Cheema alum Dalton to be inducted into 2020 NS Sport Hall of Fame

Richard Dalton. (Cheema/submitted photo)

WAVERLEY: An Olympic paddler and three-time world champion bronze medalist from Waverley-based Cheema has been named as one of the athletes who will be inducted into the 20920 N.S. Sport Hall of Fame.

Richard Dalton was announced this week as one of the four athletes, one team and two builders who will be inducted at the ceremony, which will be held at a date to be announced.

Dalton will be recognized for his athletic achievements and contributions to sport in Nova Scotia. He made it to the podium at national and international sprint canoe events an impressive number of times.

In a career spanning two decades, he won gold at the national senior men’s championships 24 times and placed first on the World Cup circuit 9 times.

A competitor at the 2004 Olympics and gold medalist at the 2011 Pan American Games, he represented Canada at the Senior World Championships nine times, bringing home three bronze medals.

Dalton will join long-time friend and Cheema C2 partner, Mike Scarola, as an inductee into the NS Sport Hall of Fame, along with Cheema Coach Frank Garner, athletes Ann Dodge, Don Brien, Karen Furneaux, and Cheema Team ’77.

Over the more than 550 athletes, builders and teams inducted in the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame, Cheema has far more inductees than all the other Atlantic Division canoe clubs combined.

At Cheema’s 50th anniversary last year, Dalton was among the inductees into the club’s Hall of Fame.

Due to the unprecedented circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the Hall of Fame has yet to decide on a firm date for Induction Night.

That decision will be made in the coming weeks, as they continue to closely monitor the provincial “re-opening.”

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