Doors open to Hamilton’s new sports hall of famers

hshofSix new inductees into the Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame were announced on Tuesday (March 18) at a press reception at The Best Western Premier C Hotel by Carmen’s.

The formal induction ceremony will be held at Carmen’s Banquet Centre on Sept. 18.

The year’s honourees and their categories are: Motor cycling’s Larry Bastedo, athlete/builder; water polo’s David Hart, athlete/builder; football’s Bob Krouse, athlete/builder; diving’s Irene MacDonald, athlete/builder; basketball’s Kitchener (Kitch) MacPherson, builder; and powerlifting’s Don MacVicar, athlete.

Larry Bastedo

An enthusiast of any type of two wheeled sport, Bastedo has competed in almost every discipline in motorcycling. His first major win came in 1957 winning the 500 Expert class at the Canadian Motorcycling Association’s Ontario Championship Spring Scrambles (now known as Motocross), the Eastern Canadian Championships held at Copetown, ON and the 500 Expert class National Ice Racing Championship at St-Agathe, QC.

A road racing injury led him to Enduros and he was a member and later manager and official with Team Canada at the FIM World Championship for Enduro National Teams (ISDE).

As a rider he was a member of the first Canadian Team to participate in the ISDE- Poland 1967, a centennial project. He acted as team manager for a few years and after obtaining his FIM Sporting Steward’s licence and represented the team as the Canadian delegate on the International Jury.

For many years he enjoyed a reputation as an outstanding race announcer.

He served on the provincial and national boards of the CMA holding various positions, including president, vice president and director. He was also accredited with National Referee status, officiating at CMA events for many years.

His milestones include:

1957 500 cc Expert National Ice Racing Champion
1970 300 cc Expert National Enduro Champion
1987 Super Veteran National Enduro Champion
1988 Super Veteran National Enduro Champion
1980 CMA Ambassadors Award
1981 CMA Award of Merit
1985 CMA Fulvio Callimaci Supporters Award
2004 Inducted into the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame
2011 Inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame
2014 Elected to the Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame

David Hart

Hart’s 45-year international water polo career, spanning 1969 to 2014, is the longest and most significant of any Canadian and includes 160 international matches as a player and over 400 matches as a coach.

A highly respected technical leader for the sport in Canada, Hart’s roles included technical director, high performance director, master coach and leader of the LTAD program; instructor for hundreds of coaches within the NCCP program 1977 to 2010 as well as the author of many of the organizations coaching materials.

Highlights from his career include:

· 1960-77 member of the Hamilton Aquatic Club with seven Canadian and Ontario swimming records from 1960 to 1965; five Canadian Water Polo Championships, 1969-77 including most valuable player in Canada at 1975 nationals

· 1970-74 member of five Ontario University Athletic Association championships with McMaster University including Marauders 1973 athlete of the year

· 1972 and 1976 water polo Olympian, co-captain in 1976

· 1979 and 1983 Bronze medals at Pan American Games (men)

· 1984 Olympic Games assistant coach of the men’s team

· 1990 Jimmy Thompson Memorial Award

· 1992 McMaster University Hall of Fame

· 1994 Ontario Aquatic Hall of Fame

· 1998 Silver medal at Pan American games (women) and Americas Junior Championship (men)

· 1999 Gold medal at Pan American Games (women)

· 2000 Olympic Games assistant coach, women’s team

· 2000 Gord Tippet Award for contribution to sport in Ottawa

· 2001 Bronze medal at World Championships (women)

· 2003 Pan American Games (Brazilian women)

· 2006 Silver medal at Americas Junior Championship (women)

· 2009 People of Significance Award for City of Hamilton

· 2010 National Ambassador for the “I Love Water Polo” Program

· 2012 Geoff Gowan Lifetime Achievement Award in Coaching

· 2013 Hamilton Sport Hero banner recipient

· 2013 Brian Kilrea Award for Lifetime Achievement in Coaching

· 2013 Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Award for Lifetime Achievement in Coaching

· 2014 Elected to the Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame

Bob Krouse

Krouse is one of the Canadian football League’s greatest Canadian players and he never forgot his Hamilton roots. A champion athlete in track and field and football at Hamilton Central Secondary School, his athlete career was recognized with his 2012 Hamilton Tiger-Cat Wall of Honour induction, the first Hamiltonian to receive this tribute. Following his all-star career Bob’s commitment to Hamilton continues as a leader in education, sport and community.

Outstanding moments include:

· 1963-75 member of Hamilton Tiger-Cats, captain 1973-74, player/coach 1975, CFL Player of the Week (2 years)

· Five Grey Cup appearances with four championships

· 1967 Eastern All Star

· 1994 All Time Dream Team chosen by the fans

· 1994 Inductee Walk of Fame chosen by the fans

· Tiger-Cats Canadian scout (14 years)

· Fifth Quarter Commentator CHML (2 years)

· Volunteer director for the Tiger-Cat High School Evaluation Camp (14 years)

· Founding member of Tiger-Cat Alumni Association and was its president/Secretary

· Alumni member Tiger-Cat Wall of Honour Dinner Committee from start

· High school teacher (35 years), head of Phys Ed Dept. (25 years)

· Coached HS football/basketball for 35 years, plus 11 after retirement

· High school soccer convenor

· Volunteer with the Diabetes Association and the Canadian Cancer Society

· Chairman of Corrections Canada’s Citizens Advisory Committee

· University/college football coach at McMaster, Guelph and Sheridan

· Sport Hamilton Committee member

· Inductee Sport Hamilton Wall of Distinction

· 91st Highlanders Indoor Track Meet (27 years)

