Barrie Sports Hall of Fame seeks new members, nominee applications for 2023 inductions

A lifetime membership is a one-time cost of $25, allowing members to vote on who gets inducted

The Barrie Sports Hall of Fame Society is looking for a spark as it heads into the future.

Tom Ewles, chairperson of the hall of fame, told Barrie 360 he’s making a callout for new members, as well as seeking nomination applications for the 2023 inductions.

Ewles says a lifetime membership is a one-time cost of $25 – which allows the member to nominate candidates for induction, vote for the annual inductees and award winners, and serve on the board of directors.

Now, what is the process to get a name inducted into the sports hall of fame?

Members complete a form, which is on the Sports Hall of Fame website, and provide background information regarding what the individual did and why they are worthy of a spot.

The nominated person is then evaluated by a selection committee on criteria including awards won or achievements maintained, and the length of their sporting career. As well, the nominee has to be outside of their career for a length of time – though – there are some automatic inductions for people on teams or individual sports that have, for example, won Olympic gold.

Ewles says the nominee must achieve a certain scoring level to be considered.

“The selection committee will give the executive a summary with their recommendations (those that have met the threshold),” said Ewles. “And then the executive will determine how many are going to be inducted into the hall. We have a maximum of four, of which, two can be automatics.

Ewles says there can be high-pedigree nomination years and some nomination applicants might not make the cut, but the society holds onto their file for three years so that they can attempt again.

“Unfortunately, certain classes are higher and have better nominations involved in them,” said Ewles. “Doesn’t mean the individual isn’t worthy, but it’s sometimes a timing issue.”

The nominees’ scores get tallied, and as mentioned, members get included in the vote, and the top scores make it through.

From there, the hall of fame gets in touch with the individuals, preparing them, and the society itself, for the annual induction in October.

Ewles says this is the standard process, and will most likely stay put, but they’re always looking for fresh ideas from a younger demographic.

“We have to look at different ways of recognizing our heritage,” explained Ewles. “I’d like to see the next generation be a good part of that decision-making process to preserve it in the future.”

The cut-off for nomination applications is March 6, visit the Barrie Sports Hall of Fame website for more information.

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