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The Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame is celebrating Nova Scotia's rich sport heritage by naming the Top 15 athletes in Nova Scotia history. CBC Nova Scotia News will reveal each of the athletes that were carefully chosen by a committee and public vote Monday nights this fall during the newscast, beginning with number 15 on Sept. 11 and counting down to number one, which will be revealed on Dec 18. Here are the athletes, starting with number 15:

#15 - Rob McCall

Dartmouth, Figure Skating (Ice Dancing) 

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Rob McCall with skating partner Marie McNeil. (NSSHF)

  • Bronze Medallist at the 1988 Olympics
  • Canadian Junior Champion 1977
  • Canadian Senior Champion 1981-1988
  • Three-time World Champion Bronze Medallist
  • Turned Professional April 1988
  • World Professional Champion in 1989

 
McCall and skating partner Marie McNeil became household names in Nova Scotia in the 1970s. McCall then paired with partner Tracy Wilson of BC to become the first Canadian ice dancing team to medal at the Olympics.

#14 - Mark de Jonge

Halifax (born in Calgary), Kayaking 

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Halifax kayaker Mark de Jong is number 14 on the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame Top 15 list. (Aaron Lynett/The Canadian Press)

  • Bronze Medallist at the 2012 Olympics
  • World Champion in 2014 (world record) and 2015
  • Silver medallist at World Championships in 2013
  • Winner of over 30 National Championship gold medals
  • 2 bronze, 1 silver and 1 gold Pan-American medals
  • Competed in the 2016 Olympics

 
De Jonge specializes in the men's K-1 200 m event, having earned his Olympic bronze in this race. He has also earned Pan Am medals in the K-1 500 m, K-4 1000 m and K-2 200 m. De Jonge's road to his first Olympics was challenged by a hand injury, but he overcame it to win the national trials.

#13 - Jamie Bone

Dartmouth (born in Sault Saint Marie), Wheelchair Sprinting 

Jamie Bone

Wheelchair Sprinter Jamie Bone from Dartmouth, N.S., is number 13 on the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame Top 15 list. (Daily News/NSSHF)

  • Three gold medals and one bronze at the 1988 Paralympics in Seoul
  • World record setter in the 200m and 400m events
  • Paralympic record setter in 100m and 200m 
  • Winner of seven National Championship golds
  • Winner of four gold medals at the Robin Hood Cerebral Palsy World Games in 1989

 
Bone started his athletic career on Nova Scotia's Flying Wheels wheelchair basketball team and quickly went on to dominate wheelchair sprinting in the late 1980s. At the 1988 Paralympics, he took gold in all three sprinting distances and won the 400m event with a 100m lead.

#12 - Ellie Black

Halifax, Gymnastics

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Ellie Black during the women's individual beam final at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014. (Alastair Grant/Associated Press)

  • Posted Canada's best-ever performance in the all-around competition at the Olympics with 5th place at the 2016 Games
  • Three gold, one silver and one bronze at the 2015 Pan American Games
  • Best-ever all-around result for Canada (7th) at 2015 World Championships
  • Competed in the 2012 Olympics
  • Four-time Canadian all-around champion

 
Black has put Canada on the map in women's gymnastics with her consistent best-ever performances at international competitions. She was also Canada's most decorated athlete at the 2015 Pan Am Games following her success at the 2014 Commonwealth Games as a triple-medallist.

#11 - Karen Furneaux

Waverley, Kayaking

Karen Furneaux

Kayaker Karen Furneaux from Waverley, N.S., is number 11 on the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame Top 15 list.

  • Two-time World Champion: 1998, K-2 200m and 2001, K-1 200m
  • Three-time Olympian: 2000, 2004 and 2008
  • Nine-time World Championship medallist
  • Ranked second in the World after 2005
  • Won two gold medals at the 1999 PanAm Games
  • Winner of over 50 World Cup medals
  •  Five-time Nova Scotia Female Athlete of the Year

Furneaux raced in her first World Championships at the Junior level at age 16 and won her first Canadian Championship the following year. She is a well-rounded paddler, with a fifth place finish in K-2 500m at the Sydney Olympics and medals in every singles distance at the 2005 World Championships.

#10 - Mark Smith

Halifax, Softball 

Mark Smith

Halifax softball player, Mark Smith is number 10 on the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame Top 15 list. (NSSHF)

 

  • Led his team to two International Softball Congress world titles
  • Four-time Pan American gold medallist: 1979, 1983, 1991 and 1999
  • Pitched the first no-hitter in Pan American history
  • Named Outstanding Player of the 1981 ISC World Championships
  • Inducted in the Softball Canada Hall of Fame

After playing in nine ISC World Championships between 1981 and 1994, Smith won a National Senior Championship with the Halifax Jaguars in 1998. Once clocking a pitch at 109 mph, Smith has also applied his talent to coaching many national and world championship level teams.

