Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Smiths Falls’ Sports & Recreation Hall of Fame welcomes new inductees

The SSFDCI Senior Redmen football team won three consecutive Lanark County Championship titles in 1973. – Photo by Kathy Botham, submitted by the Town of Smiths Falls

The Smiths Falls Sports & Recreation Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place on Sunday, June 23, at the Memorial Community Centre. The event honoured Stu Smith, Brian Smith, Tim Norris and the 1973 Smiths Falls Senior Redmen football team.

“Recreation is an indelible part of the heart of Smiths Falls, and we are proud to support the Recreation Hall of Fame Awards,” stated Stephanie Clark, Director of Community Services in a media release. “The Hall of Fame highlights the dedication and passion of those who have made significant impacts in our community over the years. We believe in the power of recreation to bring people together; to build strong, healthy, and resilient communities. The Recreation Hall of Fame Awards are a testament to the outstanding efforts and achievements of our community.”

Inductees pose with Mayor Shawn Pankow. – Photo by Kathy Botham, submitted by the Town of Smiths Falls

Tim Norris, a bodybuilder born and raised in Smiths Falls, has had a distinguished career in Strong Man, bodybuilding, and powerlifting competitions across Ontario and the United States. He recently set a new Canadian record in the 55+ age category by benching 325 lbs in his weight class.

Brian Smith began his hockey career in Smiths Falls before moving to junior hockey in Hamilton. He was later scouted by the Detroit Red Wings, where he played over 60 games and earned his first NHL point with an assist on a Gordie Howe goal. Smith also played in the EHL, WHL, and AHL, racking up an impressive number of goals and assists throughout his career.

Stu Smith started his hockey journey in Manitoba and progressed to junior hockey in both Manitoba and Sudbury. He signed as a free agent with the Montreal Canadiens in 1941. In 1950, Smith moved to Smiths Falls and played for the Smiths Falls Rideaus for 10 years.

The SFDCI Senior Redmen football team captured the Lanark County Championship in 1973, the first of three consecutive titles. The team’s commitment to hard work, fair play, and positive team culture left lasting life lessons and friendships for its members.

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