New features for Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame ceremony

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The Niagara Falls Sports Wall of Fame will see a new format for its 30th annual induction ceremony Jan. 27.

In addition to a new video commemorating this year's seven new inductees, the event will be livestreamed on the city's website and soon after uploaded onto YouTube.

The video, created by Niagara College broadcast student Sarah Nicholson, features interviews with the people who nominated the inductees.

"It's like a pilot project, to see how it goes," says Lori Albanese, the city's recreation and culture community development co-ordinator. "It's really nice to have this."

About 200 people are expected to attend the ceremony at Gale Centre's Memorial Room, starting at 2 p.m. A reception will be held afterwards.

Athletes being inducted this year are the Saint Michael Catholic High Hchool 2008 senior boys soccer team and hockey player Laura MacKenzie. Inducted as builders are Ron Gallen (boxing), Gary MacDonald (rugby), Chris MacKenzie (hockey) and Ernest Reinhart and Emil Badovinac (slo-pitch).

It will bring the total number of inductees since 1990 to 319. All have their plaques displayed at Gale Centre.

Since it formed, the wall of fame has been chaired by former city councillor and 2011 inductee Paisley Janvary-Pool.

Albanese says while there are still prominent names that could be added to the wall, many haven't completed their athletic careers yet. Others simply haven't been nominated. Nomination forms can be found at

"Anyone to be considered still needs to be nominated," says Albanese. "Sometimes people will say to us, 'Why isn't this person up there?' It's because a formal nomination needs to come in.

"The deadline for the committee to consider (inductees) for the 2020 awards is Friday, May 3."


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Posted on: 1/14/2019 9:01 AM - Category: In the News