TRURO, N.S. – The Truro Sports Heritage Society will host its annual Sports Heritage Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Marigold Cultural Centre on Nov. 9.
Four individuals and one team will be enshrined into the Hall, including Sue Kaye (hockey), Steve Locke (fastpitch and golf), Becky Bell Routledge (softball), Terry Baker (football) and the 1968 Truro Trojan midget football team.
Tickets can be purchased for the Induction at the Marigold Cultural Centre for $15 each. A social will begin at 6:30 p.m., with presentations beginning at 7 p.m. For more information, call 902-897-4004.
Today, we take a look at the sporting accomplishments of inductee Steve Locke.
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Stephen Locke has achieved athletic success in several sports during an outstanding career that has spanned more than 50 years.
In 1968-1969 he captured his first championship, when his Brookfield Elks minor hockey team won the Truro and District bantam championship. In 1974 he was named MVP of the Division 2 boys high school basketball championship, representing South Colchester. Following graduation, he donned the black and gold of the Dalhousie men’s university men’s basketball team.
From 1977 to 1988, Steve was a key player for the outstanding Brookfield Elks senior men’s fastball team, which dominated the sport for more than a decade. During his career, the Elks captured a national championship in 1980, a silver medal in 1977 and bronze medals in 1978 and 1986.
During his fastball career, Steve represented Nova Scotia at nationals nine different times over 11 years. In 1978, Steve was named All-Canadian centerfielder at the national championship in Saint John, N.B. In 1980 he drove in the winning run for Elks in the national championship game. In 1980 he was selected to represent Canada on the national team, and in 1981 helped Canada win bronze at the World Games championship held in Santa Clara, California.
Following his outstanding fastball career Steve began to display his competitive spirit on the golf course. He has captured the Brookfield Golf Club men’s club championship an amazing 13 times and won the doubles championship at Brookfield on six separate occasions. He has also won the River Run Golf Club men’s championship. For the past several years Steve has joined the Truro Golf Club where he has won the senior club championship three times.
In 2017 Steve won the senior men’s provincial golf title. That win earned him a berth at the 2017 national tournament at the historic Kanawacki Golf Course where the movie, “The Greatest Game Ever Played” was filmed. On the second day of the nationals, Steve shot the low round of the day with an even-par 70, helping Team Nova Scotia place fifth in the country. Steve is also a competitive table tennis player where he is currently ranked 72nd in the province.