Spring 2014
To mark the 60th anniversary of the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, we are excited to unveil a new signature exhibition entitled "

A Week You'll Remember A Lifetime."  The signature exhibition is set to open to the public on Wednesday, July 30th exactly sixty years after the opening of 1954 Games and will feature unseen artifacts, rare archival and interview footage, and untold stories from the unforgettable '54 Games that thrust Vancouver onto the world scene.  

Highlights of the games and stories we will cover include:
  • The Miracle Mile featuring Sir Roger Bannister and Sir John Landy
  • The Collapse of English marathon legend Jim Peters
  • The Upset Victory of the Cinderella UBC-VRC rowing eights crew, and much, much more!
Sun Run Stories: 30 Years Running Exhibit Launch
On March 11, 2014 the BC Sports Hall of Fame opened our current Special Exhibition Sun Run Stories: 30 Years Running! The exhibition celebrates The Vancouver Sun Run's incredible thirty year legacy, charting the story of its growth from local race to its current status as an international phenomenon attracting local, national and international talent.  Highlights include: Tiko Kerr paintings, a nostalgic look at past and present Vancouver Sun Run
T-Shirts, unique artifacts and stories from race organizers, volunteers, and participants. There is also a "Memory Wall" where visitors are encouraged to share their favourite Sun Run story. If you ran the race this year, be sure to bring in your running rib to receive for half price admission. 
Golfers at the 2013 Tournament of Champions,getting ready for a great day of golf

2014 Tournament of Champions 
Our popular golf event the Tournament of Champions presented by Canadian Direct Insurance will be held on Thursday, June 26 at the prestigious Morgan Creek Golf and Country Club. Proceeds from the event support the Hall and our programs. We still have room for a few more teams and are looking for $300 hole sponsors and prizing. Please call the Hall at 604-687-5520 for information.
The 2013 Class of Inductees at the 45th Annual Banquet of Champions

2014 Banquet of Champions
The 46th Annual Banquet of Champions presented by Canadian Direct Insurance will take place on Thursday, September 25th. We hope you can join us as one team and ten individuals are inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame, the highest sporting honour in British Columbia. Please note special ticket prices are available for Honoured Members.

Click here to learn more and to purchase your Banquet of Champions Tickets!
Table of Contents
Induction into the
BC Sports Hall of Fame
Submitting a Nomination
Nominations can be submitted by any member of the general public. The annual deadline for submission of nominations is October 1st

Nomination forms are available on our website, bcsportshalloffame.com

If you have questions please call our Curator, Jason Beck at 604-687-5520 ext. 30.   
The Hall of Fame
Three Stars of Thanks!
Our fifteen Championship Package Patrons for committing to support the Hall of Fame through purchasing the 2014 Package. To see a list of the patrons please click here 
Graham Maclagan for donating over 650 volunteer hours to the BC Sports Hall of Fame over the last year!

Trustee Rick Jagpal and
Wolrige Mahon for donating a colour copier to the Hall of Fame, we love it!

The 2014 Whitecaps Season is off to a great start. We have merchandise available for purchase including authentic jerseys, hats, and balls to boot (pun intended). So be sure to come by before a game, support the team and support the Hall.


Don't worry Lions fans, we have you covered too. The season is on its way and we have a good selection of
BC Lions' items, scarves,
t-shirts, hats and more!

Recent Events
Heritage Classic - NHL Trophies on Display

Courtesy of the National Hockey League and the Hockey Hall of Fame, the BC Sports Hall of Fame was proud to host the NHL trophies from February 26 through March 2 in celebration of the Heritage Classic showdown at BC Place. Trophy highlights included: Hart, Vezina, James Norris, Calder, Lady Byng, Jack Adams Award, Bill Masterton, NHL General Manager of the Year Award and the Ted Lindsay Award.

The Stanley Cup also made an appearance, much to the delight of local hockey fans, who eagerly lined up to pose with the Cup. Thank you to the NHL and to the ever gracious Keepers of the Cup, Philip Pritchard and Craig Campbell.  
Honoured Member Eden Donatelli Green showing artifacts and interacting with guests at the 2014 BC Winter Games in her hometown of Mission, BC.
Prince George and Mission
Sport In BC - Choose Your Path is now not only an in house exhibit at the BC Sports Hall of Fame it is an outreach exhibit! Our outreach team look the exhibit to Prince George to coincide with the 2015 Canada Winter Games one year countdown. BC Sports Hall of Fame staff delivered Hero In You presentations to schools in gyms packed with a great crowd of enthusiastic children and teachers. After touring in Prince George, the display went to Mission as part of the BC Winter Games. The exhibit was well received by all visitors especially with the appearance of  Honoured Member Eden Donatelli Green (speed skating). We look forward to visiting more community celebrations over the coming months including National Aboriginal Day and the BC Summer Games in Nanaimo.
Left to right, back row Chair Al Tynan, Honoured Members Sean Millington, Brent Hayden, Peter Webster and Executive Director Allison Mailer. front row: Honoured Members Dale Walters, Thelma Wright, Ashleigh McIvor DeMerit and Arnie Hallgren
Donor Appreciation Event
April 24, 2014
We were pleased to celebrate the contributions of our wonderful sponsors, donors, volunteers, Honoured Members and community members who have contributed to the success of our organization at our Annual Donor Appreciation Event. We simply would not be able to deliver the inspirational programs, events and exhibits we are so proud of without all of you. Thank you for caring about the BC Sports Hall of Fame and our efforts to Honour the Past and Inspire the Future! You are allowing us to truly make a difference. 

