Sports Wall of Fame

Gudgin, Anthony (Tony)

Gudgin, Anthony (Tony)
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Tony appeared on the local cricket scene in 1966 while playing for Welland in the Hamilton & District Cricket League. In 1975 he became president of the Welland Cricket Club and changed the team name to the Welland-Niagara Cricket Club. He hoped this name change would encourage more Niagara Falls residents to play the game. His efforts were rewarded and 2 teams were formed in the late seventies. Games were played at Mount Carmel Field.

In 1980 Tony became involved in umpiring. This is where Tony made his name in the sport of Cricket. From 1980 to 1982 he was umpire-in-chief of the H&D league while forming an umpire certification committee. This committee trained instructors in each province
allowing them to certify cricket umpires in their own Provinces. Tony helped establish a similar committee for the United States Cricket Association in 1984. In 1982, Tony received the Canadian Cricket Association Award for successfully establishing this Committee.

From 1981 to 1992, Tony was umpire-in-chief for the Ontario Cricket Association. The OCA covered 5 leagues and about 260 teams. Besides arranging umpires for inter-league matches and international games, Tony was able to find time to do a bit of umpiring himself: - The first World Masters games in Toronto in 1983 - International games at Exhibition Stadium and Skydome in Toronto - Canadian Cricket Assoc. tournaments from Montreal to Vancouver
- Cricket matches in the USA

From 1981 to 1992, Tony served on the Ontario Cricket Association Board of Control. A few of the Board’s responsibilities were finances, expansion, and tournaments. In 1992, Tony was awarded he Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation. This Award recognized Canadians who made a significant contribution to
Canada, their community and their fellow Canadians. 

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Title Niagara Falls Virtual Sports Wall of Fame - Anthony (Tony) Gudgin - Builder Cricket 1971 1990 Era
Notes  Inducted January 18 2009
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