Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame

 

The NSSHF’s objective is to recognize the Nova Scotians that have made outstanding accomplishments in sport. It's time to give our Nova Scotia Sport Heroes the recognition they deserve.
If you would like to nominate someone forms are available for download on the NSSHF website, or by calling (902) 421-1266.


Chris Hook - 1982 - Athlete  

Chris Hook, of Dartmouth, began his paddling career at the Banook Canoe Club. After defeating local competition, Hook entered his first national competition in 1963. He captured the Canadian Juvenile Canoe singles title and one week later won the North American Juvenile title. Through hard work, skill and determination his string of victories rapidly began to grow.

In 1966 Hook won the 1,000 and 10,000 metre North American titles. He won the 1,000 metre title for the next two years, in 1967 and 1968, and re-claimed the 10,000 metre title in 1968. It was also in 1968 that Hook got the opportunity to go to the Olympics for the first time where he placed 9th. Chris Hook was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in 1982.


Frederick Robert Lynch - 1985 - Builder  

Fred Lynch, of Dartmouth, was an individual who brought an abundance of energy, skill, determination and class to Nova Scotia sports. He will be remembered fondly for his tremendous contributions as a builder in both canoeing and hockey. Lynch had his first acclaim to fame in 1961 when he coached a Dartmouth based women's War Canoe team to a North American title. He was also successful himself in capturing the Canadian Junior K1 and K2 titles in 1965.

Lynch was the founding father and executive of Canoe Nova Scotia, N.S. Provincial Instructors School and the Coaches Association, Atlantic Division. In hockey, he was Nova Scotia's referee-in chief and served as CAHA representative to the International Ice Hockey Federation. Fred Lynch was inducted in the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in 1985.


Ann Dodge - 1994 - Athlete  

Ann Dodge began her paddling career on Lake Williams in Fall River, NS as a member of the newly formed Cheema Aquatic Club in the early 1970's. Her coach at the time, Frank Garner said she was the most dedicated and focused athlete he had ever coached. In 1971, at age 13, Ann Dodge was a member of the Cheema Ladies War Canoe team that won the Canadian Championship in Otterburn, Quebec.

By the time she was 15 Dodge was the top junior ladies paddler in Nova Scotia for K-1, K-2, and K-4. At age 16 she proved her talent by winning five events in the Canada Day Regatta on Lake Banook. She won two gold medals in the Junior K-1 and K-2, and three gold medals in the Senior K-1, K-2, and K-4. In 1977 she was a member of the Nova Scotia's Summer Canada Games team that headed to Burnaby, B.C. She competed in all of the kayak events open to women, the K-1, K-2 and K-4. She was successful in taking a gold medal home in all three events.

From the time she began paddling in 1971 to 1984 Dodge brought home 26 medals from Canadian Championships, 11 gold, 6 silver and 9 bronze. On the international scene she placed fifth in the world in K-1 in the 1975 Junior World Championships. She became the first female paddler from Nova Scotia to make the Canadian Olympic team where she competed in the 1976 Montreal Olympics. While racing in Montreal in the K-2 with Sue Holloway, they became the first Canadian women to ever make the Olympic finals, once again placing their boat among the fastest in the world. Ann Dodge was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in 1994.


Frank Garner - 1994 - Builder  

Frank Garner, a native of Mississauga, Ontario helped bring paddling in Nova Scotia to a higher level and make the province a force. Garner came to Nova Scotia to attend St. Marys University in 1964. He fell in love with the province and stayed. When the Cheema Canoe Club opened in 1969, Garner became its first head coach. He brought a long list of impressive credentials with him. During the ten years Garner coached at Cheema, the new club quickly established itself nationally, becoming one of the top three canoe clubs in the country by 1975. Cheema captured the overall Canadian Championship, a first for a Nova Scotia entry, at the Nationals in 1977. Garner has groomed some of the best paddlers in the province. He became Nova Scotia paddling coach at the 1973 Canada Summer Games and also the head coach of Canada's national team in 1980. Frank Garner was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in 1994.


John MacGlashen - 1999 - Builder  

John MacGlashen, from Dartmouth, NS, was instrumental in the development of canoeing in Nova Scotia. He played a role in establishing Senobe Aquatic Club, Abenaki Aquatic Club, Cheema Aquatic Club, Masqua Aquatic Club, Orenda Canoe Club, Pisiquid Aquatic Club, Beaver Canoe Club, Milo Aquatic Club, Marion Bridge Canoe Club, and Kennebecasis Canoe Club in St. John N.B. He founded and became first president of the Society for Canoe Championships which was established to organize, promote and operate major canoe/kayak competitive championships on behalf of the Atlantic Division of the Canadian Canoe Association. Because of John's efforts Dartmouth has become recognized as the "Canoe Centre of Canada" The International Canoe Federation has recognized the society as a ranked international organizer of championships and one of the greatest natural resources for canoe championships in the world. Dartmouth has hosted 14 national and international championships since the Society"s beginning.


