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Sports Wall of Fame inductees epitomize class

Don Fennell   Nov-09-2017

Olympic silver medal rower Darcy Marquardt is among the nine outstanding athletes, builders, coaches and officials who will be permanently inducted into the Richmond Sports Wall of Fame Saturday, Nov. 18 at Richmond City Hall.

Photo courtesy City of Richmond/Kevin Light Photography


Modesty defines each of the nine outstanding local sports heroes who will be inducted Nov. 18 into the Richmond Sports Wall of Fame.

“Sport is an important part of our community’s heritage, as well as providing lifelong benefits to its participants and inspiration for us all,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “It is an honour to recognize each of this year’s inductees for their achievements and dedication to their sport by having them inducted into the Richmond Sports Wall of Fame.”

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Champions in every sense of the word, the athletes, builders, coaches and officials who make up the 2017 class have each excelled in their respective category and sport.

The four athletes being inducted this year have all consistently demonstrated humility while reaching the pinnacle of their sport—Arjan Singh Bhullar, a gold medalist in men’s wrestling at the 2010 Commonwealth Games; Darcy Marquardt, an Olympic silver medalist in women’s rowing in 2012; Brian Johns, a three-time Olympian and the most decorated swimmer in Canadian university history; Jennifer Joyce, the 2006 Commonwealth Games silver medalist in the women’s hammer throw; and Andrew Mavis, a member of Canada’s 2000 Olympic men’s basketball team.

Equally dedicated to their sports were builder Nancy Carey, who gave 30 years of service as a volunteer, administrator and coach of girls’ field hockey; and official Kanwal Singh Neel, who is being recognized for his outstanding contribution to amateur sport as an international official in track and field.

Coaching inductees Glenn Kishi and Dr. Doug Nielsen also epitomize the quality of inductee in this year’s class. Kishi coached many sports at the high school and community levels, and guided many teams to successful seasons including a pair of junior football provincial championships. Nielsen was equally accomplished in his many seasons coaching girls’ fastball.

This is the third year of inductions into the Richmond Sports Wall of Fame, which was launched in 2015. There are presently 34 individuals and teams.

The wall honours individuals and teams who have played significant roles in building Richmond’s sports community and/or excelled at their sport.

Inductee categories include: pioneer, builder, coach, official, athlete, masters athlete, team and special achievement. Nominations for 2018 are being accepted through Dec. 31, 2017.

A nomination form is available at www.richmond.ca/sports. Applications can be sent to sportswalloffame@richmond.ca.


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