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Dr. Norm O'Reilly inducted into Hometown Sports Hall of Fame

Wednesday, October 28 2015 11:30am

Dr. Norm O'Reilly, a Lindsay, Ontario native, was inducted into the city's Sports Hall of Fame on October 22nd

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Story by Jamie Steel, Kawartha Lakes this Week

LINDSAY - For Norm O’Reilly, being inducted into the Lindsay and District Sports Hall of Fame as a builder of sport is a distinct privilege.

“(Being inducted is) An incredible honour for an academic who has devoted his life to studying the sport business and working in it,” says Dr. O’Reilly, born in Orillia but a Lindsay resident from age one to 18.

“To be recognized for a life in sport, mostly as a builder and author and a business professional, is a  distinct honour.  I can’t wait to share the day with my family and friends.”

While living in Lindsay, Dr. O’Reilly attended St. Mary’s and Pope John Paul II elementary schools before going to high school at LCVI.

In his secondary school years, the Ontario Scholar was a member of the track and field, Nordic ski, swimming, basketball, cross-country running, curling and swim teams. The hall of fame inductee was a two-time COSSA champion in Nordic skiing and was part of the 5th place relay team at OFSAA in 1990 -- a huge accomplishment for a team from Lindsay, he says.

Dr. O’Reilly also swam with the Lindsay Lightning Bolts and cycled with a local bike club under coach Mike Gorman but was really started his career in sport was the Ironman Triathlon on television. With cousins Ian and Dan Gardiner, Dr. O’Reilly decided to try a Kids of Steel triathlon in Toronto in 1988.

“That got me going,” he says.

From that first triathlon, Dr. O’Reilly has grown into one of the leading scholars in sport business. He holds the Richard P. and Joan S. Fox Professor of Business and is Chair of the Department of Sports Administration at Ohio University’s College of Business. He has authored or co-authored seven books, 14 case studies in the Harvard/Stanford series, and more than 85 peer-reviewed journal articles.      

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