Mission/Mandate/Statement of Purpose:

The Halton Hills Sports Museum will collect, restore, preserve and display historically significant artifacts and memorabilia that recognize the important social and community development contribution that sport has played in the Town of Halton Hills. Materials will be presented in the best possible conditions to promote pride in the community, create esteem through sport and recognize contributions of volunteers. The displays in the Museum will honour and perpetuate accomplishments and contributions of people from all eras and sports throughout the Town’s communities.

THE HALTON HILLS SPORTS MUSEUM
 AND RESOURCE CENTRE
 PRESENTED HANNAH BOROTSIK WITH HER AWARD
 LAST NIGHT AT THE MUSEM.
A VERY DESERVING RECIPIENT.


Presenting Hannah with her award were members of the Board.  Left to right, Karen Bajic, Finn Poulstrup, Lisa Sherk, Hannah's Dad, Hannah, Hannah's Mom, Glenda Nixdorf, John Boyce, Mark Rowe and Bryan Lewis.





Joanne Berentson (Bingham) was in Grade 8 and already stood five-foot-10 when her dad introduced her to Grant Clatworthy, his fellow teacher and coach at Georgetown District High School (GDHS).  Berentson played pretty much every sport imaginable, but Clatworthy’s saw a lot of potential in his area of expertise.  “He said he was going to make a volleyball player out of me,” Berentson recalls.  He would deliver on that promise.
Berentson would go on to lead Clatworthy’s GDHS team to a provincial high school title before accepting a scholarship at Western Michigan University, where she would set several records that still stand today.  She followed that up with playing with the Canadian national team at the world championships, and later having a pro career in Europe.
“I thought maybe I could play in college, and you always knew Team Canada was out there,” Berentson said. “It opened up so much for me. I didn’t even know pro volleyball existed when I was in high school.”
Berentson, who now lives in Arizona, also wasn’t aware there was a Halton Hills Sports Museum Hall of Fame until she found out she had been nominated. 
After leading Georgetown to the OFSAA championship in 1986, Berentson accepted a scholarship to Western Michigan University at a time when athletic scholarships to U.S. colleges for Canadians were not common outside of hockey.
Berentson led the Broncos to Mid-American Conference championships in three of her four seasons at the school, earning championship MVP honours in her senior season. She was a two-time conference first-team all-star and 30 years after graduating, she still holds five school records, including her 611 kills in one season.  “Some of them have disappeared, which is fine,” she said. “I’m surprised I’m even still on the board.”  And while some of her marks have been surpassed, she still ranks among the top 10 career kills, service aces and points per set.
Following her college career, which earned her induction into the school’s athletic hall of fame in 2007, she played for Canada at the 1990 world championships in Beijing, China.  She also signed on to play professionally in Europe, first in Switzerland and then France.  Berentson still considers those years a career highlight.  “It was exciting getting to experience a different culture,” she said. “I got to meet people from all over the world and play against some of the people I had played against in the U.S.”
Shoulder and hip injuries eventually forced her to retire, but Berentson never lost her love for the sport.  “I just loved playing volleyball,” Berentson said. “It was always the most comfortable place for me.”
Emily Boycott, rhythmic gymnastics
Boycott is one of Canada’s most decorated Special Olympians. She has represented Canada at three Special Olympic World Summer Games, winning 16 medals (10 gold, six silver). She was twice named Ontario’s Special Olympics athlete of the year and earned four overall championships at the Canadian Special Olympics and the World Down Syndrome Games. She was recently awarded one of the 50 Medallion Awards presented by Special Olympics Ontario to mark the 50th anniversary of the first Special Olympics in Canada.
Mike Knoepfli, hockey
Knoepfli is one of only four players to score 100 goals and one of only six to record 200 points in Jr. A with the Georgetown Raiders, despite playing just three seasons. The team later retired his number.
Knoepfli was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He played four seasons at Cornell University, winning two conference championships with the Big Red, and was named team captain in his senior year. He earned four team awards at Cornell, recognizing his leadership, academic achievement and dedication.
Knoepfli went on to play 11 seasons of pro hockey in Switzerland.
Cristy Nurse, rowing
Nurse was a member of the Canadian women’s rowing team from 2010 to 2016. She represented Canada at several world championships, winning four silver and two bronze medals.
Nurse was named to the Canadian Olympic team in 2016 for the Rio Games, where Canada finished fifth. That year she was named the Rowing Canada’s senior athlete of the year.
Prior to switching to rowing, Nurse was a member of the Guelph Gryphons Ontario university championship basketball team.
She was also named the University of Ottawa’s rowing athlete of the year while attending law school in the nation’s capital.
Rod Pasma, hockey
A standout with the Georgetown Gemini Jr. B team, Pasma was drafted ninth overall in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) draft and a year later the Washington Capitals selected him in the second round of the 1990 NHL draft. Following three seasons in the OHL, he played for Laurentian University where he was named team captain.
After a season of minor pro hockey, Pasma switched his focus to the administrative side of the game. In 1998, he joined the NHL’s operations department, supervising officials. He then began working his way through the minor leagues in variety of roles from the Central Hockey League, to the East Coast Hockey League and to executive vice-president of hockey operations for the American Hockey League. He now holds the same title with the NHL, managing the nightly operations of the league’s video room.
Sunny Acre Farms (Bianchi Family), hockey
Recognized as minor hockey’s "super sponsor," Sunny Acre Farms has sponsored hockey in Georgetown for 50 years, specifically a long-standing affiliation with the local midget AA team.
Walter Bianchi started the sponsorship in the 1960s. Since his death in 2001, his son Gary has carried on the tradition.  Both Walter and Gary were more than team sponsors, though. They were fans of the team as well, with both being fixtures in the stands over the years, cheering on the team at both home and away games.  Sunny Acres has also supported the Georgetown Hockey Heritage dinner for more than 40 years.
THE HALTON HILLS SPORTS MUSEUM AND RESOURCE CENTRE IS VERY HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE OUR LATEST SPORT KID OF THE MONTH - LAWSON SHERK!