President's Award Winner Bill Maclagan and Executive Director
Allison Mailer
Congratulations to Bill Maclagan, Q.C. - President's Award Recipient
On March 5th, BC Sports Hall of Fame Trustee and Past-Chair Bill Maclagan, Q.C. was recognized by Sport BC as a winner of the President's Award. This award recognizes extraordinary volunteers whose dedication and tireless efforts have contributed significantly to the development of a sport or an organization.  Congratulations and thank you Bill from all of us at the BC Sports Hall of Fame!
Past Chairs of the BC Sports Hall of Fame from left to right, Jack Farley, Doug Mason, Anna Nyarady, John Tennant, Tom English, Gerald McGavin and current Chair Al Tynan.

Past Chairs' Luncheon
On February 26 we hosted the Annual Past Chairs' Luncheon. Current Chair Al Tynan hosted the group who were treated with a tour of the Hall including a sneak peek at future exhibit plans. A highlight of the day was viewing of the National Hockey League trophies up close and personal before the doors opened to the general public.
BC Sports Hall of Fame Program Spotlight

HIY Youth Education Programs
Outreach Presentations
Kingswood Elementary school was treated to a double feature of our Hero In You program on April 11th!
The mission behind the Hero In You is to inspire and motivate students to achieve their goals through the stories of inspirational BC Sports Hall of Famers.  On April 11th we had not one, but two Honoured Members present to Kingswood Elementary School children in a session coordinated through the 60 Minute Kids Club.  Joining the session were former BC Lions player Sean Millington (Inducted 2010) and Brent Hayden (Inducted 2013).  At first glance, swimming and football may appear unconnected, but the core of what Sean and Brent shared during their impressive careers was one crucial takeaway: hard work and determination certainly pay off, whether it was putting extra time in at the pool, or doing a late night workout to build strength. The students really enjoyed watching Brent's exciting race footage, and were equally impressed to learn about Sean's work in Hollywood movies after football.  Thank you Kingswood Elementary for being such great participants, and good luck with the completion of your 60 Minute Kids Club challenge at the top!  Be sure to check out our refreshed Hero In You website for new lesson plans, better yet please share with the educators in your life! Go to www.heroinyou.ca  to see our new website!
Message from Allison Mailer, Executive Director
Allison and family with Stanley Cup and Phil Pritchard of the
Hockey Hall of Fame

Thank you for taking the time to read our spring newsletter, we hope you enjoy learning about our activities over the last few months and are excited for what is upcoming. The next few months promise to be exciting for the BC Sports Hall of Fame with: 

  • our annual premier events the Tournament of Champions and the Banquet of Champions; 

  • our New All Access Experience which provides visitors with a behind the scenes look at BC Place including a peak into the lockers rooms of the Vancouver Whitecaps and BC Lions; and 

  • the opening of our signature exhibit "A Week You'll Remember a Lifetime" commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. 

On a personal note I would like to thank the Hall of Fame community for the exceptional support I have received in my first year as Executive Director. 2014 marks twenty years that I have had the great fortune   to work at the BC Sports Hall of Fame. I have learned so much since starting my two month contract as a tour guide in 1994 including more stats and facts about the great moments in BC sport history than I thought possible. More importantly I have been endlessly inspired by the stories of our Honoured Members, the trust our donors continuously show our organization and the endless commitment of our hard working volunteers. Thank you everyone for a great twenty years and I look forward to continued inspiration.  

2014 also marks twenty years since: 

  • Honoured Member Angela Chalmers carried the Canadian flag at the opening ceremony of the Victoria Commonwealth Games; 

  • Honoured Member Trevor Linden lead the Vancouver Canucks on a memorable journey to the Stanley Cup Finals; and 

  • Honoured Member Lui Passaglia kicked the winning field goal to secure a hometown Grey Cup victory for the BC Lions  

You never know who will stop by the Hall!

Back Row:
Volunteer Intern Daisuke Fukuda, Outreach Coordinator Kirk Sorensen
Front Row: Media, Special Events Coordinator Cecilia Olmos, artifact donor Joannie Rochette, Volunteer Intern Kim Reisen, Guest Services Coordinator Emma Watson
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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.
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  • Maximum 15 children plus 5 adults
  • Additional guests admitted at regular rates
  • Choose from three time slots: 10am-12pm, 1pm-3pm OR 4pm-6pm
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Save the Date

June 15th, 2014

Treat Dad like the Champions he is with a visit to the Hall! All Dads get in FREE and receive a Father's Day gift. 


June 24th, 2014

Tournament of Champions - fundraising golf tournament


July 30th, 2014

Public opening of new signature exhibit:
A Week to Last a Lifetime


Sept 24th, 2014

Honoured Members Reception


Sept 25th, 2014

Banquet of Champions


Sept 26th, 2014

Vancouver Giants' Home Opener -
BC Sports Hall of Fame Night

Artifact Acquisitions

  2014 Canadian Olympic Team Uniform 

Worn by Canadian athletes competing in Sochi.  Gathered by Canadian chef de mission Steve Podborski on behalf of the COC.



19th century fencing collection

Several foils, sabres, and mask owned by an early Victoria resident.



Brian Kent photograph collection

Thousands of photographs and negatives belonging to the long-time Vancouver Sun photographer dating from 1950s-1990s. 


Canadian team uniform, track spikes, and relay baton 

Worn by Canadian sprinter Don McFarlane at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver.


BC Lions figure

Rare souvenir dating to the mid-1950s.

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