St. Mary Crusaders go to The Wall for athletes

Hamilton’s St. Mary high school will take a time-out for its Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association’s Champions Legacy Wall Celebration on Thursday, May 19.

The 9 a.m. event will be in the form of a school-wide assembly and will include alumni athletes, school board dignitaries and others.

The occasion will mark the unveiling of nine 60” x 30” OFSAA poster boards that will be added to St. Mary’s existing OFSAA Champions Legacy Wall in the gymnasium. The poster boards will recognize championships in cross country, track, swimming, the 2010 senior girls basketball team, and 2010 track champion Christian Brennan.

The updated champions include:

1996 – Rebecca Stallwood, Cross Country.
2000 – Eric Morrison, Senior Boys 800m.
2002 – Alison Heydorn, Joanna Stanisz, Cari te Boekhorst, Mercedes Markowski, Junior Girls 400m Relay.
2004 – Greg Hayes, Junior Boys 400m.
2006 – Greg Hayes – Senior Boys 400m (record)
2008 – Frank Despond, 200m Freestyle Open Boys (record).
2009 – Frank Despond, 200m Freestyle Open Boys (record).

Alumni athletes and Hamilton Spectator photographers whose photos will be on display will be presented with replica OFSAA plaques.

The three-part Crusader Championship Legacy Project was initiated by past Athletic Council president Mikaila Nederveen and continued by the current president, DJ Nedelko with funds raised by the St. Mary athletic councils over the past three years.

Part 1, the Crusader Championship Legacy Hallway, was researched and plaques installed in recognition of the over 200 city and Golden Horseshoe Athletic Council individual and team champions to mark the school’s 40th anniversary last year.

Part 2 of the project, the OFSAA Champions Legacy Wall, was to update and include the provincial champions who had not been recognized as well as the Spectator photographers whose photos will be on display in the gymnasium.

Part 3 is to investigate future decorative artwork for the gym hallways.