New names for Wall of Fame

LYNNE BERMEL

, Last Updated: 8:22 AM ET

For years, Cathy Bureau has looked at the plaques in the front foyer of the Nepean Sportsplex by the hockey rinks.

With the likes of Steve Yzerman, Jason York and Jesse Palmer on its Sports Wall of Fame, she didn't think she'd see the day that she'd be up there as well.

But after this Thursday, she will be.

"And with good reason," says Robin McGarry. He's organizing the Nepean Sports Wall of Fame induction ceremony, which will be held at noon at the Sportsplex on May 28.

"Cathy has done so much to help women's hockey in Nepean. She's a real pioneer," says McGarry.

Her picture will go up on the wall, along with three other Nepeanites being recognized Thursday, including National Lacrosse League standout Jeff Zywicki, former CFL all-star linebacker Mark Kosmos and triathlete Rudy Hollywood.

"We've had some impressive athletes come out of Nepean through the years," says McGarry, adding, "We don't have to look too far to find worthy recipients."

Bureau, a former president of the Ottawa District Women's Hockey Association, was the first Canadian woman to get a hockey scholarship to a U.S. university at Clarkson in the 1980s. She played on the first women's hockey team to go behind the Iron Curtain and served on the organzing committee for first world women's championship in Ottawa in 1990.

"I was totally surprised when I go the call that I was selected," says Bureau. "I've lived in Nepean pretty much all my life so this is a huge honour."

Zywicki is among the leading scorers in professional lacrosse with the NLL's San Jose Stealth and Major Lacrosse League's Toronto Nationals.

In 2006, Zywicki led Canada to the world championship with 28 goals in eight games. He was named to the all-world team and voted best attackman.

Kosmos made Nepean his home in the 1970s, when he earned two of his four Grey Cup rings while playing with the Rough Riders.

"Mark continues to be a huge football booster in the community," says McGarry.

Hollywood has been synonymous with triathlon for more than 30 years.

He is the inspiration behind the Tri Rudy award, an award given to any athlete who manages to survive the "gruelathon" consisting of: Winter triathlon (8-km speedskate, 5-km cross-country ski, 5-km run), the Keskinada ski race 50-km; the Rideau Lakes bike tour (180 km); an official marathon (42.195 km) and an Ironman (3.8-km swim, 180-km cycle, 42.2-km run).

He also founded TriRudy.com, a social network with some 5,000 members.

"Besides showcasing the talent Nepean has produced on to the world level, this is all about inspiring the next generation," McGarry says. "We hope that they'll see the wall as something to work towards ... to achieve or surpass the records of those that are already up there."

Tickets, which cost $40, are still available by calling 613-828-5556. Corporate tables are also available.

Around the scene

Ottawa's Pradeeban Peter-Paul struck silver at the Flanders Open Table Tennis in Vilvoorde, Belgium. He won his first four matches, but lost in the final to Steffen Mengel of Germany (4-2) ... Sarah Stacey of the Nepean Corona School of Gymnastics was the all-around level 8 champion at the Eastern Canada gymnastics championships in St. John's, N.L. ... She won gold on the vault, bars and floor and finished second on the beam. Her teammate, Marianna Sartzetakis, was second in the vault in pre-national elite, while Elizabeth Cowan was second in level nine vault and beam.

LYNNEBERMEL@ROGERS.COM


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