Written by Chris Cline, Department of University Communications
(OTTAWA, ON) — Carleton University has announced five new inductees into its Ravens Athletics Hall of Fame, which celebrates excellence in varsity sport. Kicking off the 2016 Throwback weekend, the new members will be honoured at a gala dinner on Thursday, Sept. 15 held in the Ravens’ Nest.
Nominees were accepted online in two categories. The Athlete category was open to varsity athletes who demonstrated excellence in athletic achievement and have been out of competition at Carleton for at least five years. The Builder category was open to retired coaches, managers, administrators, volunteers, donors and members of the media who made outstanding contributions to the success and growth of varsity sports at Carleton.
“Carleton is honoured to make these five accomplished inductees a permanent part of its Ravens Hall of Fame,” said Jennifer Brenning, director of Recreation and Athletics. “On the field and off, their achievements make the Carleton community proud.”
This year’s inductees are:
Nicky Majid may have been the program’s first star player when she came to Carleton in 1982 from Brookfield High School. In her two years at Carleton, she was the team’s top scorer and the team’s Most Valuable Player. She received the Ruth Coe Award as the top female athlete of the year twice. In a division with three top 10 teams, Majid was also a two-time Ontario Women’s Interuniversity Athletic Association (OWIAA) All Star. She was instrumental in leading the Ravens to their first-ever playoff appearance. She went on to Laurentian before travelling to England for a successful professional basketball career.
Wayne Small was the leading player for the men’s hockey team for three consecutive seasons while the team was a serious contender in the Ontario/Quebec division of the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union (CIAU), now Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). In fact, the pennants now hanging in the Ice House can be directly related to his accomplishments. Small remains to this day the all-time scoring leader for the men’s Ravens. After leaving Carleton, Small played hockey in Europe for ten years, where he was one of the league’s leading scorers and a premier player in the Spengler Cup Tournaments. He was one of the first Canadian hockey players in Europe and he opened the door for many other talented Canadian players.
Mike Lanos was one of the first true “stars” of men’s soccer at Carleton University. He used blazing speed and amazing game sense to help his team win many games. Mike’s job was to create offence and he played that role extremely well. In the varsity Ravens’ third year of existence (1984), he led the team to the Ontario championship and ultimately the CIAU (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) national final. At the time it was Carleton University’s first CIAU final in any sport. Lanos was a selfless ‘team first” player who excelled in all four years he played, was awarded numerous individual honours and would go on to found an alumni chapter in 1992, which still exists and has more than 300 members. Each year, the Mike Lanos Award is presented to the current varsity player who best exemplifies the spirit of Mike’s qualities – leadership, selflessness, and hard work. He is still involved in coaching at a high level and is currently the technical director of Gloucester Soccer.
Wayne Dustin stands as the highest achieving male Nordic skier in OUA (Ontario University Athletics) history. He was the OUA Nordic Skiing Men’s Overall Champion four times between 1993 and 1997. He did not lose a race in the Ontario circuit during the six years of his undergraduate and graduate career. He was three-time Male Athlete of the Year and the Jack Vogan Graduating Athlete of the Year in 1996 – ’97. He did all of this while simultaneously coaching the Carleton University Nordic ski team. He also represented Canada and competed at the 1988 and 1992 Winter Olympic Games. He has four World Championship titles and 20 National Championship medals.
During his 22 years at Carleton, Watt has been dedicated to supporting Carleton athletics, as a fan, senior administrator and donor. He is an avid fan of several Carleton varsity teams, including basketball, football, hockey and soccer. He makes a point of attending many games, including every CIS basketball championship, no matter where it’s being played. As a member of the university’s senior management team, he has supported the development and implementation of the expansion of the athletics precinct on campus. As a result, Carleton’s facilities expanded to include the Fieldhouse, the Ice House, Alumni Hall, an upgraded lower field and the state-of-the-art fitness centre by 2013. This growth has enabled Carleton to realize its long-term goal of attracting the best student athletes and coaches, providing conditions that allow them to win and excel.
The five finalists were selected by a committee representing several decades of alumni, media and current varsity athletes. The university will consider nominees every two years and induct three to five each round.
Each of the 36 previous Hall of Fame inductees have been invited to attend the 2016 Ravens Athletics Hall of Fame Gala, to be held in Ravens’ Nest. This event is open to the public and tickets are available by emailing Sarah.Fee@Carleton.ca.
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