The Prince George Sports Hall of Fame originated in 1996 when a group of local sports enthusiasts came together with the dream of creating a Hall of Fame to recognize the City's and district's top athletes, builders and teams.
On the board were Neil King (Chair), Shirley Gratton, Neil Fowlie, Mike Jenkins, Ken Pineo, Bette McKay, Geoff Paynton, Ken Stanyer, Dave McWalter and Brian Kelly. It is because of these dedicated sports enthusiasts that the Prince George Sports Hall of Fame is a reality.
Since its creation, the Prince George Sports Hall of Fame has inducted 75 individuals and two teams in 24 sports.
1997 Saw the first year of Prince George Sports Hall of Fame inductees. They were Greg Blackburn (swimming), Howard Foot (water skiing), the Mohawks hockey club, John Dinsmore (baseball), Jim Fowlie (swimming), Diana Lowrie (figure skating), Harold Mann (boxing), Neal Marshall (speed skating), Rolf Pettersen (cross-country skiing) and Randy Wagner (volleyball).
1998 Inductees were Chris Bowie (swimming), Russell Ko (judo), Laurie Mann (boxing), Joe Martin (baseball), Tom Masich (track and field), the Molson Oldstylers lacrosse team, Darcy Rota (hockey), Debbie Ward (racquetball) Findlay Young (golf) and Dick Zarek (swimming).
1999 Inductees included Fred Doig (lacrosse), Ron Thorsen (basketball), Shirley Gratton (baseball), Delores Neukomm (Special Olympics), Doug Gudwer (cross-country skiing), Vern Martel (arm wrestling), Matt Pearce (football), Harold Pretty (golf), Brad Suey (freestyle aerial skiing) and Harry Thacker (hockey).
2000 Inductees were John Da Silva (soccer), John and Geraldine Huntley (judo), Bruce Hawkenson (canoeing), Bruce Kamstra (judo), Sid McKnight (boxing) and Kevin Smale (curling).
2001-02 Inductees were Glen Johnson (archery), Dick Voneugen (roadrunning), Jack Meda (boxing), Rae-Ann Mitchell (volleyball), Sallie Szanik (Special Olympics) and Gale Russell (soccer).
2003-04 Inductees were the Martin Family (baseball), Stewart Malgunas (hockey), Ken Larsen (basketball, baseball), Alan Bayne (boxing), John Kazakoff (baseball) and Kathy Mears (golf).
2005-07 Inductees for these years were Boyd Bayne (boxing), Don Nachbaur (hockey), Fernie Ollinger (hockey, baseball) and Shafeed Rahman (soccer).
2008-09 Inductees were Hans Niedermayer (soccer), Tony Tomra (powerlifting), Kurt Ottesen (taekwon-do), Wayne Sponagle (boxing), Scott Bellavance (freestyle skiing) and Kim Chadwick (bowling).
2010-11 Inductees were David Jenkins (lacrosse), Sylvia Hausot (judo), Lyle Dickieson (canoeing) Dale McMann (softball) and Niilo Itkonen
2012-13 This year featured eight inductees: Pat Harris (wheelchair basketball), Jason LaBarbera (hockey), Bjorger and John Pettersen (cross-country skiing), Ed Day (cross-country skiing), Dave Wood (cross-country skiing), Glen "Moose" Scott (lacrosse) and Gibby Chasse (powerlifting).
2016 Inductees were Orv Claffey (hockey), Nino Fabbro (fastball), Audrey Foster (baseball) and Charlie Ghostkeeper (fastball).
Jan 29, 2019
When the Prince George Sports Hall of Fame holds its next induction banquet, a dozen of the city's most promising up-and-coming athletes will be recognized with Youth Excellence Awards.
The PGSHOF revealed the list of names on Tuesday. Youth Excellence Award winners who will be honoured during the March 30 gathering at the Hart Community Centre are: Colburn Pearce (basketball); Kimiko Kamstra (judo); Jonah Brittons (motocross); Ben Hendrickson (five-pin bowling); Natasha Kozlowski (golf); Anna MacDonald (trampoline); Eric Orlowsky (speed skating); Derian Potskin (baseball and fastball); Ainslee Rushton (lacrosse); Matthew Shand (volleyball); Zenze Stanley-Jones (wrestling); and Jordan Vertue (swimming).
The fathers of Pearce and Kamstra - Matt and Bruce respectively - are members of the PGSHOF. Matt Pearce, a former Canadian Football League player and a Grey Cup champion, was inducted in 1999. Bruce Kamstra, a national judo champion, entered the hall one year later, in 2000.
Previous Youth Excellence Award winners include: Olympian Meryeta O'Dine (2016); Olympian Sarah Beaudry (2012); Stanley Cup champion Brett Connolly (2010); Olympians Alyx Treasure and Megan Tandy (2007); national-team baseball player Amanda Asay (2007); national boxing champion Kenny Lally (2007); and Olympian Chris Wong (1999).
On the night of March 30, the PGSHOF will also welcome its newest inductees: Cliff Hucul (auto racing); Brian Martinson (track and field); and Elisha Williams (wheelchair basketball).
Courtesy of Prince George Citizen
Jan 9, 2019
The Prince George Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce its inductees for 2019. They are:
Brian Martinson, coach/builder, track and field;
Cliff Hucul, athlete, auto racing;
Elisha Williams, athlete, wheelchair basketball.
The 2019 induction banquet is March 30 at the Hart Community Centre. Ticket information will be released soon. On the same night, the PGSHOF will be recognizing 12 youth athletes with Youth Excellence Awards.
Membership in the Prince George Sports Hall of Fame now stands at 78. The board of directors would like to thank the community for the top-quality nominations for 2019.
Jan 19, 2018
The Prince George Sports Hall of Fame will not be holding an induction banquet in 2018. Plans are in the works for 2019, and, to make the event a reality, the Prince George Sports Hall of Fame Society is requesting nominations for induction from the public.
Nominee categories include an athlete, coach, builder and administrator. Nomination forms are available for download on this site. The deadline for submitting nominations is Sept. 30, 2018.
Please help keep the Prince George Sports Hall of Fame alive. Submit your nomination today!