The Canada Games Council recently unveiled its class of 2022 for the Canada Games Hall of Honor. Among the six remarkable alumni who will be inducted into the Canada Games Hall of Honor at the Niagara 2022 Summer Games, Stacey Allaster and Don Goodwin have left their mark in the world of tennis and sports in Canada.
Former VP of Sales and Marketing at Tennis Canada, first female director of the US Open and currently the Chief Executive of Professional Tennis with the United States Tennis Association (USTA), Stacey Allaster has dedicated her life to tennis and became a champion of diversity and inclusion, as well as an emblem of Canadian sport. In 1989, she participated in the Canada Summer Games held in Saskatoon as tennis manager with Team Ontario. As her tennis career started at Welland Tennis Club, where a portion of the tennis competition will be held this year, it seems only fitting that Stacey Allaster joins the Canada Games Hall of Honor during the Niagara 2022 Summer Games.
Don Goodwin played a key role in the early days of the Canada Games. A long-time sports broadcaster and on-air personality with the CBC, he was an instrumental figure in getting the inaugural Canada Games off the ground in 1967. He was a passionate advocate of Canadian amateur sports and later persuaded the CBC to broadcast the first Canada Summer Games in 1969 on both television and radio, giving national exposure for young Canadian athletes. Dan Goodwin passed away in 2018, but he will always be remembered as a staunch advocate for Canadian sports and athletes, a tireless volunteer who had an abiding passion for sports and recreation, and first and foremost as a proud Canadian.