Ten Athletes Inducted Into Sports Hall Of Fame

December 8, 2014

The 2014 Hall of Fame took place at the Fairmont Southampton this weekend, with ten of the island’s finest athletes inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The ten inducted were, Reuben Alias, Colin Blades, Shaun Goater, Brendan Ingham, Granville Nusum, Dr. David Saul, George Sousa, Gerry Swan, C.V. Jim Woolridge and Rupert Scotland.

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2014 Hall of Fame Inductees

Rueben Alias – Football Referee & Administration

Alias was awarded an MBE in 1972 for his contributions to Bermuda, he is an Honorary Life Vice President for the BFA. In 1984, Alias received a Special Achievement Award in the Annual Sports Awards for the Annual Sports Awards for contribution to football.

Colin Blades – Cricket

Blades was selected to the All-Time Somerset Cup Match XI in 1991, he has a 49.54 Cup Match batting average, he has 644 Cup Match runs and he Captained the 1982 Bermuda ICC Team.

Shaun Goater – Football

Goater scored a total of 103 goals for Manchester City, he was awarded the 1999/2000 Manchester City Player of the Year, he was also the top scorer for Manchester City for four consecutive years 1998 – 2003.

Brendan Ingham – Golf

Mr. Ingham represented Bermuda eight times as a player in the World Amateur Team Championships, he competed in the British Open Seniors Championships in 1993 and 1994. Ingham was the Bermuda Amateur Stroke Play Champion 1974 and 1975.

Granville Nusum – Football

Mr. Nusum set the North America Soccer League record with 22 saves without conceding a goal, Nusum was the runner up for the North American Soccer League Rookie of the Year in 1973, he represented Bermuda in World Cup, Olympic and Pan American Qualifying Games.

Dr. David Saul – Athletics

Dr Saul, a former Premier, set the Bermuda mile record time of 4:42.0 in 1958, set the Bermuda 2 mile record time of 10:37.9 in 1958, set the three mile record time of 15:38.8 in the same year, and set the Bermuda 10 mile record time of 52.53 which stood for over 20 years.

Rupert Scotland – Cricket

Mr. Scotland was selected to the All-Time St. George’s Cricket Club Cup Match XI in 1991, Scotland registered 2 Cup Match Centuries, he also registered a total of 736 runs in the Classic. Scotland never played for a losing Cup Match team. Young Matthew Moreno accepted the honour on his late grandfather’s behalf.

George Sousa – Football, Golf & Administration

Mr. Sousa captained BAA for 11 years, he also captained the National Team in 1956-57. He won the Two-Ball Best Ball Golf Championships with Louis Moniz in 1969, and was elected as BAA President in 1961.

Gerry Swan – Athletics / Coaching

Mr. Swan coached at 6 Olympic Games, 5 World Championships and 5 Commonwealth Games. He is the only Bermudian to pass the International Amateur Athletics Federation [IAAF] Area Technical Officials Course and was a Technical Advisor for the 2001 Central American and Caribbean Cross Country Championships.

C.V. Jim Woolridge – Cricket Commentator

Mr. Woolridge was awarded the 2013 ICC Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence, was the recipient of a Sports Citation in 2004 and he was voted The Bermudian’s Sports Journalist of the Year in 1996.

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  1. Nicky says:

    Congratulation to all. Well done and wee deserved. However where are the women?

    • @ Nicky: It’s true, there are quite a few women who are rightfully deserving of such recognition. People like Ms. Donna Bradshaw who’d received a Queens Badge of Honour for her accomplishments in not just local, but the world of tennis.

      • For Sports says:

        Where are the woman? There are many women on this island that represented Bermuda on many occasions and have never been recognized (wow). (Softball) Diane Hunt, Earlene Wilkinson, Ellen Kate Horton. (Tennis) Donna Bradshaw, Kim Simmons. (Netball) Marva Trott, Debbie Saltus. (Track) Sonia Smith, Debbie Jones etc. Come on give these women their due, they have helped contribute to the growth of sports in Bermuda, not just the men.

  2. It had placed tears in my eyes when seeing them that were selected for their contribution to our / Bermudas History of Sports Hall of Fame…But most of all was that voice of summer, it’ll never be forgotten and most definitely missed at all top local cricket matches for years to come :-(

  3. Lovely says:

    This was a wonderful event. The speeches were heartfelt and very moving by all. Learned a lot and grateful to be in attendance. Bermuda has such a rich heritage and some amazing people. We need more events like this one.

  4. Sportsman says:

    Congratulations to everyone!
    Wow,Dr.Saul was a fast runner.All of the receipients are so deserving!

  5. Eyeinthesky says:

    Can we now get a Hall of Fame Center! Folks should be able to visit a place to see the history of these people.

    • PBanks says:

      Having such a building in the vicinity of the National Sports Centre would make good sense, although I’m sure there may be other good locations, if the funding is available.

  6. Lovely says:

    This was a fabulous event. The speeches were heart warming and very moving. I learned a lot and am very grateful to have been invited to attend. Bermuda has an amazing heritage and some truly amazing people. We should have more of these events. Congratulations to all.

  7. Coffee says:

    Well done … Shaun Goater is a living legend !

  8. Starting Point says:

    There is always complaints about spending money etc. but a Modest Sport Hall of fame would be an excellent example out there for young people and may help to steer people away from some of the negative behaviours etc.

    I feel that the current government with their strong IB links could raise significant funds for this cause and several families such as the Butterfield’s, Coopers, etc. would surely be interested in this.

    Bermuda and our sporting heroes deserve a location for their accomplishments to be recognized, so those dedicated to music and the arts, perhaps a joint initiative could be considered. second and third floors of city hall are quite nice…….

  9. Sam Spade says:

    It was a fantastic event indeed. To see Matthew Moreno accept the aware on behalf of his grandfather brought tears to my eyes. To see Jeff Sousa bawl and accept on behalf of his father George Sousa was beautiful, and to see the new Voice of Summer Sean Tucker give such an amazing speech to present the award to Jim Woolridge just topped off an awesome night. So glad to have been there. Well Done !!!