Athletics Canada’s Hall of Fame will welcome five inductees, as three athletes, one coach, and a builder will be enshrined as part of the Class of 2015. The induction ceremony will take place July 24 in Toronto, Ont., as part of Athletics Canada’s Pan Am Games themed Alumni Gala. The Gala will also honour Athletics Canada’s 2014 annual award winners.
Athletics Canada Class of 2015
Danny Daniels - builder
Andy Higgins - coach
Molly Killingbeck - athlete
Atlee Mahorn - athlete
Kevin Sullivan - athlete
Molly Killingbeck of Toronto, Ont., competed in two consecutive Summer Olympics for Canada, the first in 1984. At the 1984 edition of the Olympic Games, held in Los Angeles, Molly won silver in the 4 x 400-metres relay with teammates Charmaine Crooks, Jillian Richardson and Marita Payne.
She won gold at both the 1982 and 1986 Commonwealth Games as a member of the 4 x 400-metres relay team, and silver as part of the 4 x 100-metres relay team at the 1982 Commonwealth Games. Molly won three silver medals at the 1983 World University Games; 4 x 100 and 4 x 400-metres relay and individual 400-metres. She also won Pan Am Games silver in the 4 x 400-metres relay at the 1983 and 1987 editions of the Games.
Until recently Molly was involved with the national team relay program at Athletics Canada, she is now actively involved with TO2015 in the delivery of the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.
Atlee Mahorn of Toronto, Ont., represented Canada at three Olympic Games (1984, 1988 and 1992). His personal best of 20.17 seconds in the 200-metres stood as a Canadian record until Aaron Brown eclipsed the mark on May 30, 2014.
At the 1988 Olympic Games Mahorn placed fifth in the 200-metres with a time of 20.39 seconds. He also competed in four World Championships (1983, 1987, 1991, 1993). At the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo, Japan he won bronze in the 200-metres, at the 1993 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany Mahorn was part of the team that won bronze in the 4 x 100-metres relay.
Atlee also has a silver medal in the 200-metres from the 1985 FISU Games. He recently served on Athletics Canada’s Board of Directors.
Kevin Sullivan of Brantford, Ont., competed in three Olympic Games (2000, 2004 and 2008) with a best placing of fifth in the 1500-metres at the 2000 Olympic Games. At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, he reached the semi-finals in the 1500-metres and also raced in the 5000-metres. At the 1995 World Championships held in Sweden, he was fifth in the 1500-metres.
He also competed in an astounding 22 IAAF World Championships (outdoor, indoor and cross-country), and still holds four Canadian records. He won bronze at the 1992 World Junior Championships in the 1500-metres. In Budapest at the 2004 World Indoor Championships Sullivan placed seventh in the 3000-metres.
Kevin enjoyed an outstanding collegiate career. He is a 14-time All-American and won four NCAA titles at the University of Michigan. He recently returned to his alma mater as the men’s distance and cross-country coach.
Andy Higgins of Toronto, Ont., helped establish the University of Toronto Track Club in 1971. A few years later he created the first “shared-coach” situation in Canada, which evolved into Canada’s first High Performance Centre for track and field. In 1974 he created a women’s program. Andy coached at the University of Toronto until 1995. Over the years he guided a number of athletes to international success including Jill Ross, Dave Steen, Catherine Bond-Mills and Michael Smith.
Under his leadership, the University of Toronto won 21 OUA titles, five men’s and one women’s CIS championship, and 21 national cross-country team medals. Andy served as a national team coach at the Olympic Games, World Championships, FISU Games, Pan American Games and Commonwealth Games.
Danny Daniels of Sidney, B.C., served on the Athletics Canada Board of Directors from 2000 to 2012. During his tenure on the Board he consistently, formally or informally, played the role of Vice Chair. He was the go-to Director to lead many strategic initiatives, and was the inspiration and driving force behind the creation of the Athletics Canada Hall of Fame in 2010. While on the AC Board he represented the association on an international level by sitting on the IAAF Masters Committee for over 10 years. He was Head of Delegation for the Canadian track and field team at the 2001 IAAF World Championships, 2002 Commonwealth Games, 2006 IPC World Championships, 2007 Pan American Games and 2008 Paralympic Games.
Danny was instrumental in helping restructure the NSF into its current form. He subsequently took on leadership of the Planning Committee, and has been unfailingly generous with his time and expertise. Professionally Danny was a senior civil servant and educator across Canada and in Africa.
Competitively he holds numerous Canadian Masters Age Group Records, at the 2006 World Indoor Masters Championships he finished fourth in the 75-79 age category. At the 2010 World Indoor Championships Danny placed first in the 80-84 age category. He is currently training for the 2015 World Masters Athletics Championships to be held in Lyon, France.