BERWICK – “She was the first one who went outside the box – she nominated a horse.”
People laughed and dried teary eyes as Mike Trinacty spoke about Carol Boylan-Hartling in his introduction at the twentieth annual Berwick Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony June 17, recalling when she nominated a horse for a hall of fame induction.
The ceremony, which was dedicated to Boylan-Hartling, also had a moment of silence to remember those who passed away this year.
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Trinacty, the event’s committee chair, recalled Boylan-Hartling’s tireless efforts to promote recreation in the Berwick community, and how active she was in her role on the hall of fame’s committee.
“As we’re finding out, she did a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes, a lot of the administration, the organizing – and to this very minute we’re actually finding out things that carol did that perhaps we didn’t quite know of,” he said, recalling how she would tell them they were her favourite committee.
“As a good recreation coordinator who worked with many committees, I suspect Carol said that to all of them. But we still believe we were her favourite, since she was certainly the favourite person of ours.”
The ceremony also honoured Brian Bethune, a former member of the committee and previous inductee individually and for team sports, who passed away this year.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that both of these people are perhaps in the ultimate hall of fame that there is, and there’s never been two more deserving people,” said Trinacty.
“To their families, we want to thank them very much for sharing their time with us while they were here. They truly will be missed.”
Another round of applause was had for the two people, and the ceremony continued, honouring sports including curling, softball and ringette – three sports that have always been prominent on Berwick’s athletic scene since the first hall of fame event in 1999.
The ceremony included a long list of recognition awards, read out by John DeCoste, which included mentions like hockey player Drake Batherson, who has been signed by the Ottawa Senators, and surfer Logan Landry, who is currently ranked 50 in North America for the sport.
“Athletics are alive and well in Berwick,” laughed emcee Rod Reeves.
Craig Burgess – Athlete
Rhonda Connell – Athlete
Dr. Ronald ‘Doc’ Thorpe – Athlete and Builder
John Andrew DeCoste – Builder
1960 Cambridge Tigers – Team
Berwick Tween ‘A’ Ringette – Team