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News Release

September 07, 2004

Six to be inducted into U of G Hall of Fame

Six former University of Guelph athletes and the 1994/95 Gryphon women’s rugby team will be honoured during the Department of Athletics’ annual Hall of Fame banquet Sept. 24. The event is part of the University’s homecoming weekend.

Five people will be inducted into the Gryphon Hall of Fame as athletes. They are: Janet-Lesley (Beatty) Cottrill, cross-country/track; Lynne (Forsyth) Rawson, soccer; Stuart Henry Phoenix, multi-sport; Jedson Tommy, football; and Tony Calverley, football. In addition, Bob Brooks, a former Guelph football player, will be inducted as a builder for his support of the Gryphon football program, and the 1994/95 women’s rugby teams will receive championship recognition.

The induction dinner will be held at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre. The event begins with a 6:30 p.m. reception, to be followed by dinner and the awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m. For information, contact Michelle Turley at (519) 824-4120, Ext. 53799.

Bob Brooks was a member of the Gryphon Football Dominion Championship team in 1948 and co-captain in 1949 and 1950. He is a founding member of the “Friends of Gryphon Football” and a supporter of the 25th Man Club, has contributed to the success of the Football Endowment Fund and works to reconnect alumni to the university. He earned a BSA in 1951.

Janet-Lesley (Beatty) Cottrill was a member of the 1979 cross-country and track teams, which won a OWIAA bronze medal that year. In 1980, she won an individual bronze medal at the OWIAA championships and helped the cross-country team win a OWIAA gold medal and a CIAU silver medal. She served as cross-country team captain in 1981, qualified for the Canadian championships and was named the university’s Female Athlete of the Year. She graduated with a B.A.Sc. in 1983.

Jedson Tommy was captain of the 1984 football team and is known for scoring the winning touchdown that earned the Gryphons the Vanier Cup. He was the team stats leader in rushing yardage in 1982 and rushing touchdowns in 1982 and 1983. He was starting fullback for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Ottawa Rough Riders in the Canadian Football League and was a member of three Grey Cup teams.

Lynne (Forsyth) Rawson
was a three-time OWIAA all-star, a two-time CIAU all-Canadian and a two-time CIAU Academic All-Canadian. The award-winning soccer player earned a B.Sc. in 1995. She also represented Canada at the 1993 World University Games and was a member of the national team from 1993 to 1995.

Stuart Henry Phoenix was a member of the 1936 Dominion Football Championship team. In 1938, he represented Guelph in wrestling, claiming the CIAU heavyweight title. He repeated as champion in 1939 while attending the University of Toronto. He graduated from the Ontario Agricultural College in 1938 and later served as head coach of the championship-winning East Elgin Secondary School football team.

Tony Calverley was a member of the Dominion Championship teams in 1947 and 1948 and the intermediate intercollegiate champions in 1949. He is known as one of the hardest- running backs and best punters in Guelph history. He attended OAC from 1946 to 1948 and earned a DVM in 1952.

The 1994/1995 Women’s Rugby Team was undefeated throughout the 1994 season and won the inaugural OWIAA rugby title. Team members were: Heather Ayles, Jen Bryer, Jen Cond Flower, Marcy Cowan, Anne Finlayson, Donna Francis, Martha Gartshore, Vicky Houtzager, Kyra Lamb, Neluka Leanage, Loretta MacDonald, Deena Mason, Colette McAuley, Erin McCarthy, Nena Mitchell, Andrea Murphy, Marjorie Nichol, Philana Pendleton, Janey Piroli, Melinda Portelli, Helen Rae, Chantal Ravery, Nancy Tregunno, Fairouz Wahab, Kim Wells and Cheryl Wolting. Wayne Stobie was head coach; Mike Hagar, assistant coach; and James East, trainer.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, (519) 824-4120, Ext. 53338, or Rachelle Cooper, Ext. 56982.

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