Canada Basketball celebrates three new inductees to the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame tonight at the Air Canada Centre. Andrea Blackwell, Candace Clarkson and Bill Coulthard will all be officially introduced at halftime of the Raptors game. Both Coulthard and Clarkson will enter the hall through the veteran’s ballot, whereas Blackwell will be inducted by receiving 70% of the votes by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee.
As a collegiate athlete, Andrea Blackwell played at Bishop’s University from 1979 to 1984, winning five Quebec University Athletic Association conference championships, and two Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union National Championships (1982-93 and 1983-1984).
Andrea Blackwell spent 17 years with the Canadian Women’s National team program. During her time representing Canada on the international stage, Blackwell competed in four World Championships and two Olympic Games. She was a member of the Canadian team that finished fourth at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games and a member of the team that won bronze at the 1986 World Championships.
Bill Coulthard played at the senior men’s level for Assumption College, capturing the Eastern Canadian titles in 1946 and 1947. As a member of the Tillsonburg Livingstons, he captured the 1952 Senior Canadian Championships and with it, the right to represent Canada at that summer’s Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland. Bill would finish the tournament tied for second in team scoring with an average of 9.5 points per game.
Candace “Candi” Clarkson was one of the best young women to play in the Ontario Women’s Interuniversity Athletic Association (OWIAA) of the 1970’s and 1980’s. She was a three-time OWIAA all-star and garnered All-Canadian selections in 1978 and 1980.
She was a member of the Senior Women’s National Team from 1977-80 and again from 1982-84. In 1979, she captured the bronze medal at the FIBA World Championship, the FISU Games and the Pan-American Games. As a veteran on the team, she joined fellow-inductee Andrea Blackwell on the court for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.
Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame Celebration:
Date: February 21st, 2014
Place: Air Canada Centre, Toronto
Time: Halftime of Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers