The Norfolk County Sports Hall of Recognition is pleased to announce George and Mary Ann Pieters, Robert Proracki and Haven Swarts as the 2019 Inductees. This group represents outstanding accomplishments in athletic success as well as leadership in officiating and coaching.
George and Mary Ann Pieters of McDowell Road in Simcoe have contributed over 40 years of their time and talents to the sport of archery.
Both got their start at the Belgium Hall in Delhi and have expanded their influence as role models, coaches and ambassadors for teaching archery to various youth organizations across Norfolk County.
George and Mary Ann have also won championship titles at many local, national, and international archery events.
Robert ( Bob) Proracki, a Waterford native and proud resident of Round Plains, is being recognized as an outstanding athlete and official in a variety of sports.
Most notable is Bob’s success as a pitcher in the sport of fastball over a span of over 44 years. During that time, Bob was a member of several championship teams, including one with the London Major League which earned a Provincial AA Championship.
Haven Swarts of Port Dover has achieved tremendous success as a power tumbler in the sport of gymnastics.
Starting at age 8, Haven was introduced to the sport of tumbling at the local Simcoe Gliders club. As a youth she went on to represent Ontario and Canada at international events.
Her trophy case includes several gold medals from Canadian championships and a top ten placing at the Worlds. Haven is also an accomplished hockey player and gives back to the community by mentoring young athletes with special needs.
The 2019 Inductees will be celebrated at an official ceremony in 2021.