Steve Nash among this year’s inductees into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

Steve Nash among this year's inductees into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

Vancouver Island-raised Steve Nash is among those who will be inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.

Nash, a two-time NBA MVP and eight-time All-Star, was named as one of six athletes to be inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday. The St. Michaels University School graduate spent 18 years in the league point guard, playing with the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers.

Joining Nash this year are hockey players, Willie O’Ree, Sheldon Kennedy; golfer Lorie Kane; track and field athlete Diane Jones-Konihowski; curler Sonja Gaudet; equestrian Eric Lamaze and powerlifter John “Jackie” Barrett.

Ross Powless, a Mohawk lacrosse player and coach; Duncan Campbell, a wheelchair rugby founder and player; and Commonwealth Games leader Judy Kent enter as builders. O’Ree and Kennedy were also admitted into the  Canadian Sports Hall of Fame as builders.

The Sports Hall of Fame is inducting six athletes and five builders in recognition of its 65th anniversary in 2020. The annual fall induction gala has been postponed to 2021 because of COVID-19.

“In these uncertain times, we are thrilled to be able to share a good news story and to have this remarkable group of people to induct into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame next year,” Hall president and chief executive officer Cheryl Bernard said in a statement Wednesday.

with files from the Canadian Press


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