Op-Ed, DANNY JOSEPH
A number of years ago, at about the time I remember still having hair, a group of incredibly talented people (myself excluded) whose dedication to sport history and heritage was palpable, banded together to foster their passions.
Thirty years later, we who took up the mantle, still carry that torch to celebrate the very rich sport history and yearly accomplishments of Truro and Colchester County. The Truro Sport Heritage Society celebrate, on an annual basis feats on the sports fields, rinks and floors of our area. We honour athletes (to them the glory); we honour coaches (to them the rich rewards of pride); and we honour volunteers (to them - everything).
At first our celebrations we took on an aura of glitz and glam. We saluted the Mike Bossys, the Dennis Hulls, major league ballplayers and umpires and so many more luminaries. Then one day, sounds rather dramatic we all realized something was missing. Home cookin’. What was wrong with Stacey Cameron? Eric Lapointe? Special Olympians? All from our own backyards. And home cookin’ made its debut and we have flourished ever since.
We really need you to make our annual awards dinner truly a celebration of community. Your neighbour spends 20 hours a week or more at the rink teaching eight year olds how to figure skate. A certain volleyball coach starts his day at 6:30 a.m. with practice - which has more often than not lead to perfection. Mom takes a group of sweaty hockey players to New Glasgow in all manner of weather, and has for 15 years.
Nomination forms in a myriad of categories are so very easily accessible from this writer or from any member of the Sport Heritage board, from the Marigold, from town and county recreation offices and online at www. Trurosporthalloffame.
Join us as we fete your friends, sons, daughters and neighbours on Thursday, March 6. It will be a night you and your children will long cherish. And not simply because he or she won in some category, but rather they were nominated for their efforts and dedication with the people who mean the most to them - their peers.
And the society would be remiss if we didn’t give a gigantic shout out to the business community for whom we are so indebted. We most certainly could not function without your gracious support.
The efforts of many dedicated people past and present have given our community an important night and through their efforts we have a Sport Hall of Fame second-to-none outside Metro. Come visit and relive some very special memories.
Danny Joseph is a lifelong resident of Truro.