Written By: Monday, May 1st 2017

Three athletes and one builder of sport were honoured at the 2017 Sport Orillia Hall of Fame Dinner on Saturday (April 29/17) at Casino Rama Resort.

 

Jerry (Gerald) Udell, Baseball Player (Posthumously)
Born in Orillia, Udell became a baseball legend. He played and contributed to Orillia minor baseball from the age of 10. Jerry played in Orillia from 1967 to 1995, was a key member of the Orillia Junior OBA Championship teams of 1969 and 1970, played 16 seasons for the Orillia Majors and was selected to play on Team Ontario in 1973 and 1978. He was named Orillia’s Athlete of the half century in 1987.

 

Rob Town Multi-Sport Athletic excellence
Orillia native Rob Town excelled in multiple sports at Orillia District Collegiate and Vocational Institute, where he won a record five Ontario Federation of School Athletics Association gold medals in track and field. One of his discus records still stands – almost four decades later. He went on to dominate track and field disciplines at the University of Waterloo where he won an unprecedented 11 gold medals; he was inducted into the University of Waterloo Hall of Fame in 2006. Town finished sixth in the decathlon at the Commonwealth Games in 1978; he was the top Canadian, prompting Orillia to declare Sept. 7, 1978 Rob Town Day. In 1979, he was named the Canadian indoor pentathlon champ and, in 1981, was named Canada’s decathlon champion.

 

(Brenda Udell & Dr. Rob Town)

 

Terry Bullen, Multi-Sport Athletic Excellence
Bullen was an exceptional high school athlete; he excelled in basketball, football, and track and field. But he made his mark in lacrosse. Bullen played Junior A lacrosse in Orillia, and was a key member of the 1984 Minto Cup Champions (Whitby) and was a member of the 1998 Mann Cup Champions (Brooklin) before signing on to play for the Toronto Rock, a professional lacrosse team that won two National Lacrosse League championships (1999, 2000). As a living testament to his love of sport and his desire to give back to his community, Terry continues to cultivate the next generation of outstanding athletes through coaching many sports.

(Terry Bullen)

 

Lawrence Mervyn McKenzie (community Sporting Builder) (Posthumously)
Born in Orillia, McKenzie became a member of the World Boxing Association’s championship committee. He also served as Ontario Athletic Commissioner and was instrumental in setting up the 1966 heavyweight boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Chuvalo.

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