Just as the start of a new varsity season promises new competitive thrills, McMaster University also takes time to recognize stellar performers of the past, with its annual inductions to the McMaster Athletic Hall of Fame.
The 2011 class of inductees is comprised of four outstanding athletes that brought honour to the Maroon & Grey; one coach who elevated his team to new heights; and a builder who helped realize a vision of Marauder athletics and recreation previously unseen.
Those being honoured this year include:
Amy Apps, Soccer, ‘01
Ben Chapdelaine, Football, ‘01
Sarah Lauderbach, Swimming, ‘01
Roger Martindill, Track & Field/Cross Country, ‘81
Greg Marshall, Football Coach
Dr. Peter George, Builder
The 2011 Hall of Fame Inductions will be part of the McMaster Celebration of Sport event scheduled for September 30, 2011. The Celebration festivities will be held in the Sport Hall of the David Braley Athletic Centre at McMaster, and tickets are on sale at www.marauders.ca.
Amy Apps ‘01
A key player from the moment she stepped on the soccer pitch, Apps was a member of the 1997 Marauder team that captured the OUA silver and CIAU bronze medals. She was named an OUA All-Star and First-Team All-Canadian in both the 1998 and 1999 seasons, and was honoured as Team MVP in her final year. Apps went on to play with the Canadian national team and enjoyed an outstanding professional career with the Vancouver Whitecaps. Amy joins her grandfather, Syl Apps, in the Hall of Fame, as he was a member of McMaster’s inaugural group of inductees in 1984.
Sarah Laudenbach ‘01
One of the most decorated swimmers that McMaster has ever produced, Sarah was a vital contributor to the three straight Ontario University Athletics championships won by the Marauders in 1998, 1999, and 2000. Her exploits over a four-year varsity career include winning six individual medals at the CIS championships, and being part of three medal winning relay teams at the nationals. In 1997, Sarah was the 200-metre freestyle national champion, and she collected a total of one gold, three silver, and five bronze medals in CIS finals competition. In 1997, Sarah was honoured as McMaster’s Female Athlete of the Year.
Ben Chapdelaine ‘01
Ben Chapdelaine started his prolific career as the quarterback of the Maroon & Grey by being named OUA Rookie of the Year in 1997. He went on to lead McMaster to its first ever Yates Cup football championship in 2000 and a title repeat in 2001. Over his five-year tenure, Chapdelaine was recognized as a first-team OUA All-Star on four occasions and as a CIS All-Canadian three times. In 2001, he was awarded the Hec Crighton trophy as the Outstanding Player in Canada. Chapdelaine finished his varsity career as the all-time leading passer in Canadian Interuniversity Sport. He was named McMaster’s Male Athlete of the Year and recipient of the Ivor Wynne Trophy in 2002.
Roger Martindill ‘81
Cross Country/Track & Field
Whether on the track running long distance or on the cross country trail, Roger Martindill was McMaster’s top threat to medal over his four-year varsity career. As a first-year athlete in 1977, Martindill captured the OUAA Gold medal in the 10,000-metre event and was named the Most Valuable Player of the Marauder track team. In 1980, he captured the Silver medal over 10,000-metres at the OUAA championships. In addition to his exploits on the track, Martindill was named a CIAU All-Canadian for Cross Country in both 1977 and 1978.
Greg Marshall Coach, Marauder Football
Upon arriving at McMaster in 1997, Greg Marshall directed the Marauder football team to unprecedented success over his seven-year tenure. In his second season, Coach Marshall guided McMaster back in the OUA playoffs after an absence of 12 years. The 2000 season saw Marshall complete the journey from worst to first, as the Marauders captured McMaster’s first-ever Yates Cup Championship, which also was the first of a record four consecutive OUA titles. Twice named the OUA Coach of the Year (1999 and 2000) Coach Marshall was also recognized by his peers as the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Coach of the Year for the 2000 season, receiving the Frank Tindall Trophy. His overall record at McMaster was an impressive 53 wins, 18 losses, and two ties. In both the 2002 and 2003 seasons, Marshall coached the Marauders to undefeated conference records.
Dr. Peter George Builder
Long before his appointment as McMaster’s sixth President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Peter George was a fervent supporter of McMaster Athletics, and was often in attendance at Marauder sports events. Over his tenure as University President (1995-2010), Dr. George was a keen advocate for McMaster’s athletic endeavours and the university’s student-athletes. During his presidency, McMaster underwent many significant expansion and development projects, including construction of Ron Joyce Stadium and the David Braley Athletic Centre, providing the university and the Hamilton community with two world-class facilities in support of athletics and recreation activities. While his duties as McMaster President often made attending Marauder games difficult, Dr. George always maintained his passion for athletics and regularly demonstrated his Marauder pride as a regular attendee of events at the stadium, in the gymnasium, or at competitions across Canada.