DOORS OPEN – Aurora Sports Hall of Fame featured in two locations


Play. Endure. Inspire. Ontario’s sports heritage.

That is the theme for this year’s Doors Open Ontario event, which will showcase the people, places, and events that have been influential to the history of competitive sport in Ontario, while celebrating the TORONTO 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games, and connecting with diverse communities across the province in new and exciting ways.

The Aurora Sports Hall of Fame is proud to be part of the province wide, 2015 theme will allow participants to explore Ontario’s rich and robust sport heritage.

AT THE HALL (3rd floor of Town Hall, 100 John West Way)

From 10am until 4pm on Saturday August 15th, a representative from the Hall of Fame alongside an Honoured Member from 2013 or 2014, will be on hand at the Hall to welcome guests who would like to learn about and see more of Aurora’s sports heritage. While visiting the Hall, guests will be able to view excerpts from the 2014 Induction Ceremony, observe artefacts from some of the Hall’s Honoured Members and have their photo taken with the Honoured Member present.

AT THE AURORA ARMOURY (89 Mosley Street)

At the same time, a representative from the Aurora Sports Hall of Fame will also be demonstrating the Strathcona Syllabus for physical training. Lord Strathcona was Canada’s High Commissioner to Great Britain and donated $500,000 to establish a programme of physical training in Canada based on what he had seen in schools in the UK. Visitors to the Armoury will be able to run through the drills of what every child in Canada would have performed as part of their physical education programme 100 years ago! It is fitting that this demonstration is taking place in the Aurora Armoury as calisthenics and other similar drills were conducted by non-commissioned officers on loan from the Militia Department.

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