Richmond Sports Wall of Fame welcomes class of 2019

11 inductees officially welcomed on Saturday morning at Gateway Theater

The class of 2019 was officially welcomed onto the Richmond Sports Wall of Fame Saturday morning at the Gateway Theater.

Now in its fifth year, and over seen by the Richmond Sports Council and City of Richmond, the Richmond Sports Wall of Fame has 11 inductees to an already esteemed group of 53 individuals and teams that represent the best Richmond has to offer.

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They include:

Athletes

  • 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.

Builder

  • 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

Coaches

  • 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

Masters Athlete

Fred Pawluk – BC Masters Champion and competitive Kajaks cross country and road race runner

Team

- 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.

Nominations for the 2020 class are currently being accepted until Dec. 31. Visit here for the nomination process. 

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