London Sports Celebrity Dinner and Auction

Celebrating sports and creating opportunities for children and youth to reach beyond disability.

Sports Celebrities

Each year, the event welcomes and recognizes local, regional and national sports stars and their contributions to sports in Canada.

Head Table

Christine Simpson - Emcee

Simpson was marketing manager at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto for several years and the first in-arena host for the Toronto Maple Leafs, before making the transition to broadcasting in 1998 and becoming a face known nation-wide when Sportsnet was launched.

She spent 10 years at Sportsnet as a hockey features reporter, profiling the NHL’s top players and personalities.

Chris went on to work NHL broadcasts in the United States with ABC, ESPN, NBCSN, the NHL Network and MSG Plus, working New Jersey Devils games.

In 2011 she rejoined Rogers Sportsnet in Toronto and is now feature reporting & rinkside reporting for both Sportsnet and Hockey Night in Canada.

Christine Sinclair

Christine Sinclair is widely recognized as the greatest soccer player to ever come out of Canada. She has spent the last 17 years with the Canadian team, participating in three FIFA World Cups (2003, 2007, 2011) and two Olympic Games.

At the London 2012 Summer Games, she scored a hat-trick in a 4-3 extra-time loss in the semifinal match against the USA. She finished as the tournament’s top scorer with six goals and led the Canadian women’s national soccer team to a bronze medal with a 1-0 win against France.

Christine is the reigning and seven-time Soccer Canada Player of the Year. Five times she has been nominated as the FIFA World Player of the Year. She is also the recipient of a Diamond Jubilee Medal.

In September 2013, she was inducted in Canada’s Walk of Fame, and in June 2017, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada by Governor General David Johnston.

Trish Stratus

Trish Stratus is a fitness icon, entrepreneur and actress.

Recognized as one of WWE’s all-time greats, Trish is a seven-time Women’s Champion and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013.

Trish has dedicated her life to health and fitness and upon retiring from WWE, she parlayed her success and passion into her fitness lifestyle brand, Stratusphere.

In 2010, she launched a line of retail products which includes yoga and fitness equipment and a line of fitness DVDs. She further expanded her offerings with a line of wellness teas.

Trish lives in Toronto with her husband and high school sweetheart Ron and their two children Max, and their newest addition, Madison.

Cindy Klassen

Cindy Klassen is a Canadian Olympic star.

At the 2006 Olympic Winter Games, Cindy became the first Canadian to win five medals at a single Winter Olympics. She won Gold in the 1500m, Silver in the 1000m, Silver in the Team Pursuit, Bronze in the 5000m and Bronze in the 3000m.

Cindy also captured an Olympic Bronze medal in 2002 making her one of the most decorated Canadian Olympic athletes in history, with a total of six Olympic medals.

Cindy’s accomplishments earned her the 2006 Lou Marsh Award as Canadian Athlete of the Year.

Klassen still holds the world record in the 3000m.

In 2017 Cindy was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.

Karen Phibbs - 2018 Sportsperson of the Year

She has been involved in almost every aspect of the game of hockey locally, provincially and nationally.

Her resume includes being elected to Ontario Hockey Association Board in 1997 assumed Ontario Hockey Federation Minor/Junior Committee Chair.

In 2001 she was elected to Ontario Hockey Federation Board.

In 2006, she made hockey history, being elected OHA Board Chair, becoming first female head of OHA, Canada’s oldest (established in 1890) and largest organization. Year later, became Hockey Canada Junior Council Director, another first for a female.

In April 2013, became the first female Officer in Hockey Canada’s 99-year history, being named a Vice-Chair.

In September 2015 she assumed one of highest positions in amateur hockey in country with OHA hiring her as its first female President and CEO.

In her role she spearhead drive to make full facial protection mandatory (as opposed to half-visors) for all 120 Junior teams (2,800 players). That drive took took effect this season.

Jordyn - 2018 TVCC Ambassador

7-year-old Jordyn loves to play sports, but if it weren’t for Thames Valley Children’s Centre (TVCC) she wouldn’t be able to.

At 2 years of age, Jordyn couldn’t walk or stand on her own.

TVCC determined casting and splinting was the best way to correct her idiopathic toe walking.

After multiple sets of casts and splints, Jordyn began walking, then running, then skating!

Today, Jordyn still wears her night casts while she sleeps and will continue to wear them until she stops growing.

Even though she might not be as fast and has to work harder, she doesn’t let her legs stop her from playing the sports she enjoys, like hockey and baseball.

Shelina Zadorsky

Zadorsky is a London native who has done it all in the soccer world.

She started with the Canadian program in 2007 and won a bronze medal at the CONCACAF U-17 Championship in 2008.

Since then has won several international awards and titles including playing for the Australian W-League club and the Swedish top-division.

She plays in the National Women’s Soccer League with the Orlando Pride and the Canada women’s national soccer team.

Zadorsky was part of the Canadian bronze medal winning womens soccer team at the 2016 Rio Olympics.