The Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame has announced that Jim Swanson, Managing Partner of the Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, has joined its Board of Directors.
Swanson has been Managing Partner of the HarbourCats since January 2016, after serving as General Manager and Vice-President since 2013. He brings an extensive baseball background to the Board as well as media experience in newspaper, TV and radio. He was sports editor of the Prince George Citizen, VP-GM of the Grand Forks Varmints of the Prairie League (independent) in 1997, and ran the Prairie League office in 1996.
He was the manager of national champions Prince George Axemen in 2012, and a coach on the 2014 Langley Blaze national championship side. He has coached at the international level, and in 2017 appeared in the top 100 list of Bob Elliott’s annual Most Influential People in Canadian Baseball. Additionally, he has been Chair of two Baseball Canada Senior Championships, and three World Baseball Challenge tournaments.
“It’s an honour to be asked to be part of the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame, and be part of the great work that has been done to recognize excellence in sports in Victoria,” Swanson said. “The board does important work for a city that has so much history in sports.”
Doug Jennings, President of the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame, welcomes Swanson to the board. “Having completed 26 years as a volunteer driven organization which actively supports a community that honours the value of achievement in sport, we warmly welcome Jim Swanson to our Board of Director team,” he said. “His knowledge of sports and active community involvement will assist us greatly in achieving our goals for 2018 and beyond. Welcome Jim!”
The other board members are: Robert Hope, Rick Leggett, Chris Graham, Tom Turnbull, Dave Erb, Lois Smith, Robert Bettauer, Cal Mackay, Fern Johnson, and Louise Hodgson-Jones. Each board member serves a three-year term.