PRESENTING LAWSON WITH HIS AWARD
 ARE LEFT TO RIGHT:
STEVE FOREMAN, VICE-CHAIR; FINN POULSTRUP, CHAIR; GLORIA SINCLAIR, BOARD MEMBER; LAWSON; KAREN BAJIC, BOARD MEMBER; GLENDA NIXDORF, SECRETARY; MARK ROWE, BOARD MEMBER; JOHN BOYCE, BOARD MEMBER.



LAWSON'S FAMILY:  MOM LISA, DAD BRUCE, 
SISTER REBECCA, MISSING RACHEL
MEMBERS OF THE HALTON HILLS SPORTS MUSEUM AND RESOURCE CENTRE BOARD MET RECENTLY WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF HALTON REGION AND THE TOWN OF HALTON HILLS TO BRAINSTORM ON THE SUSTAINABILITY OF THE MUSEUM.  

MANY WORTHWHILE IDEAS WERE DISCUSSED TO FURTHER PROMOTE THE MUSEUM.




2018 HALL OF FAME INDUCTION GALA

INDUCTEES

CHILDREN OF HARRY LAWSON
 ACCEPTING ON HIS BEHALF

DENIS GIBBONS & MRS. GIBBONS

TRENT CULL & FAMILY


PARENTS OF SHAWN HILL 
ACCEPTING ON HIS BEHALF




CHAIR OF HALTON HILLS SPORTS MUSEUM
 & RESOURCE CENTRE & 2015 INDUCTEE
FINN POULSTRUP & RACHEL POULSTRUP

KEYNOTE SPEAKER - SANDY HAWLEY
 & MRS. HAWLEY

HALTON HILLS SPORTS MUSEUM VICE-CHAIR
 AND GALA CHAIR - STEVE FOREMAN

 CHAIR OF SELECTION COMMITTEE & 
2010 INDUCTEE JOHN BOYCE

SECRETARY/VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT CURATOR
 & 2012 INDUCTEE - GLENDA NIXDORF
 & 2017 INDUCTEE MICHAEL MITCHELL

GLORIA SINCLAIR - 2013 INDUCTEE &
 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 KAREN BAJIC - BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND GEORGETOWN SOCCER CLUB REP

2014 INDUCTEE KAITLYN ANDREWS, ANN ANDREWS
 & 2007 INDUCTEE & BOARD OF DIRECTORS -
BRUCE ANDREWS

BRYAN LEWIS - BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 & 2012 INDUCTEE, PAT GRAHAM - BOARD OF DIRECTORS & 2010 INDUCTEE, 
BOB HOOPER - HALTON HILLS SPORTS MUSEUM TREASURER & 2011 INDUCTEE, 
BRUCE ANDREWS - BOARD OF DIRECTORS & 
2007 INDUCTEE

DAVID KENTNER - BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 & 2014 INDUCTEE & MRS. KENTNER

