Two Olympians inducted to McGill Sports Hall of Fame

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(L to R): Twin sisters Penny and Vicky Vilagos, Wendy Whelan and Sarah Ali-Khan

(L to R): Twin sisters Penny and Vicky Vilagos, Wendy Whelan and Sarah Ali-Khan


MONTREAL – Four national team members, including a pair of Olympians, and the 1982 Redmen soccer championship team were inducted to the McGill Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday. The ceremony, held on campus at Love Competition Hall, kicked off the University’s Homecoming Week celebrations.
 
The hallowed hall now has 116 honoured members, including 23 Olympians.

The twin sister act of Penny and Vicky Vilagos, both originally from Toronto but long-time residents of Pointe Claire and Beaconsfield, Que., respectively, were chosen in the team category. They each earned commerce degrees from McGill in 1986, then went on to capture Olympic silver medals in the synchronized swimming duet routine at the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona.

Other laureates went to a pair of all-Canadian athletes who also competed for Canada on the international stage – highly-decorated distance runner Sarah Ali-Khan (PhD ’06), born in Baie d’Urfé, Que., and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand, along with volleyball standout Wendy Whelan (BSc ’98) of Dollard des Ormeaux, Que.

The 1982 soccer Redmen posted a stellar 15-1-3 overall record en route to capturing both the Quebec league title and the national championship. They will be celebrating the 31st anniversary of their CIAU banner next month. That squad was guided by head coach Gord Gow of Beaconsfield, Que., along with assistant coaches Zach Breganski and Rob Tipney.

Their lineup featured four conference all-stars – Mike Kondro, John D’Ambrosio, Guy-Marie Joseph, Dickens St-Vil – the latter three who each earned all-Canadian status. Rounding out the roster was team captain Doug Cave, Alistair MacDonald, John Gummersell, Tony Iachetta, Marc Noë, John Kwamya, John Oestreich, Hisham Abdel-Rehman, Aldo Braccio, Steve Johnstone, Chris Barrow, Scott Green and Graham Butcher.

NOTE: A profile of the four new inductees are posted below. A listing of all 116 inductees are also posted below. Their profiles are available online at http://www.mcgillathletics.ca/hof.aspx?tab=halloffame
 
 
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The 1982 national champion Redmen soccer team posted a 15-1-3 record overall, going undefeated against CIAU teams and their only loss was a 2-1 decision in exhibition play at Plattsburgh State. In regular season play, the Redmen posted a 9-0-3 record to finish first in the Quebec conference, scoring what was then a single-season school record 40 goals for, while allowing just nine against.
 
They won Quebec league championship with a convincing 4-1 victory over Concordia and went on to capture the CIAU national title with a 2-0 victory over UNB and a 1-0 shutout over Victoria in gold medal game at Molson Stadium.
 
The team was led by Gord Gow, who earned Quebec conference and CIS coach-of-the-year honours. Four players were voted as league all-stars: John D’Ambrosio, Mike Kondro, team captain Guy-Marie Joseph and Dickens St-Vil, with the latter three meriting all-Canadians honours.
 
At the nationals, three Redmen players made the CIAU all-tournament team: D’Ambrosio, Joseph and St-Vil, who earned Team MVP honours and capped a fine campaign by winning the Forbes trophy as McGill’s male athlete of the year.
 
Other members of the squad included assistant coaches Zach Breganski and Rob Tipney, plus alternate captain Doug Cave, Alistair MacDonald, John Gummersell, Tony Iachetta, Marc Noë, John Kwamya, John Oestreich, Hisham Abdel-Rehman, Aldo Braccio, Steve Johnstone, Chris Barrow, Scott Green and Graham Butcher.
 
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Wendy Whelan was  orn May 21, 1976 in Montreal, raised in Beaconsfield, Que., and becomes the first volleyball player to be inducted. Whelan entered McGill in 1995 and graduated in 1998 with a science degree, majoring in physical and occupational therapy. After moving on to an international and pro volleyball career, she returned to complete a master’s degree at McGill. She played four seasons for the volleyball Martlets and served as team captain in three of them, while earning Academic All-Canadian honours and qualifying for the Principal’s Student-athlete Honour Roll. In 1998, she also was named among the CIAU Top 10 Academic All-Canadians.
 
Whelan received Quebec conference rookie-of-the-year honours in 1995-96 and was voted as the league’s player of the year in 1997-98. A four-time Quebec conference all-star and Team MVP, she earned CIAU All-Canadian honours in 1997-98. She represented Canada at two FISU World University Summer Games and played for the national junior and senior teams (1998-99).
 
She then played pro volleyball in Tokyo (1999) and Innsbruck (2000-01), before returning to McGill and leading the Martlets to their first-ever regular-season title in the Quebec league. After her playing career was over, she served as an assistant coach for one season at McGill.
 
