Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Allen, Keon, Despatie Headline Canada's Sports Hall of Fame's Class of 2018

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Allen, Keon, Despatie Headline Canada's Sports Hall of Fame's Class of 2018

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Canada's Sports Hall introduces Class of 2018


TORONTO - Alexandre Despatie was five years old when he first started diving in his backyard pool. He loved it immediately and started dreaming big.

Despatie's skills grew exponentially and it wasn't long before he made his mark on the sport. He was only 15 when he made his Olympic debut at the 2000 Sydney Games and his first world title followed three years later in Barcelona.

The two-time Olympic silver medallist, who was named to Canada's Sports Hall of Fame's Class of 2018 on Thursday, reached his career zenith in 2005 when he won two world titles in his hometown of Montreal.

"It wasn't about the medals, it was about knowing on that day that I was the best diver in the world," he said. "I think it's incredible to be able to say that I've accomplished that. It's a big world out there you know."

Also named in the athlete category were four-time Grey Cup champion Damon Allen, four-time Stanley Cup champion Dave Keon, six-time world champion wheelchair racer Jeff Adams, Olympic cross-country skiing champion Chandra Crawford and the late Mary (Bonnie) Baker, the first Canadian to sign with the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

Dr. Sandra Kirby, a sport administrator, activist and coach, will enter in the builder category along with indigenous sport organizer and advocate Wilton (Willie) Littlechild.

The official induction ceremony will be held Oct. 18 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Despatie became the first athlete to be crowned world champion in all three individual diving categories. He took the 10-metre title in 2003 and earned gold in the one-metre and three-metre events in 2005.

"When I was a young boy diving, I had one dream," Despatie said. "It was to be the best in the world and I managed to achieve that. So to be a part of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, the biggest honour obviously, it's more than I could ever have dreamed of."

Allen, a resident of Mississauga, Ont., played for six different CFL teams and won the league's outstanding player award in 2005 with the Toronto Argonauts. He won the Grey Cup in 1987, 1993, 2000 and 2004, retiring in 2008 as pro football's all-time passing leader with 72,381 yards. …

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