Panorama’s Rick Say makes the sports hall

Olympic swimmer to be inducted into the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame in October.

VICTORIA — The names of the nine new members who will be inducted into the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame (GVSHOF) later this year were announced in June.

Among them is Rick Say, the most decorated swimmer in Canadian history and who now works at Panorama Recreation Centre in North Saanich.

“We are proud to be inducting these nine distinguished athletes and builders into the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame at our annual induction ceremony and dinner at the Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa on Oct. 17, 2015,” said Robert Hope, President of the GVSHOF.

“These inductees are true role models and are most deserving of this prestigious recognition. They have inspired and impacted the lives of so many Canadian athletes and fans.”

“There are literally hundreds of deserving athletes and builders in Victoria,” said Lois Smith, chair of the Selection Committee. “Our committee members did an outstanding job of sifting through the many candidates. We thank them, and those who took the time to submit nominations.”

For the past 21 years the GVSHOF has recognized and celebrated the outstanding performances and contributions of athletes, builders, officials and teams from Greater Victoria who have brought distinction to themselves, their sport, community and country.

This year’s inductees will bring the total number of Victoria’s honourees to 205.

The six athletes to be honoured are: Lauren Woolstencroft (Skiing), Alexander Peden (Shooting), Rick Say (Swimming), Ike MacKay (Soccer) Bruce Deacon (Marathon) and Steve Sinclair (Baseball).

The three builders are Elaine Dagg-Jackson (Curling), Mike Spracklen (Rowing), and Ed Ashmore (Wrestling).

The Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit organization. It honours achievement in competitive sport. Their home is in the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, where people can find displays and plaques celebrating the achievements of nearly 200 local athletes, teams and builders inducted into the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame since 1991.

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