The city’s rich football history, the Kajaks Track and Field Club’s significant contributions and the founders of a popular summer basketball tournament are a big part of the 2019 Richmond Sports Wall of Fame induction class.
Nine outstanding individuals, one team and one community sporting event will officially be added during a ceremony on Saturday 9 a.m. at Gateway Theatre. The event is free to the public with limited seating.
“We are proud to honour the Sports Wall of Fame inductees for their achievements and commitment to sport in Richmond,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “These individuals highlight Richmond’s rich sporting history and remind us about the power of sport to help individuals achieve their personal goals.”
Now in its fifth year, the Richmond Sports Wall of Fame is adding 11 inductees to an already esteemed group of 53 individuals and teams that represent the best Richmond has to offer. This year’s inductees are:
- Jim Mills – National Football League (NFL) and Canadian Football League (CFL) offensive lineman.
- Jamie Stoddard – Nine-year CFL wide receiver with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
- Novell Thomas – Point guard on the Canadian Men’s National Basketball Team.
- Dolphin Basketball Classic (founders Tony Wong-Hen, Bira Bindra, Taj Johal and Bruce Watson) –Grassroots summer community basketball tournament that has been running since 1986
- Carl Savage – Long-time Kajaks coach and organizer of the BC Elementary Track and Field Championships
- Jean-Jacques Schmidt – Long-time Track and Field coach of Kajaks athletes who have attained countless successes including world records
- Jeff Lochbaum – Five-time high school Provincial Champions coach with the Richmond Colts and Richmond Raiders
- Kim Young – Long-time Kajaks coach and community sports advocate, and organizer of numerous Track and Field competitions
- Marshall Shields – Five-time Provincial Gold for Boys Fastball coach
- Fred Pawluk – BC Masters Champion and competitive Kajaks cross country and road race runner
1996-1998 Richmond Colts Football Team –“Three-peat” high school Provincial Championship team.
Richmond Sports Wall of Fame and accompanying digital kiosk are located at the Olympic Experience at the Richmond Olympic Oval. The Wall of Fame is located in the lobby on the first floor, and the digital kiosk is on the second floor as part of the History of Sport in Richmond exhibit. Each inductee will have their name added to the Richmond Sports Wall of Fame, and the digital kiosk will highlight each inductee’s achievements through script, photos and videos. The Richmond Sports Wall of Fame and digital kiosk are free for public viewing year-round.