Sports Hall of Fame inducts athletes and 'builders'




At the Sports Hall of Fame dinner are, left to right, Mark Kosturik, Patrick Sullivan, Michael Sullivan and Michael Kostin. Seated are Annie Caron and Douglas Insleay. Father Francis O'Brien was unable to attend.




Five athletes, two "builders" and an outstanding team were inducted to the Concordia University Sports Hall of Fame at a ceremony April 27 at the Brasserie Molson-O'Keefe on Notre-Dame St. E.

Patrick Sullivan (BSc 88) was a wrestler whose university career spanned seven years, 1981 to 1987. He won CIAU gold in each of the five years that he competed at the championship, helping his team capture the national title in four of those appearances. His international accomplishments in the sport led to his induction into the Canadian National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Michael Sullivan (BSc 88), like his brother Patrick, also had an illustrious wrestling career. A member of the Stingers wrestling team for four of the five years that it captured consecutive CIAU wrestling championships, Mike won silver medals at his first three, and the gold at his fourth.

Mark Kosturik (BA 86) played hockey as a student from 1982 to 1986. He was one of the most prolific scorers in Quebec university hockey in the mid-1980s, and Concordia's only two-time All Canadian.

Annie Caron (BFA 92) was one of the greatest soccer players ever to play at Concordia (1988 to 1992). She garnered All Canadian honours in her four years of university soccer, a feat that has yet to be repeated in CIAU women's soccer.

Mike Kostin (L BA 64) was one of Loyola's greatest quarterbacks, the heart and soul of the team. He had a tremendous career as a Warrior, from 1959 to 1962. It was his unassuming leadership style that enabled the Warrior team to win the 1962 championship.

The 1973-74 Loyola College Warriors Men's Soccer Team was the first team to win a national championship for Loyola, Sir George Williams and Concordia University, as well as being the first university team in Quebec to win a national championship. Coached by Harry Hus, the team boasted an unbeaten streak of 50 league games, a winning streak that stretched back to 1967.

Doug Insleay was Director of Athletics at Sir George Williams University from 1958 to 1970. Though he headed an athletic department that had no sports facilities of its own, he led a successful program that represented Ottawa-St. Lawrence Amateur Athletics (OSLAA) at CIAU national championships six times in hockey, twice in basketball and five times in swimming. Insleay led Sir George athletes to the World Student Games to compete in wrestling, swimming, track and field, and skiing.

Father Francis O'Brien, S.J., was the chaplain of Loyola College in the 1970s and '80s. He was a fixture at sporting events both as a fan and as a spiritual support to many student athletes. His contribution cannot be measured in wins and losses, but his presence played a big part in the successes of Loyola teams for two decades.


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