January 12, 2006 (Vancouver, B.C.) – Highlighting B.C.’s rich sporting history, the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum announced inductions as part of its 2006 class.
“There are so many deserving candidates for induction into the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, and the choice was not easy,” said Dann Konkin, chair of the Board of Trustees, BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. “Our selection committee did an outstanding job, though, of sifting through and discussing the merits of all nominations.”
“The Induction ceremony next May will showcase the best in BC sport.”
Selection for induction is for recognition of excellence in sport, contribution to sport and the impact on sport in British Columbia, in the categories of athlete, team, builder, pioneer, media and a special recognition category. A selection committee, comprised of six members of the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum Board of Trustees and six members of the media, made the final decision.
As part of the 38th induction class, four athletes will be honoured, Harold Mann (Boxing), Harold Snepsts (Ice Hockey), Dale Walters (Boxing), and Brian Walton (Cycling). In the builder category, UBC’s Bob Hindmarch and Deryk Snelling (Swimming) have been selected.
One team, the 1968-69 Vancouver Canucks, will join pioneer John Hugh “˜Jack’ Gillis (All-Round), and the newest media inductee Steve Armitage.
Formal induction into the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum will take place on May 10th, 2006 at the 38th Annual Banquet of Champions at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre. With the induction of eight individuals and one team, the total Honoured Members will stand at 283 individuals and 48 teams.
Since 1966, the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum has operated as a non-profit, self-sustaining society with a goal to establish a permanent tribute honouring B.C.’s outstanding athletes, teams and builders of sport. The BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum offers tailored programs and activities to school and community groups as part of its mandate to raise awareness of sport and sport history, and fulfill its mission to: “Honour the Past. Inspire the future.”