Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame Names 2012 Inductees

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Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame has named their 2012 inductees and will honour them with an induction ceremony and dinner on October 27th, 2012 at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence.

The 2012 Inductees include:

Alan Wills – Athlete (Archery) Canadian Archery Champion in 1980 and an exemplary, long standing career as competitor, coach, judge and member of the Executive Committee of the Federation of Canadian Archers for the past forty years.

Roy Haslam – Athlete (Auto Racing) Haslam won dozens of championships throughout the 70s and 80s in the Super Stock series including the I.D.C. Championship (Open SS) in 1978 when he was named winning driver of the year.

Tracie McAra (Sibbald) – Athlete (Basketball) McAra helped the Vikettes to three CIAU Championship titles in 1980, ’81 and ’82. She was named CIAU First Team all-Canadian in 1982-83 and she played for the Canadian National Team for 6 years. She also played in the ’84 Olympics

Whitey Severson and Archie Browning – Athletes (Lacrosse) The duo of Archie Browning and Whitey Severson played for the Victoria Shamrocks in the 1950s and they were often referred to as the “Gold Dust Twins” for their blond hair.

Gorge Hotel (1954 – 59) –Team (Softball) Beginning in 1954, the legendary Joe Bryant led the Gorge Hotel men to a then-record six straight B.C. championships.

Joe Iannarelli – Builder. From a career playing pro hockey during the 40s and 50s to a three decades long contributor to local sports at the Archie Browning Arena, Iannarelli had a positive impact on dozens of young skaters who went on to careers in the NHL.

George Jones – Builder. Jones has made significant contributions to the local rugby scene for more than forty years. He was a founder of the Braefoot Athletic Centre Association and he was founding member of the Victoria Commonwealth Games Society.

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