2013 Inductees

Charlie Neville

Dunan "Buller" MacKenzie

Hughie MacKenzie

Kristal "Cookie" MacLeod

Bill Williamson

Russell MacNeil

Mike Roberts

Leo Fahey

Robert Burchell

Greg Mac Sween

Eddie Gillis

Marshall Desveaux

Mike Laffin

Richie Spears

Les Gillis

Bill Marsh

1961 Central Boys Basketball

1959 Giants

1965 Rizzetto Nine

1970 New Waterford Strands

1973 Mt Carmel Strands Soccer

1947 Strands Basketball

1932 St. Agnes Juveniles

CHARLIE NEVILLE

BUILDER: HOCKEY

Charlie Neville was a keen hockey builder in the New Waterford area. He Is best remembered for his efforts to promoting junior hockey on the island. Charlie was also instrumental in securing the bid to host the Don Johnson Cup in New Waterford.Watch the YouTube video of Charlie's induction into the New Waterford and District Sports Hall of Fame by clicking the link below.


DUNCAN"BULLER" MACKENZIE

ATHLETE: HORSESHOES

HUGHIE MACKENZIE

ATHLETE: HORSESHOES

Hughie and Duncan MacKenzie are former Canadian Horseshoe Champions. The MacKenzie brothers have dominated Nova Scotia horseshoe events over the past 25 years. Watch the YouTube video of their induction into the New Waterford and District Sports Hall of Fame by clicking the link below.


KRISTAL "COOKIE" MACLEOD

ATHLETE: POOL

Kristal MacLeod is one of the Maritime's most famous snooker champs. He also won the Canadian Senior Snooker Championship in 2011. Kristal has won many Nova Scotia and Maritime Snooker Championships over the years. He has recorded a total of four 147 point breaks during his career, an impressive feat to say the least.Watch the YouTube video of Kristal's induction into the New Waterford and District Sports Hall of Fame by clicking the link below.

BILL WILLIAMSON

BUILDER: FASTBALL

Bill Williamson was often referred to as Mr. Softball in the local area.

Bill coached the famed Scotchtown Raiders to numerous

Nova Scotia and Maritime Intermediate Softball titles.Watch the YouTube video of Bill's induction into the New Waterford and District Sports Hall of Fame by clicking the link below.


RUSSELL" RUCK " MACNEIL

ATHLETE: BASKETBALL

Russell ' RUCK " MacNeil's name is synonymous with the basketball championships. MacNeil was a tough, pass first guard for the famed New Waterford Strands, winners of nine Nova Scotia and Maritime Basketball Titles. He also was a key member of the Saint F.X. University X-Men while attending university.Watch the YouTube video of Russell's induction into the New Waterford and District Sports Hall of Fame by clicking the link below.

MIKE ROBERTS

ATHLETE: BASEBALL, BASKETBALL, TRACK

Mike Roberts is a well known New Waterford athlete. He starred in basketball and track and field, but is best remembered as one of the finest baseball players ever produced in the province. The classy, rangy, hard hitting shortstop spent two years in the Milwaukee Braves organization before returning to New Waterford to lead his hometown Giants to Maritime Senior Baseball Championships in 1959 and 1965.

The YouTube link to Mike's induction into the New Waterford and District Sports Hall Of Fame is listed below:

Leo Fahey was one of New Waterford's finest all around athletes. Leo excelled in all sports, but is best remembered for his hockey and baseball prowess. During his prime, Leo was one of the best hockey players in the Maritimes, playing in several Leagues over his lengthy career. He was also an outstanding baseball player, playing for the New Waterford Strands, the Stellarton Albions and the famed Kentville Wildcats of the H & D League. Watch the YouTube video of Leo's induction into the New Waterford and District Sports Hall of Fame by clicking the link below.

LEO FAHEY

ATHLETE: HOCKEY, BASEBALL, BOXING

CHARLIE MACDONALD

ATHLETE-BUILDER: JUDO

Charlie MacDonald was renowned for his abilities in the sport of judo. Charlie also spent a great amount of time promoting the sport of judo in Cape Breton.Watch the YouTube video of Charlie's induction into the New Waterford and District Sports Hall of Fame by clicking the link below.

Eddie Gillis is a legend in baseball circles across the province. Often referred to as " Mr.Baseball", Eddie was one of the few locals to play in the import laden, Cape Breton Colliery League in 1936. Eddie was also a key member of the Kentville Wildcats of the famed Halifax and District Baseball League. After his playing days were over, Eddie spent his time coaching baseball throughout the province. He also served as a regional scout for the Milwaukee Braves and the Saint Louis Cardinals.Watch the YouTube video of Eddie's induction into the New Waterford and District Sports Hall of Fame by clicking the link below.

EDDIE GILLIS

ATHLETE-BUILDER: BASEBALL

Marshall "DUFFY" Desveaux was one of New Waterford's finest all around athletes ever produced in New Waterford. Marshall excelled in baseball, basketball, hockey and rugby. He was a member of the New Waterford Strands Basketball team that won the 1947 Canadian Intermediate Championship. Marshall also has a great resume as a builder,as he umpired baseball and coached numerous baseball and basketball teams. His finest accomplishment as a builder was coaching the New Waterford Strands Senior Basketball teams to 9 Nova Scotia and Maritime Championships. The YouTube link to Marshal's induction into the New Waterford and District Hall of Fame is listed below:

MARSHALL "DUFFY" DESVEAUX

ATHLETE-BUILDER: BASKETBALL,BASEBALL, HOCKEY

MIKE LAFFIN

ATHLETE: HARNESS RACING

Mike Laffin was one of New Waterford's finest harness racing drivers. Dr. Laffin had a long and distinguished career as an owner and driver. Mike was a key figure in the harness racing in Cape Breton, during a time when interest in the sport was at an all time high.Watch the YouTube video of MiKe's induction into the New Waterford and District Sports Hall of Fame by clicking the link below.

