Five individuals and one team make up the Sarnia-Lambton Sports Hall of Fame’s class of 2015.
Those inducted include the following:
Former Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Tim Bernhardt, for his achievements as a professional hockey player. Bernhardt, a Sarnia native who played Jr. ‘B’ hockey in the city, was drafted into the NHL in 1978. In all, he played 67 games with the Leafs and Calgary Flames. He also enjoyed considerable success in the American Hockey League.
Two amateur athletes are being enshrined, including weightlifter Dalas Santavy and gymnast Melanie Rocca.
Santavy has won multiple gold medals during a career that has seen him compete across Canada and around the world. Among other things, he has taken part in two Commonwealth Games (in 1998 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and in 2006 at Melbourne, Australia). At the Melbourne Games he competed in the 94 kilo class, placing fifth in snatch, third in the clean and jerk and fifth in total.
He also competed in the 2007 Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the 2010 world championships in Antalya, Turkey.
Rocca has competed in scores of national and international competitions as well, often finishing first in vault, bars, beam and floor events. She was named to the Mayor’s Honour List in 2003 for outstanding service to the people of Sarnia.
Bud Morrison Award
Rick Goodhand, meanwhile, won the Bud Morrison award for making significant contributions to young people in their sports endeavours.
Goodhand has worked behind the scenes for the Forest Minor Ball Association for decades, doing everything from coaching and fundraising to helping to maintain diamonds.
James Taylor is being recognized in the special achievement category, which goes to those who have made a significant contribution to sports in areas beyond athletic endeavours.
A 7th degree black belt, Taylor has been a master instructor at Bluewater Taekwondo. Over the decades he has coached over 140 regional, provincial and national champions.
The 1987 Sarnia Sanivan men’s fastball team was chosen in this category. This squad won the Intermediate AA Provincial championship and the Sarnia Town and Country regular season and playoff championships.
Team members included Wayne Archer, Malcolm Dunlop, Pat Hobin, David McKinnon, Bob Einhorn, Tom Barr, Ted Davies, Darcy Kohut, Harry Saar, Larry Van Cowenburg, Rick Bettridge, Doug MacLachlan, Harold McLachlan, Al Melton, Chuck Archer and Lou Dimuzio.
Bob Williamson was the manager, with Fred Fletcher serving as an assistant.
Stan Hocking was the coach, with Paul Campbell serving as an assistant.
All the inductees will be honoured at the 33rd annual enshrinement dinner, which will be held Sept. 26 at the Camlachie Community Centre.