McMaster prepares to welcome inductees to Athletic Hall of Fame

MarauderSeven individuals and two teams will be inducted into the McMaster University’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Sunday, Oct. 25.

The 26th annual ceremony will see builder Ron Joyce, ’97, and athletes Paul Clatney, ’98, Selena (Gaertner) Blaj, ’99 and ’02, Carol (Eastmuire) Love, ’75, Chris Markou, ’94 and ’95, Paul Ragusa, ’97, and Diane Ste. Marie ’89 and ’93. The two teams are the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union women’s gymnastics champions from 1980-81, and the CIAU men’s champions in wrestling in 1993-94.

Although Joyce was born and raised in Nova Scotia, he has deep roots in the Hamilton community. He is a former city police officer who turned Tim Hortons into an iconic international franchise and, in turn, has made a tradition of investing in the community where he first realized great success.

Joyce believes that education, sports and recreation are vital to the development of a healthy community. In recognition of his philanthropic leadership and commitment to students and athletic excellence, McMaster University named the Ron Joyce Stadium in his honour.

Clatney was a member of two Ontario University Athletic Association championship wrestling teams (‘85, ‘86) and one CIAU championship team (‘85). The four-year wrestler captured two CIAU medals and two OUAA individual championships.

Clatney was also a member of the football team and was the Marauder’s rookie of the year and an OUAA All-Star and CIAU All-Canadian. After his time at McMaster, he went on to play in the Canadian Football League, competed for the national bobsleigh team, and play both professional hockey and roller hockey.

Blaj was a member of the McMaster soccer, squash, and ice hockey teams. She was an All-Canadian and multi-year OUA All-Star in soccer, capturing two provincial and a national medal. Selena was also an Ontario University Athletics West Division All-Star in squash and Most Valuable Contributor of the women’s ice hockey club.

Ragusa is a five-time OUAA and CIAU national champion in wrestling. During his time at McMaster, he competed in the World University championships and captured four senior national titles.

Ragusa went on to earn two silver medals at the Pan American Games, and another silver medal at the Commonwealth Games. He represented Canada at the World Championships and 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta.

Love was a dual sport athlete at McMaster. She was a member of the McMaster Rowing team, where she earned an OWIAA championship banner. As a rower, she went on to represent Canada at the World Championships and Olympic Games.

Love also competed for the Alpine Ski team at McMaster where she captured two OWIAA individual gold medals. She continues to contribute to the development of rowing in Canada as a coach and administrator.

Markou earned three CIAU and three OUAA medals, including a championship Gold as a member of the McMaster men’s soccer team. During his career, he was named Team MVP, OUAA All-Star, All-Canadian and CIAU Tournament All-Star.

He also represented Canada at the World University Games in Fukuoka, Japan. Years later as an alumnus, Markou continued to support the soccer team as a sponsor at the CIS Championships hosted by McMaster in 2000.

Ste. Marie was a member of the McMaster gymnastics, cross country and track and field teams. As a gymnast, she captured an OWIAA team championship and was recognized as an All-Canadian. While pursuing her doctorate at McMaster, Diane found time to serve as a coach on the gymnastics team. She is currently a full professor in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa specializing in motor learning and performance.

The women’s gymnastics team captured the OWIAA and CIAU championships. Coached by Carl von Holstein and Hall of Fame member Mike Cain, the team earned two all-star selections, and brought home the school’s second provincial, and first, and only, national championship.

The men’s wrestling team captured the CIAU wrestling championship. Coached by CIAU Coach of the Year Nick Cipriano, the team captured three individual gold, two silver and a bronze medal at Brock University to earn McMaster’s second national men’s title.

Tickets for the induction are $40.00 for adults and $25.00 for children (12 years and under). They can be purchased online at Tickets can also be purchased by phone (905) 525-9140 x 24464 or in person at the David Bradley Athletic Centre Business Office (Room WG101).