May 7, 2014, Victoria (ISN) – The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the inductees into the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame for 2014. They will be honoured at a gala dinner on October 25.
Stephanie Dixon – Swimming – Considered one of the best swimmers with a disability in the world. Won 5 gold medals at Sydney 2000 Paralympics. From 2004 to 2009, she won a further 2 gold , 8 silver and 2 bronze Paralympic medals at Athens and Beijing, set a world record at the IPS World Championships, won 7 golds at the Para Pan Am Games, and many medals at the 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Can Am Championships and 2006 and 2009 World Championships.
Stan Peterec – Martial Arts – First Canadian to fight professionally in 5 different decades and one of only 3 in the history of martial arts to do so. Won over 1,000 competitions in last 40 years, including 4 World Championships and declared most outstanding competitor numerous times. Black Belt Magazine named him #3 of Top 10 Toughest people on the planet. Also coaches and has trained at least 18 world champions.
Al Howie – Ultra Marathon – Won over 50 marathons, ultramarathons and multi-day races over 2 decades. Was the first person ever to complete the grueling Sri Chinmoy 1,300. In Guinness Book of Records for 1991 achievements: the Trans Canada Highway coast-to-coast run, commemorated by a plaque on the Mile Zero marker, for which he raised $750,000 for special needs children and two weeks later, set another record in the Sri Chinmoy 1300.
Maureen Hibberson – All Rounder – Represented UBC at provincial and national levels in badminton, synchronized swimming and grass hockey, competing at both Canadian Synchro and Badminton championships in same year and powering UBC to many sporting victories. She holds more than 40 badminton tournament titles – local and national, open and masters – was twice BC Synchro champion and since taking up golf in 1958, has played 4 times in BC Golf championships.
Eli Pasquale – Basketball – Led Vikes to 5 straight CIAU championships. Aside from professional play 1985-86 and 1989-90, has lived in Victoria ever since. A member of the national team over 15 years. Led Canada to 4th place finish at both 1984 Olympics and 1982 FIBA World Championships. Prominent member of gold medal 1983 World University Games team. Inducted into Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame 2003, BC Sports Hall of Fame 2004, and UVic Hall of Fame.
Lynne Beecroft – Field Hockey – Vancouver Island native completed 5 straight seasons with UVic, winning silver and 2 bronze at CIAU championships. Went on to 9 years on the national team, and has 58 international caps. Competed at World Cup Championships 1978,79,81, 83, winning silver in 1983. Competed at 1984 Olympics. Has been head coach of UVic since 1985. Was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 2002 and UVic Hall of Fame in 2012.
BUILDER – Jim Reed – Outstanding contribution to Victoria’s sport infrastructure. As Vice President, Facilities and Executive Vice President of 1994 Commonwealth Games, was responsible for the design and construction of the international track and warm-up track at UVic, Saanich Commonwealth Place, the Velodrome, the Juan de Fuca lawn bowls greens. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Pacific Institute for Sports Excellence (PISE), chairing the fundraising campaign and negotiating its position at Camosun College. He was founding Chair of the Board of PISE.
TEAM – Sport Committee of the 1994 Commonwealth Games – Led by Chair Jim Carter and Vice Chairs Gary Taylor and Sandra Stevenson, the Sport Committee comprised the Chair, Medical Services and Doping Control and 20 Sport Chairs responsible for the sport competitions of the 1994 Commonwealth Games. As a team, they committed countless volunteer hours and not only succeeded, but excelled in delivering the biggest international sporting and television event in Victoria’s history.
For more information contact Nick Tuele at 250 652 1455.