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SOO-Guelph Volunteer, Steve Redmond, Inducted into Guelph Sports Hall of Fame

posted Aug 12, 2013, 9:44 AM by Jarrod Copland

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2013 Guelph Sports Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Web posted on August 07, 2013

Guelph, On, August 7, 2013 The Guelph Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors is pleased to announce the names of the 2013 inductees who will be inducted at a ceremony in October.

This year's inductees are athlete Todd Hlushko, veteran athlete Lt.-Col. John Steele, builder Steve Redmond, official Frank Cecchetto and the 1939 Guelph Leaflets.

The induction ceremony will take place during the annual Kiwanis Sports Celebrity dinner on the evening of Wednesday, October 23 at the Italian Canadian Club. Tickets are $80 for adults and $35 for students 17 and under.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 519-822-4900 extension 2844.

Inductee Bios

Builder Steve Redmond
Steve Redmond is an inspirational and exemplary educator, coach and community leader. Chosen in 2006 as one of Canada's Outstanding Principals and Special Olympics Ontario `Educator of the Year,' Redmond has successfully combined his passion for sports with his commitment to providing opportunities for all children and youth including coaching, managing and organizing with Special Olympics at the local, regional and provincial levels.

In 2000, Redmond established the 1st Guelph Special Olympics Youth Basketball program. He has been the head coach since the beginning and the program now has 80 athletes, four teams and 21 coaches. He has organized for 11 years the Guelph Invitational Basketball Tournament which is one of the largest in the province.

In 2002, Redmond had a vision for a Guelph Special Olympics Schools Track and Field meet and worked hard with a committee of community volunteers to make it a reality. He has convened the track meet for 11 years and it now has 500 students with disabilities from 63 schools participating and has become a model for the rest of the province.

In 2007-2008, Redmond worked on an Athletics Canada pilot project with Paralympics Canada to modify the Run/Jump/Throw program for athletes with disabilities.

In 2009 he was selected by Special Olympics Canada to be part of their long term planning team responsible for establishing volunteer, youth ambassador and family network national programs.

Redmond received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Redmond was an outstanding all round athlete with provincial championships in five different sports: badminton, football, track and field, fastball and volleyball. For more than 40 years he has coached athletes at all levels including coaching the Guelph Special Olympics Basketball team to provincial gold in 2008 and provincial silver in 2012. He continues to coach and mentor young coaches.