Summer 2013 | Issue 1
Visit.  Explore.  Experience.  Be Proud.  Be Inspired!

The BC Sports Hall of Fame is your BC Sports Hall of Fame.  

We celebrate the stories of British Columbia's best athletes and teams in a family friendly fun environment. We are truly proud to house some must see exhibits including the:

  • Hall of Champions featuring over 400 Hall of Famer stories
  • Vancouver 2010 Gallery -where you not only relive all the exhilarating moments of the games, but stand atop a real 2010 podium, see the medals up close and even say "Hi" to Quatchi, Miga, and Sumi
  • Truly inspiring Terry Fox and Rick Hansen Galleries, and
  • Our Teams; Our Turf Gallery - which provides a look at a few of our local teams the Vancouver Canucks, BC Lions, and Vancouver Whitecaps while providing a look into the spectacular BC Place.
Support the Hall!  Buy your Giants' Tickets Today!

Did you know September 20th is the season opener for the Vancouver Giants? This game is also the Hall of Fame Game where the 2013 Inductees will be honoured and we are very pleased to provide a unique way to support the Hall and help cheer on the Giants at the same time. 


You can purchase $16 tickets to the Giants' home opener (a $4 savings) through the BC Sports Hall of Fame and ticket proceeds will help the Hall's fundraising efforts. We have a goal to sell 500 tickets so be sure to order your tickets by emailing ariel@bcsportshalloffame.com or call


We invite you to think about this as an opportunity for a fun family outing, a corporate team building opportunity or a way to give an experience to deserving young kids. 

Table of Contents
Call for Nominations
Do you know an athlete or team that should be in the BC Sports Hall of Fame?

Any member of the public can nominate individuals or teams to the Hall of Fame.

The annual deadline for submission of nominations is October 1st

If you have questions please call our Curator, Jason Beck at 604-687-5520 ext. 30.   
Did you Know? 
Inducted 1976 
Before he could go to Japan to study Judo, Doug had to first find a way to earn enough money to travel there.  How did he do this?He studied black flies in Labrador for the Newfoundland Power Corporation who were trying to control the pests in order to build camps. He endured many bites, but after three months he raised $900 and headed to Japan to study under the best.
Inducted 2012
Don has sailed all over the world, but now he also explores the possibilities of unmanned sailboats. Don works as a mentor with the UBC robotic sailing team, and has helped them win two North American championships beating out the US Navy and also setting a record for a 10 kilometre race, coming in with a time under 2 hours.
Inducted 2003 
Kathleen Heddle along with her partner Marnie McBean stand as two of the most highly decorated Canadian female Olympians. Their double gold medals at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, along with their gold medal and bronze medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, make them not only some of Canada's best rowers, but Canada's best Olympians.
Inducted 2012 
Barbara was not only an athlete, but also a pioneer. Barbara is the first black women to represent Canada on the international stage. Her 11.2 second time at the Western Canada British Empire Games trials 
earned her a spot to represent Canada at the 1938 British Empire Games in Sydney Australia.
Inducted 1966 
In one of Bob's last big public appearances before his passing, Bob said, "I'm glad I've been able to give Vancouver baseball fans and their kids something they'll always remember", and he most certainly has. Due to Bob's contributions to Vancouver baseball, countless MLB Hall of Famers have showed off their talent in Vancouver, including Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig along with Brooks Robinson Rickey Henderson and Joe McGinnity who played for Vancouver teams.
Inducted 2003
BC Sports Hall of Fame Member and Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame member is easily one of the best female basketball players to come out of Canada. How good was she? She still holds the record as the University of Oregon's top rebounder.
Recent Events
Hall of Famer Tommy Europe with his daughter and visiting classroom after a Hero in You Presentaiton
2013 Tournament of Champions
June 25, 2013
The 18th annual Tournament of Champions presented by Canadian Direct Insurance was held at the prestigious Morgan Creek Golf Course. 132 golfers were welcomed by Honourary Chair and Honoured Member Orland Kurtenbach.  Other Honoured Members joining in the fun were Moria Colbourne, Ernie Dougherty, Tommy Europe, Ron Jones, Lynn Kanuka, Darcy Rota, Doug Roxburgh, Dale Walters and Marty Zlotnik.

"The Tournament of Champions is a fantastic event hosted by the BC Sports Hall of Fame" 
said Colin Brown, COO of Presenting Sponsor Canadian Direct Insurance. "It is not just a great day to golf and rub shoulders with BC's greatest athletes, but also a wonderful way to support the Hall's Hero in You� Youth Education Programs. Canadian Direct Insurance is very proud to partner with the Hall as we see the direct positive impact that our athletes and the Hero In You� has on the kids in our province".

