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Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame may extend nomination deadline

New website offers look at past inductees, forms to nominate potential new entrants
It might seem like it would be immune to the effects of COVID-19 on society, but even the Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame is having to alter their plans as things gradually shutdown throughout the country.

The nomination deadline was originally set for Mar. 31, but based on current events, the deadline might be extended depending on how things turn out in the near future.

While no nominations have been submitted as of yet, past induction classes have filled up closer to the deadline, something Hall of Fame president Larry Graham expects will be the case this time, especially if everyone who has inquired about nominations sends one in.

“We've had some feelers from people who are thinking about submitting nominations, so we're hopeful for that,” he said. “We have people who said they were going to send them in but we just don't have them in hand yet.”

The deadline is well in advance of the October induction ceremony in order to give plenty of time to prepare. But if COVID-19 pushes things back, they'll find a way to make things work.

“In light of the pandemic and stuff, we suspended our recent meeting schedule and we're going to do everything by e-mail and phone calls,” Graham said. “I think we'll review how many nominations we get after the 31st and then make a decision if we want to extend the deadline.

“We have some slack there, it's not unusual to extend it to April 15th or even the 30th, and considering the state of the country right now, we might even postpone to later because we aren't even going to meet to process nominations [until later], anyway.”

One thing that's for certain is there are still plenty of folks in the community could be added to the Wall of Fame, located on the second floor mezzanine in Mosaic Place.

“Last year we had another good crop again, and we get word from people who are working on them, but then we get people out of nowhere that we never expect,” Graham said. “So that's always good news. Then every year we get some nominations we have to send back to folks and ask for more information or not the kind of nominations we're accepting just yet.

But it's still a pretty good piece of work, we probably reviewed an inch and a half of paper just looking through,” he added. “It makes for some pretty interesting reading, what people have done and certainly lots of stuff I'm not familiar with. There's always something that surprises you that you didn't know about or hear about.”

Folks looking for more information and to find nomination forms can check out the Hall of Fame's redesigned website, which now features information on the current inductees as well of plenty of other tidbits about the Hall's history.

The new look site came through a partnership with Sask Polytech, where a business information class offered to redesign and improve the page as part of their regular classwork.

“The four of the them completely redid it and did a fantastic job,” Graham said.

“It's nice to have another community partner in the fold, it's a partnership that's worked out really well. Grandma and Grandpa can show it off and say 'hey, there's grandma, look what she did' or look at what their friends did. So that's always a nice thing to have for people.”

Click here to check out the new website and for plenty more information on the Moose Jaw and District Sports Hall of Fame.

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