On Thursday, November 7th, Kathy Russell and Tim Clayton were recognized at the London Sports Hall of Fame Gala for their outstanding contributions to youth athletics over the course of each of their careers. We are very proud of these amazing role models and Spirit of Sport winners of 2019!
Kathy has been a teacher and a coach for 31 years working first in the Durham Region, then the former Elgin Board and finally Thames Valley. She has taught the last 28 years with TVDSB, coaching and volunteering each and every year, with all sports, but a few examples are cross country, volleyball, basketball, gymnastics, and track, and field. She has been an area convenor for Cross Country, Track and Field, and Basketball. She has been a strong advocate, promoting females in sport in all aspects, as player athletes, coaches or referees. She also loves to develop younger athletes through junior programs and developing intramural activities and games to promote a healthy lifestyle in children.
If you look into the many layers of sport in London and the surrounding area, you will find Tim Clayton. For Mother Theresa CSS, Tim Clayton is a fixture in the molding of the school. As the head of physical education and director of WOSSAA, the work Tim performs provides students with an opportunity to play sport. Tim has been a high school physical education & biology teacher for 26 years. His contributions to high school sport and youth sports are insurmountable. Tim represents WOSSAA as the Chair of Boys Athletics on the OFSAA Executive Board and has been a long-serving convenor for various sports in TVRA and WOSSAA. By coaching football, hockey, soccer, badminton, golf, and skiing he has been extremely successful at teaching values we want our youth to demonstrate in both sport and life. Tim role models hard work ethic and a healthy lifestyle while advocating for all athletes in TVRA and WOSSAA. Congratulations Tim and thank you for your commitment to our athletes!