The 2012 inductees into the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame represent a variety of sports and acchievements. The one unifying factor is that each of these honourees represented Coquitlam with distinction.
On Thursday, June 21, 2012 at the Poirier Sports Centre, the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame will induct athletes Gail Harvey Moore, Neil Godin and Norm McLeod and the 2001 Coquitlam Adanacs lacrosse team. William Azzi, Don Cunnings and Lois McNary will be inducted in the builders category.
Harvey Moore launched an impressive golfing resume at the age of 15, with the first of three straight Canadian junior championship titles. She represented Canada in various international events, but a near-fatal car crash in 1969 put her in the hospital. It didn't stop her, however, as she went on to win both the B.C. and Canadian amateur women's titles the next year. She passed away in 1993.
In the 1950s and early '60s, Godin netted a handful of medals from successive Canadian senior gymnastics championships in gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling. He won a number of national titles and recorded a couple of Canadian firsts - including being the first to perform the triple-twisting back somersault. He would later coach the national team.
McLeod played on Canada's first-ever World Cup soccer team, and scored the nation's first goal in the tournament. He played four times for Canada, and was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame in 2005. He is also a member of the B.C. Softball Hall of Fame.
The Coquitlam Adanacs achieved the ultimate in senior A box lacrosse in 2001 with a Mann Cup national title victory at the PNE Coliseum. They topped the Brampton Excelsiors in a seventh game.
Colin Doyle's goal with 35 seconds left in regulation stands as the biggest moment in the club's 47-year history.
Also being inducted in the builders category are: Azzi, a founding member of the Metro-Ford Soccer Club; Cunnings, gymnastics coach in Maillardville beginning in the 1950s and former city director of parks and recreation; and McNary, who spearheaded the establishment of a Special Olympics Coquitlam branch.
The 2012 inductee class will be honoured June 21 (7 p.m.) at the Poirier Sports Centre. Tickets for general public $10 available at the door.