(WINDSOR, ON) – The University of Windsor’s Alumni Association and the Department of Athletics have announced the 2018 inductees into the Alumni Sports Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place on Sunday, September 30 in the Alumni Auditorium as part of UWindsor’s Alumni Weekend.
Star athletes from track and field, basketball, and football highlight the inductees.
Track and field super star Melissa Bishop, basketball standouts Charles Pearsall and Ryan Steer, and football award winner Daryl Stephenson will be honoured as a part of this year’s ceremony.
Bishop was a four-time OUA all-star and all-Canadian for the Lancer track and field team. As the Lancers’ female athlete of the year in 2010, Melissa was a triple gold medalist in the 600m, 1000m, and 4x800m at the national championships. A two-time Canadian Olympian in 2012 and 2016, she continues to hold the Lancer records in the 600m, 1000m, and 4x800m relay.
Pearsall was a two-time CIAU all-Canadian and an OUAA first team all-star in 1977. He led the Blue and Gold to two CIAU men’s basketball championship tournament appearances, while averaging double figures in points, rebounds, and blocked shots. Charles captured the Lancers’ Olympic Shield as the University of Windsor male athlete of the year in 1977.
Steer led the Lancers men’s basketball program to its first OUA championship in 27 years in 2007. A two-time OUA all-star, Ryan led the nation in assists in 2008 and was named the male DeMarco Award winner, that same year, as the University of Windsor’s top overall male student-athlete. Ryan currently sits second overall in Lancer history in career assists and career steals.
Stephenson is one of the most explosive athletes in Lancers football history. He currently holds the Canadian university football all-time career rushing record of 5,163 yards, and is the only player in Canadian university football history to rush for over 5,000 yards. In 2006, he was named the Hec Crighton award winner as the Canadian Universities most outstanding football player. Daryl was a four-time OUA all-star and two-time all-Canadian.
The Sport Achievement award, recognizing contributions to sport beyond the University of Windsor campus, is being presented to Reg Chappell while the Team Achievement award is being presented to the 1997-98 Lancer men’s hockey team.