WINNIPEG, MB – The Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame is thrilled to announce that one of the best athletes in the world, Clara Hughes, will join its class of 2012 at the 33rd Annual Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies presented by RBC.

“Not only is Clara an exceptional athlete but also a tremendous role model for our province and deserves the highest honour we can bestow upon her,” said Jeff Hnatiuk, President and CEO, Sport Manitoba.  “When she announced her retirement we felt that it was important to honour her unparalleled athletic career as quickly as we could.”

“As one of the greatest Canadian athletes of all time, and the only athlete in the world to win multiple medals in both a summer and winter Olympics, this was an easy decision.” stated Don Pincock, President, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.  “Clara has been contributing to our museum collection for a number of years and her induction was just a matter of time.”

On November 3, 2012, Hughes will join five athletes, two builders and two teams as part of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame 33rd Annual Induction Ceremonies presented by RBC. The 2012 inductees are:

Ed BELFOUR     Athlete  Hockey
Morris GLIMCHER    Builder  All Round
Kelly HAND     Athlete  Sailing
Clara HUGHES    Athlete  Cycling/Speed Skating
Michael IRELAND    Athlete  Speed Skating
Harry LANGFORD    Athlete  Football
Sandy (NEWSHAM) MASKIW  Athlete  Softball
Grant STANDBROOK    Builder  All Round
1978 & 80 University of Manitoba Bisons Team  Volleyball
1992-95 University of Winnipeg Wesmen Team  Basketball

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The Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame is a registered charitable organization managed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Its mandate is to preserve, celebrate and showcase the history and heritage of sport excellence and achievement in Manitoba.

Sport Manitoba is a not for profit organization and the lead planning, programming and funding agency for the development of amateur sport in Manitoba. Located in the Sport for Life Centre, Sport Manitoba partners with over 100 organizations to deliver sport in our province and is responsible for programs including the Power Smart Manitoba Games, Coaching Manitoba, Team Manitoba, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame & Museum, and KidSport. Services provided include the Sport Medicine Centre, Sport Performance Centre, and Sport Resource Centre.