The Rugby Ontario Board of Directors is pleased to announce that we will be reinstating our annual Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony this year, with the festivities to be held on December 7, 2013.
The Board of Directors has appointed a Chair to the Hall of Fame Committee, and with his leadership Mark Winokur and the staff are working hard to put plans in place to ensure the event is a success.
At this stage in the process, the Hall of Fame Committee is currently seeking nominations for the Hall of Fame.
Who Can Nominate?
Nominations may originate from a member of a club, association, or Rugby Ontario’s Board of Directors, that are in good standing with Rugby Ontario.
What are the categories and criteria for nomination?
Players are competitors who have participated at an elite level for Canada or Ontario, in a national, senior, or professional league, in Ontario or abroad, and have achieved outstanding and extraordinary success as a competitor in the sport of rugby. Players must have been born in Canada or have become a Canadian citizen before or during her/his playing career. Players must be retired from active participation at their highest level for five (5) years before they may be nominated.
Teams must have been Ontario‐based, have always been in good standing with Rugby Ontario, and have accomplished outstanding or extraordinary results that have brought prominence to the sport of rugby in Ontario or Canada. Teams must be at least five (5) years removed from their significant milestone(s) in order to be eligible for nomination.
Coaches are individuals whose efforts and expertise in the development and training of rugby athletes have made an outstanding and extraordinary contribution to the sport of rugby in Ontario, resulting in the promotion and development of the game provincially, nationally, or internationally. Coaches must be retired from active participation for two (2) years before they may be nominated.
Officials are individuals whose efforts and expertise in the development and training of rugby officials, or in the performance of their duties as officials, have exhibited outstanding and extraordinary skill, expertise, and commitment resulting in the promotion and development of the game of rugby. Officials must be retired from active participation for two (2) years before they may be nominated.
Builders are individuals who have made outstanding and extraordinary contributions towards the promotion, development, and advancement of rugby in Ontario, at the appropriate provincial, national, or international level. Without restricting the generality of the foregoing, this may include administrators, patrons, trainers, managers, therapists, or as a member of the media, written about or commented on the game with distinction over a significant period of time, etc.
Other Criteria applicable to all classes
Except for teams, all individuals must have been born in Canada or have become a Canadian citizen before or during their period of participation that garnered their nomination.
No person may be nominated while holding office in the game at provincial, national, or international level or who is a member of a Selection Committee or the Board of Directors of Rugby Canada or Rugby Ontario.
Any individual nominated must have been active in rugby in Ontario for at least 10 years.
All nominees should have exhibited in their lives a positive influence on those around them, not just in rugby, but in all aspects of life. (Note ‐ The RO Hall of Fame Committee must be thoroughly and extensively briefed on potential nominees to the Hall of Fame who may have experienced controversial situations in their rugby career or in life.)
Nominations must be for accomplishments achieved while the nominee was associated with the Province of Ontario (i.e. not for accomplishments achieved solely or mostly before moving to the Province, nor for accomplishments achieved while visiting the Province.)
What is the Nomination Process?
1. The Hall of Fame Committee will review each submission and evaluate it against the established rubrics.
2. The Hall of Fame Committee will submit the results of the vote to the RO Board of Directors for approval.
3. The announcement will be made by October 28 2013, following the RO Board meeting on October 26, to the inductees/inductees’ families, and then to Membership.
Where do I send a nomination?
Please send all nominations to the Rugby Ontario office:
c/o Hall of Fame Selection Committee 307 – 3 Concorde Gate Toronto, ON M3C 3N7
Or, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
When is the deadline for nominations?
Nominations are due into the Rugby Ontario office by September 5, 2013 at 4:00pm
Plans are underway for the banquet. When details are available, including venue, ticket prices, etc., this information will be made available.
If there are any questions with regards to the Hall of Fame selection process please do not hesitate to contact Mark Winokur at email@example.com or Andrew Backer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current list of Hall of Fame Members