in a local high school game, he went on to play in the Canadian Football League with both Montreal and Ottawa. He had three career interceptions and three fumble recoveries.

The Bud Morrison award, given to someone who has made significant contributions to young people in sports, is being given to Murray Rempel and Denise Rempel. Murray Rempel, a former Sarnia Minor Athletic Association [SMAA] President, coached or volunteered for baseball, fastball and taekwondo. Denise Rempel also coached and served as a taekwondo director.

Barb Rigg Garbaty is being honoured for her involvement with the Sarnia Women’s Volleyball Club. She coached youth for many years and provided training and mentoring for volleyball officials during her time as co-president of the Twin Bridges Volleyball Club.

Robert and Marion Round have been named the recipients of the Earl MacKenzie award, given to people involved in sports for at least 30 years. They’ve been honoured by both the Ontario and Canadian governments for their roller skating dance career, which includes winning national championships in 1987 and 1988.

Patricia Chalmers has won the Bud Haveling award for special achievement. Chalmers has been involved in taekwondo at the local, provincial and national level. She was one of the first females in Ontario to obtain master’s status and was the first female president of the Ontario TKD association. She holds a fifth degree black belt, has national coaching certification and refereeing certifications.

The 1994 Senior Braves, who played in the Western Counties Baseball Association, are being recognized. They won the Ontario title that year and advanced to the national championships in Red Deer, Alberta, where they claimed bronze.

Julia Greenshields will receive the Jack Isom award for Olympic and/or international athletes. She has travelled the globe as a member of Canada’s national rugby sevens team. The team placed ninth at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 and won silver at the World Rugby Sevens in Australia in 2020.

The winners will be inducted during a dinner at the Sarnia Golf and Curling Club on October 15.

The ceremony – the 38th in the history of the hall – is returning after a two year absence due to the pandemic.