New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame

Two New Brunswick sports icons to be honoured with virtual exhibit (09/12/03)

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Dec. 3, 2009



FREDERICTON (CNB) - A virtual exhibit honouring two of New Brunswick's sports icons will be launched by the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame in partnership with the Centre d'études acadiennes Anselme-Chiasson (CEAAC) and the Musée acadien de l'Université de Moncton (MAUM). The exhibit is entitled 50/50 - The Golden Anniversaries of Willie O'Ree and Yvon Durelle.

The exhibit will highlight the important contributions that both O'Ree and Durelle made to New Brunswick's sport heritage, and how their sporting success and their stories have inspired others in their communities and beyond.

"These two athletes and their compelling stories have inspired generations of New Brunswickers, and now with the worldwide availability of this exhibit they will inspire a global audience," said Jamie Wolverton, executive director of the Sports Hall of Fame.

The launch of the exhibit will take place during a reception for guests and the general public at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Musée acadien, Pavillon Clément-Cormier, Université de Moncton, 405 Université Ave., Moncton.

"This project is a wonderful opportunity for the general public to learn more about one of our renowned Acadian athletes," said Isabelle Cormier, director of CEAAC and MAUM. "This online exhibit will also be another way of keeping Yvon Durelle's memory alive. For all these reasons and more, CEAAC and MAUM are proud to participate in teaching everyone about an important part of New Brunswick's sports history."

The virtual exhibit was funded in part by a grant from Canadian Heritage Information Network's Community Memories Program.


MEDIA CONTACTS: Jamie Wolverton, executive director, New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, 506-453-8930; Jeanne-Mance Cormier, curator, Musée acadien de l'Université de Moncton, 506-858-4088.