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The 2020 Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame inductees announced

The date of the ceremony is currently TBD
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We now know who will be inducted into the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame for 2020.

We just don’t know when it will happen.

One team, four athletes, and two builders have been announced as Hall of Fame members this year.

The team being inducted this year slides in from the world of curling, with Mark Dacey’s Rink 2004 rink getting the honour. That team won the Brier in the same year, following that up with a bronze at the World Championships. 

Members of that team include Dacey (skip), Andrew Gibson (lead), Matt Harris (fifth), Rob Harris (second), Bruce Lohnes (third) and coach Peter Corkum.

On the athlete side, two ex-Olympians made the cut: Richard Dalton for sprint canoeing, and Todd Hallet for rowing.

Dalton’s career spanned two decades which included competing at the 2004 Olympics, winning a gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Games, and representing Canada at the Senior World Championships nine times and winning three bronze medals.

Hallet competed at the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympics, plus won bronze at the 1991 Pan American Games.

Basketball player Ted Upshaw was also inducted as an athlete. 

Upshaw was a member of the 1977 N.S. Sports Hall of Fame Acadia Axemen Men’s Basketball Team, and a member of Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team program from 1976 to 1980.

Robert Putnam is the final athlete inducted this year.

He was the winning pitcher in the 1980 National Senior Men’s Fastball Championship game, the first ever for a team east of Ontario.

There are also two inductees in the builder category, with Cathy Mason being recognized for her various roles with the Special Olympics over 28 years, and sailing and parasailing coach Brian Todd.

But when exactly these people will be recognized is still very much up in the air, but like many things that have happened during the pandemic, don’t expect this to do be done virtually.

That’s according to the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame CEO, Bruce Rainnie.

“If we can’t do it in a nice room with a bunch of excited family and friends then I want to make sure we do it when we can do that,” Rainnie tells NEWS 95.7's The Rick Howe Show.

Rainnie says, due to COVID-19, the date of the ceremony is to be determined, as any inductees who would have to come to Nova Scotia would be facing a two-week-quarantine.

“I think we set a really nice standard for how we do this and it’s always done with, I think, appropriate fanfare befitting these inductees.”

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