WOAA looking for local sports photos


The WOAA appealed to the public last week in search of championship team photos for possible inclusion at the organization's historical 75th Anniversary printed program.

The Kincardine Independent recently provided the WOAA with photographs of Kincardine's championship juvenile, intermediate and midget teams from 1950. Additional photographs from the Kincardine, Ripley and Tiverton area depicting historic Ontario provincial sports championships (OMHA and OASA) would like to be found for publication. The WOAA would also be interested in other vintage sports photographs from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

The WOAA also announced some additional details regarding the 75th anniversary celebrations. Gary Gravett of Goderich, chair of the organizing committee, announced Harriston native Neil Aitchison - actor, media personality and sportsman - will act as the Master of Ceremonies for the WOAA 75th Anniversary Celebratory dinner on July 22.

"The confirmation of Neil as the host and MC has just taken the event up a notch," said Wingham's Allan Dickson, WOAA president and co-chair of the 75th Anniversary. "His personality and ability to keep an event on track will certainly ensure added fun to the evening."

Aitchison is an experienced MC renowned for his quick wit and contagious enthusiasm and recently honoured at the 2017 Mayors' Dinner in Kitchener in front of 900 guests. The keynote speaker, of course, is NHL alumnus Dennis Hull, who is regarded as one of the best hockey-themed speakers ever.

Other notables attending the dinner, which will follow the sold-out celebrity golf tournament, include Les Binkley, Jeff Bloemberg, Scott Driscoll, Dave Farrish, Brett MacLean, Jeff MacMillan, Wayne Maxner, Ken Murray, Cal and Ryan O'Reilly, Justin Peters, Kevin Pollock and Roy Roedger. Others are confirming weekly.

Tickets to the dinner at the Goderich Knights of Columbus Centre are $50 per person and are expected to sell out. The Kincardine Independent will be at the festivities, as well as representatives from the Kincardine Minor Hockey Association. Kincardine's Derrick Burrows will be honoured at the dinner for his years of work with minor hockey, the tyke program specifically.

To provide photographs, or for more information, contact Linda Espensen, Executive Administrator at the WOAA office in WIngham at 519-357-2512 or by e-mail through the website www.woaa.on.ca.

- Josh Howald