Sports Wall of Fame

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame Committee has made a difficult decision and will not host an Induction Ceremony in January 2021.


About The Sports Wall of Fame

The Sports Wall of Fame's objective is to honour and perpetuate the names and deeds of Athletes and Teams whose athletic abilities have brought fame to themselves and our community, and of Builders whose interest in and work for sport has resulted in a climate which benefited athletes and athletics. We accept nominations in each of those three categories.

The Sponsor Award is presented to corporations and groups in recognition of their significant contribution to sports in the City of Niagara Falls, over a span of at least five years.

View the Sports Wall of Fame

Visit the Virtual Sports Wall of Fame!

The Sports Wall of Fame is located at the Gale Centre (temporarily closed to the public), with plaques on display in the foyer and in the Sam Long Room (Builders).

Nominations

Online nomination form for athletes, teams, builders and sponsors.

Deadline to submit nominations is the first Friday in May (May 7, 2021).

Supporting documents and one (1) photo of the nominee must be received by the submission deadline. Photos should be approximately 5 x 7 inches and of clear, high quality (black and white is preferred). All materials should be sent via email, fax, or post to the Recreation & Culture office at the MacBain Community Centre.

Hardcopy forms will also be available from our offices at the MacBain Community Centre and Gale Centre during regular business hours, when our facilities re-open to the public. 


Induction Ceremonies

31st Annual Sports Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony (2020)

The 31st Annual Sports Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held on Sunday, January 26, 2020. The ceremony was televised in 2020 on YourTV (Cable 10/HD 700). Watch the video below and scroll down for a list of the inductees from the past two years.

  

2019 Sports Wall of Fame Inductees

Pre 1990 Era

NameCategorySport
David ConteBuilderHockey
Larry Gardner (Automatic)AthleteSwimming
Mike MacGillivrayBuilderHockey

1991 - Present Era

NameCategorySport
Ray Barkwill (Automatic)AthleteRugby
Todd SimonAthleteHockey

2019 Sports Wall of Fame Sponsor Award Recipients

  • Alison's Sports Awards & Promotions (ASAP)
  • Canadian Tire - McLeod Road & Montrose Road locations 

2018 Sports Wall of Fame Inductees

Pre 1990 Era

NameCategorySport
Ernest (Ernie) Reinhart & Emil (Sonny) BadovinacBuilderSlo-Pitch

1991 - Present Era

NameCategorySport
Ron GallenBuilderBoxing
Gary MacDonaldBuilderRugby
Chris MacKenzieBuilderHockey
Laura MacKenzieAthleteHockey
Saint Michael Catholic High School Senior Boys Soccer Team, 2008TeamSoccer

2018 Sports Wall of Fame Sponsor Award Recipients

  • Doc Magilligan's Restaurant & Irish Pub 
  • The Niagara Falls Review

30th Anniversary Sponsor Award Recipients

  • Lococo's Fruits & Vegetables
  • Portage Bakery
  • Tim Hortons

Sports Wall of Fame Committee

  • Mayor Jim Diodati, Honourary Chair
  • Paisley Janvary-Pool, Chair
  • Emily Allen
  • Jim Atack
  • Paul Campigotto
  • Shirley Fisher
  • Bill Irvine
  • Dr. Bill Leskiw
  • Gary MacDonald
  • Brian Mulligan
  • Gord Singleton
  • Mike Strange, Councillor
  • Mick Wolfe

 Lifetime Members


 Sponsors

The City of Niagara Falls and the Sports Wall of Fame Committee would like to thank the following people and businesses for their generous support:

  • 105.1 The River
  • Archie Hood
  • Break-A-Way Concessions
  • Casey Hyde
  • Cataract Collision
  • Condotta Merrett Insurance
  • Dobbie's Florists Ltd.
  • Good Life Fitness
  • Inn the Pines
  • Jiffy Lube
  • Lococo's Fruits and Vegetables
  • Meridian Credit Union
  • Niagara Battery & Tire Ltd.
  • Niagara Falls Professional Firefighters Association
  • Niagara Falls Review
  • Niagara This Week
  • Portage Bakery
  • Roman Cheese 
  • Royal Linen
  • Ruth's Optical Inc.
  • Sarah Nicholson
  • SNAP’d Niagara Falls
  • Studio 55 Digital
  • The Jacket Cellar
  • Tim Hortons (Montrose & Thorold Stone Road)
  • Value Muffler & Brake
  • YourTV