Nominations open for Cobourg and District Sports Hall of Fame

In May 2016, Ross Quigley formed a committee to document the history of local sports and this included preserving local sports memorabilia and honouring local sports “athletes and builders”.  Since then over 500 items of memorabilia have been donated and the histories of some 80 local sports are in the process of being documented.  But now they are inviting nominations for candidates for “election into the Cobourg and District Sports Hall of Fame”. Chair Ross Quigley said that “Election is restricted to athletes and builders of sport having a direct connection to the Cobourg and District area.”  Ross defines “District” to include Hamilton, Cramahe and Alnwick/Haldimand and he defines which athletes are eligible and what the committee means by “builders”.

Cobourg Community Centre
Cobourg Community Centre

Initially at least, the Hall of Fame will be located in the Cobourg Community Centre. There will be further announcements on this in a few months.


  • Election is restricted to athletes and builders of sport having a direct connection to the Cobourg and District area.
  • Athletes must be over the age of 35 years, have been active in their sport for at least 5 years and retired for no less than 3 years.
  • Builders include officials, referees, umpires, sponsors, executives, trainers, coaches, promoters and administrators. They must have been outstanding over an extended period of time.


Download the application form here

OR – Pickup a copy at:
Sommerville Sports, 78 King St W Cobourg
Hamilton Township offices 8285 Majestic Hills Dr, Cobourg
Alnwick/Haldimand Township offices 10836 CR#2 Grafton
Cramahe Township 1 Toronto St, Colborne


Write to: Cobourg and District Sports Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 45, Cobourg, ON K9A 1M8.

Documentary evidence must be provided to support a nomination.

Nominations for election in 2019 will be accepted until September 30, 2018.


Ross Quigley, Mike Irwin, John Ovens, Liz Basinger, John Hayden, Peter Harrison, Gil Brocanier and Don Conway

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Miriam Mutton
5 years ago

How about the Cobourg Galloping Ghosts? A team some consider the most famous in Cobourg’s history.

I hope also that high school athletes who achieved success at provincial and national levels are recognized.

The south east entrance to the CCC was originally intended to be a sports hall of fame as well as an entrance to the building facilities.

manfred s
5 years ago

anyone remember Bill Griffith, from a well known local family, who competed in the Olympics as a kayaker?

5 years ago

Steve Smith, Justin Williams and potentially Shane O’Brien ….

Jason Beatty
Reply to  rob
5 years ago

Justin would be a shoo-in once he retires presumably.

Wally Keeler
5 years ago

Could Layton Dodge be nominated? He was the sports reporter beginning with the Cobourg Sentinel Star and forward for decades of local sports coverage. There is a Civic Award named after him; Layton Dodge Athlete of the Year Award. Would the criteria allow his nomination?

manfred s
Reply to  Wally Keeler
5 years ago

likely would easily qualify as a Builder.