The Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame & Museum is pleased to announce that it will induct a University of Manitoba star from Basketball, an international medallist and builder from Lawn Bowls and two national championship teams from Football at Sport Manitoba’s Night of Champions, presented by the Manitoba Chicken Producers, on Monday, April 30, 2012 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.
Clarice (Lawton) Fitzpatrick will be inducted in the All Round category for her contributions to the sport of Lawn Bowls since the mid-80’s to the present. As a competitor Fitzpatrick has won 20 medals at the national level and three more on the international scene. She continues to dominate at the seniors level and was competing in Hong Kong last November when she was to enter the Hall. On the builder side, she is a certified official, a level 2 coach/instructor and former President of Bowls Manitoba.
Terry Ball will be inducted as an Athlete based upon his dominance on the university scene from 1966-70 with the Manitoba Bisons. As a big guard who shot left-handed, Ball scored at will in his day and was the league scoring champ three times to go with his four Western All-Star nods and four All-Canadian honours. In 1967, ’68 and ’69 he was the Bisons’ MVP and the school’s Most Outstanding Athlete in 1968. Ball also played with the Canadian National Team in the summer of 1970. He was inducted into the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991.
1960 & 1962 St. Vital Bulldogs will be inducted in the Team category for their national championship wins as the Canadian Rugby Union (CRU)’s Percy Robinson Trophy. The Bulldogs won the Intermediate (Senior) title with a 21-8 win over the Verdun Shamcats of Montreal in 1960. The 1962 squad turned the trick with a hard-fought win over the East York Argonauts of Toronto with a final score of 29-7 in the national title game.
Tickets may be purchased by the public at a cost of $40 each. Tickets are available for purchase online through Sport Manitoba’s website. Please go to: http://www.sportmanitoba.ca/nightofchampions to purchase tickets.
The Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame mandate is to preserve, celebrate and showcase the history and heritage of sport excellence and achievement in Manitoba.
Sport Manitoba is a not for profit organization and the lead planning, programming and funding agency for the development of amateur sport in Manitoba. Located in the Sport for Life Centre, Sport Manitoba partners with over 100 organizations to deliver sport in our province and is responsible for programs including the Power Smart Manitoba Games, Coaching Manitoba, Team Manitoba, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame & Museum, and KidSport. Services provided include the Sport Medicine Centre, Sport Performance Centre, and Sport Resource Centre.
For More Information:
Sport Heritage Manager, Rick Brownlee
(204)612-7272 (cell) or 925-5736 (office)