Richmond Sports Wall of Fame launched with 16 inductees - Nominations for 2016 induction now being accepted
2015 November 24
Sixteen extraordinary athletes, coaches, teams and builders are among the local sporting heroes who are now permanently celebrated in the new Richmond Sports Wall of Fame, which was officially unveiled November 21.
The inaugural induction ceremony drew a standing room only crowd to the Wall of Fame area, which is located in the Richmond Olympic Oval.
Members of the public are now being encouraged to submit nominations for 2016 inductees to the Richmond Sports Wall of Fame. Nominations will be accepted up to December 31, 2015.
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.
The first 16 inductees to the Richmond Sport Wall of Fame are:
- 1988 Richmond Colts – BC boys basketball provincial champions.
- Pasha Bains – Acclaimed basketball player, founder of Drive Basketball.
- Lance Carey – Olympian, field hockey coach and builder.
- Diane Clement – Co-founder of Richmond Kajaks, Chef on the Run author.
- Doug Clement – Co-founder of Richmond Kajaks, sports medicine doctor.
- Richard Collier – Long-time Richmond Kajaks throws coach.
- Bill Disbrow – Legendary Richmond Colt basketball coach for 34 years.
- Robert Dixon – Javelin Gold medallist at the 1934 British Empire Games, died in military service in World War II.
- Ray Murao – National kendo champion and now head instructor of the Steveston Kendo Club.
- Richmond Milkmaids – Ground-breaking women’s lacrosse team.
- Richmond Rockets FC – 1979 U-18 national soccer champions.
- Randy Samuel – 82 caps for Canadian men’s soccer team, played professionally in Europe and Canada.
- Tony Shaw – International table tennis umpire and referee.
- Bobby Singh – Only professional football player to win Super bowl, Grey Cup and XFL championships.
- Ronald Williams – 3-time BC Derby winning jockey, rode 546 winners.
- Walter Wu – Won 14 Paralympic swimming medals.
Nominations for the Richmond Sports Wall of Fame came from the public. A selection committee comprising members of the Richmond Sports Council and Councillor Alexa Loo reviewed the nominations and made recommendations for induction to Richmond City Council.
The Richmond Sports Wall of Fame is located at the Richmond Olympic Oval and is part of the Richmond Olympic Experience, which officially opens to the public on Saturday, November 28. Access to the Richmond Sports Wall of Fame and the accompanying History of Sport in Richmond exhibit is free.