Pictou Advocate sports

Gallant Hall of Fame inductee


ANTIGONISH – Peggy Gallant is among 2018 inductees in the builders category into the Nova Scotia Sport Heritage Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame Induction Night will take place on November 2 at the Halifax Convention Centre.

Gallant is among two builders, four athletes a team and a first for the Hall of Fame – the induction of a harness racing sensation, the province’s most winningest horse of all time, Somebeachsomewhere.

Margaret (Peggy) Gallant grew up in Stellarton, has lived for many years in Antigonish and spends her summers in Chance Harbour.

With a Canadian Soccer Association C coaching licence, Gallant has coached at all levels for four decades, including the St. Francis Xavier University’s women’s soccer team for eight years.

She has also produced numerous scholarly publications on coaching and women’s sport and has long been recognized as a pioneer and advocate for female athletes.

She coached the St. FX women’s soccer team to an AUAA championship win in 1986, following a B Champions title for the St. FX volleyball team that she coached in 1974.

Her committee work has included chairing the Coaching Association of Canada for three years, as well as serving on the Highland Region Canada Games Bid Committee, the steering committee to establish the Nova Scotia Women in Coaching Council, and in various NCCP capacities.

With a long list of certifications from the National Coach Certification Program, Gallant has also been recognized with many awards including the following: Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Canadian Progress Club Women of Excellence Award, Sport Nova Scotia Soccer Service Award, and the St. FX University Outreach Award.