The 2003 Masters Champion, Mike Weir, has been named among the Class of 2017 that will be inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.
Weir, who was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2007, joins five other athletes, one team, and two builders as part of the group of 2017 inductees.
The announcement was made today in Toronto.
In attendance, on behalf of the Government of Canada, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, officially welcomed the Class of 2017. “On behalf of our government, I offer my heartfelt congratulations to all the 2017 inductees to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. What an amazing group of sport leaders. Thank you for the contributions you have made to sport and for helping build strong, inclusive and active communities for all Canadians, especially our young people.”
“We are thrilled to announce the Class of 2017 – a class that features Canada’s greatest Indigenous, National, Olympic and Paralympic sport heroes who will inspire Canadians in sport and life. This group of people is a great reflection of Canada’s rich 150 year sporting history” said Mario Siciliano, President and CEO, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.
The 2017 class of athletes includes Carol Huynh, two-time Olympic medallist for wrestling, speed skater Cindy Klassen, the most decorated Canadian Winter Olympian in history, NHL player and Stanley Cup Champion Lanny McDonald, Lacrosse great Gaylord Prowess, and Triathlete Simon Whitfield.
The builders being inducted are Dr. Robert Jackson, founder of the Paralympic movement in Canada, and Dr. Charles Tator, renowned for his study and insight into concussions.
The famed Edmonton Grad Basketball squad are the team being inducted.
The Class of 2017 will be officially inducted during the Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame 2017 Induction Celebrations on November 9, 2017 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Established in 1955, Weir will join the Al Balding, Jocelyne Bourassa, Gary Cowan, Pat Fletcher, Jules Huot, George Knudson, George Lyon, Stan Leonard, Ada Mackenzie, Albert Murray, Charles Murray, Moe Norman, Sandra Post, Sandy Sommerville, Marlene Streit, Stanley Thompson, and Nick Weslock as the only golfers among more than 600 members of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.
Weir earned the first of eight PGA TOUR victories in 1999 and went on to an illustrious career that had him ranked among the top players in the world for most of the early part of the 21st century.
Using his profile to benefit others Weir established the Mike Weir Foundation. Its main fundraising event, the Mike Weir Miracle Golf Drive for Kids supporting Children’s Miracle Network, has raised millions of dollars for children’s charities.
The 2017 version will take place this September 10/11 at the Rideau View Golf Club in Ottawa.