Bridgetown’s late Howard Jackson is among the star-filled roster of athletes, teams, and builders who will be inducted to the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame on November 3 at Halifax’s World Trade and Convention Centre. Jackson will be inducted as a builder for his long-time service as a volleyball coach and official.
Leading the parade of athletes is world champion and Olympic medal-winner Steve Giles, a paddler from Lake Echo. Joining him will be Glen Murray of Bridgewater, a hockey all-star with an outstanding NHL record; Vince Horsman, a Dartmouth native with a five-year major-league baseball career; and Julie Barton, a Dartmouth-born champion table tennis player.
The 2001 King of Donair Men’s Soccer Club, which was the first Nova Scotian club team to win a national championship, will be inducted in the team category.
Bsides Jackson, Antigonish native Jack Graham will enter the Hall as a builder for his dedication to Tennis in local, national and international capacities.
Bruce Rainnie, television news host at CBC Charlottetown and an accomplished sport play-by-play man, colour commentator and event host, will be master of ceremonies for the 13th time in what promises to be an evening filled with joy, humour, memories and heartfelt words.
Following is the citation for Jackson:
“Howard (Howie) Jackson was still playing volleyball when he decided to become an official in 1970. When he received international level certification in 1983, he was one of only 12 Canadians to hold that accreditation at the time.
“Howard went on to officiate in a number of major international competitions including the World University Games and the Pan American Gams. As a member of Volleyball Canada’s National Referee Committee he was a supervisor and evaluator, becoming instrumental in the development of Canadian referees.
“Over the course of 40 years, Howard made a significant impact in volleyball as an official, coach and educator at national and local levels as well. He coached at the Canada Games and at Dalhousie and Mount Saint Vincent Universities, leading clinics and development camps for many years. Also an accomplished track and field competitor and official, Howard was inducted as an athlete to the Bridgetown Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.”
Tickets for induction night will be available in September at the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame.