London annually recognizes a group of exceptional sport volunteers at the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. We are happy to introduce this years winners.
Volunteer of the Year - Joe Massé Sr.
Joe Massé Sr. has been involved in the London minor hockey scene for 37 years, including 30 years as a referee. His involvement in minor hockey began in 1978, as a goalie coach for teams in the Oakridge area. When his sons began playing, he joined the Southwest hockey association in 1983 as a board member and coach.
Joe saw an opportunity for improving the quality of officiating and in 1986 began his refereeing career. As a member of the West London Minor Hockey Association Board of Directors, he introduced a referee mentor program, a program which Joe is still involved in. He also continued to coach until 1996 with the Greater London Hockey Association Rebels. He’s also served on the boards of both the London Hockey Referees Association and the London Referees Group.
John Bray, Secretary of the London Referees Group said Joe “exemplifies the spirit of giving to one’s community”.
Administrator of the Year - Steve Roman
There’s no doubt that Steve Roman had definitely “taken the plunge” when it comes to his involvement with the London Aquatic Club. Steve’s association began in 2005 when his two children joined the club, three years later he became involved in the club’s administration and for the past eight years has served as Treasurer. During this period, the club has more than doubled its number of members to over 250 but thanks to Steve’s dedication and countless hours, he has capably and thoroughly maintained the club’s financial and security systems. Steve has also acted in many other capacities in addition to Treasurer such as, event registration, grant writing, and fundraising.
Head Coach of the London Aquatic Club, Andrew Craven, said “Steve has made a tangible difference to the continued success of the club.”
Secondary School Coach of the Year - Dave Shoebottom
Dave Shoebottom has taught and coached at Clarke Road Secondary School since 1989. A graduate of Western University where he played football for the Mustangs, Dave went on to coach football at Clarke Road for 10 seasons, Western for 19 seasons, and Wrestling at Clarke Road for the past 26 years.
Success in high school sport can also be measured by the number of students who become engaged in athletics. Coach Shoebottom has a unique ability to draw in students who might otherwise not experience the benefits of school sport during their time at Clarke Road. His team invariably fields the largest number of athletes at any meet. In addition, his athletes exhibit an enviable loyalty to his program and many return after graduation to visit regularly or help him coach. The team spirit and camaraderie among Clarke Road wrestlers is unparalleled due to his leadership and influence. It is not unusual to find wrestlers in his classroom at lunch, watching video, catching up on homework, or just chatting. Dave cultivates an interest in the well-being of his athletes that is year round, beyond the confines of the wrestling season.
Dave epitomizes the character, dedication and humility that is essential in a high school coach for any sport. He is modest to a fault, preferring to deflect any accolades directed at him to his athletes.
Elementary School Coach of the Year - Chris Bogart
Chris Bogart is a teacher, coach, regional chair of TVDSB Athletics, Committee, member for TVDSB Sports Council, Basketball and Softball Valley Convenor, and avid volunteer Basketball coach in both the TVDSB and London community. Chris recognizes that through sports students develop strong character and citizenships skills that are foundational life skills. Goal setting, learning how to win and lose graciously, respect, tolerance and self-discipline are only some of the traits that Chris values and teaches but also models.
Chris’ desire and drive also has him actively involved in workshops and clinics to improve his knowledge and coaching. In the community is highly involved in local and provincial level basketball.
Visit http://www.westernfairdistrict.com/events/london-sports-hall-fame to get your tickets to the ceremony on November 8th.