 
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The synchronized swim duet of twin sisters Penny and Vicky Vilagos were born on April 17, 1963 in Toronto, and grew up in Dollard des Ormeaux, Que. They both earned commerce degrees from McGill, graduating in 1986, with Penny receiving first-class academic honours and Vicky meriting great distinction.
 
The dynamic duo led the McGill synchro swim team to back-to-back OWIAA league championships in 1983 and 1984. Aside from the two team titles, they also claimed individual gold medals both years in the OWIAA duet and senior figures routines.
 
Members of the Canadian national team for eight years, they were crowned seven times as Canadian duet champions and teamed up to win an Olympic silver medal for Canada in a duet routine at the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona, Spain.
 
Both were also inducted to the Quebec Sports Hall of Fame, the Canadian Aquatic Hall of Fame and the Canadian Olympic Sports Hall of Fame.
 
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Sarah Ali-Khan was  born May 9, 1973 in Baie d’Urfé, Que., and raised in Christchurch, N.Z., she competed for McGill between 1997 and 2003, earning Academic All-Canadian honours and making the Principal’s Student-athlete Honour Roll, before graduating in 2006 with a doctorate in pharmacology and therapeutics.
 
She earned All-Canadian honours five times in track and four times in cross-country running, and was the Team MVP in both sports each season. She competed for Canada at the 2003 IAAF world cross-country championships in Lausanne and merited an unprecedented three consecutive Gladys Bean trophies as the McGill female athlete of the year (1999 to 2002).
 
Ali-Khan won 12 of 22 cross-country races for McGill, and claimed one silver and a bronze at four CIS championship meets. She was the top race winner in McGill track history, capturing a school record 50 gold medals in 26 meets. At the CIS track championships, she won a school record 13 medals in five appearances (7 golds, 5 silvers, 1 bronze).
 
Ali-Khan was a three-time recipient of the CIS track athlete-of-the-year award and a two-time Quebec conference nominee for the prestigious Howard-Mackie Award, presented annually to the CIS athlete of the year.
 
 
Honoured members of the McGill Sports Hall of Fame

1996 INDUCTEES
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1938 Redmen football, TEAM
F.  Munroe Bourne, ATHLETE: (track & field, swimming, water polo)
Ethel Mary Cartwright, BUILDER
George Hodgson ATHLETE: (swimming)
Russ McConnell, ATHLETE: (football, hockey)
R. Tait McKenzie, ATHLETE: (gymnastics, football, track, skating, swimming, fencing)
Percival Molson, ATHLETE: (football, hockey)
James Naismith, ATHLETE: (rugby football, soccer and gymnastics)
 
1997 INDUCTEES
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1945-46 Redmen Hockey, TEAM
Dr. Gladys Bean, BUILDER
Dr. Bobby Bell, BUILDER
Dr. Phil Edwards ATHLETE: (track & field)
Dr. Cyril (Flin) Flanagan ATHLETE: (football, hockey)
Jack Gelineau ATHLETE: (hockey)
Frank Shaughnessy, BUILDER
 
1998 INDUCTEES
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Dr. Jerry Anderson, ATHLETE (football, swimming, diving, gymnastics, track)
Murray Hayes, ATHLETE (football, hockey, skiing, basketball, golf)
Dr. George Laing, ATHLETE: (football, tennis)
Dr. Willie Lambert, ATHLETE (football, hockey, basketball, volleyball)
Peter Landry, ATHLETE (squash)
George Vernot, ATHLETE: (swimming)
James Worrall, ATHLETE: (track, water polo)
Dr. Don Young, ATHLETE: (football; basketball)
 
1999 INDUCTEES
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1933-34 Redmen hockey, TEAM
Willard Crocker, ATHLETE: (tennis)
Ken Farmer, ATHLETE: (hockey, tennis)
Dr. David Fleiszer, ATHLETE: (football)
Major D. Stuart Forbes, BUILDER
Dr. Bob MacLellan, ATHLETE: (football, hockey)
Prof. Dorothy Nichol, BUILDER
 
2000 INDUCTEES
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1960 Redmen football, TEAM
Dr. Charles Drew, ATHLETE: (track & field)
Dr. Lorne (Monty) Montgomery, ATHLETE: (football, hockey, basketball, boxing)
Joan Orser-Roberts, ATHLETE: (synchro swimming)
Michael Soles, ATHLETE: (football)
Ralph St. Germain, ATHLETE: (football, hockey)
Howard Stupp, ATHLETE: (wrestling)
Dr. Jack Wright, ATHLETE: (tennis)
 
