London Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2015 and Spirit of Sport Awards


The London Sports Hall of Fame held its 14th Annual Induction Ceremony on Thursday, November 5th at the Western Fair Carousel Room.

Congratulations to the Class of 2015:

  • Sam Foxworthy
  • Glynn Leyshon
  • Brian Peaker
  • Jackie Sheppard
  • Jude St. John
  • Ryan Thelwell
  • 1975 London Majors

Spirit of Sport Award Winners:

  • Joe Masse Sr. – Volunteer of the Year
  • Steve Roman – Administrator of the Year
  • Dave Shoebottom – Secondary School Coach of the Year
  • Chris Bogart – Elementary School Coach of the Year

Photos from the event can be found here:

London Sports Council appoints Bill Smith as Executive Director

The London Sports Council is pleased to announce that Bill Smith has accepted the position of Executive Director of the London Sports Council.

Born in London, Bill has lived and worked in this city his entire life. He attended Sir Adam Beck Collegiate where he participated in basketball, football and track and Fanshawe College where he played varsity basketball.

Locally, he has been involved with sports, specifically basketball both personally and professionally most of his life. He has been a basketball official for 25 years and sat on the London Board of Basketball Officials as an Executive member from 2008-2013. Bill has been a member of the Board of Directors of the London Sports Council since 1999, and Executive Board member of the London Sports Hall of Fame since 2004.

Bill has worked for the past 13 years in Sports Management as a Director of Sales, where he worked locally, nationally and internationally to help facilitate sport events in cities across North America.  Previous to that he has held GM and Sales Manager’s positions in the areas of Transportation and Marketing.

As a player, Smith played for the Fanshawe College Falcons from ’74 to ‘76 and graduated from Fanshawe’s 3-year Business – Marketing program.

Bill works with other London charities and was the Head Official for the Gus Macker 3 on 3 basketball tournaments for 10 years in London, Vancouver, Burlington and Windsor.

Bill is married and has 4 daughters.

KNK Alumni Supports London Minor Hockey Through KidSport London Donation

The alumni of the London Kings, Nationals and Knights (KNK) are reaching out to help kids from economically disadvantaged families to play hockey in London. Effective October 1st, 2015, as the result of a generous donation to KidSport London, the KidSport hockey grant of $250 will be increased to a maximum of $500. This grant can be used for hockey registration.

Barry Boughner, a former professional hockey player and the chairman for the KNK Hockey Alumni, stated that the “KNK Hockey Alumni is honoured to financial assist in helping the boys and girls in London play hockey.”

To apply for the grant, visit

2nd Annual Jim Allen Memorial KidSport London Golf Tournament

2nd Annual Jim Allen Memorial KidSport London Golf Tournament
2nd Annual Jim Allen Memorial KidSport London Golf Tournament on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at The Oaks.

Thank you to all those who participating! We are happy to announce that the event raised over $17,000 to help local underprivileged youths participate in sports! For pictures, visit our Facebook page here.

SAVE THE DATE – Next year’s tournament will be held on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 at the Oaks Golf and Country Club. Be sure to check back for updates and registration information.

2015 Volunteer Recognition Night

Congratulations to the over 50 well deserving volunteer recipients, who were recognized for their amazing volunteer work in the London sport community.

2015 Volunteer Recognition Night
2015 Volunteer Recognition Recipients

Volunteers carry out virtually every key function in amateur sport including coaching, administration, officiating, event organization, and execution. More importantly they have a key role to play in creating a safe environment for kids in sports.

The City of London and London Sport Council look forward to hosting the 2nd Annual Volunteer Recognition Night in April of 2016. Nomination process will be available for 2016 recipients in Fall of 2015.