Canada's Sports Hall of Fame and Canadian Tire Induct Legendary Class of 2015

Twelve individuals recognized for enormous contribution to sport and their country

TORONTO, Oct. 21, 2015 /CNW/ - Tonight, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame will host the 2015 Induction Celebrations presented by Canadian Tire at Ryerson's Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto. The Induction Celebrations will be emceed by Canadian Actor and Comedian Gerry Dee and include a musical performance by Tom Cochrane. Celebrating passion for sport and incredible achievement, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame is proud to induct:

  • Susan Auch, Speed Skating
  • Paul Coffey, Men's Ice Hockey
  • Michael Edgson, Paralympic Swimmer
  • Sharon and Shirley Firth, Cross Country Skiing
  • Craig Forrest, Soccer
  • Nicolas Gill, Judo
  • Danielle Goyette, Women's Ice Hockey
  • Jennifer Heil, Freestyle Skiing
  • Lori-Ann Muenzer, Cycling
  • Jocelyne Bourassa, Golf Builder
  • Marina van der Merwe, Field Hockey Coach

"On the occasion of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame's 60th anniversary, we are proud to be able to share the stories of the achievements of the Class of 2015 so that we can inspire all Canadians to be the best they can be in all aspects of life," said Mario Siciliano, President and CEO, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. "Thanks to the support of our partner, Canadian Tire, and Michael Medline as our Honourary Chair, we are able to recognize these outstanding athletes and host the biggest celebration of sport in Canadian history."

For the second year in a row, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame and Canadian Tire Corporation, a leading supporter of sport in Canada, have partnered on the annual event. Canadian Tire's President and CEO, Michael Medline, will help induct this year's distinguished athletes and sport "Builders" as a member of the Board of Governors of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame and Honourary Chair of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame 2015 Induction Celebrations.

"At Canadian Tire, we believe in the power of sport to rally the nation and define us on a global stage," said Michael Medline. "We are incredibly proud to help Canada's Sports Hall of Fame recognize this year's inductees – a group of real heroes who have provided us with countless remarkable moments. Their accomplishments are a testament to what Canadians can achieve, serving as international ambassadors and inspirations to us all."

Each inductee was presented with an official Canada's Sports Hall of Fame Honoured Member jacket at this morning's news conference – the official symbol of the induction and Canada's highest sporting honour. Honoured Members from across North America are attending the induction ceremony this evening including: Wayne Gretzky, Donovan Bailey, Catriona Le May Doan, Mark Tewksbury and Steve Bauer. The Class of 2015 will be featured in a new exhibit at Canada's Sports Hall of Fame's international award-winning facility located at WinSport's Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta.

ABOUT CANADA'S SPORTS HALL OF FAME
Canada's Sports Hall of Fame is an international award-winning facility with over 40,000 square feet of inspiring experiences. Located at WinSport's Canada Olympic Park (COP), site of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame features 12 galleries, 52 hands-on interactive experiences and a collection of more than 95,000 artefacts. It is a place of honour for the 605 inducted sport legends and the 65 sports they represent. Our mission is to share the stories of the achievements of our inducted Honoured Members so that we can inspire all Canadians to be the best they can be in all aspects of life. Please visit www.sportshall.ca to learn more about our education programs, facility rentals and corporate retreats.

ABOUT CANADIAN TIRE CORPORATION
Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited, (TSX:CTC.A) (TSX:CTC) or "CTC," is a family of businesses that includes a retail segment, a financial services division and CT REIT. Our retail business is led by Canadian Tire, which was founded in 1922 and provides Canadians with products for life in Canada across its Living, Playing, Fixing, Automotive and Seasonal categories. PartSource and Gas+ are key parts of the Canadian Tire network. The retail segment also includes Mark's, a leading source for casual and industrial wear, and FGL Sports (Sport Chek, Hockey Experts, Sports Experts, National Sports, Intersport, Pro Hockey Life and Atmosphere), which offers the best active wear brands. The nearly 1,700 retail and gasoline outlets are supported and strengthened by our Financial Services division and the tens of thousands of people employed across the Company. For more information, visit Corp.CanadianTire.ca.

SOURCE CANADIAN TIRE CORPORATION, LIMITED

Image with caption: "Today, Canadian Tire and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame officially inducted the Class of 2015 at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre. Inductees will be honoured this evening at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame 2015 Induction Celebrations. (CNW Group/CANADIAN TIRE CORPORATION, LIMITED)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20151021_C6874_PHOTO_EN_526285.jpg

For further information: Canada's Sport Hall of Fame: Marnie Krell, C: 403.437.0939, mkrell@cshof.ca; Canadian Tire: Leah Gaucher, O : 416.544.7785, C: 647.924.2614, leah.gaucher@cantire.com

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