Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 43 Scarborough East) will officially open the City's new Toronto Sport Hall of Honour at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. He will also participate in the induction ceremony to recognize and celebrate people and groups for their sport contributions and accomplishments in Toronto. The inductees will include hockey legend Johnny Bower and tennis superstar Milos Raonic.
Date: Thursday, February 25
Time: 5:30 to 6 p.m. Inductees available for media interviews
6:30 p.m. Induction Ceremony
Location: Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, 875 Morningside Ave. (btw Ellesmere & 401)
Toronto Sport Hall of Honour inductees:
- Athletes of the Year: Vaune Davis, Anthony Gale, Shelley Gautier, Milos Raonic
- Team of the Year: York University Lions Men's Soccer Team
- Coach of the Year: Jennifer Yiu Yiu Lee
>LI>Builders: Archie Allison, Alan Brookes
- Sport Legends: Johnny Bower, Marilyn Bell DiLascio, Angela James, George Seymour Lyon, Marina van der Merwe
- Spirit of Sport: Herbert H. Carnegie
- Lifetime Achievement: Glenn Tarver
Please note that the inductees - or - their representatives will be in attendance.
Alan Brookes first organized a race in 1983 while he was a history professor at the University of Guelph. In 1987, he began to pursue a full-time career as a race director. Alan was also a competitive club runner in his own right, with a best time of 2:34 for a full marathon.
In 1990, he founded the Coors Light Running Series, a six-pack of races in Downtown Toronto combining international-class athletics with community fundraising. In 1999, events in Vancouver and Montreal were added to form the Canada Running Series/Circuit du Canada. The series finale, the Coors Light Toronto Half-Marathon, eventually evolved into the prestigious International Association of Athletics Federations Gold Label Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and Half-Marathon, attracting 26,000 runners annually. In 2015, he and his team, were commissioned to organize the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games marathons and race walks.
Alanís driving mission is "building community through running," a principle he implements through the twin pillars of organization and innovation. Alan is a tireless champion of distance running and a committed community worker.
Inductee photos and bios are available at: Toronto.ca.
This first annual event is a legacy initiative of the City of Toronto's Host City Showcase Program from the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.
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