By Staff/September 30, 2021
One of the founders of the Paradise Running Club, Keith Glynn, will be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame next month.
Glynn will be inducted in the Builder category during a ceremony October 13 at the Pearlgate Track and Field Complex in Mount Pearl. Anne Barrington-Johnston, Colleen Martin-Ward and Peter Power will be inducted as athletes.
Inductions to the Athletics Hall of Fame were first held in 2005 and then annually until 2014, since which the ceremony has been held every second year. Last year’s induction ceremony was postponed until this autumn because of the COVID pandemic. Initially six members were inducted each year with the exception of 2008 when 23 individuals were recognized. Since 2012, the Hall of Fame Constitution calls for four individuals to be presented each year, one in the builder category and three in the athletic category.
This year’s additions to the 16-year old Hall of Fame brings to 85 the number of individuals recognized for achievements and contributions to the sport of athletics in the province.
Former Hall of Fame Members and athletes are invited to attend the induction ceremony. However space is limited due to COVID restrictions.
Glynn was the person instrumental in founding the Paradise Running Club in 2009, and has spent countless hours devoted to the club over the past 12 years, said Hall of Fame spokesperson Joe Ryan.
“He has served as Vice-President and President of the Club a number of times as well as developing a Learn-to-Run program for the club in 2010,” Ryan noted. “He has indeed been a leader there for many years, inspiring and encouraging others to become involved as group leaders for the Learn-to-Run program. He continues to be an integral member and leader of this now well-known club.”
In 2013 Glynn was awarded the Citizen of the Year Award in the Town of Paradise. Earlier this year, he was named Male Athlete of the Year for the Town of Paradise.