GERRY OCKENDEN - 2008 INDUCTEE

HUGO DITTFACH - 2017 INDUCTEE
 & MRS. DITTFACH

GOOD FRIENDS SANDY HAWLEY
 & HUGO DITTFACH





The Halton Hills Sports Museum Hall of Fame brought in five new inductees at its 12th-annual ceremony on Thursday, June 21 at the John Elliott Theatre in Georgetown.
Special guest speaker for the evening was Canadian thoroughbred racing jockey legend Sandy Hawley.
The 2018 inductees are: Trent Cull (athlete, hockey), Denis Gibbons (builder, hockey), 1987-88 Georgetown juvenile AAA Junior Gemini (team), Shawn Hill (athlete, baseball) and Harry Lawson (athlete, baseball).


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Trent Cull - Athlete - Hockey 

After a 10-year career in minor pro leagues as a tough, stalwart defenceman, the 1994 Toronto Maple Leafs' free-agent signee is currently forging another path as the head coach of the Vancouver Canucks' American Hockey League club in Utica, N.Y.


Cull stepped into the Georgetown Jr. B Raiders as a 15-year-old and quickly made the jump to the Ontario Hockey League, playing five seasons with Owen Sound, Windsor and Kingston, earning selection to Canada's under-17 national team.
Youngest of four brothers, the 44-year-old Cull's minor pro career included 435 AHL games with St. John's, Springfield, Wilkes-Barre, Houston and Syracuse.
He lifted the Turner Cup championship trophy in 1989 as a member of the International Hockey League's Houston Aeros in one of the highlights of his career.
Retirement from playing didn't last long as he accepted an assistant coaching role with the OHL's Guelph Platers for two seasons before moving on to the AHL's Syracuse Crunch as an assistant in the first of two four-year stints there.
In between was a three-year tenure as head coach of the OHL Sudbury Wolves and last summer he took on the lead duties with the AHL's Utica Comets, who are trailing the Toronto Marlies 2-0 in their best-of-five first-round playoff series.
Denis Gibbons - Builder - Hockey
A researcher, journalist, book author and former Acton minor hockey volunteer is considered an authority on international hockey history and documenter of the sport's development, having attended seven Winter Olympic Games, eight World Junior Championships and four World Championships.
Gibbons, who turns 75 in August, took great interest in international hockey in 1974 when he visited Moscow as part of the first sports exchange between the Soviet Union and Canada, since then developing a speaking, writing and reading knowledge of Russian, while studying Czech, German, Japanese and Spanish.
The former Independent & Free Press sports editor (1973-78) has been a part-time writer and editor for The Hockey News since 1980, as well as freelance writing for the Globe & Mail and Broadcast News. Gibbons was the chief writer for the official hockey program at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
He was presented with the President's Award in 2014 by the Society for International Hockey Research for his two-plus decades with that organization.
Gibbons, now a Burlington resident, also recently authored a book called Hockey My Door to Europe, in which he shares his many exploits covering international events.
Shawn Hill - Athlete - Baseball
For a Canadian, just getting drafted by a major league club is a huge accomplishment, and while his promising pitching career was thrown a series of curve balls in the form of arm injuries, the Georgetown Minor Baseball Association graduate is most proud of his diamond memories when wearing a Team Canada jersey.
Drafted by the San Diego Padres in 1999 and again the next year by Montreal, Hill toiled in the minor league system of the Expos for five years until making his debut in 2004 against Philadelphia.
The Mississauga native went 1-2 that season, with the win coming against the Toronto Blue Jays, before multiple injury setbacks, including two Tommy John surgeries, sent the six-foot-two, 225 pounder to the disabled list for much of five years, save for seven starts with the Washington Nationals in 2007 and three appearances with the Padres in 2009.
He did get to start four games for his hometown Blue Jays in 2010 and in his second go-around with Toronto in 2012, recorded a win in relief against the New York Yankees.
Hill, who'll celebrate his 37th birthday on April 28, represented Canada at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Greece and tossed a gem in the semifinals, leaving the game with the lead before a turn of events resulted in the red and white finishing fourth in the tournament.
The Stubby Clapp Award recipient in 2012 from Baseball Canada was on board for his country as they won gold medals at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2011 and repeated as champs at the Pan Ams in Toronto in 2015, after which Hill retired.
1987-1988 Georgetown Juvenile AA
Junior Gemini - Team

