Five new inductees in the Brampton Sports Hall of Fame

 

The Brampton Sports Hall of Fame (BSHF) has its first “ringer.”

Kenneth Condie, the driving force behind the Brampton Men’s Horseshoe Club, is one of five inductees being recognized this year for excellence in sport.

Joining Condie for induction into the Hall are football player Orlando Bowen, hockey player Timothy Trimper, lacrosse star and executive Zeny Lipinski and Canadian Box Lacrosse team manager Robert Sanderson.

Condie, who will be inducted into the Builder category for his dedication to horseshoes, is the first ever member of the sport in the Hall of Fame. He joined the Brampton Men’s Horseshoe Club in 1994 and was appointed to the committee three years later.

“Congratulations to the 2021 Brampton Sports Hall of Fame inductees,” said Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown. “The Brampton Sports Hall of Fame honours the history of sport in Brampton and those who have made outstanding contributions and achievements in sport in our community.

“This year’s inductees have demonstrated excellence in their fields, and drive sport forward in Brampton.”

Bowen, who will be inducted under the Athlete category for his success in football, was a star athlete in several sports while growing up in the city.

He earned a football scholarship to play at Northern Illinois University, an NCAA Division 1 school, before the Brampton Centennial Secondary School graduate joined the Canadian Football League as a linebacker with both the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toronto Argonauts.

Trimper, who is being inducted under the Athlete category, is recognized for his dedication to hockey in the city.

The first player from the Brampton Minor Hockey Association to sign in the NHL, the 28th overall pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in 1979 would go on to suit up in 190 games over six seasons with the Minnesota North Stars, Winnipeg Jets and Blackhawks.

The five-foot-nine, 184-pound winger led his Brampton minor team into both the 1971 and 1972 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournaments before playing four years of major junior hockey with the Peterborough Petes.

Sanderson, who will be inducted under the Builder category, made quite the name for himself in lacrosse. He spent 21 seasons as the manager of the Brampton Excelsiors and is a member of the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Sanderson also found success on the international sports scene, managing the Canadian Box Lacrosse team to a gold medal at the 1985 World Games in Philadelphia.

Lipinski made many contributions to the sport of lacrosse in Brampton and is being inducted under the Veteran category. A member of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame, he began playing the sport in 1957.

He would win a Mann Cup with the Brantford Warriors in 1971 and go on to play professionally with the Philadelphia Wings. A lifelong member of the Excelsiors club, Lipinski has held numerous executive and management positions.

“These five distinguished inductees have made contributions to sport in our community, proving themselves as leaders every day,” said Jeff Bowman, a Brampton City Councillor and member of the Brampton Sports Hall of Fame Committee.

“We recognize their achievements and encourage nominations for 2022.”

Founded in 1979 and located at the CAA Centre, the BSHF celebrates the accomplishment of individuals who have made contributions to the development of sport in Brampton.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the postponement of the 2020 and 2021 induction ceremonies.

To nominate someone who has made an outstanding contribution to sports in Brampton, you can download a 2022 nomination form.

Past inductees into the BSHF can be found on its website.

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