The RMC Athletics Wall of Distinction was established to honor those who have brought distinction to the Canadian Military Colleges through significant achievements and contributions in sport while at a CMC and/or following graduation throughout their athletics careers.
In 1960, Major W. J. Danny McLeod was appointed Director of Athletics at RMC. He co-created the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Association (“CIAU”) in the early 1960’s with the then Athletic Director at McGill University and acted as Secretary-Treasurer while at RMC until 1971. Danny was instrumental in raising the national profile of RMC Athletics throughout the 1960’s. He coached the RMC Hockey Team to two victories over West Point. Outside of RMC, he was twice named OHL coach of the year while simultaneously coaching RMC, the Kingston Frontenacs (OHL Junior B) and the Kingston Aces (OHL Senior A). Following his retirement from RMC and the Canadian Forces in 1971, he joined the NHL as supervisor of officials and trained all on-ice officials on international rules for the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the USSR. W. J. Danny McLeod was inducted into the Kingston Sports Hall of Fame in 2001, was awarded the Austin Matthews Award in 2011 as well as the Birchall Leadership Award in 2014. His positive impact on the growth and development of thousands of young men at RMC and in Canada spanned over seven decades.
Earle H. C. Morris had an outstanding athletic career at RMC between 1963-1967 and later in the Canadian Forces (“CF”). He skipped RMC to the OSLAA Curling Championships in 1965, and later he also coached RMC to the 1991 OUAA Curling Championships. Post-RMC, Earle had a momentous sports career in the CF in softball and curling both as a player and a coach, where he was the CF National Curling Champion in 1969 and 1970. He was the first curler to have played for three different provinces at the Brier. As coach of the Canadian Men’s Team, he won the 1998 World Junior Curling Championships, the 2015 Canadian Championships, and was a 2015 World Bronze Medallist. As coach of the Canadian Women’s Team, Earle led them to be the 2007 Canada Winter Games Gold Medallists, 2010 Canadian Junior Champions, 2010 World Silver Medallists, 2013 Canadian Champions, 2013 World Bronze Medallists, 2014 Canadian Champions, and 2014 World Silver Medallists. Earle H. C. Morris was inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame in 2016.
Brigadier General W. Denis Whitaker entered RMC in 1933. He captained both the RMC Football and Hockey teams and was awarded the Prince of Wales Cup. Post-graduation from RMC, Denis played professional football for the then Hamilton Tigers and was an All-Eastern nominee Quarterback in 1938. Following an exemplary military career with the Canadian Army, Denis won the Canadian Veterans Singles Squash Championship in 1958 and Canadian Water Ski Championship in both 1959 and 1960. He chaired the Canadian Equestrian team from 1960 to 1982, winning team Gold Medals at the Olympics in 1960 and numerous Gold, Silver and Bronze team medals at World Equestrian and Pan American Games throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s. Denis is credited with making show jumping an Olympic equestrian sport. He was a Director of the Canadian Olympic Association in the 1970’s and was selected to be Chef d’Équipe of the Canadian Olympic Team in 1972 and 1976. Brigadier General W. Denis Whitaker has previously been inducted into the Jump Canada Hall of Fame, the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and the RMC Wall of Honour.
Senator Hartland de Montarville Molson entered RMC in 1924 and excelled at hockey, football, boxing and track and field. His teams won the Canadian Intercollegiate Hockey and the Dominion Intercollegiate Football Championships while at RMC. In 1926, Hartland played for the Kingston Combines and made it to the Memorial Cup final, and in early 1929 he represented Canada in the Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland. Hartland and his elder brother Tom purchased the Montreal Canadiens in 1957. In the ensuing nine years that they owned the team, les Canadiens won the Stanley Cup six times and finished in first place eight times. Through Molson’s Brewery, Hartland engineered exclusive national television rights to the Grey Cup and sponsorship of the National Hockey League. As a member of the NHL’s finance committee, Hartland strengthened owner-player relations, had a key role in the establishment of the player’s pension fund, and personally contributed to the construction of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Hartland was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1973 in the Builder’s category and to the RMC Wall of Honour in 2009. Senator Hartland de Montarville Molson was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1995 and in 2000, the Ordre national du Quebec.
Donald David Dorman attended RMC from 1963-1967 where he held RMC’s College records in most field events, the pole vault, and the 120-yard hurdles. David won the College decathlon title for four consecutive years. He led the RMC track and field team to back to back OSLAA conference championship titles during the mid-1960’s. He was awarded the Prince of Wales Cup in his graduating year. Post-graduation, David won the Canadian Decathlon Championship in both 1967 and 1968. In 1967, he represented Canada at the Pan-Am Games, finishing fourth in the decathlon. David formed the Cougars Track Club in Cornwall, Ontario in 1969, which he led until his death in 2008. Through this club, David coached many youth track and field athletes to provincial and national titles. He personally funded athletes who couldn’t afford to train or attend competitions. Donald David Dorman was inducted into the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.