Local Sports Hall Announces 2019 Inductees

This morning, the London Sports Council’s London Sports Hall of Fame committee will officially announce the Class of 2019.

This year’s inductees include former world kickboxing champion Leo Loucks; volleyball coaches and administrators Vaughn and Jane Peckham; former drag racer Scott Wilson; and former Western Mustangs athlete and former Director of Sports and Recreation Services Therese Quigley.

The formal announcement will be made at 11 a.m. at Budweiser Gardens.

The 18th annual London Sports Hall of Fame Induction & Spirit of Sport Reception takes place Thursday, November 7 at the Carousel Room at Western Fair District. A meet and greet reception with hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the award presentations at 6:30 p.m. Induction videos will be shown during the evening’s program.
Tables for eight are $400, and single tickets $50, available at westernfairdistrict.com or by calling the London Sports Council at 519-438-7203 ext. 370.

May 14 2019 – News Release

The London Sports Hall of Fame class of 2019 was announced this morning in a ceremony at the home of the Hall, Budweiser Gardens.

This year’s inductees will be formally honoured at the annual Spirit of Sport and Hall of Fame induction event, in early November at the Carousel Room, Western Fair District.

In the inductee lineup for 2019 are:

•Leo Loucks– pioneering mixed martial arts world champion
•Jane and Vaughan Peckham – London volleyball legends
•Therese Quigley – sports administrator
•Scott Wilson – drag racing champion

Ed. Note: This year’s Spirit of Sport award winners are: Elsa Donovan (volunteer of the year), Sean Jeffries (administrator of the year), Tim Clayton (secondary schools coach of the year), Kathy Russell (elementary schools coach of the year).

The Hall of Fame, now in its 18th year of operation, operates under the direction of the London Sports Council. Its formation was spearheaded by long-time London Free Press sportswriter/editor Bruce Huff whose tireless efforts on behalf of the Hall were recognized with his induction in the Builder/Founder category in 2008.

The inaugural class of inductees included Canada’s Golfer of the Half Century, C. Ross (Sandy) Somerville, Western’s legendary football coach and athletic director John Metras, Pittsburgh Pirates catcher and manager, George (Mooney) Gibson, Western coaching legend Jack Fairs, Dr. Peter Fowler, Dr. Paul Hauch, and the 1948 World Sandlot baseball champs, the London Majors.

Brief bios of the class of 2019 inductees follow.

The Class of 2019 – London Sports Hall of Fame

Leo Loucks – Athlete/Modern

Leo Loucks

•Born London, Ontario September 4, 1958
•Attended several London elementary schools, Sir Wilfred Laurier High School, Western University
•Professional kickboxing athlete from 1979-1988
•Professional Kickboxing Association World Lightweight Champion 1986-1988
•One of only two Canadians to have held world titles in professional kickboxing
•In 1971 at age 13 took up sport of Karate, participating in over 400 fights
•Awarded first Black Belt at 17
•Transitioned to kickboxing, travelling to Kitchener to train under coach Jim Fields and promoter Ron Day
•Fought 25 times as Kickboxer, winning world title on February 2, 1986 at CNE, defeating world champion who had held title for 6 years
•Held title for 2 years, with 3 defences
•Held in high esteem by his peers for his work ethic and as a gentleman, both in and out of the ring
•Retired at age 29 and joined City of Toronto police force. Has subsequently served with London Police and Ontario Provincial Police
•Currently a member of Lucan detachment of OPP
•Most he ever made in a fight was $10,000

Jane and Vaughan Peckham– volleyball – builder

Vaughn & Jane Peckham

•Jane (Allison) Peckham born Windsor, Ontario, November 13, 1946
•Vaughan Peckham born West Lorne, Ontario, July 21, 1946
•Jane attended elementary and high schools in Windsor and Western University
•Vaughan attended West Lorne Public School, West Elgin Secondary School, Western University and the University of Massachusetts
•Jane taught in Ottawa for 1 year, then at Saunders and Oakridge and also at Western’s Faculty of Education
•While at Saunders Jane coached basketball and track and field
•Vaughan taught physical education at Saunders and Oakridge secondary schools in London, where he coached boys and girls volleyball, boys hockey, boys basketball, golf
•Vaughan founded the Kineldiego Volleyball Club in the 1970s
•For over 25 years Jane and Vaughan have been the driving forces behind the success of the Forest City Volleyball Club
•Vaughan served as president for 17 years and remains on the club’s equipment committee
•Were named 2012 Sports Administrators of the Year by the London Sports Council
•Jane headed up the girl’s program at Forest City
•Both Jane and Vaughan coached volleyball at all levels at the club for many years
•Jane is a past recipient of the London YMCA Women of Distinction Award (1997) and has been a key volunteer with many athletic events in London, including the 2001 Canada Summer Games, the 2004 Ontario Winter/Summer Games and the 2005 World Transplant Games
•Athletes who Vaughan has coached include London Sports Hall of Fame inductees Al Coulter, Paul Duerden and Jeff Glass
•Vaughan also coached at Western and Fanshawe
•Jane and Vaughan received the Paul and Shelley Brownstein Award in 2013, awarded by Volleyball Ontario and were inducted into the OVA Hall of Fame in 2018
•Jane was named the 2016 Ontario Volleyball Association Female Coach of the Year
•Vaughan was inducted into Western’s sports hall of fame in 2011

Therese Quigley – administrator – builder

Therese Quigley

•Born in London, Ontario, January 7, 1953
•Attended St. Michael’s Elementary School, Catholic Central High School, Kings University, Western University, University of Alberta
•Most recently served as Western’s Director of Athletics and Recreation (2009-2016)
•Was first female director of Athletics and Recreation at an Ontario university when she was named as McMaster’s Director, a position she held from 1990 to 2009
•Previous to her appointment she was head coach of Macs’ women’s volleyball team (1984) and a lecturer in the school’s Physical Education and Athletics department.
•Also coached Alberta’s women’s volleyball team
•Is a former teacher and volleyball coach at Saunders Secondary School in London
•Former president and chair of Canada Basketball
•Named Hamilton’s Woman of the Year in Sport, Health and Fitness (1994)
•Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient (2012)
•Named Western’s top female athlete (1975)
•Named Woman of Excellence – London YMCA Excellence Awards (2013)
•Named International Athletic Director of the Year (2002-03)
•Recognized in 2017 by Ontario University Athletics for longstanding contributions to university sport

Scott Wilson – Athlete/Modern

Scott Wilson

•Born London, Ontario, June 4, 1938
•Attended Ealing Public School, and Beck and H. B. Beal high schools
•Began racing dragsters in 1962
•First Canadian to break 200 mph barrier, driving a slingshot dragster, “The Time Machine” in Deseronto on May 24, 1965
•Hit 233 mph in ¼ mile with an elapsed time of 6.89 seconds
•Talented engine and chassis developer
•Competed across North America and was a regular at drag strips in Windsor, St. Thomas, Grand Bend and Cayuga, winning over 120 events
•A 1997 inductee into the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame
•Inductee into Canadian Drag Racing Hall of Fame – 2015
•Held speed record at Grand Bend Dragway for over 15 years
•First driver to go over 235 miles per hour at Windsor Dragway
•Won more than ½ of events he competed in
•Raced against many drag racing legends, including Don Garlits
•Was sponsored by Ford in the 1960’s
•Named a Canadian Drag Racing All-Star by DragRaceCanada.com

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