StFX's MacCuish and Dalhousie's Munro among Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame's 2014 inductees

Photo by Nick Pearce
Photo by Nick Pearce

(HALIFAX, N.S.) - Five athletes, two builders, and one team will join the ranks of the best of the best when they are inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax.

This year’s inductees include two AUS success stories: Theresa MacCuish and Richard G. Munro. MacCuish graduated from StFX University as the all-time leading scorer in CIS women’s basketball, and Munro never lost a race during his five years at Dalhousie when he topped the podium at every Atlantic and national university track meet he attended.

For Xaverians and basketball fans alike, Theresa MacCuish of Balls Creek, Cape Breton is the greatest women's basketball player to have ever worn an X-Women jersey. During her first year of play (1991-92), MacCuish was the StFX, AUS and CIS rookie of the year. 

She was named AUS most valuable player in the following 1992-93 season. Currently, only three X-Women, including MacCuish, have been recognized as the league's top athlete.

Throughout her university basketball career, she was recognized twice as a CIS all-Canadian, five times as an AUS all-star and four times as the university's female athlete of the year. She graduated from StFX in 1995 with more than 2,000 career points, setting scoring records around X-Women and CIS athletes nation-wide. Theresa then advanced to a professional league in the U.K., where she capped off her career.

Richard G. Munro, of Bridgewater, launched a record-setting nine-year track and field career in the late '60s when he started competing at the university level for Dalhousie University. Munro claimed five consecutive Atlantic Canada Senior Open Cross Country Championship titles and won numerous regional road races, finishing with record times. He triumphed at track and field meets in Nova Scotia and abroad, including a 1971 trip to Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he raced in a road race as the sole Canadian.

Returning to Canada, Munro received the Climo Award (male athlete of the year) from Dalhousie University during the 1972-73 academic year - the same year he won the Canadian Interuniversity men's track and field championship. In 1974, he continued to succeed internationally, placing first in a 5,000m race and competing as a member of the 10,000m team at the West Australia track and field championships. 

Throughout his career, Munro went undefeated in university races. 

Other Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame 2014 inductees to the athletes category included Commonwealth Games silver medallist in badminton Ken Poole, 16-time Atlantic Canadian PGA championship winner Kevin Dugas, and stock car racer Scott Fraser.

In the builder category, Dr. Cathy Campbell has dedicated years to bettering national soccer teams with her knowledge in sports medicine while also coaching one of the provinces greatest track stars, and Anthony Hall has led canoe and kayak teams to unprecedented success while training some of Nova Scotia's finest Olympic and world champion paddlers.

This diverse inductee class is rounded out by the 1998 Truro Bearcats Hockey Club, a team that will be forever remembered for giving Nova Scotia its second-ever Allan Cup win after more than six decades of waiting in the Maritime Junior Hockey League.

Source: Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame communications and StFX Sports Information

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