The only Georgetown team to ever win both an Ontario Minor Hockey Association title and North American Silver Stick championship in the same season almost didn't get the chance to participate in the latter tournament.
At the regional qualifier in Ajax earlier that season, the Junior Gemini finished second in its division behind the host club and the format stated that only division winners could advance to the final stage.
GMHA executive members and team manager Barb Hanman argued that Georgetown's juveniles had a better record in the qualifier than other teams that had advanced and the organizers in Mooretown concurred, allowing the club to participate.
The Junior Geminis avenged an opening-game 5-3 loss to Beamsville to beat the same club 7-2 in the championship game for the North American title banner.
Coached by 2005 Georgetown Hockey Heritage Award recipient Charlie Hanman, the team overcame several player injuries to pull off the rare double in its "miracle season."
Georgetown rolled through the OMHA playoffs, posting an 11-1 record in series wins over Streetsville, Kingston and Grimsby, backed by the superb netminding duo of John Lantz and Joe Balson.
Harry Lawson - Athlete - Baseball
The lifelong Acton resident was a star left-handed pitcher at the youth and Intercounty levels in the 1940s and '50s, so much so that he attracted the interest of some big-league teams.
Lawson, who passed away in 1997 at age 65, attended a training camp for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1949 at London, Ont. along with fellow Halton Hills Sports Museum inductee Harold Townsley (2010).
In 1950, Lawson received an invite from the New York Yankees to attend their training camp in St. Petersburg, Fla. that included superstar Mickey Mantle, and the following year the St. Louis Cardinals came calling, offering him a minor-league contract.
But Lawson declined, as he'd just married his high school sweetheart, hairdresser Lois Wilson, and didn't feel that the contract offer was lucrative enough to relocate to the U.S.
During his brief time with the Cardinals, however, Lawson became friends with the great Satchel Paige and was given a game-worn St. Louis jersey by the first player from the Negro leagues to pitch in a World Series game in 1948.
After his outstanding playing career with the Galt Terriers of the Ontario Senior Intercounty League was over, Lawson remained active in coaching youth baseball and intermediate softball teams in Acton for more than 20 years.
THE ESQUESING HISTORICAL SOCIETY VISITED THE HALTON HILLS SPORTS MUSEUM TO HEAR ABOUT GEORGETOWN'S HOCKEY HERITAGE FROM THE HOCKEY EXPERTS BELOW:  LEFT TO RIGHT, DAVE KENTNER, FINN POULSTRUP AND BRYAN LEWIS.
FOLLOWING THE PRESENTATIONS, SPEAKERS AND MUSEUM VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT CURATOR GLENDA NIXDORF DISPLAYED THE NEW REPLICA SIGN CREATED BY ARTCAST.  BRICKS IN THE BACKGROUND HAVE BEEN REPURPOSED FROM THE GEORGETOWN MEMORIAL ARENA.

IT WAS A WONDERFUL NIGHT OF
 FAMILY AND FRIENDS GETTING TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE THE
 2017 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES


EACH INDUCTEE RECEIVES ONE OF THESE BEAUTIFUL AWARDS DESIGNED AND PRODUCED BY ANDREW KUNTZ OF GLEN WILLIAMS.  


ARRIVING FOR THE RECEPTION:  HUGO DIFFACH AND WIFE BETTY


RACHEL DODS, FINN POULSTRUP, CHAIR OF HALTON HILLS SPORTS MUSEUM AND GLENDA NIXDORF, SECRETARY & VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT CURATOR


FINN POULSTRUP AND SANDY HAWLEY - ONE OF THE
 GREATEST HORSE RIDERS IN CANADA.


KEYNOTE SPEAKER MIKE KNOEPFLI AND LYNETTE KNOEPFLI


INDUCTEE GABY SZANTO (CENTRE) AND FRIENDS


INDUCTEE MICHAEL MITCHELL


INDUCTEE NOREEN ATKINSON AND FATHER GEORGE


INDUCTEE JONATHAN CORNWELL (LEFT) AND GALA CHAIR STEVE FOREMAN


TED AROTT MPP WELLINGTON-HALTON HILLS


ANNE ANDREWS AND DEBBIE BOYCOTT - 2016 INDUCTEE


DANA PITCHER, SPORT KID OF THE MONTH FOR DECEMBER/16
 WITH PARENTS GREIG AND CRYSTAL



JOHN BOYCE, CHAIR OF SELECTION COMMITTEE
 AND JURI KUDRASOVS - 2016 INDUCTEE


PAT GRAHAM - 2009 INDUCTEE


HADDY SMEDEMA - 2010 INDUCTEE AND SON