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Satisfy your 2023 Guelph Sports Hall of Fame inductees

Five new names are about to be enshrined among Guelph’s greatest sports figures.

The Guelph Sporting activities Corridor of Fame’s course of 2023 has been introduced. Mike Kelly (hockey), Dave Vallance (fastball) and Evan Brill (hockey) will enter in the builders category, though Elizabeth Waywell (marathon) and Kevin Auger (swimming) get nods as athletes.

All five will be inducted through a ceremony May perhaps 17.

Kelly was the first standard supervisor for the Guelph Storm, a purpose he held for 13 seasons concerning two stints. He led the group to 3 OHL championship sequence, profitable one particular J. Ross Robertson Cup in 2014, and went to two Memorial Cup tournaments.

In in between his two stints, Kelly moved up to perform in the Calgary Flames firm.

Vallance was a longtime Guelph Royal, playing on different teams concerning 1976 and 1993, successful an Intercounty Baseball League championship in 1993. 

But it really is his perform as a builder that is garnering him this honour.

Vallance led four girls’ softball teams to national championships. 3 of all those four teams have entered the hall by now.

He was also named the Ontario Provincial Coach of the 12 months in softball in 2019, has served numerous youthful girls get NCAA scholarships and 3 ladies he has coached have played on the Canadian nationwide group.

Brill is credited with staying a section of the ‘Big 10’ group to convey Junior A hockey back again to Guelph in 1947.

He was staff proprietor and president of the Guelph Biltmores when it captured Guelph’s first Junior A hockey championship in 1949-50.

The late builder was also pretty the athlete in his own proper.

Brill performed intermediate hockey with Guelph, like 1922-23, when his crew completed runner up in the provincial finals. He also competed in softball, winning a metropolis industrial championship in 1940-41.

Waywell, the extended-distance runner, has been a report-breaker just after turning 60-a long time-previous. She holds eight Canadian records in her age group in 7 distinct races. 

She broke the 20-calendar year-outdated Canadian marathon document for women of all ages in their 60s with a time of 3:07:56 at the 2018 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

She is the prime rated Canadian marathon runner in her age team, and most lately ran the TCS London Marathon in October.

In the pool, if not for Canada’s boycott of the 1980 Olympic Summertime Online games in Moscow, Auger would have competed in the 200m butterfly and 800m freestyle relay on the globe stage.

But it will not get absent from him becoming viewed as 1 of the very best swimmers ever created in Guelph.

Auger was a two-time Major Ten winner when swimming for Indiana University, before transitioning to coaching right after an arm damage in 1983.

He’s coached the Cambridge Aquajets, Guelph Marlins, Indiana College and now coaches at Evanston Township Higher Faculty in Illinois.

The most recent inductees will get a framed portrait added to the wall at the Sleeman Centre.

The induction ceremony and Kiwanis Sports Superstar Evening meal is becoming held at the Italian Canadian Club. Tickets are even now readily available.