Dalhousie celebrates its athletic history
Katya Sodamin - October 1, 2012
Inspirational stories of determination, hard work and exceptional talent entertained everyone who attended Saturday’s induction ceremony for the fifth class of Dalhousie’s Sport Hall of Fame. A perfect addition to the homecoming weekend festivities, this event celebrated Dalhousie’s rich sports history and the university’s tradition of excellence in academics and athletics.
The 2012 inductees include:
Larry Archibald (basketball, track and field, wrestling)
A member of the Tigers basketball, track and field and wrestling teams in the late 1960s, Larry was a co-winner of the Climo Award as Dalhousie’s Male Athlete of the Year in 1969-70. He set many Dalhousie basketball records including the most points in one game (33) and the most points in one season (276) and was an AUAA all-star in 1969-70. As a track and field athlete, he earned AUAA silver medals in both the 200m sprint and 110m hurdles and with the Tigers wrestling club he took first place at the provincial championship in 1969.
Reg Cluney (football)
From 1949-55 Tigers football fans watched with anticipation to see what Reg Cluney would do on the field. A two-year captain, his talent and leadership steered Dalhousie to the Purdy Cup Championship title in 1951 and 1954. In 1951 he received the Duffus Award as the league MVP and in 1954 he was named the Purdy Cup championship MVP. A three-time Tigers football MVP, Reg was also presented with the Climo Award as Dalhousie’s Male Athlete of the Year for the 1954-55 season.
Andrew Cole (swimming)
During his Tigers career Andrew Cole collected 17 AUAA medals and eight CIAU medals to earn distinction as an AUAA all-star and a CIAU first team all-Canadian. He set AUAA, Dalhousie, and Nova Scotia records in the 100m and 200m breaststroke events, and helped the Tigers claim the 1981-82 AUAA championship title. A five-time Dalhousie swimming team MVP, Andrew also received the Climo Award as Dalhousie’s Male Athlete of the Year in the 1983-84 season.
Dr. Alexander (Sandy) Young
A celebrated educator and sport historian, Sandy Young is known for his encouragement of athletes and publications on Nova Scotian sports history, including Beyond Heroes, a two-volume history of sport in Nova Scotia. He came to Dalhousie in 1970 to teach at the School of Physical Education (now the School of Health and Human Performance) and provided great leadership for the faculty as well as Dalhousie athletics. He led the way for many sport advocacy initiatives including the foundation of the Dalhousie Award, which was later renamed the A.J. Sandy Young Award. The award is presented annually to an individual who has greatly contributed to sport in Nova Scotia. Sandy, a regular presenter at Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame (NSSHF) Induction Nights for over 15 years was inducted into NSSHF as a builder in 2002. (Sandy's award was accepted by family friend and Dalhousie professor Lesley Barnes)
1994-95 Women’s Soccer Team
Under the leadership of head coach Neil Turnbull, the 1994 women’s soccer team finished the regular season tied with Acadia for first place with five wins, one loss and five ties. At the AUS championship the Tigers earned the league title over Acadia in a sudden death shootout after a scoreless 90 minutes of regulation time and two 15-minute extra time periods. The CIAU championship was equally hard-fought. Dalhousie faced UBC in the championship game which went through two overtime periods before the Tigers were crowned national champions after a sudden death shootout. This was the first women’s soccer CIAU championship in Dalhousie history.
The Department of Athletics and Recreational Services extends special congratulations to the 2012 inductees and welcomes visitors to view their accomplishments on the commemorative plaques that will be installed in the entry ramp to the Dalplex fieldhouse.