By Lethbridge Herald on December 12, 2020.
In a year rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame has taken steps to ensure its latest class of inductees will still be properly honoured.
Making sure everybody’s safety in a priority in the midst of the pandemic, the LSHOF will formally induct its previously announced class of 2020 at a banquet in the fall of 2021.
In addition to rescheduling the 2020 induction banquet, the LSHOF has also decided it will not name a new class of inductees in 2021 to give time for the class of 2020 to be properly recognized before a new class is named.
“A large part of being selected to join the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame is the opportunity for inductees to have an evening of celebration with their family, friends and those closest to them,” said Dave McMurray, LSHOF chair, in a release. “We want to ensure the class of 2020 still has that moment. With ongoing steps to halt this pandemic, including the introduction of vaccines and other measures, we believe an induction banquet next fall is a realistic timeline.”
The hall announced its 2020 class of six inductees in February, but the induction banquet, planned for May 1 was cancelled because of the pandemic.
The 2020 inductees are (listed in order of category, name and sport): Athlete: Jolene Watson (Schweitzer) Ð soccer; Team: 1983 Schwartz Angels Ð Canadian slo-pitch champions; Builder: Eunice David Ð figure skating; Builder: Mary Dyck Ð soccer, volleyball and wheelchair basketball; Builder: Cliff Nelson Ð multi-sport; and Builder: Howard Rasmussen Ð volleyball
Following the move of the 2020 induction banquet to fall 2021, and the cancellation of a new 2021 induction class, the LSHOF will return to its traditional schedule with a new induction class and banquet in spring 2022.
Nominations by members of the public are being accepted at any time.
For more information about nomination requirements or to begin the nomination process visit http://www.lethbridgesportshalloffame.ca/nominations/.
The LSHOF also has launched its revamped website, designed to tie in to the LSHOF’s new permanent site in the ATB Centre, which will likely be officially opened in 2021.
The new website boasts an improved design, an easily searchable database of all inductees and an online process for submitting nomination packages.
The new website can be viewed at lethbridgesportshalloffame.ca.