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.
Chris Hook - 1982 - Athlete
Frederick Robert Lynch - 1985 - Builder
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.
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.
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.
Karen Furneaux - 2016 - Athlete
Karen has two world championship titles in sprint kayak, winning both the K2 200-meter in Hungary during 1998 and the K1 200-meter in Poland during 2001. Over the years, Karen has tallied up over 50 world cup medals. Karen also has three olympic apperances under her belt, competiting in the 2000, 2004, and the 2008 summer games.
Karen first started paddling at the age of 12, when she started paddling war canoe at Cheema Aquatic Club in Fall River, Nova Scotia. This sparked her interest in the sport. She remembers a particular race that took place in Windsor at Pisiquid while she was in Bantam. She had to race in a blue jug boat with no steering and ended up doing the whole race in a zig zag. From that day on, Karen would constantly challenge herself to be the best she could possibly be.
Karen is now the president of her own training company, and counts herself as fortunate to be able to share her experiences with the people she meets. She has an unmatched sense of positivity that affects everyone around her. This makes her not only an amazing athlete, but an even better person. She is an ambassador for the Hall of Fame's education program, and a well deserved inductee.
Micheal Scarola (Back) - 2011 - Athlete
In the words of a former teammate “Mike was the hardest working paddler in Canada”. Mostly known for competing in the gruelling C-2 1000 metre, Mike and his teammate Richard Dalton were ranked the best in Canada. Mike competed in 5 Canoe Sprint World Championships winning bronze in 2002. He represented Canada at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece and is the winner of a staggering 19 National Senior Championships.
**Photos courtesy of the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame**