Athletics Canada Hall of Fame class of 2014

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April 16, 2014, OTTAWA (ISN) – Athletics Canada’s Hall of Fame will grow by 11 as five athletes, two builders, a coach and three in memoriam will be enriched as part of the Class of 2014.

The induction ceremony will take place in Moncton, New Brunswick on June 26, 2014 at a ceremony held during the Canadian Track and Field Championships.

Class of 2014

Athletes

Graeme Vincent Fell
Marcel Jobin
Lynn Kanuka
Bruce Kidd
Jason Tunks

Coach

Paul Poce

Builder

Ken Porter (senior)
Leroy Washburn

In Memoriam

John Loaring
Harold Nicholson
Father John Redmond

Graeme Vincent Fell from Vancouver, B.C., is one of Canada’s best in the 3000-metres steeplechase, his Canadian Record of 8:12.58 set in 1985 stood for 28 years. Graeme won gold at the 1986 Commonwealth Games and bronze at the 1994 edition. He holds the best placing by a Canadian at the IAAF World Championships, fifth, and finished 11and 28at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games. Graeme owns seven Canadian titles (1985-1989, 1993, 1995). “It was a very pleasant surprise to be called to the Hall”, notes Graeme on his induction as part of the Class of 2014. “Obviously, I am honoured to be inducted and to join such a remarkable group of athletes, all of who, I consider far worthier than myself. I will receive this as a thank you to all of those around me that sacrificed and helped me along the way.”

Marcel Jobin of Saint-Boniface-de-Shawinigan, Que., started his athletics career in 1958 transitioning to the race walk in 1969 where he was quickly known as the father of race walking; a true pioneer in the sport. Internationally he was selected for numerous teams including the Olympic Games (1976, 1980, 1984), the Commonwealth Games (1978, 1982), and the Pan American Games (1971, 1975, 1979, 1983) competing in the 20, 30 and 50-kilometre events. He won silver at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in the 30km race walk. Marcel also raced to a silver medal in the 20km race walk at the first edition of the Canada Games in 1969. In 1981 he set the Canadian record in the 50km race walk, his mark still stands as the standard 32-years later. He was the first Canadian to break the 1 hour 30 minute mark in the 20km race walk, and the 4 hour mark in the 50km race walk. “After 54 years of an active life in athletics, I am honoured to be recognized as one of the greats in this discipline in Canada”, notes Marcel on his induction.

Lynn Kanuka (formerly Williams) of Surrey, B.C., won bronze at the 1984 Olympic Games in the 3000-metres, she also exhibited incredible finishes at the 1988 Olympic Games placing fifth and eight in the 1500-metres and 3000-metres respectively. Lynn also won bronze at the 1989 World Cross Country Championships, and won gold at the 1986 Commonwealth Games. Outstanding in almost all distances, Lynn held Canadian records in the 1000-metres, mile, 1500-metres, 3000-metres, 5000-metres and 10-km road race distances; her record in the 1500-metres still stands today. “Receiving the announcement that I’ll be accepted into the Athletics Canada Hall of Fame was such a nice surprise”, noted an excited Lynn Kanuka. “Now long past my running career days and coaching young athletes striving to reach their potential, it was a reminder of that time in my life and how rewarding it is to chase those dreams to be the best you can be. I’m honoured to be remembered and appreciated in this way through the organization that has supported me in so many ways over the years. Thank you.”

Bruce Kidd of Toronto, Ont., was Canada’s premier middle distance runner of the early 1960’s. By 18-years of age he had established 15 Canadian records; his mark in the junior men’s 5000-metres still stands 51-years later (set in 1962). At the 1962 Commonwealth Games Bruce stepped on the podium on two occasions, winning gold in the 6-mile and bronze in the 3-mile. He competed at the 1964 Olympic Games in the 5000 and 10000-metres, he was also on the start list for the marathon, his best finish was ninth in the 5000-metres. Bruce is also known for his ground breaking work in sport equity. “I am deeply moved by this honour and am grateful to the selectors for their recognition”, acknowledges Bruce Kidd. “Track and field has always been good to me. It gave me wonderful opportunities to discover myself and the world, and it continues to influence me in beneficial ways. I am very proud to be included among such great athletes.”

John Loaring (In memoriam, 1915-1969)

John Loaring won the silver medal in the 400-metre hurdles at the 1936 Olympic Games. He had only run one 400-metre hurdles race prior to competing in the Olympic Games opening heats. Also at the 1936 Olympic Games he placed sixth in the 400-metres and anchored the men’s 4×400-metres relay team to a fourth place finish. At the British Empire versus USA Dual Meet in 1936 John ran the anchor leg of the two-lap steeplechase relay claiming gold in a new World best time. In 1937 his best event, the 400-metre hurdles, was not on the schedule for the Pan American Games, he turned his sights to the 400-metres and placed fourth. At the 1938 British Empire Games (now Commonwealth) John won three gold medals. Although his Olympic Games experience was cut short, he served World War II, John continued to compete and train when he could. Aside from athletics he was a member-at-large for the Canadian Olympic Committee, along with many other presidential and committee roles throughout sport.

Harold Nicholson (In memoriam, 1947-2013) Harold served as president of Athletics New Brunswick from 1989 to 2011, he was a leader in shaping the sport in New Brunswick and is a major factor for where it is today. Many important strides were taken during his time as president including the development of the organizations policies and implementing its online presence. Harold was a key component in bringing the 2010 World Junior Championships and its legacy to Moncton and New Brunswick, noting at the time “Moncton 2010 is a dream come true. The legacy this event leaves for our sport in New Brunswick is awesome and the event will focus on the sport of track and field. We have come a very long way.” Harold also coached teams to the Canadian Legion Youth Championships and Canada Games for many years.

Paul Poce from Toronto, Ont., started as a runner before helping form the Toronto Olympic Club in 1954. He has coached hundreds of athletes including 13 Olympians and more then 30 others named to represent Canada on the international stage. Of note Paul coached 2013 Hall of Fame inductee and Canadian marathon record holder Jerome Drayton. Paul himself has been named as coach to a long list of international teams including five Olympic Games; 1972 & 1976 as the endurance event coach, 1980 (boycott), 1984 (as an alternate) and 1992 as head coach. He also represented Canada as part of the coaching staff at six Commonwealth Games, four Pan American Games, five World Cross Country Championships, two World Championships to name a few. “As a long-time member of Athletics Canada, I appreciate the recognition and look forward to attending the Championships in Moncton and being part of the Ceremony”, notes Paul Poce.

Ken Porter of Victoria, B.C. first recognized a need for more competitions in Edmonton in 1964 and took it upon himself to begin organizing them. He became a member of the Edmonton Olympic Committee and officiated virtually every meet in Edmonton while he lived there; he also became head of the Alberta Officials Committee. Ken moved to Victoria in 1972 and quickly joined the officiating group. He officiated at a number of international championships: 1976 Olympic Games, 1978 Commonwealth Games, 1999 Pan American Games, and the 2001 World Championship in Athletics. He also has been an International Technical Official at the World Youth Championships (2001), World Junior Championships (2000), World Championships (1995) and World Indoor Championships (1987). He has served as Sports Chair for the Commonwealth Games, as Member of the National Officials Committee (NOC), Chair of the NOC. Ken on his induction: “I can only say how honoured I feel at being included in this group of present members and the 2014 inductees, many of whom I have known and admired over the years.”

Father John Redmond (In memoriam, 1934-1983)

As Athletics Director at Michael Power High School for 13 years the school won 15 Toronto and District College School Athletic Association Track Championships and nine of ten Provincial Championships. Father Redmond was both the priest and principal at Michael Power High School having the innate ability to motivate individuals, build teams and inspire students academically and through sport. He coached two 1972 Olympians in Richard MacDonald, 110-metres hurdles, and Glen Bogue, 400-metres.

Jason Tunks of London, Ont., has cemented his name as one of Canada’s best all-time throwers and is the first to be recognized in Athletics Canada’s Hall of Fame. Jason still holds the Canadian junior and senior discus records of 58.76 and 67.88-metres set in 1994 and 1998. He represented Canada on numerous international teams, notably the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games, the 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2005 World Championships, the 1998, 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games and 1999 and 2003 Pan American Games. His medal tally includes bronze and silver medals at the Commonwealth Games, bronze and gold at the Pan American Games, a sixth place finish at the Olympic Games and eighth at the World Championships. Jason, a 14-time Canadian Champion in the discus, was the face of Canadian throwing for a decade consistently finishing in the top ten of the world rankings.

Leroy Washburn of Oromocto, N.B., has been involved with the Royal Canadian Legion track and field program since 1975. He has been involved as one of Canada’s top officials for over 60 years. He played a key role in leading the standardization and improvement of the Canadian officiating program. Leroy officiated at the 1967 Pan American Games, 1976 Olympic Games, 1986 Commonwealth Games, and 1979 World Cup. He was also an International Technical Official at the 1994 Pan American Games and 1996 Olympic Games. Aside from officiating Leroy served as the Athletics New Brunswick president from 1984-1987, he was Chef de mission for the 1987 World Student Games, Vice President of the New Brunswick Special Olympic Association, coached and was the union representative for St. Thomas University Athletics, and personal coach to Hal Marrill; a three time bronze medallist between the 1992 and 1996 Paralympic Games. “I am very pleased to be a part of this induction Class with so many I know and have had connections with throughout my lifetime,” notes Leroy.

Hall of Fame Ceremony

The Hall of Fame ceremony and Awards Gala will coincide with the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Moncton, N.B., June 27-29. The ceremony will take place Thursday June 26 at the Delta Beauséjour. Reception will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by the induction banquet and dinner at 7:00 p.m.

Ticket information will be posted soon at www.moncton2014.ca.

The induction ceremony will also honour Athletics Canada’s 2013 Annual Award recipients including World Championship and World Indoor Championship silver medallist Brianne Theisen-Eaton, Olympic and World Championship bronze medallist Derek Drouin, Five-time World Championship medallist Brent Lakatos, two-time World Championship silver medallist Virginia McLachlan, World Championship team members Shawnacy Barber, Alicia Brown and Inaki Gomez, Development athletes Lexi Aitken and Paul Galas along with the official of the year Ron Walsh, Masters Athlete of the Year (TBC) and Coach of the Year Gerry Dragomir.

 

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