A handful of names synonymous with athletic success make up the Norfolk County Sports Hall of Recognition Class of 2018.
David Baldock, the late Paul Davidson, David Edmonds, Jim Merrick, and Peter Timpf have all been called to the hall for accomplishments both on and off the field.
Baldock, a longtime Simcoe resident, has excelled in the international sport of orienteering. This athletic endeavour combines racing and navigation with a compass through diverse and often unfamiliar terrain. Baldock has medalled at events throughout North America and holds both Canadian and provincial titles. Locally, he helped to establish orienteering courses and enrichment programs for public school children.
Davidson’s resume includes championships in basketball, lacrosse, hockey, and curling, but he is most recognized for being part of the mixed pairs national and provincial lawn bowling championships alongside partner Muriel LaPlante. Davidson was also a well-respected coach at Delhi Public School and Simcoe Composite School. He served as a sight coach/guide for blind golfers and curlers at the provincial and national level.
For over 50 years, Edmonds has been known as a dedicated builder and coach of hockey, soccer, and baseball in the communities of Delhi, Simcoe, and Tillsonburg. Whether he was on an executive, coaching from the sidelines or officiating in some capacity, he tried to provide the best opportunity he could for all participants. Former athletes describe Edmonds as an outstanding leader that instilled the values of hard work and sportsmanship.
Merrick is the second Canadian Football League alum to enter the hall. The Simcoe product was a standout for the SCS Sabres before lining up with McGill University and eventually the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats. With the Tabbies, Merrick suited up with fellow Norfolk native, McGill alum and Class of 2017 member John Macdonald.
Merrick also excelled in the sport of shot put, winning a provincial university championship and competing at the national level. Back home in Norfolk, Merrick became a successful coach, leading the Waterford Wolves to multiple Haldimand-Norfolk Bowl titles and serving as a mentor to many athletes, including two-time Grey Cup Champion Shane Bergman, of Teeterville.
Port Dover’s Timpf is being recognized as a builder of sport for the lakeside community. For more than 30 years, Timpf has served on executives, coached, and spearheaded fundraising and membership drives for the Port Dover Figure Skating Club, Port Dover Minor Softball Association and the Ontario Rural Softball Association (ORSA). He has successfully coached two female teams to ORSA provincial championships and another to an Eastern Canadian Championship. Many credit Peter for serving as a mentor who inspires them to volunteer with sport and service club organizations in the community.
Timpf’s daughter Megan competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with the Canadian softball team.
“We’re extremely pleased with this extremely eclectic group,” said Mark Boerkamp, the hall’s chairperson.
The 2017 and 2018 classes will be recognized at a gala event on July 13 at the Hungarian Hall in Delhi. On that evening the Sports Hall will also acknowledge its 25th anniversary.
Said Boerkamp, “We’re very excited about this event coming up because a, we are celebrating our 25th anniversary which is kind of unique and we’re really looking forward to recognizing the nine inductees that are going to be coming into the hall.”