Two women’s hockey teams and two North Grenville residents were inducted into the Kemptville and District Sports Hall of Fame at the 2018 ceremony on Thursday at the North Grenville Municipal Centre.
The first inductees were the 2006/2007 Kemptville Storm Midget “C” hockey team. The small team won the Pembroke Regional Silver Stick Championship, creating a record for “no goals against” for the tournament. This accomplishment led to an invite back for the Silver Stick 50th Anniversary celebration, the International Silver Stick tournament in Sarnia, and the Provincial Championships. The team consisted of Jen Arcand, Megan Colwell, Chelsey Drew, Stephanie Henry, Meghan Johnson (Giesbrecht), Kim Judge, Megan Wright (Lafave), Cindy Spence, Jessica Churchill (Spence), Ashley Stephenson, Donna Marie Cooper (Tessier) and Brina Whitley.
The second team honoured at the event was the 2017/18 Kemptville Storm Girls Hockey Team. The girls had an outstanding season last year, with 46 wins, seven ties, and only five losses. They were crowned the OWHA Provincial Champions, and ODWHA League Champions. They were also first overall in regular season play in Ontario. In tournament play, the team took gold in the Nepean and Gloucester tournaments, Silver in Oshawa, and Bronze in Belleville. “I’d like to thank the Hall of Fame for recognizing these girls,” said team captain, Madeline Langevin, at the ceremony. “You guys are my dream team.” The team consisted of Taylor Beggs, Sam Benoit, Avery Brown, Rhys Brown, Kaitlyn Dawson, Laura Dickson, Emily Houston, Madeline Langevin, Paige Legault, Ashley Mann, Georgia Parks, Mickayla Peterson, Alyson Thibert, Calyssa Tkachuk and Elgin Toole.
The two individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame were community builder, Jim Dolan, and lifelong athlete, Linda Kidd (Murdoch). Jim has been integral in the organization and promotion of the OVCA Women’s Fall Classic, which attracts curling teams from all over the world to the municipality every year. “Thank you for this incredible honour and a night I will never forget,” Jim said at the ceremony.
Linda is the definition of an athlete, having played multiple sports and won numerous titles ever since she was in high school. One of Linda’s high school coaches described her as a “tremendous athlete, with a fierce competitive drive.” At the age of 60, she is still going strong, participating in masters swimming and curling and golfing six days a week. Three years ago, she even trained for a power lifting event. “I love the life that [sport] has given me, and am so thankful to be here, because Kemptville has given me so much,” Linda said at the ceremony. “I can’t believe I am being awarded for doing something that I love.”
The Kemptville and District Sports Hall of Fame has been around for almost a decade. It relies on nominations by community members, and the event is put on thanks to many generous sponsors. Nomination forms for the 2019 award ceremony can be found on their website: www.kemptvillesportshalloffame.ca.