Seventeen outstanding athletes, coaches, teams and builders are among the local sports heroes who will be permanently inducted into the Richmond Sports Wall of Fame on Saturday, November 26 at the Richmond Olympic Oval.
“Richmond has a proud sporting history and the 2016 inductees to our Sports Wall of Fame are shining examples of why sport is so important to our community,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “These individuals exemplify the power of sport and the many lifelong benefits it provides for participants through promoting physical activity and healthy lifestyles, teaching skills such as leadership and sportsmanship and encouraging and inspiring us all in the pursuit of our own personal bests.”
This is the second year of inductions into the Wall of Fame, which was launched in 2015 with15 inductees. The Wall of Fame honours individuals and teams who have played significant roles in building Richmond’s sports community and/or excelled at their sport. Induction categories include Pioneer, Builder, Coach, Official, Athlete, Masters Athlete, Team and Special Achievement. This year’s inductees include:
- Sam Gilmore – contributed to early development of lacrosse in Richmond.
- Yuichi Akune – founded the Steveston Kendo Club, competed nationally and internationally.
- Wally Iverson – competitive bowler and member of BC Bowling Hall of Fame.
- Paul Alexander – long-time official and organizer with Richmond Rod and Gun Club and Shooting Federation of Canada.
- Betty Hedges – a founder of the Richmond Swim Club, forerunner of the Richmond Kigoos.
- Dennis Hedges – a founder of the Richmond Juvenile Soccer Association and active in building the Richmond Swim Club along with his wife Betty.
- Matt Phillips – founded numerous high school football programs in Richmond, member of BC Football Hall of Fame.
- Ron White – founder of Richmond Raiders junior football club and member of BC Football Hall of Fame.
- Rick Henderson ¬– founding member of Richmond Sports Council, founder of Richmond senior men’s and master’s basketball leagues, coach for ringette, soccer and basketball and long-time supporter of special athletics.
- Don Fennell – Richmond Review sports editor for 25 years. Key organizer of Richmond Sports Awards and active with Richmond Sports Council and Pacific International Cup Curling Championships.
- Jim Lamond – coach, administrator chair and board member since the 1970s for Richmond Soccer, BC Youth Soccer and Canada Soccer, charter member and long-time chair of Richmond Sports Council. Key organizer of major sporting events including BC Seniors Games 2009.
- Jason Jordan – Vancouver Whitecap and USL first division all-star and MVP.
Jim Donaldson – rugby international with 30 caps for Canada and 10 national championships.
- Turlough O’ Hare – two-time Olympic swimmer, medallist at Commonwealth and World University Games, and winner of 37 national championships.
- Avril Douglas – held 3 world records and 12 Canadian records in short distance running for masters athletes.
- Gwen McFarlane – winner of numerous BC Seniors Games medals for running, has run 18 marathons as a master’s athlete, BC Masters Athlete of the Year in 2010 and 2012.
- 1996 U-18 Air Attack Women’s Volleyball Team – winner of numerous championships including the Canadian Juvenile National Championship.
The Richmond Sports Wall of Fame is located at the Richmond Olympic Oval and is part of the Olympic Experience. Access to the Richmond Sports Wall of Fame and the accompanying History of Sport in Richmond exhibit is free. This year’s induction ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 26.
Members of the public are now being encouraged to submit nominations for 2017 inductees to the Richmond Sports Wall of Fame. Nominations will be accepted up to December 31, 2016. The Richmond Sports Hall of Fame nomination form is posted on the City of Richmond website or www.richmond.ca/sports. Applications can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.