SSHF – Honoring Achievers in Sport
Supported by SportScotland and National Museums Scotland, the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame (SSHF) is part of the Sporting Scotland Gallery located in the Museum of Scotland on Chambers Street, Edinburgh. The Hall of Fame features Scotland’s sporting celebrities, detailing their achievements through film footage, recordings, pictures and a wide range of memorabilia, with the aim of highlighting the integral role sport has played in Scotland’s cultural heritage over the past 100 years and inspiring future generations to reach their sporting goals.
Among the memorabilia on display at the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame are a golf club once owned by Old Tom Morris – the legendary Scottish golfing champion – and swimming champion Ian Black’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year trophy, along with professional footballer Billy Bremner’s cap. As the national body for sport in Scotland, SportScotland promotes the benefit of sports for individuals and teams, and draws attention to the sense of pride generated by national success which contributes to Scotland’s culture. The long list of Hall of Fame Inductees confirms that the Scots are enthusiastic supporters of all types of sport.
Founding patrons of the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame include Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal; Sir Jackie Stewart, OBE; and First Minister Jack McConnell MSP. As World Formula One Champion in 1969, 1971 and 1973, the sporting achievements of Jackie Stewart are well known, and in 2002 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. First Minister Jack McConnell MSP noted that the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame recognizes the remarkable men and women from every corner of Scotland who have brought honor to both their sport and nation. He also expressed his hope that today’s young sportsmen and sportswomen will strive for recognition in the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame in the future.
The categories under which sporting greats are honored in the Scottish Sport Hall of Fame include Athletics and Highland Games; Baseball; Bowls; Boxing; Cricket; Cycling; Equestrianism; Football; Golf; Judo; Horseracing; Motorsport; Mountaineering and Hillwalking; Rowing; Rugby Union; Sailing; Shinty; Shooting; Swimming and Diving; Table Tennis; Tennis; Waterpolo; Weightlifting and Wrestling; and an All-rounders category for those who have excelled in more than one sport. The All-Rounders category includes Isabel Barr (1955-2007) who earned 14 Paralympic medals in athletics, swimming and shooting; as well as Kenneth Grant MacLeod (1888-1967) who achieved recognition for his skills in cricket, football, golf, athletics and rugby.