The Saint Mary's University Sport Hall of Fame ceremony will take place this Saturday at the Homburg Centre. The event is a 9 a.m. reception followed by the 10 a.m. ceremony. Come join us as we celebrate and honour our rich athletic tradition.
David Sykes, joining the Huskies from QEH in the fall of 1989, had the unenviable task of replacing football legend Chris Flynn. His first two seasons he was used as a place kicker and part time receiver but three years later he was the starting quarterback. At that key position he would lead the Huskies to 25 wins and only 6 losses. SMU would make two appearances in the Atlantic Bowl and one in the Vanier Cup. He would receive back to back Russ Jackson awards given to the CIS football player "best exemplifying the attributes of academic achievement, football skill and citizenship". He was the first SMU student and football player to receive a Rhodes scholarship. He would receive an MA from Oxford and captain the famed school's hockey team and win an "Oxford Blue". He would later earn an MSc degree from the London School of Economics. Sykes combined a high degree of football skill with remarkable scholarship. A true athlete/scholar.
Before 1996/1997; no Saint Mary's University women's volleyball team had won a title. Not only did they claim the title but finished Conference play with a perfect 20 wins and no losses. This was basically the same team that had posted a 12 and 7 record the season before. Coach of the Year Lori Welsh Hawley had plenty of exceptional talent, led by AUAA MVP Dana Olsen and 2nd team AUAA All-star Nadine Sinclair. In the Conference final in Moncton they defeated Dalhousie, the only team that threatened their unblemished season earlier in the year. It was a dream season for a remarkable group of women athletes.
He was a successful player and coach like few others and it began in Trinidad and Tobago. Stephen Hart joined the Huskies in 1981 and four years later was an AUS all-star midfielder.
He would return to SMU and a 4 year stint as the Women's soccer coach. He would play for and later coach one of the city's best known senior team's Halifax King of Donair.
Hart was heavily involved with Soccer N.S. as technical director before heading to the Canadian National program where he ran the under 18 and under 20 programs. Success at that level would lead to a stint as interim head coach of Canada's National team and eventually the head coaching position. In 2009 he would lead Canada to one of its best international finishes, the quarter finals of the Gold Cup. Hart is currently head coach of the Trinidad and Tobago Men's National Team. Player and coach, a lasting soccer legacy that began in Trinidad and Tobago and flourished at SMU.