NANAIMO SPORTS HALL OF FAME
NEW BEGINNINGS for the city of Nanaimo, BC, Canada in the area of sports recognition began in 2008 when they followed the lead of other BC cities like Victoria, Prince George and Burnaby with their first "sports hall of fame selection".
In 2008, they began the process by seeking nominations, numerous names were entered but only a few could be selected in the first year such as Phil Olsen (javelin), Brenda Taylor (rowing), Larry Thomas (media), Harry Wipper (builder) and others including various sports teams.
Steps were taken in the early part of 2009, to enter round two of the Nanaimo sports hall of fame with the nomination and selection process. At the end of the process six individuals and a curling team were selected in a wide range of sports.
The 2009 inductees include Ray Telford of Soccer, Michael Edgson of swimming, Angie Dobie of basketball, Bill English for officiating in track and field and Douglas White for his involvement in lacrosse and football.
Although former Nanaimo boxer Billy Townsend is one of seven persons involved in Boxing in British Columbia to be included in the BC Sports Hall of Fame, he hasn't been considered for the short list in Nanaimo.
Unlike Greater Victoria and Prince George, the "Sports Hall of Fame" is a new process for those from the "Hub City" which is remembered by many for hosting bathtub races on an annual basis when Mayor Frank Ney was in office.
It is unknown who will be considered and who will not be considered for induction into this new sports hall of fame in Nanaimo, but it is still just a young process. As the years flash by there will be many new additions of athletes, builders, teams and media folks.