Perth and District Sports Hall of Fame welcomes new inductees

April 30, 2018 by

Millar HOFThe Perth and District Sports Hall of Fame held its 3rd annual induction ceremony Sunday afternoon. The ceremony honoured two adopted sons and two teams.

Ian Millar, one of the most successful riders in the world and a ten time Olympian was inducted, as was the late Tom Graham a dedicated teacher and coach at PDCI and a founder of the Glen Tay Block Race. He received his plaque from Hall of Fame Treasurer Clark Theobald (pictured).

Neither man was born here, but after they moved to Perth they quickly made the town their home.

Millar, an Olympic silver medalist has received many honour for his storied career, but yesterday he declared being inducted into the Perth and District Sports Hall of Fame was a   “really big deal.” He told Lake 88 that his whole family is proud of their Perth connection. "I am from Perth, Ontario as is my late wife, Lynn who is very much here – she's always with me. My children grew up here, they went to school here, they have long time friends here. We are from Perth, plain and simple.”

Graham coached cross-country and track and field for over 50 years at PDCI and provided a role model for generations of athletes, many of whom attended the ceremony. He was also involved in local gymnastics and basketball.

The Perth Blue Wings team of 1937-38, lauded as perhaps the most successful Blue Wings team ever was inducted as well for their winning season which took them to a Memorial Cup semi-final series.

Sports Person of the Year was the Perth Thistles Football (soccer) team (pictured belwo) – a Special Olympics team which won a bronze medal at the Ontario Games in Peel last June.

All photos courtesy Terry O'Hearn.

Thistles HOF