Sept. 27, 2019Print | PDF
Thank you very much, Dan and good evening everyone. It’s my pleasure to bring greetings on behalf of Wilfrid Laurier University to this special event.
I feel very fortunate to be president of a university that has such a strong tradition of success and excellence in athletics.
It’s always satisfying to cheer for the Golden Hawks and even more so when they win – which is often. I’m sure I’m not the only one here looking forward to tomorrow’s Homecoming game where we will – fingers crossed – be handing Queen’s a loss.
What I most enjoy about the Hall of Fame celebration is that it recognizes not only superb athleticism, but also sportsmanship, leadership, and character.
These other pieces truly embody the Laurier spirit of inspiring lives of leadership and purpose, qualities that are expected of every Golden Hawk whether they are in class, in the community, or on the field.
Talent will only get you so far. Character is what defines success as an athlete and as a person.
Varsity sports are the ultimate tests of commitment and resilience as players are required to juggle the demands of training, course work, community, volunteerism, personal relationships, the burdens of loss, and the triumphs of victory.
Our inductees have handled these competing pressures, with grace, determination and the capacity for growth.
In addition to their incredible athletic records, they have built reputations as team boosters and leaders in their community.
Every year, I see how student athletes dedicate themselves to training and studying.
I had the immense pleasure of joining the men’s basketball team in France in August, where they not only enhanced their playing skills but gained a deep appreciation of the challenges and sacrifices made by Canadian soldiers of their same age on D-Day at Juno beach in support of freedom.
Student athletes also find that extra bit of time to give even more through volunteerism, community coaching programs and mentorship.
This is in large part because of the examples set by their role models and mentors – alumni, coaches and parents.
I want to take a moment to thank these important people for their involvement in our athletics programs. You give so much to ensure our student athletes excel in sport, in class and in life. Thank you!
As for the inductees – each of you should feel incredibly proud.
Through sport, you have strengthened our community. Through comradery you have built teams on and off the field. And through character, you have built up others.
The Golden Hawk Hall of Fame inductees of 2019 now join a proud legacy of achievement recognized by the entire university community, a community made richer for having you all as part of it.
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