#9 - Steve Giles

‚ÄčLake Echo, Canoeing

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Lake Echo's Steve Giles is number 9 on the NSSHF Top 15 list.

  • Bronze medallist at the 2000 Olympic Games (C-1, 1000m event)
  • World Champion in C-1 1000m, 1998
  • Four-time Olympian: 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004
  • Gold and silver medallist at the 1999 PanAm Games
  • Three-time World Championships bronze medallist (1989 at Junior Worlds, 1993 and 2002 at Senior Worlds)

Giles has dominated canoeing in the singles events with world championship and PanAm medals in both the 500m and 1000m distances. Following his Olympic bronze performance in 2000, he placed 5th in the C-1 1000m race at the 2004 Games. Giles' home club is the Orenda Canoe Club.
 

#8 - Aileen Meagher

Halifax, Athletics

Aileen Meagher

Track and field athlete Aileen Meagher from Halifax is number eight on the NSSHF Top 15 list. (NSSHF)

  • First Nova Scotian woman to compete at the Olympics for Team Canada and first Nova Scotian woman to win an Olympic medal
  • Bronze medallist at the 1936 Olympic Games (400-yard relay)
  • Two-time Olympian: 1932 & 1936
  • Four-time British Empire Games medallist (one gold, two silver and one bronze)
  • Inducted in Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

Meagher burst onto the track and field scene with two Canadian records in 1930 - one in the 100-yard event and one in the 220-yard event. She caused an upset in 1935 when she won both the Velma Springstead Award for Most Outstanding Canadian Female Athlete and the Norton H. Crom Award as the Most Outstanding Canadian Athlete.

#7 - Johnny Miles

Sydney Mines, Athletics

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Johnny Miles crossing the finish line of the 1926 Boston Marathon. (NSSHF)

  • Two-time winner of the Boston Marathon, 1926 and 1929
  • Two-time Olympian, 1928 and 1932
  • Bronze medallist in the 1930 British Empire Games
  • Canadian Champion in the 5-mile race, 1925
  • Recipient of the 1929 Will Cloney International Award for Sports
  • Inductee in Canada's Sports Hall of Fame
  • Member of the Order of Canada, 1982

 
Miles arrived at the Boston Marathon in 1926 as an underdog who had never run a race longer than 10 miles. He shocked everyone with his win and then, after having to leave the marathon unfinished on his second attempt, he returned undaunted in 1929 to become the only Nova Scotian to win the Boston Marathon twice.

#6 - George Dixon

Africville - Halifax, Boxing

George Dixon

World-champion boxer, George Dixon, is number six on the NSSHF top 15 list.

  • Bantamweight World Champion, 1890 and two-time Featherweight World Champion, 1892 and 1898
  • The first ever black boxer and Canadian to win a world championship title in boxing
  • The first ever black world boxing champion and the first black athlete to hold a championship title in any American sport
  • Twenty-year career of an estimated 800 fights
  • Fought in longest recorded match of 70 rounds
  • First man to ever win more than two world boxing titles
  • First boxer to fight more than 30 title bouts

Dixon also used his success to act as an advocate for the black community. When New Orleans organizers asked Dixon to fight champion Jack Skelly in 1892, Dixon would only agree to the match if 700 seats were reserved for black community members. Dixon is credited by many with popularizing shadowboxing and inventing the heavy bag, as well.

#5 - Sam Langford

Weymouth Falls, Boxing

Sam Langford

Weymouth Falls, N.S. boxer Sam Langford is number five on the NSSHA Top 15 list.

 

  • Fought between 500 and 600 bouts from 1902 to 1923, including 252 professional fights in which he had 99 knockout wins
  • Often referred to as the "Uncrowned Heavyweight Champion of the World"
  • Matched with heavyweight fighters of 200 lbs and over, despite never exceeding 160 lbs himself
  • Maintained his winning record until the end of his career, despite the fact that he fought the last third of his matches nearly blind 

Langford won fights so often that he had to keep moving up in weight classes until he was fighting heavyweight champions. Unfortunately, due to boxing's colour barrier, he was continually denied the chance to fight for a world title. He memorably knocked out Mexican champion "Battling" Savage in the first round even though he couldn't see him.