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10/21/14 12:00pm
PETER NEEDHAM PHOTO

PETER NEEDHAM PHOTO

Peter Needham, coach of the Shelter Island School sailing team, reports that “the sailors have been enjoying the unusually balmy weather. Amanda Clark has been coaching them with drills that will prepare them for future regattas. In the picture above, are Katie Doyle on the left and Holly Ross on the right. They are just completing a roll tack, where they purposely roll the boat over a bit and then snap it back upright as they come about to get a little boost from fanning the sails.”

12/31/12 9:04am

PETER BOODY PHOTO | U.S sailing champion Amanda Clark, a shoo in for first-ballot honors in the Shelter Island School Athletic Hall of Fame,seen here making a stop at North Ferry on the way home from the London Olympics.

Got a favorite athlete, coach, athletic administrator or honorary member you want to see inducted into the new Shelter Island School Athletic Hall of Fame? Nomination forms are available on the school’s website or from the school office and need to be completed and submitted as soon as possible, Superintendent Michael Hynes said.

After announcing the formation of the Hall and seeking nominations last month, the silence has been deafening, said Dr. Hynes last week, and so the school is sending out the call again.

Athletes must have graduated from the school at least 10 years ago and must have earned significant recognition at the varsity level and or gained recognition in individual or team sports after their high school careers.

Coaches and athletic administrators must have retired from the school at least three years ago and must have held their posts at the school for at least five years and made significant contributions to the overall athletic program during their tenure. Additional consideration will be given to those who have contributed significantly to Section XI/Suffolk and/or New York State athletics.

Honorary Members are those who have made outstanding contributions to the Shelter Island Community, but don’t qualify in either of the first two categories, but have been significant role models to student athletes.

Teams that have been league or classification, county, regional  or state champions and won other team awards will also be considered for inclusion in the Athletic Hall of Fame.

Additional criteria that would further enhance an individual or team consideration include, outstanding leadership, scholastic achievements.

Nomination form are available at the district office or on the school website at http://www.edline.net/pages/Shelter_Island_UFSD.

The location of the school’s new Athletic Hall of Fame will be in the hallway just outside the school’s gymnasium.
Anyone with information or memorabilia about potential nominees should also notify Dr. Hynes at Shelter Island Schools, c/o Athletic Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 2015C, Shelter Island, N.Y. 11964.

11/27/12 10:34am

PETER BOODY PHOTO | U.S sailing champion Amanda Clark on her way home from the London Olympics, will likely be a first ballot shoo-in to the coming Shelter Island’s Sports Hall of Fame.

By mid April 2013, expect to see the initial step in a Shelter Island Sports Hall of Fame take shape as individual athletes, teams, coaches and others with significant contributions to sports programs are honored.

Jim Colligan, who is among a group of special Shelter Island School Board committee members spearheading the effort, described the process and objective to the Board board members on Monday, November 19, explaining that those who are honored must have completed high school at least 10 years before becoming eligible.

In addition to their achievements in high school, a nine-member selection committee will consider candidates’ post-graduate achievements; the character of those chosen so that they represent role models; and outside activities that may reflect on the merit of a candidate. Mr. Colligan expects the initial inductees will be a highly acclaimed group the community will all agree merit the honor of being the initial inductees. Not only will selection committee members choose the inductees, but they will accepting nominations from the community.

There will also be honorary members whose selection as deserving athletes in the community may not have been manifested during their high school years. He pointed to two-time Olympian Amanda Clark, noting that when she was in high school, Shelter Island didn’t have a sailing team.

Pictures of the athletes, teams, coaches and others will be on display outside the Shelter High School gymnasium and each picture will include information about the specific achievements that merited Hall of Fame selection, Mr. Colligan said.

Students won’t be involved in the selection process, except as community members with the right to nominate candidates, because it’s likely to be difficult for them to bring a 10-year prospective to the table, Superintendent Michael Hynes said. But they can contribute by helping to design the display, he said.

09/14/12 10:48am

FACEBOOK PHOTO | Olympic sailors Amanda Clark of Shelter Island and Sarah Lihan of Ft. Lauderdale on the South Lawn of the White House.

The President and the First Lady were scheduled to welcome the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams to the White House in a ceremony on the South Lawn at 10:05 a.m. today, Friday, September 14.

The Shelter Island hometown team of Amanda Clark, skipper, and Sarah Lihan, crew, who placed 8th out of 20 two-woman dinghy competitors in the 2012 Summer Olympics in England this summer, posted a photo on Facebook Saturday morning as they waited for the ceremony to get started.

09/09/12 10:00am

BARBARA BOODY FILE PHOTO | Shelter Islander Amanda Clark will be honored during the Lions Club’s South Ferry cruise this afternoon.

The Lions Club has made some changes to its popular September South Ferry cruise, making it an afternoon instead of an evening event and lowering the ticket price by half from previous years to $35 per person.

But what won’t change is the delightful trip through Shelter Island waters aboard a South Ferry vessel and a chance to dance and socialize. The cruise will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. today and will honor Shelter Island’s Olympian, Amanda Clark.

There will be light hors d’oeuvres, beverages, D.J. Tom Damiani and plenty of beautiful scenery.

Lions Club President Dr. Frank Adipietro will conduct a fun interview with Amanda about her experiences in London.

For more information call Dr. Frank at 774-9292.