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Halton Hills Sports Hall of Fame inductees honoured

Three individuals and a swim team now have a place in the local Hall of Fame

The latest inductees into the Halton Hills Sports Hall of Fame were recognized at a celebratory event last week.

The evening, hosted at the Halton Hills Sports Museum inside the Gordon Alcott Heritage Hall at Mold-Masters SportsPlex, saw four new inductions into the Hall of Fame:

  • Sandy Chapman, who was acknowledged for his accomplishments within the game of lacrosse. He was picked 12th overall by the Toronto Rock in the 2001 National Lacrosse League draft, and by the time he retired 18 years later he was among the top 10 in all-time games played, had won five league championships and been named the top defensive player in the league.
  • Barb Montemurro, who spent more than four decades working with para-athletes. She joined the Ontario Wheelchair Sport Association and worked her way through the ranks before becoming a president. She avidly promoted the sport of wheelchair rugby, helping to grow the program. She was also part of the Canadian delegation for four Paralympics, and a member of the Halton Hills Accessibility Committee for more than a decade.
  • Chris Sargent, Commissioner of the Masters Lacrosse League, which has grown to 20 teams and won a national championship. He coached football at Georgetown District High School for 23 years, often quietly paying the fee for students who couldn’t afford to play and helping numerous team members advance to university football. Sargent has also been a dedicated fundraiser for local charities.
  • Georgetown District High School swim team, which was founded in 1974 and has had much success. The group won its first of 30 Halton championships in 1979 and also excelled at the provincial level, winning 12 Ontario championships and finishing among the top 10 teams in the province 38 times. Many of the program swimmers have moved on to compete at the Canadian university and NCAA levels.