Provincial Sports Hall of Fame Inductees

Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame to Induct Five New Members.

Five individuals were recently selected by the Board of Governors, Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame for induction into the Provincial Sports Hall of Fame. The new members will be inducted into the Provincial Sports Hall of Fame during Sport Newfoundland and Labrador’s Annual Stars and Legends Awards Gala scheduled to take place in St. John’s on Saturday, April 10th, 2010.

The New Inductees Are:

William “Bill” Barron in the Builder Category (Softball)
John Breen in the Athlete category (Soccer)
Patricia Dwyer in the Athlete category (Curling)
Arthur B. Hamlyn in the Athlete/Veteran category (Hockey)
Patrick Kelly in the Athlete Category (Softball)

William “Bill” Barron

William “Bill” Barron has been involved with softball in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador since 1957. He was involved as a player in the St. John’s Senior Softball League for ten years, as an umpire for twelve years and as an executive member of Softball Newfoundland and Labrador for eleven years. Bill is presently, and has been for the past forty-five years, an executive official of the St. John’s Senior Softball League. He was named Softball Newfoundland and Labrador’s Executive of the Year in 1967 and again in 1998. In 1967 Bill coached the St. John’s team to their first senior provincial championship and managed the Newfoundland senior men’s team at the national championships in 1972. He is known by all in the softball community as an outstanding organizer for national and provincial tournaments at both the junior and senior levels. In 1981 he was inducted into the Newfoundland Softball Hall of Fame. For his passion and love for the game, Bill Barron is known to softball enthusiasts as “Mr. Softball”.

Patrick Kelly

Patrick Kelly has been established as one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s best softball players at the local, provincial and national level. The all-star first baseman and pitcher competed for 16-years gaining numerous personal and team successes. Pat attended ten senior national men’s championships representing Newfoundland and Labrador and was named an all-star first baseman in 1976. He pitched the first no-hitter by any pitcher from Newfoundland and Labrador as the national senior men’s championships in 1975. Pat was as member of ten provincial championship teams at the junior and senior level, winning four MVP awards and three batting titles. Locally, between 1974 and 1981, he won nine individual awards including a batting crown, earned run average title and all-star pitcher. Pat Kelly is described as a gifted athlete with outstanding talent and ability. He is also known in softball circles for his great leadership qualities and determination. Pat is a member of the St. John’s Softball Hall of Fame and the Newfoundland Softball Hall of Fame.

Softball Newfoundland & Labrador would like to Congratulate Bill Barron and Patrick Kelly on being selected for Induction into the Provincial Sports Hall of Fame. Congratulations!

NL Sports Hall of Fame Press Release