|Canada's Charmaine Crooks following the Women's 800m at the '96 Olympic Games. (QMI AGENCY)
Five-time Olympian Charmaine Crooks leads this year's group of inductees in the Athletics Canada Hall of Fame.
Crooks, high jumper Milt Ottey, race walker Guillaume LeBlanc, decathlete Dave Steen and sprinter Bruny Surin will be inducted in the athletes category while Lyle Sanderson and Bob Adams will go in as a coach and builder, respectively. In memoriam inductees are Myrtle Cook, Fred Foot and Harry Jerome.
"As well as honouring some of the outstanding athletes who have more recently added to Canada's fine international reputation, we are proud to remember the achievements of our past heroes and acknowledge those whose commitment built the solid base upon which our sport continues to grow in excellence today," Hall of Fame selection committee chair Danny Daniels said.
Crooks competed in five Olympics during her 17-year career with the national team, winning silver in the 4x400-metre relay in 1984 Games. She was the first Canadian woman to run the 800m in under two minutes.
LeBlanc was a three-time Olympian who won the silver medal in the 20-kilometre race walk in 1992. He also set a world record in the 30km race walk that still stands as a Canadian record.
High jumper Ottey was ranked No. 1 in the world in 1982 and won three Commonwealth Games medals while Steen took the bronze medal in decathlon at the 1988 Olympics. Surin, a two-time world indoor champion in the 60-metres, was part of the Canadian 4x100m relay team that won gold at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
The 2012 Hall of Fame class will be inducted during the Canadian Track and Field Trials in Calgary June 27-30.