Proceeds from the Tournament support the 
Hall's Hero in You� Youth Education Programs (www.heroinyou.com). A few components of the program include free curriculum-linked lesson plans based on the journeys of BC's greatest athletes, students have a chance to meet our sport heroes in the classroom, be inspired and learn how to set goals, develop personal plans and achieve success - all through the positive values of sport.
Donor Appreciation Event
May 30th, 2013

The BC Sports Hall of Fame's Donor Appreciation Event welcomed over 100 guests including donors, the Board of Trustees, volunteers and a great group of children.  All were treated to a fantastic Hero In You Speaker Series presentation by Tommy Europe, inducted 2010 with the 1994 BC Lions Team.
Executive Director Allison Mailer said, "All of you know the BC Sports Hall of Fame is more than pictures on the wall and more than a great collection of artifacts - it is a centre for inspiration. The work we do here at the Hall with thousands of kids and out in the community provides a unique inspirational, interactive and educational experience for youth and their families. We can not say thank you enough for your support of our efforts in Honouring the Past and Inspiring the Future!"

Sport in BC Choose Your Path
Exhibit Opening  - March 26th, 2013

The Sport In BC - Choose Your Path exhibit tells the story of the British Columbia's integrated sport system. The exhibit celebrates the successes of athletes, coaches, teams and volunteers while showcasing how an athlete goes through stages of development from an Active Start through the high performance stages with the goal of being Active for Life. The exhibit will have an outreach component that will be set up at various sporting events and festivals throughout BC.


At the exhibit opening, Trustee and Chair of the Special Exhibit and Facility Planning Committee, Barb Maple said, "I would like to thank the Province of BC and in particular the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development for their support in this new exhibit. On behalf of everyone here at the BC Sports Hall of Fame - thank you for choosing our organization to help tell this important story."
2013 Banquet of Champions - Presented by Canadian Direct Insurance

2013 Inductees at the Media Announcement
Congratulations to the Class of 2013

Kevin Alexander - Lacrosse, Dawn Coe-Jones - Golf, Brent Hayden - Swimming, Robert 'Ro' Hindson - Rugby, Peter Reid - Triathlon

Kathy Shields - Basketball, Ken Shields -Basketball

1965 Ocean Falls Amateur Swimming Club
Team Members: Bob Fisher (coach), Sandy Gilchrist, Ralph Hutton, Rudi Ingenhorst, Jack Kelso, Anne (McDaniel) Linton, Marguerite Wahl

Larry Kwong - Ice Hockey

Larry Isaac

WAC Bennett
Pat Quinn - Ice Hockey
2013 Banquet of Champions

Join us and celebrate the 
Class of 2013 who will be formally inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame at 
the Banquet of Champions.  

Where:Vancouver Convention Centre
When:Thursday, September 19, 2013
Induction:Ceremonies & Gala
Dinner:6:30pm - 10:00pm

Purchase your tickets today!
Please note - Honoured Member rates available

Shelley Johnson, Event Manager
BC Sports Hall of Fame Program Spotlight
Honoured Member Richard Peter (Basketball), Steve Podborski (Telus), BC Sports Hall of Fame Staff and visiting students.
HIY Youth Education Programs   
 Heroes in the Hall
January 1st, 2013 - June 31st, 2013

Generously Supported by 



Heroes In The Hall is directly aligned with our mission, using the
stories of our Hall of Famers and artifacts from our collection to
inspire British Columbians to pursue and achieve their dreams.

Through interactive educational materials and physical activity at the hall, youth at risk had a unique opportunity to learn about the history of BC through their sport heroes while being physically active and engaged.

Thanks to program supporter TELUS, we successfully delivered the program to 1,620 young people, providing an educational experience designed to inspire greatness on and off the field.
Hosting at the BC Sports Hall of Fame

BC Sports Hall of Fame Children's Birthday Party Vancouver!
Special Event Rentals

Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the BC Sports Hall of Fame offers a unique venue to host your event in a fun and interactive setting. The inspiring Vancouver 2010 Olympic Gallery and the exquisite Hall of Champions make the Hall an ideal venue for small or large groups. With the capacity to accommodate from 10 to 300
guests, celebrate your corporate events, cocktail parties, meetings or important personal 
soirees immersed in over 100 years of British Columbia's rich sport heritage.

