Call for Volunteer Nominations in the London Sport Community

The City of London would like to recognize the outstanding volunteers from within our sporting community and would like your help in submitting nominations.  Sport and recreation depend on volunteers and without them amateur sport would not exist. 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.

This year, the City of London is hosting the 3rd Annual Volunteer Recognition Event on Wednesday April 26, 2017 at 6 PM to recognize each of the amazing volunteers, and we would like your help to acknowledge who they are.

Individuals are eligible to be nominated if they volunteer within the City of London boundary. Volunteers must work with sporting clubs, school teams and various boards and non-profit organizations within the City of London.

We will accept one nomination per organization or school until March 31, 2017. To nominate a volunteer please fill out the Volunteer Recognition Form. If you have any questions or require any further information, please contact Mike Vandertuin at or 519-661-2500 ext. 5197.

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.