320 patrons sold out our 2014 Induction Ceremonies and Dinner at the Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa on Saturday evening. It was an inspirational event as all nine inductees provided moving speeches!!
Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame inductees are, front left to right, Eli Pasquale, Stephanie Dixon, Lynne Beecroft and Maureen Hibberson and, back left to right, Al Howie, Stan Peterec, Jim Reed, Jim Carter (representing the 1994 Commonwealth Games sport committee) and Chris Hall. Photograph By DARREN STONE, Times Colonist
The 1994 Commonwealth Games Sport Committee with sponsor Robert Bettauer, CEO of the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence.
Ultra Marathoner Al Howie with sponsor David Gramlich of Howe & Gramlich Wealth Management Inc.
Lynne Beecroft with sponsor Clint Hamilton, Director of UVic VIKES.
Builder Jim Reed with sponsor Hugh MacDonald, Executive Director of SportHost Victoria.
All rounder Maureen Hibberson with sponsor Tom MacGregor of Mann, Moulson & Co.
Athlete Eli Pasquale with sponsor Ken Shields of the UVic VIKES.
Athlete Stan Peterec with sponsor Bryce Little of Little & Davies Insurance and Financial Planning.
Athlete Stephanie Dixon with sponsor Ron Jacks of Pacific Coast Swimming / UVic VIKES.
All rounder Chris Hall with sponsor Jeevan Dillon of Zieglers Janitorial Ltd.
The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the inductees into the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame for 2014. They will be honoured at a gala dinner on October 25.
Stephanie Dixon - Swimming -Considered one of the best swimmers with a disability in the world. Won 5 gold medals at Sydney 2000 Paralympics. From 2004 to 2009, she won a further 2 gold , 8 silver and 2 bronze Paralympic medals at Athens and Beijing, set a world record at the IPS World Championships, won 7 golds at the Para Pan Am Games, and many medals at the 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Can Am Championships and 2006 and 2009 World Championships.
Stan Peterec - Martial Arts -Stan is a two-time world kickboxing champion who fought professionally all over the world. He won hundreds of tournaments and was often declared the most outstanding competitor. He represented Canada in France at the World Savate Competition, was the Coach for Team Canada in China, trained many title holders, and operates a successful dojo. Stan is a consultant for Black Belt Magazine that proclaimed him one of the world's deadliest martial artists. He is only the third man and first Canadian to fight professionally for five decades.
Al Howie - Ultra Marathon -Won over 50 marathons, ultramarathons and multi-day races over 2 decades. Was the first person ever to complete the grueling Sri Chinmoy 1,300. In Guinness Book of Records for 1991 achievements: the Trans Canada Highway coast-to-coast run, commemorated by a plaque on the Mile Zero marker, for which he raised $750,000 for special needs children and two weeks later, set another record in the Sri Chinmoy 1300.
Maureen Hibberson - All Rounder -Represented UBC at provincial and national levels in badminton, synchronized swimming and grass hockey, competing at both Canadian Synchro and Badminton championships in same year and powering UBC to many sporting victories. She holds more than 40 badminton tournament titles - local and national, open and masters - was twice BC Synchro champion and since taking up golf in 1958, has played 4 times in BC Golf championships.
Chris Hall - All Rounder - A five sport athlete in baseball, basketball, football, rugby and lacrosse, Hall starred on many junior and senior teams in Victoria before turning his focus to lacrosse in his mid-twenties. Hall spent 12 years as a Head Coach in the NLL, was a five time All Star Game coach and retired this year as the 3rd all time wins leader. He was nominated and won election this month as an NLL Hall of Fame inductee Class of 2014. Hall was also the Head Coach of Team England and has taken that country through the last two World Box Championships in Halifax and Prague.
Eli Pasquale - Basketball - Led Vikes to 5 straight CIAU championships. Aside from professional play 1985-86 and 1989-90, has lived in Victoria ever since. A member of the national team over 15 years. Led Canada to 4th place finish at both 1984 Olympics and 1982 FIBA World Championships. Prominent member of gold medal 1983 World University Games team. Inducted into Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame 2003, BC Sports Hall of Fame 2004, and UVic Hall of Fame.
Lynne Beecroft - Field Hockey - Vancouver Island native completed 5 straight seasons with UVic, winning silver and 2 bronze at CIAU championships. Went on to 9 years on the national team, and has 58 international caps. Competed at World Cup Championships 1978,79,81, 83, winning silver in 1983. Competed at 1984 Olympics. Has been head coach of UVic since 1985. Was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 2002 and UVic Hall of Fame in 2012.
Jim Reed - Builder - Outstanding contribution to Victoria's sport infrastructure. As Vice President, Facilities and Executive Vice President of 1994 Commonwealth Games, was responsible for the design and construction of the international track and warm-up track at UVic, Saanich Commonwealth Place, the Velodrome, the Juan de Fuca lawn bowls greens. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Pacific Institute for Sports Excellence (PISE), chairing the fundraising campaign and negotiating its position at Camosun College. He was founding Chair of the Board of PISE.
TEAM - Sport Committee of the 1994 Commonwealth Games - Led by Chair Jim Carter and Vice Chairs Gary Taylor and Sandra Stevenson, the Sport Committee comprised the Chair, Medical Services and Doping Control and 20 Sport Chairs responsible for the sport competitions of the 1994 Commonwealth Games. As a team, they committed countless volunteer hours and not only succeeded, but excelled in delivering the biggest international sporting and television event in Victoria's history.
For more information contact Nick Tuele at 250 652 1455.
Our Induction Committee is beginning its work to determine who will enter the Hall of Fame for 2014. Here are the requirements for nominations:
Submissions may be made to any Director of the Sports Hall of Fame or mailed to Box 39065, James Bay PO, Victoria BC V8V 4X8. Deadline is February 28 of the current year.
The categories for induction are Athletes, Coaches & Builders, Teams & Organizations, and Media.
'Builders' can include owners, managers, officials, organizers, etc. who have achieved outstanding success in their sport.
- Any person or organization can submit an application, but it is preferred (if the application is for an athlete, team, or coach) that it also be endorsed by the governing/organizing body of their sport.
- The application must include: the name of the nominee with details of their sport, category etc., along with contact information for the nominee and the person and/or organization submitting the application.
¨ a detailed list of an athlete's, team's, or coach's achievements in the sport, including any provincial, national, international, world, Olympic, Paralympic, Commonwealth, Pan American etc. championships, records, medals, national team membership, peer recognition, induction to other sports halls of fame, or any other information that would add to a full understanding of the potential nominee's sports career.
¨ copies of media reports, photos of trophies, medals, ribbons, and any other supporting documentation.
¨ name and contact information of the governing/organizing body and whether or not they have endorsed the application.
- Builders, organizations and media applications require as much supporting information and material as possible and applicable to their category.
- All applications must conform to the eligibility requirements of these GVSHOF policies.
- All applications require three letters from recognized individuals/organizations endorsing the application.
- Include any other information or material that would assist the INC in evaluating the application.