Who is the greatest Nova Scotia athlete of all time?
The CBC's Paul Palmeter is on a Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame panel digging into just that question
If you had to pick the greatest Nova Scotia athlete of all time, who would you choose?
That's the decision I faced when I was approached by Bruce Rainnie, the new executive director of the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame.
As a member of a panel of 24 people, I was tasked to provide my list of the top 15 Nova Scotia athletes. The panel includes people from all across the province, from coaches to members of the media.
"The main impetus was to come up with a list that shows how great we are as a province when it comes to sports and sports history," Rainnie said. "Ultimately we will be shining a light on 15 amazing people who left their mark in Nova Scotia."
One of Rainnie's goals in his new position is to connect the hall of fame with more Nova Scotians. He hopes the greatest athlete project will mean plenty of interesting debate for local sports fans.
The team at the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame provided panelists a comprehensive list of more than 60 Nova Scotia athletes who have had — or are having — great careers.
Crosby made my top 15 but it was a tough decision to whittle down a list that had so many great athletes from such a wide variety of sports.
Rainnie said there will also be an online component where the public will be able to vote. Those votes will be combined with the final selections from a second panel.
In September, the results will begin to be rolled out over 15 consecutive weeks, from Number 15 to Number 1.