Al Charron to be inducted into Ontario Sports Hall of Fame

February 12, 2018


Al Charron to be inducted into Ontario Sports Hall of Fame

(TORONTO, ON) - The Ontario Sports Hall of Fame has officially opened its doors to welcome six sport legends at the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame 2017 Induction Ceremony & Awards Gala in Toronto at The Westin Harbour Castle on October 23.

Father David Bauer (hockey), Al Charron (rugby), Jack Bionda (lacrosse and hockey), Tom Henke (baseball), Brian Kilrea (hockey), Elfi Schegel (gymnastics) and Scott Stevens (hockey).

Al Charron - an Ottawa, Ontario native and Ottawa Irish alumnus - was one of the most dominant loose forwards in the world during the 1990s, Al Charron played in four Rugby World Cups for Canada and managed the side at a fifth, in 2007. His record of 76 caps stood for 14 years until broken by Aaron Carpenter in the summer of 2017. Standing 1.96m tall and weighing close to 123kgs in his playing days, the Ottawa native cut an imposing figure on the field and opponents feared and admired him in equal measure for his high work-rate and uncompromising play. A fine leader, Charron captained the Canadian national team 25 times – a record he still shares with Gareth Rees. He was also a member of Canada’s squad at the inaugural Rugby World Cup Sevens in 1993 and turned out for the world-famous Barbarians five times. Professionally he played club rugby for Bristol and Moseley in England and with Dax in France. As a mark of respect for his contribution to rugby, not only in Canada but worldwide, Rugby Canada’s national training centre bears his name. Al Charron is also a member of the World Rugby Hall of Fame, the Rugby Canada Hall of Fame, the Rugby Ontario Hall of Fame and the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame.

Also, the Hall of Fame will recognize four award recipients at its annual Induction & Awards Gala, including: 

Harnarayan Singh (Brian Williams Media Award), Hazel McCallion (Sandy Hawley Community Service Award), The Conacher Family (Bruce Prentice Legacy Award) and Joey Votto (Syl Apps Ontario Athlete of the Year Award).

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Part of the history of this great Province of Ontario is the outstanding achievements of its athletes.

Many were born here and some found their way here by various pathways to perform as members of Ontario-based teams. Collectively, they have provided us with thousands of hours of excitement, joy, stress, heartbreak, enjoyment and most of all, pride.

Sports heroes and their accomplishments become firmly entrenched in our memories. It is the role of the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame (OSHF) on behalf of all Ontarians to ensure that time will not diminish the nature of our heroes' deeds for generations to come.

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Kevin Baxter

Communications Coordinator - Rugby Ontario

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