Welcome to the Canadian Masters Athletics Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame has been set up by the Canadian Masters Athletic Association (the “CMAA”) with the objective of paying tribute to members of the CMAA who have made significant contributions to the CMAA, either as athletes or as executives, administrators or officials. In this way, the CMAA wishes to bring to the attention of its members, and the athletic community at large, the many talented masters athletes, and the many dedicated masters officials, who have contributed greatly to masters athletics in Canada over the years.
After the founding of the Hall of Fame by the Executive of the CMAA in 2002, the first members were appointed that year, with the intention that a stated number of members be appointed in each subsequent year. Appointments to the Hall are made in one of two categories, designated as “Athletes” and “Executives”.
Because 1972 is considered to be the genesis of the CMAA (see ‘About The CMAA’ on this web site), activities and accomplishments beginning in that year are given emphasis in the consideration of nominees for the Hall. We therefore make an effort to “reach into the past” in appointing members to the Hall, particularly during the first four years of operation, when one of our criteria is that a nominee must have been active during the earlier years of the CMAA. Additionally, there will be a ten-year “phase-in” period, so that the full complement of members will not be in place until the end of the year 2011. As worthy candidates for the Hall appear on the scene after that time, provision has been made for regular additions to the Hall of Fame, in smaller numbers.
The Hall of Fame does not have a physical home – currently, its only home is here, on the CMAA web site. We hope to be able to present enough information here about each member of the Hall, so that the special talents and other qualities of each member are clear to you.
The following is a summary of the information which you will find here about the Canadian Masters Athletics Hall of Fame:
- The Terms of Reference for the Hall of Fame – This section provides such details as: how we go about selecting members for the Hall, the selection criteria, the people involved with the recommendation and selection, the phase-in period and the maximum number of members to be selected each year.
- Members of The Hall of Fame – This section provides the names of the members of the Hall, by year of appointment, and the category (Athlete or Executive) in which they were appointed.
- Information on the Members of the Hall of Fame – Here we provide an alphabetical list of all members of the Hall, with their biographies and photographs, as available. This section shows the accomplishments of these great masters Athletes and Executives, with selected action photographs.To access any of these sections, click on the applicable item on the white menu bar above.
The Terms Of Reference
The Canadian Masters Athletics Hall of Fame was set up on October 17, 2002 by the Executive of the Canadian Masters Athletic Association (the “CMAA”), which accepted a proposal dated September 19, 2002, from a Committee set up by the Executive for this purpose. It was agreed that the Hall of Fame be housed on the CMAA web site, with appropriate descriptions and photographs of the appointees, and that the following be approved as the rules and regulations regarding the administration of the Hall of Fame:
The name of the Hall of Fame shall be the “Canadian Masters Athletics Hall of Fame” (the “Hall of Fame”).
The objective of the Hall of Fame shall be to pay tribute to members of the Canadian Masters Athletic Association (“CMAA”) who are judged to have made significant contributions to the CMAA, either as athletes or as executives, administrators or officials.
Choice of Members to Hall of Fame
The members of the Hall of Fame will be chosen annually by the Executive of the CMAA (the “Executive”), based on the recommendations of a Committee chosen annually by the Executive to administer the Hall of Fame (the “Committee”).
Membership in the Committee
The Committee will consist of from three (3) to eight (8) members. The members of the Committee must be members of the CMAA, and may be, but need not be, members of the Executive. At any time when there are fewer than eight members of the Committee, the members of the Committee may recommend to the Executive the addition of other persons as members of the Committee, and the Executive may appoint those recommended, or appoint others to the Committee. In appointing the members of the Committee, the Executive will attempt to give due consideration to diversification on the basis of gender, geographical location and athletic pursuits.
Operation of the Committee
The Committee may appoint one of its members to be the Chair of the Committee, and the Committee may meet at such times and locations as are agreed upon by its members. The Committee may request the assistance of other persons, or may refer to such publications, results booklets, web sites or other available information, in order to carry out its work. The Chair of the Committee, or such other member of the Committee chosen by the Committee, shall report from time to time to the Executive on the operations of the Committee, including any recommendations as to appointments to the Hall of Fame.
As a result of the majority vote of the members of the Committee, the Committee may recommend to the Executive the addition of members to the Hall of Fame, within the rules outlined herein. If such recommendation is accepted by the Executive, the members so appointed will become members of the Hall of Fame, and the CMAA membership will be informed of their appointment in such manner and at such time as the Executive may decide.
Categories of Appointees
Persons may be appointed to the Hall of Fame in either of two categories of equal status, “Athletes” or “Executives”.
Maximum Number of Members in Hall of Fame
With the exception of the Phase-In Period, as described below, the maximum number of members in the Hall of Fame will be two Athletes for each full even-numbered year and one Athlete for each full odd-numbered year in which the CMAA has been operating, and two Executives for each full five-year period during which the CMAA has been operating. For these purposes, it is assumed that the CMAA began operations on January 1, 1972. It is not necessary at any time to appoint this maximum number of members to the Hall of Fame, but any numbers which could be appointed, but have not, may be appointed in any subsequent year.
The “Phase-In Period” shall consist of the ten-year period from 2002 to the end of 2011, during which the maximum number of members of the Hall of Fame may be achieved, in accordance with the phase-in schedule below. The start date for the Phase-In Period has been chosen based on the fact that the predecessor to the CMAA began operations in 1972. A Phase-In Period is being used because, in order to bring the cumulative number of members of the Hall of Fame up to the maximum indicated above, members representing a total of thirty years, to the end of 2001, would have to, at some point, be appointed. The appointment of the members from the past over the Phase-In Period will help to eliminate biases in the selection process, and bring a broader perspective to bear on the achievements of those from the past. The initial appointment of members during the Phase-In Period will be made in 2002. The details of the maximum numbers of Athletes and Executives, and their characteristics, to be appointed in each year during the Phase-In Period, are as follows: