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Clarington Sports Hall of Fame welcomes new inductees

Posted on Monday October 03, 2016
Bernie Huxter – Builder
Bernie Huxter – Builder

Clarington October 3, 2016/- The Municipality of Clarington recognized its sporting heroes during its annual Sports Hall of Fame ceremony held at Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex in Bowmanville on Saturday night. Clarington inducted new members into the hall of fame in four different categories.

The annual celebration recognizes the inductee’s achievements and outstanding contributions to sports. They are nominated in four categories including athlete, builder, team and honorary.

Clarington Sports Hall of Fame is proud to welcome our new inductees:

  • Bernie Huxter – Builder
    Bernie Huxter has coached youth soccer for Darlington and refereed for 30 years with the Darlington Senior League, as well as other leagues across Ontario. He has also worked as a national referee. He was the founding member of the Durham Referees Association and served as president for eight years. Bernie has worked as a volunteer with the Durham Region Soccer Association. He has been involved with the Ontario Summer Games as well as the Canadian Summer Games. Bernie has also received two other awards, from Durham and Ontario, for his ongoing contributions to soccer.

  • Greg Cox – Athlete
    Greg Cox was a well-known road racing hero. Some of his greatest accomplishments came while racing sidecars with partner Bill Davidson. Greg and his partner captured several North American Sidecar Championships. The Cox-Davidson Team was featured in many motorcycle magazines. Greg raced from 1973 until around 1979 when injury prevented him from competing. He has received numerous awards, including the Ontario Amateur Sports Achievement Award. Greg died in 2010, but his legacy continues today.

  • William Stackaruk – Athlete
    William ‘Bill’ Stackaruk, also known as ‘Billy Stacks,’ had a wrestling career that spanned over two decades, from the 1940s until the late 1960s. Stack lived in Bowmanville, working as a farmer and a bailiff. He was known for his ‘big drop kick’ and ‘leg holds.’ During his long career, he participated in 150 matches within the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario, western Canada and the United States. His last professional wrestling match was in 1966 in St. Catharines, Ontario but he continued to referee matches. William ‘Bill’ Stackaruk died in 1994.

  • Jean Devitt – Honorary
    Jean Devitt, better known as ‘Mom’ or ‘Mother Dee,’ began volunteering with the Bowmanville Recreation Board in 1952. At that time, Mayor Ivan Hobbs nominated her for the treasurer position without her knowledge. Subsequently, she continued volunteering for 30 years. In the 1960s, she moved over and began volunteering with the Bowmanville Hockey Association; she was one of two women who volunteered and had a seat on the board. Jean had many roles, including Secretary and Treasurer of the Association, and head of fundraising and social activities. She raised a family and worked full-time as a bookkeeper. Jean was instrumental in establishing a Junior C Team in Bowmanville.

  • Clarke High School Senior Boys Volleyball 1992 – Team
    In 1990, under the guidance of Coach Lyn Lowry, the team of dedicated players began their climb to volleyball dominance. That same year they claimed the bronze medal at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) “A” Division championship. Their success continued, in 1992 the team reached a record of 62 wins and four losses. The team reclassified and chose to play in the “AAA Division.” Up against much larger schools, they met the challenge. They fought their way through and earned a second place ranking, taking the silver medal.

The Municipality created the Clarington Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. Since then, 81 Clarington sporting heroes have been inducted into the Hall of Fame in various categories. The evening has become a hallmark event in the community.

“We have many talented athletes in our Community as well as coaches, volunteers, and parents who support them. This is an evening to recognize our local sporting heroes,” said Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster.

Canadian Olympic gold medalist Kyle Shewfelt was the keynote speaker at the ceremony. Kyle won Olympic gold in gymnastics at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

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For further information, please contact:
Erica Mittag, Community Development Coordinator
905-623-5728 ext. 621

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Basia Radomski, Communications Manager
905-623-3379 ext. 2214

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