(Halifax, N.S.) – Former Tigers women’s basketball player Anna (Pendergast) Stammberger and volleyball players (and brothers) Paul and Eric Villeneuve will be inducted to the Dalhousie Sport Hall of Fame on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at the sixth induction ceremony.
Presented by Morneau Shepell, the ceremony will take place at the Westin Nova Scotian, in conjunction with the Tigers annual dinner and auction.
The 2016 Sport Hall of Fame inductees include:
Anna (Pendergast) Stammberger
A member of the Dalhousie women’s basketball team (1978-83), Anna is a three-time AUAA (AUS) all-star, two-time MVP and two-time CIAU (CIS) All-Canadian. She helped lead the Tigers to a silver medal at the national championship in 1979-81 and a bronze in 1981-82. A 12 year member of Canada’s national team, she went on to play 15 seasons in the German semi-professional Bundesliga league.
“I’m honoured to be inducted into the Dalhousie Sport Hall of Fame,” says Anna. “Dalhousie has been an integral part of my life for decades. Dalhousie and its community have supported me throughout my personal development and growth as a student-athlete during my whole athletic career. Returning to Dalhousie as a coach reaffirmed for me how grateful and proud I am to be part of the Dal family.”
Paul and Eric Villeneuve
The Villeneuve brothers both played five years with the Tigers, sharing the court for three of those seasons. Between them, they have four CIAU (CIS) medals, three CIAU (CIS) second team all-Canadian selections, 10 AUAA (AUS) titles, six AUAA (AUS) all-star nods, four Tigers volleyball team MVPs and two Dalhousie rookie of the year awards.
“I am honoured to be inducted into the Dalhousie Sport Hall of Fame,” says Paul. “I have nothing but tremendous memories of my years as a Tiger and I look back with fondness on all of it; the friendships, the laughs, the hard work, the battles and the celebrations. Being inducted with Eric makes it even more special and I look forward to the festivities on May 3.”
Paul played from 1989-1994 and was also the Tigers Climo Award (male MVP) winner for his performance in the 1991-92 season and received the CIAU (CIS) student-athlete community service award in the 1993-94 season.
“I enjoyed five of the best years of my life as a Tiger,” says Eric. “I always considered it an honour to represent Dalhousie. Many of my closest friends are those I made at Dal and it is always so much fun to think back to the good times we had playing together. To be inducted alongside my brother is very special. We were always very close growing up and he was a big reason why I chose to come to Dalhousie. To be inducted together is a very special feeling.”
Eric was with the Tigers from 1991-1997 and was named the AUAA (AUS) rookie of year (1991-92) and won the Dalhousie President’s Award for excellence in athletics, academics and community service in the 1993-94 season.
“I’m honoured to welcome everyone to what will be a special evening paying tribute to this year’s Hall of Fame class,” says Dalhousie’s Director of Varsity Athletics, Tim Maloney. “Rogers Sportsnet Central anchor Ken Reid will be joining us for what is sure to be a tremendously successful event both as a fundraiser for athletics, and an entertaining evening.”
The evening features a reception for guests to view silent and live items, followed by a three-course dinner, Hall of Fame induction and live auction. Tickets will be available for purchase on April 1, 2016. Tables of 10 are $1,200 and individual tickets are $125.
About the Dalhousie Sport Hall of Fame
The Dalhousie Sport Hall of Fame is designed to recognize individuals and teams who have achieved excellence while representing Dalhousie University in athletic competition. The first induction ceremony took place in October of 2004 and took place biannually until 2015 when it was combined with the Tigers annual dinner and auction.
About Morneau Shepell Inc.
Morneau Shepell is the only human resources consulting and technology company that takes an integrative approach to employee assistance, health, benefits, and retirement needs. The Company is the leading provider of Employee and Family Assistance Programs, the largest administrator of pension and benefits plans and the largest provider of integrated absence management solutions in Canada. Through health and productivity, administrative, and retirement solutions, Morneau Shepell helps clients reduce costs, increase employee productivity, and improve their competitive position.
Established in 1966, Morneau Shepell serves more than 20,000 clients, ranging from small businesses to some of the largest corporations and associations in North America. With almost 4,000 employees in offices across North America, Morneau Shepell provides services to organizations across Canada, in the United States, and around the globe. Morneau Shepell is a publicly-traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: MSI). For more information, visit morneaushepell.com.
About Ken Reid
You can catch Ken alongside co-anchor Evanka Osmak weeknights on the Prime Time Edition of Sportsnet Central. Ken can also be heard frequently on Sportsnet 590 The FAN. He is the author of the national best seller “Hockey Card Stories”. His second book, “One Night Only: Conversations with the NHL’s One-Game Wonders”, will hit book shelves in October 2016. Ken has covered just about everything during his almost 20 years in television, from the Olympics to the Stanley Cup Final, Grey Cups and the Super Bowl. He started his broadcasting career at Access Cable in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, followed by stops in Calgary, Ottawa, Edmonton and finally Toronto. Ken is a proud native of Pictou, Nova Scotia.
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