RICHIE SPEARS

ATHLETE: BASKETBALL

Richie Spears is regarded as New Waterford's finest basketball player. The Central High School product was a member of the Canadian National Basketball team and a perennial all star at Acadia University. Richie was drafted by the St. Louis Hawks of the NBA in 1964. After a stint in professional basketball in Europe, Richie returned to North America to coach university basketball in the United States and Canada.Watch the YouTube video of Richie's induction into the New Waterford and District Sports Hall of Fame by clicking the link below.

LES GILLIS

ATHLETE: BOXING

Les Gillis won the Canadian Featherweight Title in 1967. His career record is an impressive 31 wins and just 4 losses.Watch the YouTube video of Les' induction into the New Waterford and District Sports Hall of Fame by clicking the link below.

Greg MacSween was an outstanding athlete who played soccer and hockey. MacSween is best known as one of the Maritimes finest junior goaltenders having starred with Xavier College and The Strait Pirates of Port Hawkesbury. He was a member of the Scotchtown and New Waterford Sabres winners of NS Intermediate Titles. Greg was also a great builder in minor hockey circles and at Breton Education Centre.Watch the YouTube video of Greg's induction into the New Waterford and District Sports Hall of Fame by clicking the link below.

GREG MACSWEEN

ATHLETE-BUILDER: HOCKEY

William "Bull" Marsh was an exceptional athlete playing a variety of sports. Bull is best known for his exploits on the baseball diamond and in the hockey arena. Bull was a star defenseman with the New Waterford Strands Hockey Squad which captured the Cape Breton Senior Hockey Championship in 1946 by defeating the famed Sydney Millionaires to claim the title. Bull also was a star catcher with the New Waterford Strands and also took his talents to Kentville, where he starred with the valley town in the import laden H & D league.Watch the YouTube video of Bill's induction into the New Waterford and District Sports Hall of Fame by clicking the link below.

ROBERT BURCHELL

ATHLETE: SKATING, TRACK

Robert Burchell is a tremendous athlete wining countless medals in Special Olympic competition. He has represented Cape Breton in events all over the world and has been a tremendous ambassador for our town.Watch the YouTube video of Robert's induction into the New Waterford and District Sports Hall of Fame by clicking the link below.

THE RIZZETTO NINE LADIES SOFTBALL TEAM

The Rizzetto Nine is New Waterford's most famous and successful ladies softball team.The George Lewis coach aggregation dominated Cape Breton and Nova Scotia competition during their heyday.Watch the YouTube video of the team's induction into the New Waterford and District Sports Hall of Fame by clicking the link below.

1959 NEW WATERFORD GIANTS BASEBALL TEAM

The New Waterford Giants were the first Cape Breton Team to win a Maritime Senior Baseball Championship. The team finished an incredible playoff run by defeating Woodstock, New Brunswick in a nail biting, 15 inning victory before 5,000 fans at the New Waterford Ball Park. The amazing playoff run included 17 wins and just one loss.Watch the YouTube video of the team's induction into the New Waterford and District Sports Hall of Fame by clicking the link below.

1970 NEW WATERFORD STRANDS - ALTERED PHOTO

The 1970 Strands Senior Basketball Team is arguably the finest collection of local players ever to hit the hardwood in the coal mining town. They defeated the Pedicodiac Rebels in the Maritime Senior Championship before a packed house at Mt Carmel gym on Easter Sunday in what many locals consider to be the finest basketball series ever played in New Waterford.Watch the YouTube video of the team's induction into the New Waterford and District Sports Hall of Fame by clicking the link below.

1961 CENTRAL HIGH JUVENILE BOYS BASKETBALL-CANADIAN CHAMPS

The 1961 Central Juvenile Boys Basketball Team captured the Canadian Title in St. John, New Brunswick. The Bob MacDonald coached squad easily established itself as New Waterford's finest high school basketball team. The team was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame as recognition of their tremendous achievement.Watch the YouTube video of the team's induction into the New Waterford and District Sports Hall of Fame by clicking the link below.


1973 Mount Carmel Senior Soccer Team

The 1973 Mount Carmel Senior Soccer squad goes down in the record books as the finest soccer squad ever assembled in New Waterford. This collection of skilled,rough and ready local men were successful in capturing the NS Challenge Cup emblematic of Senior Soccer supremacy in the province.Watch the YouTube video of the team's induction into the New Waterford and District Sports Hall of Fame by clicking the link below.

1946-47 NEW WATERFORD STRANDS, CANADIAN SENIOR BASKETBALL CHAMPS

The 1946 Strands captured the Canadian Intermediate Basketball Championship at the famous Strand gym in New Waterford. The Jack MacKenzie coached team was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame as recognition of their tremendous achievement.Watch the YouTube video of the team's induction into the New Waterford and District Sports Hall of Fame by clicking the link below.

1932 ST.AGNES , CANADIAN JUVENILE BASKETBALL CHAMPS

The 1932 St. Agnes Boys Juvenile basketball team were pioneers of the game in our community. They captured the 1932 Canadian Title and as such,the team was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame as recognition of their tremendous achievement.Watch the YouTube video of the team's induction into the New Waterford and District Sports Hall of Fame by clicking the link below.