The Board of the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame has announced the names of the athletes, officials and builders who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year. The 2019 inductees will be honored at the annual Induction Ceremony and Dinner scheduled for Saturday, October 26 at the Westin Bear Mountain.
Three athletes will be inducted – Ryan Cochrane (Swimming), Mike Piechnick (Fastball), and Rob Short (Field Hockey).
Cochrane is Canada’s most decorated swimmer achieving eight FINA World Championship titles, two Olympic medals – silver and bronze – as well as three gold medals at the Pan Pacific Championships. Piechnick pitched his way to 10 Provincial Championships, four Canadian Championships, two U.S National Men’s Championships, and two winning Pan Am gold medals. Short played for Canada at two Olympic Games, two World Cups, four Commonwealth Games and five Pan American Games before becoming a successful coach and founding the Rob Short Coaching Academy.
In addition Susan Morriss will be honoured in the officials category for her services to Figure Skating, Wynn Gmitroski in the coaching category for athletics, and Stacie Louttit and John McRoberts in the teams category for sailing.
Morriss has been a figure skating official for 50 years and is internationally certified in all four skating disciplines – singles, pairs, dance and synchronized skating. Gmitroski has coached some of Canada’s top middle distance and distance runners for 33 years bringing home many Olympic, Commonwealth and World Championship titles. Louttit and McRoberts competed in two Paralympic Games, winning a bronze medal in Beijing in 2008.
The builders category will be represented by the Victoria Motorcycle Club. One of the oldest continuous motorized sporting clubs in Canada, the VMC has been active for over 110 years, producing many champion riders from Canadian scrambles champion in the 1950s to International Six Day Trials medalists in the 70s and multiple national champions in the early 2000s.
The Sid Thomas Media Award will be presented this year to Alex Robertson for his services to television. Robertson was CHEK-TV Sports Director from 1974 through 2003 producing over 14,000 stories, almost all featuring local athletes, coaches and teams, although he also interviewed international athletes such as Muhammed Ali, Wayne Gretzky and a young Tiger Woods.
“The selection process was particularly difficult this year, as there are so many outstanding people in the Victoria sports community,” said Lois Smith, chair of the Induction Nominations Committee. “I commend the committee members for their hard work and diligence in producing such a stellar slate.”
Tickets for the October 26 Induction dinner are now on sale at $135 per person. More information and to purchase tickets go to https://www.gvshof.ca/