Woodstock Sports Wall inductions cancelled again by COVID-19

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For the second straight year, the Woodstock Wall of Fame induction ceremonies are cancelled.

Woodstock Mayor Art Slipp, a member of the Wall of Fame board, announced at a recent council meeting the event, normally held over the Mother’s Day weekend, would be postponed again.

“One of the most important parts of the ceremony is the social that takes place after the induction,” Slipp said.

He said the ceremony provides a great opportunity for family, friends, teammates and others to gather and share stories and memories.

Slipp said that’s not possible under current COVID conditions. He said family members and friends of the inductees want to travel from out of town and even out of province to celebrate the induction.

“We certainly want to have the families there,” Slipp said.

He said the wall committee chose to delay announcing the upcoming inductees until a ceremony date can be established.

With two induction ceremonies now cancelled, Slipp said the board will look at adding to the next ceremony, which usually adds two plaques a year to the Wall of Fame at the AYR Motor Centre.

Depending on the delay, Slipp said, they will consider possibly four or six inductees at the next ceremony.

If the COVID-19 situation improves over the summer as vaccinations continue to roll out, Slipp said they may consider a ceremony in this fall. But, he added, that depends on people's ability to safely travel.

“We certainly want to have families here,” he said.

Jim Dumville, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, River Valley Sun

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