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Sports hall gets six new members

Krouse, Bastedo, Hart, MacVicar, MacDonald and MacPherson honoured

Bob Krouse, Larry Bastedo, David Hart, Don MacVicar, Irene MacDonald and Kitchener MacPherson are the newest inductees to the Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame.

The names were announced at a media conference this morning (Tuesday).

Krouse was one of the greatest players in Canadian Football League history.

He appeared in five Grey Cups with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats winning four of them and was a dedicated high school and university football coach as well as a champion athlete in track and field at Hamilton Central Secondary School.

Bastedo was an outstanding competitive motorcycle rider and track announcer.

Among his victories in 1957 were the 500cc Expert class at the CMA Ontario Championship Spring Scrambles (now known as Motocross), the Eastern Canadian Championships and the 500 Expert Class National Ice Racing Championship.

He was the 300cc Expert National Enduro Champion in 1970 and the Super Veteran National Enduro Champion in 1987 and 1988.

Hart was a renowned water polo player and coach whose 45 year career began in 1969.

He won five OUAA championships with the McMaster men’s water polo team from 1970 to 1974 and was Mac’s athlete of the year in 1973.

Hart competed at the 1972 and 76 Summer Olympics and was co-captain of the Canadian men’s team in 1976 and won a bronze medal at the 1979 and 1983 Pan Am Games.

As a women’s water polo coach he won several medals including gold at the 199 Pan Am Games.

MacVicar was unbeatable in powerlifting in Canada for more than 30 years.
He is a two-time gold medal winner at the North American Championships, a silver medalist at the World Cup and World Games in 1981 and a bronze medalist at the 1983 World Championships where he was the top bench presser beating 10 competitors.

MacDonald and MacPherson are being recognized posthumously.

MacDonald was a champion diver, diving coach and television diving analyst.

She was the first Canadian women to win a bronze medal in diving at the 1956 Olympics.

Her career also includes 15 Canadian championships, six American diving championships and two Mexican diving championships.

A basketball enthusiast, MacPherson served with the Sixth Canadian Antitank Regiment during the Second World War and was the first Canadian to receive an international referees’ card at the end of the war.

MacPherson was a founding member of the Ontario Association of Basketball Officials and he worked numerous domestic and international matches including two Pan Am Games and U.S. tours of Russian teams in 1959 and 1962.

In 1971 MacPherson was inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame.

The 2014 Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner will be held Sept. 18 at Carmen’s Banquet Centre.

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