Sports Wall of Fame

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:  The Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame Committee have made a difficult decision. They will not be hosting an Induction Ceremony in January 2021, due to the coronovirus pandemic.  

31st Annual Sports Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The 31st Annual Sports Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held on Sunday, January 26, 2020.

 

Nominations

Although the January 2021 Induction Ceremony has been cancelled, the Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame Committee will continue to accept nominations throughout the year.  

 

About The Sports Wall of Fame

The Sports Wall of Fame's objective is to honour and perpetuate the names and deeds of those individuals whose athletic abilities have brought fame to themselves and their community and of those individuals whose interest in and work for sport has resulted in a climate which benefited athletes and athletics. There are three categories: Athlete, Team and Builder.

The Sports Wall of Fame Sponsor Award is presented to a corporation or group in recognition of a minimum of five years significant contribution to sports in the City of Niagara Falls.  For further information about the Sports Wall of Fame please contact Recreation and Culture at 905-356-7521 ext. 3332 or by email.  You can also visit the Virtual Sports Wall of Fame

SWOF 2019

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

View the Sports Wall of Fame

The Sports Wall of Fame can be found at the Gale Centre Arena in the foyer and the Builder plaques are located in the Sam Long Room, of the Gale Centre. View the event on-line on the City website, on YourTV on Channel 10 and in high definition on Channel 700. Thank you to YourTV for coverage of the event. Watch the YourTV coverage on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 6 p.m.

Pleaes check the Your TV listings for additional event airing dates.

Nominations:

Please see the link above for the nomination form or pick one up at the MacBain Community Centre or the Gale Centre. If you have any questions, please contact staff liaison Lori Albanese.

 

Nomination Forms are available at:

  • MyCity Customer Service Centre is located in the MacBain Community Centre, 7150 Montrose Road, Unit 1, Niagara Falls, ON L2H 3N3
  • Gale Centre, 5152 Thorold Stone Road, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 0A2 

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 Induction Ceremony

  • Sunday, January 26th, 2020 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Gale Centre, 5152 Thorold Stone Road, Niagara Falls, ON  L2E 0A2

Sports Wall of Fame Open House

  • Cancelled  - Gale Centre, 5152 Thorold Stone Road, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 0A2

Sports Wall of Fame Committee

Executive Committee

  • Mayor Jim Diodati, Honourary Chair
  • Paisley Janvary-Pool, Chair
  • Paul Campigotto, Era Chair Pre 1990
  • Gord Singleton, Era Chair 1991 - Present

Era Committees

Pre 19901991 - Present
Paul Campigotto - ChairGord Singleton - Chair
Jim AtackEmily Allan
Bill Irvine Gary MacDonald
Shirley FisherMike Strange
Brian Mulligan Mick Wolfe
Dr. William Leskiw 

Lifetime Members: Caroline Gibbs, Cline Stephenson

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