Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame names former UVic rower Derek Porter to Class of 2012

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By Ali Lee, with files from Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

(ISN) – Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame announced today, Apr. 19, that former University of Victoria rower Derek Porter (Belfast, Northern Ireland) will join a seven-member team of athletes for the Class of 2012.

Two-time Olympic medallist, Porter, will be joined by figure skating pair Jamie Salé and David Pelletier, three-time FIFA World Cup soccer player Charmaine Hooper, bobsledder Pierre Lueders, speed skating sensation Jeremy Wotherspoon and four-time Stanley Cup winner Scott Niedermayer. Also being honoured at the Oct. 18 event, hosted in Calgary, will be builders Marion Lay and Doc Seaman.

A graduate in kinesiology, Porter attended the University of Victoria from 1985-1990, where he joined the Vikes rowing program in his second year. In 1989, Porter competed for the first time with the Canadian National Rowing program and also earned his first international gold with the men’s eight at the 1989 San Diego Crew Classic. In the same year, Porter brought home a bronze medal from the US Nationals.

In 1993, Porter transitioned away from the eights and in his first year as a single won gold at the 1993 US National Championship and silver at the 1993 World University games. At the 1993 World Championship, Porter captured an additional gold medal as he raced the 2,000-m course in 6:59.03.

Porter competed in his first Olympics in 1992, where he stroked the men’s eight to a gold medal in Barcelona. At the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Porter finished with a silver medal in the single scull. In the 1999 Winnipeg Pan American Games, Porter won a gold medal for Canada in the single sculls. Porter’s father, Hugh, was also a rowing champion, rowing to bronze in the eight-oared race for the United Kingdom in the 1958 Commonwealth Games.

Porter is a two-time inductee into the BC Sports Hall of Fame, with a team and as an individual, and was also honoured through the Order of BC.

Following a closely raced fourth-place finish at the 2000 Sydney Olympic games, Porter retired from rowing and focused on his career as a chiropractor. Porter is currently practicing as a chiropractor in Vancouver.

Canada’s Sporst Hall of Fame will host the 2012 induction ceremonies on October 18, 2012 at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre. With the induction of the Class of 2012, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame will grow to have 529 Honoured Members representing 60 summer and winter sports.

About Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is now open at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary and features 12 galleries with more than 50 hands-on interactives, a collection of more than 95,000 artefacts, the 120-seat Riddell Family Theatre, and Education and Resource Centre where visitors can experience Canada’s preserved sporting history, celebrate the contribution of sport to society, and be inspired by our nation’s sporting heroes to dream big! Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is available to rent for family, social, and business functions. A visit to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame ranges from $8 (youth) – $12 (general admission). Hours of operation are Tuesday–Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon–5 p.m. Please visit for more information.


Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.