Virtue, Moir to attend induction

JIM CRESSMAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:44 PM ET

Olympic and world ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have confirmed they will attend their induction into the London Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 23 — and a couple of their close friends may tag along.

Hall of Fame chair Bruce Huff has been contacted by the father of Meryl Davis, who with partner Charlie White won the 2010 Olympic and world silver medals, and the training partners of Virtue and Moir want to be in London to support their friends.

“The four of them skate in Hamilton the night before our event and now apparently it’s just up to their coach if they’ll be here,” Huff said of the Americans Davis and White, who train with Virtue and Moir in Canton, Mich.

Also confirming participation in the Hall of Fame ceremony is Olympic 1,000-metre gold-medal speed skater Christine Nesbitt of London, who also won a silver medal in team pursuit at the 2006 Turin Games.

Chris Daw, formerly of Strathroy, who skipped Canada to gold in wheelchair curling at the 2006 Paralympics in Turin, is coming in from Vancouver, where he now lives.

Also in the class of 2010 are CASCAR founder and Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame member Tony Novotny and the late Chester Pegg, who for years sponsored numerous sports teams and leagues in London.

The annual Spirit of Sport night is also honouring Alma Moir (Scott’s mother) as volunteer of the year, Sigmund Bernat as administrator of the year, John Allan as secondary school coach of the year and Marcus Ross as elementary school coach of the year.

Tickets are $35 each, or $280 for a reserved table of eight, and are now available online at www.westernfair.com. All major credit cards are accepted.

The evening begins with a reception and silent auction at 5:30 p.m. in the Carousel Room at Western Fair. The induction ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m.

jim.cressman@sunmedia.ca


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