Don Brien - 2008 - Athlete  

Don Brien is a lifelong athlete whose achievements in the sport of kayaking propelled him onto the international and national stage. His career began at the Banook Canoe Club in 1975 when he decided to join his brother Alvin who would become his mentor in the sport. Success came quickly for Don as he became National Champion, received gold at the Canada Games, and was the North American K-1 Champion. Hard work paid off for Don when he was named to the National team in 1977 (a position he would hold for twelve years). Don and his brother Alvin both made the Olympic team in 1980; unfortunately the games were boycotted by the Canadian Government. Sadly, Alvin passed away two years later and Don would find strength by looking to him as his internal training companion. Throughout his career Don has won 20 Canadian Paddling Championships (K-1, K-2, and K-4 at the juvenile, junior and senior levels). Internationally, Don represented Canada every year from 1982-1989. Between 1983 and 1987 he was ranked in the top five in the world in K-2 and K-4 events and was part of the Olympic team in 1984 and 1988. In 1985 Don and Colin Shaw won a bronze at the world championships in the K-2 1000m and in 2007 Don returned to the water to train after being invited to the World Dragon Boat Championships. His team won gold at the event in Australia. After his retirement from kayaking he used his talent and dedication from years of competition to become an Orthopaedic Surgeon. Along with all of Don’s success he continues to be involved in the community and family life.


Steve Giles - 2012 - Athlete  

Steve Giles is a world champion, and he has a gold medal from the 1998 Senior World Championships to prove it. During the 16 years he spent with Canada’s canoe/kayak team, he competed in the Senior World Championships seven times, also winning two bronze— one in 1993 and one in 2002. These victories were all in single competitor events, as was Steve’s gold-medal win at the 1999 Pan American Games. Steve has represented Canada in not one, but four Olympic Games— 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004— placing in the top eight each time. At the 2000 Games in Sydney, he claimed a bronze in the single canoe 1000-metre event.
Steve retired after the Athens Olympics and is now a full-time electrical engineer.


Tony Hall - 2014 - Builder

Anthony (Tony) Hall is responsible for many excellent Nova Scotian canoers and kayakers. The personal coach of Olympian and World Champion paddler Steve Giles for twenty years, Hall has worked tirelessly to put Nova Scotia on the map when it comes to international recognition for paddling. In addition to Giles, Olympic team members Leslie-Anne Young, Glen Girard, Dan Howe, Corrinna Kennedy and Marie-Josée Gibeau-Ouimet have all spent time under Hall’s capable tutelage.

Hailing from Dartmouth, Hall paddled at the Senobe club as a kid before becoming involved with coaching day programs. Following his graduation from Dalhousie’s Physical Education program (during which time he also played club soccer at Dalhousie), Hall started off coaching volleyball and then landed a position coaching paddlers in British Columbia.

After spending a few years in BC, Hall returned to Nova Scotia at a time when very few people were professional paddling coaches. When Ron Comeau asked Tony if he would coach the Orenda Canoe Club, Hall insisted that paddlers needed to train year-round, and he was soon hired on as one of Canada’s first full-time year-round paddling coaches. Within three years, Orenda went from a fledgling club to national champions, becoming only the second Nova Scotia club to ever claim the national title in 1987. Orenda soon became the model for clubs in Atlantic Canada, and Hall’s athletes went on to a long string of success stories.

Hall was known for his technical knowledge and his ability to communicate with almost any athlete. Among the Orenda kids coached by Hall are many Olympians, international competitors —such as Matt Patterson, Dustin Whalen, Brian Burns, Graham Cobb, Cathy Breckenridge, and Bernie Irvin— and athletes who are now coaches —including Troy Comeau, Trevor Marshall, Corey Firth, Rob Baert, and Albert McDonald.

Hall encouraged active fundraising and aimed to include every club member, making training as fun as possible.

Hall watched coaches in every sport in order to learn new techniques, applying pacing methods he learned from track coaches to paddling training. After coaching roles with the province and the women’s national kayak team, Hall coached kids in Gainesville, Florida, but still kept in contact with Giles, volunteering as his personal coach.


**Photos courtesy of the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame**