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Richmond Sports Wall of Fame introduces Class of 2018

Don Fennell   Sep-10-2018

NHL referee Kelly Sutherland and sports medicine pioneer Dr. Jack Taunton are among 10 new inductees to the Richmond Sports Wall of Fame.

Photo courtesy City of Richmond


The Richmond Sports Wall of Fame will feature 10 more names when the Class of 2018 is inducted at a special ceremony Sept. 29 at Richmond City Hall.

Each new member has been exceptional in the categories of Athlete, Builder, Coach, Official, Masters Athlete or Special Achievement.

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“Richmond has a rich sporting history, dating back to the early 19th century, with sports playing a pivotal part in shaping our community today" said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “To be named to the Richmond Sports Wall of Fame is an incredible distinction and we are proud to honour those who have made a tremendous impact in their sport and the community throughout their career.”

This will be the fourth addition of inductees to the Richmond Sports Wall of Fame, which was established in 2015. It celebrates the history of sport in Richmond, and provides a hub for the community to recognize the outstanding achievements of all the inductees, and their contributions back to the community.

The 2018 inductions class will be joining an esteemed group of 43 individuals and teams that have previously been inducted into the Richmond Sports Wall of Fame.

The 2018 induction class includes:

Athlete

Ron Putzi – Two-time provincial high school basketball champion with the Richmond Colts and former Canadian national team player

Masters Athlete

Chim-Hing Stephanie Chan – Four-time Parapan American Games medalist, winning gold in 2015

Builder

Archie Blair – Decades of contributions to many sports in Richmond, and instrumental in the development of lacrosse from the grassroots

Coaches

Ian Anderson – Longtime high school football coach at Steveston Secondary

Les Hamaguchi – 39 years coaching and organizing high school girls basketball, winning two provincial championships

Moseley Jack – 40 years and counting of coaching with Kajaks Track and Field Club

Amarjit “AJ” Sander – Eight consecutive Midget A female hockey provincial final appearances, winning four B.C. championships

Doug Staveley – Longtime high school football and basketball coach at Steveston Secondary

Official

Kelly Sutherland – Started his officiating career with Richmond Minor Hockey before working his way up the NHL and Olympic Games

Special Achievement

Dr. Jack Taunton – 40 years practicing sport medicine, while also giving back to sports through volunteering

The Richmond Sports Wall of Fame and accompanying digital kiosk are located at the Richmond Olympic Oval, and are part of the Richmond Olympic Experience (ROX). The wall is located in the lobby on the first floor, and the digital kiosk on the second floor as part of the History of Sport in Richmond Exhibit. The kiosk highlights each inductee’s achievements through script, photos and videos. The Richmond Sports Wall of Fame and digital kiosk are free for public viewing year-round.

The Class of 2018 induction ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Sept. 29 and is open to the public, however space is limited.

Members of the public are encouraged to submit nominations for 2019 inductees to the Richmond Sports Wall of Fame, to honour individuals and teams who have played significant roles in building Richmond’s sports community and/or excelled at their sport. Nominations will be accepted up to Dec. 31, 2018. The Richmond Sports Wall of Fame nomination form is posted on the City of Richmond website. Applications can be sent to sportswalloffame@richmond.ca


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