Booking your Special Event

Event Type
Evening Functions
Media Conference
Half-Day Functions

Cecilia Olmos, Media, Events Coordinator 
(604) 687-5520 x 24 

"Just want to say again how much we enjoyed hosting our party at your venue. Everything
was just right and we appreciated the attention paid to our party. I would recommend to anyone looking for an interesting and fun venue, to definitely check out the BC Sports Hall of Fame."
- Nancy, Western Compensation & Benefits Consultants
Best Birthday Party EVER!
Birthday Parties
Have a Birthday Party coming up? Be sure to call the BC Sports Hall of Fame and make it one to remember!
A Birthday Party includes a 45 minute tour, followed by a scavenger hunt, an hour
in our Participation room (rock climbing wall, running track, foosball, bubble hockey
and more!), use of our Birthday Party Zone and one event host.

Booking your Birthday Party
$250 including tax
  • Maximum 15 children plus 5 adults
  • Additional guests admitted at regular rates
  • Choose from three time slots: 10am-12pm, 1pm-3pm OR 4pm-6pm
(604) 687-5520
Your BC Sports Hall of Fame Team
We look forward to connecting with you! 
My Young Canada Works' Experience - Kirk Sorensen

The word assistant often brings up thoughts of answering phone calls, booking appointments and going on coffee runs. With that in mind, I wasn't quite sure what to really expect when I received the position as the Hall's curatorial assistant for the summer. Luckily for me, the word assistant and its connotations in no way describe what I've been up to this summer.  

Right away I was thrown into curatorial work through the organization and the cataloging of the trophy collection in our artifact storage room. Just being in the room itself is exciting, as artifacts of some of the greatest sporting events in history wait their turn for their story to be told. To be so hands on with the collection in such a short period of time was something I had never expected, but this was nothing compared to the work that lay ahead for me.  My main task over the summer has been cataloging our recent acquisitions. This includes the photographing, cataloging, and researching of all the artifacts that the hall receives. It's quite surreal sometimes to be holding artifacts so closely attached to some of the greatest athletes in not just BC, but often the world.


Kirk and Rollie Fingers at Nat Bailey Stadium
Kirk and Rollie Fingers

Along with my curatorial work I've had the privilege of doing many offsite events which involve bringing artifacts of our collection out into the public. These events include the BC Lions alumni golf tournament, National Aboriginal Day, and my favorite the Vancouver Canadian Superstars Series. Being a huge baseball fan it's great to show off just how much BC has contributed to the game and to see people's reactions when they realize just how much of an impact BC athletes can make on a sport.  


Overall my summer at the BC Sports Hall of Fame has been unreal! Every single day is something different, and I always get to wake up excited wondering just what piece of history I'll get to learn about today. When I tell my friends about what I'm doing for work this summer, they always ask "How in the world did you get that job?" and to be honest I'm not always sure, but I'm sure glad I got it.

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Honoured Member Words of Wisdom



Inducted 2009  

"The races are so long that so many things go through your mind. There are moments when you think it's not your day and things don't feel so good. You always have to play mind games with yourself and tell yourself you feel good - even if you don't - and that maybe things will be better an hour down the road."


Inducted 2008 

"We were expected to be ladies at all times. We couldn't wear slacks on the street. We had chaperones and strict rules we had to abide by... of course, they were broken like anything else."




Inducted 2003 

"I find coaching to be very rewarding. When you can give a young racer a tip and they catch on to it, it's exciting. Even when they're racing, if they do well, it's great. It feels like it's a part of me because I'm coaching them to go faster." 
Artifact Acquisitions
Leather hockey helmet
Worn by Vancouver Canucks defenceman Lyall Swaney while playing for the inaugural Canucks team during the 1945-46 season in the Pacific Coast Hockey League. 


Canucks team jacket 

Also worn by Vancouver Canucks defenceman Lyall Swaney after the 1945-46 season, in which the Canucks won both the PCHL title and the United States Amateur championship.  This is the earliest Canucks textile--jacket or jersey-known to exist. 

  Nighthawks Cap

Knighthawks hat 

A rare souvenir from Vancouver's little-known professional basketball team that played just one World Basketball League season out of BC Place Stadium in 1988 before folding.

  Baseball Bat

Baseball Bat

Measured at over five feet long and weighing approximately 15 lbs, for decades this bat occupied a spot in the office of original Canucks owner Coley Hall.  A stylized "Coley's Special" graces the end of the bat. 

  Curling Stones

Curling Stones 

The 44-lb granite curling stones complete with original carrying box were used by Cliff Manahan at the 1933 Brier in Toronto, where Manahan's rink won the famed bonspiel.  Manahan borrowed these stones from J.M. Varey, who lived in Dawson Creek.  Varey, in turn, passed these stones down to his son-in-law Gord Hercus, who last used them in competition in 1953.  

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