Toronto, ON – Field Hockey Canada announced today the Hall of Fame class of 2018. Kathy Broderick (Builder), Sheila Forshaw (Athlete), Margaret Lanning (Builder) and Louis Mendonca (Builder) will be inducted to the Field Hockey Canada Hall of Fame on November 18, 2018 at a ceremony held at Hart House on the campus of the University of Toronto. Ticket information for the event is found at the bottom of the announcement.
The Field Hockey Canada Hall of Fame was initiated in 2014 to celebrate Field Hockey Canada’s proud past and to inspire the future. Broderick, Forshaw, Lanning and Mendonca will join the ten individuals and one team currently inducted.
Cutting edge, tactical, motivating
Forming a dynamic coach duo with Marina van der Merwe, Broderick’s strengths were in scouting, tactics and motivation. Additionally, during her time with the Women’s National Team, Broderick was considered one of the world’s leading goalkeeper coaches. As an assistant coach from 1978-1995, she worked three Olympic Games, three Pan American Games, six FIH World Cups and countless other international competitions. Broderick was also a coach during Canada’s first foray into international indoor competition where she was instrumental in leading a Canadian team to a bronze medal in the 1981 European Zone Indoor Championships in Berlin.
Humility, ferocity, role model
For 10 years between 1978-1988, Forshaw was a permanent fixture on the Canadian Women’s National team’s front line where she established herself as one of Canada’s most prolific goal scorers in history. When it came to on-field play, Forshaw had everything one could ask for: acceleration, speed, ball control and an eye for the goal. She was calm and calculated on the pitch, always providing an extraordinary example for her teammates. An all-Canadian student athlete at York University, Forshaw was selected for three Olympic squads and competed in four world championships. She played on the Canadian women’s teams that reached the podium at the 1983 and 1986 World Cups.
Leadership, vision, dedication
From 1983 to 1996, Lanning was one of two umpires from the Americas to consistently be on the prestigious World Cup / Olympic umpire list. A world-renowned umpire and administrator, Lanning represented North America as the only official in the 1983, 1986 and 1990 FIH World Cups and the 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games. She was assigned the gold medal match at the 1986 and 1990 FIH World Cups as well as the 1987 and 1995 Pan American Games. Within Canada, Lanning served as an active volunteer in the Canadian Field Hockey community and was an important role model and mentor for aspiring umpires.
Tireless, Inspiration, mentorship
Mendonca entered the Ontario provincial coaching scene in 1984 before moving up to the national junior men’s program in 1992. Between 1999 and 2012, Mendonca held various coaching positions with the senior programs including head coach of both the women’s and men’s national team. A highlight of his career included the 2007 Pan American title and a qualification spot at the 2008 Olympic Games. In total, Mendonca served as head coach at four Pan American and two Commonwealth Games. His dedication to coaching was recognized in 2012 when he received the Andy Higgins Lifetime Coaching Achievement Award. Mendonca remains active in the Ontario regional programs and is the longstanding Director of the Canadian National Indoor program.
“On behalf of Field Hockey Canada, we congratulate these four individuals on being named to the Hall of Fame,” said Jeff Sauvé, Field Hockey Canada’s CEO. “While the international achievements of the 2018 class will be highlighted, it is equally inspiring to acknowledge the longstanding commitment each individual has made to field hockey in Canada.”
Field Hockey Canada Hall of Fame Induction
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Hart House, University of Toronto
$50 per person
Hart House brunch with induction ceremony to follow