Five York athletes have scored big time – so big that they are going to be inducted into the York University Sport Hall of Fame.
The five former varsity athletes will be inducted at a dinner and ceremony on Thursday, May 29, at the Montecassino Banquet Hall in Woodbridge. Tickets are $75 per person or $600 per table, and are available at the Sport York Office, 302 Tait McKenzie Centre, ext. 55183.
These are the award-winning athletes:
Al Avery was an outstanding offensive weapon, scoring a total of 53 goals and adding 113 assists in regular season play during four seasons as a centre with the Yeomen hockey team form 1972 to 1976. An Ontario University Athletics Association All-Star in 1973-74, Avery still holds the York single-season record for points per game (2.93), a record that has stood for 28 years.
John Christensen was a member of the Yeomen basketball team from 1980 to 1985. During that time, York dominated the OUAA, winning four championships and advancing to two CIAU Championships. He is York’s career leader in rebounds (577) and field goal percentage (57.5).
Neil Harvey helped establish York’s swimming team as a national contender in the late 1970s. York’s national ranking improved from 19th to 5th following Harvey’s first year as he won two CIAU gold medals. In 1977-78 he was named York’s Male Athlete of the Year after capturing four gold medals at the OUAA Championship.
Donna (Kastelic) Hoag played four seasons (1980-82, 83-85) with the Yeowomen volleyball team. During her career, York captured three OWIAA gold medals and three CIAU bronze medals. In addition, she was a three-time OWIAA All-Star and a three-time CIAU All-Canadian.
Sandra Levy, York’s Female Athlete of the Year in 1992-93, had an outstanding career with both the field and indoor hockey teams. As a member of the Yeowomen field hockey team, Levy was a five-time OWIAA All-Star, a four-time CIAU All-Canadian, a tournament all-star four times at the CIAU Championship and a four-time OWIAA All-Star with York’s indoor hockey team.
Created in 1980, the Sport Hall of Fame honours individuals who have significantly contributed to York’s interuniversity sport program as athletes, coaches and administrators; and who have exemplified the spirit and ideals of York University sports in their professional and community life.
For further details on the inductees, visit http://www.yorku.ca/sprtyork/indexn.asp and click on the April 10 news release.