The three men being inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame in early April won’t have any trouble heeding that advice.
They’ve all been there before.
Between them, Gerald Lomond, Rod Snow and Glenn Stanford have already received countless accolades in sports. And the three are in line for another major honour at Sports Newfoundland and Labrador’s ninth annual Stars and Legends Awards Gala taking place April 8 in St. John’s. That event also sees the announcement of SNL’s annual awards, including provincial athletes of the year.
Lomond, who is being inducted as a builder, might be considered the Johnny Appleseed of gymnastics in Newfoundland
His involvement in the sports began in the 1960s when he was one of three founding members of a provincial gymnastics association and the founder of a gymnastics club in Gander, the longest continuous running club in our province
Lomond became an advocate/mentor for new coaches and clubs in Newfoundland and was a catalyst for the formation of five other gymnastics clubs — in Port aux Basques, Glovertown, Grand Falls, Lewisporte and Clarenville.
He successfully lobbied for gynmastics’ inclusion in the provincial Winter Games; was a leader in the development of the first set of women’s technical rules used in Atlantic Canadian championships; saw to the adoption of programs for developing coaches, officials and judges and held key roles over the years, including women’s judging chair, provincial judging clinician and men’s technical chairperson.
Lomond was inducted into the Gymnastics Newfoundland and Labrador Hall of Fame in 1988 and Gander Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.
Snow, who played in four Rugby World Cups for Canada, was recently named one of the inaugural inductees for Rugby Canada’s Hall of Fame. Last year, he was inducted into the Newport Rugby Hall of Fame in the Welsh city where he made his mark playing in the professional ranks, twice earning player of the year honours with Newport clubs.
Other honours for Snow in his playing career:
• Named third-best prop in the world by World Rugby Magazine in 1999
• British Writers’ Player of the Year in 2005
• Sports Newfoundland and Labrador’s senior male athlete of the year in 1995
Snow, who is being inducted as an athlete, helped Newport to a Welsh Cup in 2001 and after his return to Newfoundland, led the Rock to Canadian championships in 2006, 2007 and 2010.
Internationally, he played 62 games for Canada, more than any other front-row player in this country’s history.
Stanford is already a member of three provincial halls of fame, in basketball and soccer as an athlete, and in hockey as a builder.
A three-year captain of Memorial University’s basketball team, he earned all-star and MVP selections in Atlantic tournaments in the years before Memorial played in the AUS.
In a 1994 Telegram poll/feature, the former guard was voted this province’s No. 5 basketball player of all time.
Stanford also played soccer for Memorial and with Holy Cross teams that won five (1979, 1983, 1984 and 1985) provincial senior men’s championships.
In spite of all his accomplishments on the soccer pitch and basketball court, Stanford, who is being inducted as an athlete/builder, is probably best known for his work as a hockey executive, mostly with American Hockey League teams in St. John’s.
The chief operating officer of the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps, Stanford’s was winner of the James C. Hendy Award as the league’s top executive in 2002 (with the St. John’s Maple Leafs) and 2012 (with the IceCaps) and is one of only four people in the 81-year history of the AHL to earn the award twice.
Other AHL honours for Stanford:
• Ken Mackenzie Award for the AHL Executive with the best promotion in a local market in 1997
• Thomas Ebight Award for career contributions to the AHL in 2005
• 2007 Calder Cup championship as president of the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs