The Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame is an organization that was founded in 1978 to celebrate and preserve the achievements of Glengarry County's athletes. Loyalists and Scottish immigrants settled in Glengarry in the late eighteenth century. Today the area is home to people of many descents and boasts an impressive sporting heritage. Glengarry hosts one of the world's largest Highland Games and is home to several world class champions. The sports that our athletes play are as varied as the people themselves and many of our athletes have merited recognition in sporting activities such as, hockey, golf, equestrian sports, curling, lacrosse, target shooting, figure skating, boxing, boating, football, canoeing, skiing, power lifting, soccer, track & field, and taekwon-do.
In 1976, the year that the Olympics were held in Montreal, Glengarry News reporter Angus Hoey McDonell submitted to the Glengarry Highland Games' souvenir program a list of local athletes that had attained Olympic status. Feedback from the community included the idea of forming a Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was organized to honor the athletes and people that contribute to sporting heritage through organizing and support. Soon the idea developed into a small board of directors that represented every area of Glengarry County. The first board included: Angus H. McDonell (chairman), William Campbell (secretary), Dr. Don Gamble, Donald Munroe, Donald MacMaster, Garry Smith, Morlin Campbell, Cameron MacDonald, Archibald MacDonell, Jim Hill, and Murray MacQueen. The committee considered nominations for induction during the winter months and the first Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner was held in Maxville on July 11th, 1979. The first athletes honored were: Roderick R. MacLennan, Stanley G. McDonald, W.J.C Barrett, Alexander John "McIssac" MacDonald, and Rev. Charles F. Gauthier.
The Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame continues to operate as a non-profit organization that is governed by a volunteer board of directors. Each year five or six athletes or teams are inducted. The only exception was a tribute in 1992 to the late Angus Hoey McDonell, a man who contributed greatly to local sports and the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame. Painted portraits of the athletes and teams, along with numerous exhibits, are on display at the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame building in Maxville. Thanks to generous contributions from the community and government grants, the building was erected in 1991 and represents the community's dedication to its rich athletic heritage.
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