· Camp Olympia Sport Camp (25 years)

· Sports Rep, President and Secretary/Treasurer of SOSSA (30 years)

· Founder/Director Grimsby Peach Bud 10K Road Race (10 years)

· Co-founder Grimsby Basketball Association (19 years)

· President McMaster Men’s Alumni Association

· Member McMaster President’s Committee on Athletics

· Volunteer World Rowing Championships

· YMCA Camp Pine Crest Director

· 2012 Hamilton Tiger-Cat Wall of Honour – first Hamiltonian inducted

· 2012 All Time Tiger-Cat Team

· 2014 – Elected to the Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame

Irene MacDonald

Hamilton’s Irene MacDonald is a champion diver and diving coach. Following an award winning Olympic, Commonwealth and Pan American career she became a well-known TV Analyst and expert in her sport, recognized with induction into multiple Halls of Fame. Her athletic career includes winning 15 Canadian diving championships, six American diving championships and two Mexican diving championships.


• 1954 Bronze medal British Empire/Commonwealth Games Vancouver

• 1956 1st Canadian woman to win Olympic bronze medal in diving Melbourne

• 1958 Silver Medal British Empire /Commonwealth Games Cardiff

• 1958 AAU of Canada Female Athlete of the Year

• 1962-66 Chairman of Canadian Diving

• 1963 Coached Tom Dinsley to 3-metre gold Pan Am Games Sao Paulo

• 1964 Coached Dinsley who is named Canadian Olympian Tokyo Games

• 1966 British Empire/Commonwealth Games coach, Kingston Jamaica

• 1967 to 1969 – Technical Director Canadian Amateur Diving Association

• 1971 Diving Coach European Tour

• 1972 Inducted into BC Sport Hall of Fame

• 1973-75 Coach World Championship

• 1976-1988 Color Commentator CBC

• Irene McDonald Fund established in support of children in diving

• 1981 Inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

• 1981 Inducted into the Canadian Aquatic Hall of Fame

• 1981 Inducted into Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame

• 1991 Order of British Columbia

• 1998 YWCA Woman of Distinction

• 2014 Elected to the Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame

Kitchener (Kitch) MacPherson

One hates to see an athlete’s playing career cut short by injury, but MacPherson had to end his playing days with the Hamilton Golden Flashes in 1941. He would then coach the McNab Street Presbyterian Juniors to the Ontario title. He enlisted with the Sixth Canadian Antitank Regiment for the war effort and at the end of hostilities became the first Canadian to receive an international basketball referees’ card and he was on his way to a glorious hoop career.

He was a founding member of the Ontario Association of Basketball Officials, worked two Pan Am Games and two Russian tours and became a life member of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials. MacPherson, inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 1971, has received many other honours, but most importantly this legend was a mentor to scores of basketball referees.

Milestones include:

• 1941 Member of Hamilton Golden Flashes of the Big Six League

• 1948 A founding member Ontario Association of Basketball Officials

• 1959 Worked Pan Am Games in Chicago

• 1959 Worked first Russian Tour of the U.S.

• 1962 Officiated second Russian tour of the U.S. 1962

• Worked his second Pan Am Games in Winnipeg

• 1971 Inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame

• For 20 years was asked to instruct rules clinics across Canada

• Life Member International Association of Approved Basketball Officials

• Served for six years on executive of the IAABO

• Supervisor of Officials OUAA West Division 27 years

• 1993 Named Commissioner of Officials OUA West Division

• Interpreter for the Hamilton Board of Approved Officials

• Recognized by the Mayor of the City of Hamilton

• Recognized by the Premier of Ontario

• Recognized by the Hamilton Spectator for 50 Years of Service

• Recognized by the Jewish Community

• Recognized by the Canadian University Coaches Association

• Recognized by the Catholic Youth Organization

• 2014 Elected to the Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame

Don MacVicar

When it came to powerlifting, MacVicar was simply unbeatable in Canada. For over 30 years he was this country’s record holding lifter, also making his mark on the international scene.

He is a two-time gold medalist at the North American Championships, a silver medalist at both the world cup and world games in 1981 and winner of the bronze at the World Championships in 1983 when he was the strongest bench lifter beating out 10 opponents.

His milestones include:

• Longest Canadian record holder in Powerlifting – 30 plus years

• 1980 Won Silver medal at World Cup I in 1980 and at World Games I in 1981

• 1981 Silver medal at World Games

• 1983 Bronze medalist at the Word Championships in 1983

• 1980 and 1981 Gold medalist in North America Championships

• 1983 Strongest bench at World Championships, beating 10 competitors

• 1983 City of Hamilton Sports Ring

• 1994 Member of the Hamilton Copps Wall of Fame

• 2001 Member of Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame

• 2002 Member of Cape Breton Sport Hall of Fame

• 2000 Nominated and endorsed for Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

• Founder of the Team Canada ’72 Museum at the ERRC

• Founding President of the Robert Land Community Association

• Creator of the Literacy Express

• 2006 Awarded Citizen of the Year for the City of Hamilton

• 2006 Received Governor General’s Canadian Caring Award

• 2007 Mohawk College Gallery of Distinction Member

• 2007 Mohawk College 40 at 40 Award

• 2011 SpecKids Unlimited Volunteer Award

• 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

• 2014 Elected to Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame