(Halifax N.S.) – Former Tigers Leanne and Jeanette Huck and the 2004 women’s cross country team will be inducted to the Dalhousie Sport Hall of Fame on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at The Westin Nova Scotian.
“Our inductees are incredibly deserving of this special recognition as they have contributed significantly to Dalhousie’s long tradition of excellence,” says Dalhousie’s Executive Director of Athletics and Recreation, Tim Maloney. “We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to what will be a special evening paying tribute to this year’s Hall of Fame class.”
The 2019 Sport Hall of Fame inductees include:
Leanne and Jeanette Huck
Representing the Tigers for a combined nine years, sharing the soccer pitch for two of those years, the Huck sisters have an impressive list of accomplishments. Between them, they have five CIS all-Canadian nods, nine AUS all-star awards, six Dalhousie women’s soccer MVP awards, and four Class of ’55 awards (Dalhousie’s female athlete of the year).
Leanne is a three-time AUS women’s soccer first team all-star and a two-time AUS women’s soccer MVP. She was also an accomplished track and field athlete during her time at Dalhousie. A member of the CIS gold medal winning 4x200m relay team in 2005, she is also a four-time AUS 300m gold medallist and a four-time AUS 60m medallist.
“I am very honored and humbled to be inducted to the Dalhousie Sport Hall of Fame,” says Leanne. “I am grateful for the athletic opportunities, coaching, teammates and education I received at Dalhousie University. My time as a student-athlete at Dalhousie has provided me with some of my most memorable experiences to date. I was very fortunate to be part of two incredible teams and I attribute my success in large part to my coaches and teammates who have become lifelong friends. I am thrilled to be inducted with my sister Jeanette and can’t wait to share the moment with our whole family. Looking forward to a great night on May 9th.”
A four-time academic all-Canadian, and five-time AUS all-star, Jeanette played from 2006 to 2010 and earned the AUS women’s soccer rookie of the year award in 2006.
"My time at Dalhousie was five of the best years of my life,” says Jeanette. “I met amazing people through the athletic program and had so many incredible experiences. It is a real honour to be inducted into the Dalhousie Sport Hall of Fame with my sister by a school that excels both academically and athletically."
2004 Women’s Cross Country Team
In the long history of great Dalhousie cross country teams, the 2004 women’s team may go down as the greatest ever. Boasting five AUS all-stars and three CIS first team all-Canadians, the 2004 women’s cross country team capped off an impressive year with an AUS conference championship, followed by a CIS championship team gold medal.
“The 2004 Dalhousie women’s cross country team accomplished something no other team from Atlantic Canada has accomplished in over 100 years of Atlantic University Sport history – they won a Canadian Interuniversity Sport cross country championship,” says then coach Dan Hennigar. “This team was a joy to coach. Athletically talented and mentally determined, these eight women challenged and encouraged each other at every practice and race.”
Team MVP Janice Ashworth earned AUS conference female athlete of the year honours and won a CIS silver medal in the championship race. Hilary Burn was named a CIS Top 8 Academic All-Canadian and received the Dalhousie President’s award. Coach Dan Hennigar received both the AUS and CIS coach of the year awards that season.
The Dalhousie Sport Hall of Fame Gala & Auction features a reception for guests to view silent and live auction items, followed by a three-course dinner, Hall of Fame induction and live auction. The evening will be hosted by Ken Reid from Rogers Sportsnet. Tickets will go on sale February 19 and can be purchased by calling 902-494-3754.
About the Dalhousie Sport Hall of Fame
The Dalhousie Sport Hall of Fame is designed to recognize individuals and teams who have achieved excellence while representing Dalhousie University in athletic competition. The first induction ceremony took place in October of 2004 and took place biannually until 2015 when it was combined with the Tigers annual dinner and auction.
About Ken Reid
You can catch Ken alongside co-anchor Evanka Osmak weeknights on the Prime Time Edition of Sportsnet Central. Ken can also be heard frequently on Sportsnet 590 The FAN. He is the author of the national best seller “Hockey Card Stories”. His second book, “One Night Only: Conversations with the NHL’s One-Game Wonders”, hit book shelves in October 2016. Ken has covered just about everything during his almost 20 years in television, from the Olympics to the Stanley Cup Final, Grey Cups and the Super Bowl. He started his broadcasting career at Access Cable in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, followed by stops in Calgary, Ottawa, Edmonton and finally Toronto. Ken is a proud native of Pictou, Nova Scotia.
Know someone who has a rich sport history with the Tigers? Nominations are currently being accepted in the three categories; athlete, builder and team.
Athlete Nomination Form
To be eligible, a nominee must have competed for Dalhousie University a minimum of two years.
Builder Nomination Form
To be eligible, a nominee must have made a significant contribution to Dalhousie Athletics other than as an athlete. This category includes coaches, administration, media or athletics supporters who contributed over a minimum of five years to Dalhousie Athletics.
Team Nomination Form
Nominees should have competed with distinction at the highest levels of athletic competition representing while Dalhousie University.
Nominations must be received by November 21, 2018 to be considered for the induction this spring.
About the Dalhousie Sport Hall of Fame
The Dalhousie Sport Hall of Fame is designed to recognize individuals and teams who have achieved excellence while representing Dalhousie University in athletic competition. The first induction ceremony took place in October of 2004 and continued as a biannual event until 2015 when it became a part of the Tigers annual Dinner & Auction.
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The wall of fame display at Dalplex showcases inductees and is a wonderful testament to the top quality athletes, teams and builders who have been inducted to our Sport Hall of Fame. The wall of fame is located inside the Dalplex fieldhouse on the way to the Tigers home court.