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Pair of locals part of U of G Sports Hall of Fame class of 2018

Kyle Boorsma and Larry Pearson will be inducted in September
Kyle Boorsma. University of Guelph photo

A Guelph runner and a Guelph athlete/coach/builder are part of this year's University of Guelph Sports Hall of Fame class.

Cross-country and track and field standout Kyle Boorsma and volleyball player, coach and builder Larry Pearson will be two of those inducted at a Sept. 21 ceremony.

Boorsma, a Centennial high school grad, was the U of G's male athlete of the year in 2008, 2009 and 2010. He was a 10-time all-Canadian in track and cross-country.

Pearson played volleyball at the U of G 50 years ago and coached the team in the mid-1970, leading them to their first and only OUA championship in 1978.

He was a key member of the advisory council for getting the new athletics centre built and has been a significant donor to the school's athletic department, including scholarship for varsity athletes through the Larry Pearson Scholarship Fund.

Boorsma and Pearson will be joined by former all-Canadian football receiver Dave Irwin, rugby and wrestling star Brooke Hilditch, rugby standout Jacey (Murphy) Grusnick, former Athletic Director Tom Kendall, the 2005 women's cross-country team and the 1977-78 men's volleyball team.

Irwin was a two-time all-Canadian, male athlete of the year in 1993 and member of the Gryphon football 1990s team of the decade.

Hilditch was female athlete of the year and rugby MVP in 2003 and led the rugby team to two OUA championships. She was an OUA silver medallist in wrestling.

Grusnick was a three-time team MVP and two-time female athlete of the year, in 2010 and 2011. She led the team to a CIS championship in 2011.

Kendall served as athletic director for 11 years, retiring in 2016.