Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

March 02, 2010 12:33 ET

The Lou Marsh Legacy Comes To Life @ WWW.LOUMARSH.CA

Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, today launched The Lou Marsh Legacy: Honouring Canada’s Top Athletes online exhibit.

Attention: Sports Editor TORONTO/ ONTARIO, MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - March 1, 2010) - This online exhibit was developed in partnership with the Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC) at, an initiative of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Established in 1936, The Lou Marsh Memorial Award is presented annually to Canada's top athlete, amateur or professional, man or woman. It is a cherished prize that symbolizes the highest achievement in Canadian sport. Lou Marsh, former Sports Editor of the Toronto Star was a champion of sport in every way. An excellent all-round athlete, a highly regarded referee in boxing and hockey and a pioneer in sports journalism, he embodied the highest principles and ideals in sport.

Now, with the help of videos, compelling stories, photographs, artefacts, and Toronto Star archives dating back to the 1930's, visitors of all ages can delve into a captivating retrospective of Lou Marsh and the recipients of the award named in his honour.

In a featured opening video, Brian Williams, Canada's best-known Olympic broadcaster, and a member of the Lou Marsh Selection Committee, provides visitors with a glimpse of Lou Marsh and a who's who of Canadian sport.

Phil Edwards' fifth bronze medal at the 1936 Berlin Olympics - Canada's Olympic Ice Queen and three-time Marsh winner Barbara Ann Scott - Marilyn Bell's heroic swim across Lake Ontario - Nancy Greene's domination on skis - Russ Jackson's storybook year in 1969 - Wayne Gretzky's four Lou Marsh Awards -- they are all featured, and so many more, including recent winners Sidney Crosby, Chantal Petitclerc, Steve Nash and Mike Weir.

Teachers and students alike will benefit from a rich educational resource section. Teachers may use the lesson plan generated through "The Sports Writer" and collaborate it with "The Lou Marsh Legacy" as the basis for future assignments. Students have the opportunity to increase their knowledge of Canadian sport history while improving on their researching, writing, and presentation skills. Interactive games feature two separate online quizzes with skill-testing and multiple choice questions.

About Canada's Sports Hall of Fame - Canada's Sports Hall of Fame's mission is to inspire Canadian identity and national pride by telling the compelling stories of the outstanding achievements in Canadian sports history. To date, the Hall has 506 Honoured Members spanning 56 sports.

Project Partners - Canada's Sports Hall of Fame was honoured to work with eleven major partners throughout the development of this online exhibit including the Toronto Star, Toronto Catholic District School Board, Webscapes and eight Sports Halls of Fame - BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, Hockey Hall of Fame, Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum, Canadian Ski Museum, Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

About the Virtual Museum of Canada - brings together the riches of Canada's museum collections to create one endless source of discovery. It's a unique interactive space full of thought-provoking and instructive content. It's your window on museum news and your reference guide for planning your next outing.
The Virtual Museum of Canada is the result of a close partnership between Canada's museum community and the department of Canadian Heritage. IN: SPORTS

Contact Information

  • Sheryn Posen, Chief Operating Officer, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame
    Primary Phone: 416-720-1084
    Secondary Phone: 416-260-6789