2001 INDUCTEES
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1936-37 Redmen hockey, TEAM
1981 Redmen soccer, TEAM
Nels Crutchfield, ATHLETE: (hockey)
Eniko Kiefer, ATHLETE: (diving)
Ron Perowne, ATHLETE: (football)
Dr. Tom Skypeck, ATHLETE: (football)
Dr. Dickens St-Vil, ATHLETE: (soccer)
 
2002 INDUCTEES
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Colin Adair, ATHLETE: (squash, track & field)
Hugh Farquharson, ATHLETE: (hockey)
Cameron Grout, ATHLETE: (swimming)
Vaughan McVey, BUILDER: (football)
Jim Miller, ATHLETE: (football)
F. M. Van Wagner, BUILDER: (track, cross-country, basketball)
Laird Watt, ATHLETE: (tennis)
 
2003 INDUCTEES
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1971-72 Redmen swimming, TEAM
Bob Anderson, ATHLETE: (football)
Bob Murray, ATHLETE: (tennis)
G. B. Maughan, ATHLETE: (boxing)
Reggie Sinclair, ATHLETE: (hockey)
Pauline McCullagh, ATHLETE: (swimming)
Tina Fasone, ATHLETE: (basketball)
 
2004 INDUCTEES
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1932-33 Redmen Skiing, TEAM
Doug Heron, ATHLETE: (football & hockey)
Dr. Leo Konyk, ATHLETE: (football & hockey)
Frank Patrick, ATHLETE: (hockey & baseball)
Mark Reade, ATHLETE: (hockey)
Hon. Sydney Pierce, O.B.E., ATHLETE: (track & field, football)
Anne Turnbull, ATHLETE: (basketball, archery, sailing, soccer)
 
2005 INDUCTEES
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1945-46 Redmen Tennis, TEAM
Harry Griffiths, ATHLETE & BUILDER: (swimming & diving, hockey, football)
John Hawes, ATHLETE: (swimming)
Georges Pouliot, ATHLETE: (fencing)
Bill Thompson, ATHLETE: (skiing)
Dr. Linda Thyer, ATHLETE: (track & field, cross-country)
 
2006 INDUCTEES
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Dr. George Athans, ATHLETE: (swimming & diving, basketball, soccer, rugby)
Dr. Richard Baltzan, ATHLETE: (hockey)
Dr. Ted Behan, ATHLETE: (hockey)
Elaine Fildes, ATHLETE: (tennis)
Gordon Gow, BUILDER: (soccer)
Julia Maughan, ATHLETE: (soccer)
 
2007 INDUCTEES
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Chris Drysdale, ATHLETE: (soccer)
David Johnson, ATHLETE: (distance runner)
Andrea Nugent, ATHLETE: (swimming)
Peter Reid, ATHLETE: (track, x-country, Nordic ski)
Vicky Tessier, ATHLETE: (basketball)
 
2008 INDUCTEES
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1987 Redmen Football, TEAM
Charlie Baillie, BUILDER: (football)
Herb English, ATHLETE: (football, hockey)
Tim Iannone, ATHLETE: (hockey)
Walter (Wally) Kowal, ATHLETE: (football, wrestling)
Peter Martin, ATHLETE: (squash)
Gayle Noble, ATHLETE: (soccer)
 
2009 INDUCTEES
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Thomas Barbeau, ATHLETE: (football)
Pierre Gendron, ATHLETE: (hockey)
Anne Gildenhuys, ATHLETE: (basketball)
Vic Obeck, BUILDER: (football)
Dr. Eric Walter, ATHLETE: (football)
 
2010 INDUCTEES
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1919 Redmen Football, TEAM 
Brian Decaire, ATHLETE: (soccer)
Tambra Dunn, ATHLETE: (distance runner)
Richard Pound, ATHLETE: (swimming)
Robert Pugh, BUILDER: (football)
Val St. Germain, ATHLETE: (football)
 
2011 INDUCTEES
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1997 Redmen Soccer, TEAM 
Dr. Ross Hill, BUILDER
Natalie Ioanidis, ATHLETE: (soccer)
Marc Mounicot, ATHLETE: (soccer)
Martin Raymond, ATHLETE/BUILDER: (hockey)
Rocky Robillard, ATHLETE: (football, hockey)
 
2012 INDUCTEES
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1962 Redmen Football, TEAM 
Aldo Braccio, ATHLETE: (soccer)
Carol Chiang, ATHLETE: (swimming)
Mark Joncas, ATHLETE: (football)
Frank McGill, ATHLETE: (football, hockey, swimming, water polo)

2013 INDUCTEES
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1982 Redmen Soccer, TEAM 
Sarah Ali-Khan, ATHLETE: (cross-country, track & field)
Wendy Whelan, ATHLETE: (volleyball)
Penny Vilagos & Vicky Vilagos, 1983-84 TEAM (synchro swim duet)
 

SOURCE:

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McGill University
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