VICTORIA (BC) August 18, 2015 – The induction of legendary rowing coach Mike Spracklen into the Greater Victoria Sports Hall Of Fame has been delayed until 2016. Current contractual obligations to the Russian Rowing Federation prevent Spracklen from travelling to Victoria this fall for his induction.
He has requested that his induction be postponed until after the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro so that he can accept this honour in the company of his many friends and former colleagues in Victoria. “Mike has contributed so much on an international level to the world of rowing. He is an accomplished coach who has led teams from Great Britain, USA and Canada to success at the Olympic Games and Rowing World Championships,” said Robert Hope, President of the GVSHOF. “Mike is very deserving of his nomination into the Greater Victoria Sports Hall Of Fame and the board is happy to honour his request to postpone his induction until 2016.”
Spracklen was originally scheduled to be inducted at the GVSHOF annual dinner, to be held Saturday, October 17th at the West Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa. The gala evening will celebrate athletes Lauren Woolstencroft (Skiing), Alexander (Sandy) Peden (Shooting), Rick Say (Swimming), Ike MacKay (Soccer) Bruce Deacon (Marathon), and Steve Sinclair (Baseball); and builders Elaine Dagg-Jackson (Curling) and Ed Ashmore (Wrestling).
Tickets to the GVSHOF induction ceremony and dinner are available online at www.gvshof.ca