London Sports Council Newsletter - January 2016
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London Sports Council Newsletter - January 2016

LSC New Executive Director - Bill Smith

The London Sports Council is pleased to announce that Bill Smith has accepted the position of Executive Director of the London Sports Council. Born in London, Bill has lived and worked in this city his entire life. He attended Sir Adam Beck Collegiate where he participated in basketball, football and track and Fanshawe College where he played varsity basketball.

Bill has been involved with sports, specifically basketball both personally and professionally most of his life. He has been a basketball official for 25 years and sat on the London Board of Basketball Officials as an Executive member from 2008-2013. Bill has been a member of the Board of Directors of the London Sports Council since 1999, and Executive Board member of the London Sports Hall of Fame since 2004. As a player, Smith played for the Fanshawe College Falcons from ’74 to ‘76 and graduated from Fanshawe’s Business Marketing program. Bill works with other London charities and was the Head Official for the Gus Macker 3 on 3 basketball tournaments for 10 years in London, Vancouver, Burlington and Windsor.

He has worked for the past 13 years in Sports Management as a Director of Sales, where he worked locally, nationally and internationally to help facilitate sport events in cities across North America. Welcome Bill!

London Sports Council Annual General Meeting

The London Sports Council annual general meeting will be held at the Highland Golf and Country Club on February 17th at 7:30 am. 

Nominate a Volunteer!

The 2nd Annual Sports Volunteer Recognition event will be held on Wednesday April 13, 2016 at the Carousel Room at Western Fair District beginning at 6:00pm. We would like your organization to select one volunteer for this year’s recognition event. Your nominee will receive two tickets for the event and the only restriction is the volunteer activity must occur within the City of London. 

Your nominee can be a coach, parent, or someone in an administrative capacity. Some organizations will select a volunteer who rose to the challenge in 2015 while others will recognize volunteerism over a period of many years, the choice is yours.

Nominations are due March 1st, 2016 and the nomination form can be found here

The form can be submitted electronically or mailed to:
London Sports Council
316 Rectory Street, PO Box 7550
London, Ontario
N5Y 5P8

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Mayor's New Year's Honour List

The Mayor of London's annual New Year's Honour List began in 1976 with recognition of contributions to the Arts. Since 1989, additional categories such as sports have provided tribute to the diversity of philanthropic work taking place in The Forest City. Representing the London sports community for 2016 is Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

Scott and Tessa have represented London, Ontario on the Canadian and international stage for over a decade. The pair has consistently placed among the top of the pack at international competitions, including a gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, two silver medals at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, and gold at the 2010 and 2012 World Figure Skating Championships.

The pair began skating together in 1997 and won their first World Championship medal in 2009. In addition, they became the youngest pair ever to win an Olympic title at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Their Olympic gold medal was the first ever ice dance gold for Canada and North America. 

London Sports Hall of Fame Nominations

Do you know an athlete, team or someone who qualifies as a builder who belongs in the London Sports Hall of Fame? Nominations for the class of 2016 will be accepted until February 28 2016 and can be submitted on the Hall of Fame website at

Ontario Launches Sport Plan to Help Athletes Excel

Ontario is launching a new sport plan that will help more Ontarians participate and excel in sport. Building on the success of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games, the province is releasing Game ON - The Ontario Government's Sport Plan. Details on the plan can be found here
Thinking about hosting a sporting event in London? Sport Tourism London is here to help. From bidding, to securing venues and accommodations, marketing, and city information, we’re with you every step of the way and can provide experience and expertise to ensure a successful event. Please visit us today to find out more at
Interested in volunteering at sporting events throughout the city? Sign up to be a volunteer today at

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"Participation Recognition and Involvement"
The London Sports Council is committed to increase the participation, involvement and recognition of those involved with the London Sports Community. We wish to thank the following friends and sponsors for their support:
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