Two multiple award winners in Lancer track and field are among the inductees in the 2016 class of the Alumni Sports Hall of Fame.
Coach Dennis Fairall, athlete Jacqueline (Malette) Biswas, basketball player James (J.K.) Kennedy and football player Greg Wood will be honoured at a ceremony Sunday, October 2.
Dennis Fairall (MHK 1993) is recognized as one of the greatest coaches in the history of Canadian university sport. He led Lancer cross country and track and field teams to 47 provincial and 25 national championships, honoured 65 times as coach of the year by Canadian Interuniversity Sport or Ontario University Athletics during his 30 years at UWindsor.
Jacqueline (Malette) Biswas (BMath 2007) earned all-Canadian honours in track and cross country five times, led the Lancers to three provincial team titles and won seven medals at the national championship meet in just a three-year Lancer career. The only Lancer in history awarded both the Banner Shield and DeMarco Award in the same year, she was twice honoured as a CIS Top 8 Academic All-Canadian.
James (J.K.) Kennedy (BA 1985) served three years as captain of the Lancer men’s basketball team and was named an all-star three times by the OUA. His teams twice finished first in the OUA West division and twice qualified for the national final eight tournament. He also won a silver medal at the 1980 Canada Summer Games as part of Team Ontario.
Greg Wood (BHK 1976, B.Ed 1977) made his mark as captain of the Lancer football team over three seasons. He played on the squad during its 1975 Yates Cup Ontario University Championship, leading the division in interceptions that year and leading the nation in kick-off returns in 1973. He received the DeMarco Award as top Lancer student-athlete in 1977.
Sport Achievement Awards, recognizing contributions to sport beyond the University of Windsor campus, will go to:
- Gene Dziadura (BA 1959) posthumously, who played baseball in Chicago Cubs farm system, scouted and signed pitcher Fergie Jenkins—the first Canadian in the Baseball Hall of Fame—to the Philadelphia Phillies, and enjoyed a 35-year career as a teacher, coach and sports official with the Chatham Collegiate Institute; and
- Leo Shapiro (BSc 1961, MSc 1962), a dedicated volunteer with the Greater Windsor Legion Track Club and the University of Windsor Track and Field Club, who taught high school math for over 30 years, and organized and officiated track meets for over 40 years
In addition, two national championship Lancers squads will receive Team Achievement Awards: the 1991 men’s and 1992 women’s track and field teams.
The event, which has already reached its attendance capacity, is part of Alumni Weekend celebrations; check out a full list of planned activities.