Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame hosting induction dinner

Region’s sports elite past and present to gather at Westin Bear Mountain

The Class of 2015 has already been revealed, but on Oct. 17 at the Westin Bear Mountain Resort and Spa, they’ll be officially inducted into the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame.

The regional body’s annual induction gala dinner and ceremony will see six athletes and two builders installed.

Athletes include Olympic downhill skier Lauren Woolstencroft, Alexander (Sandy) Peden in shooting, Olympic swimmer Rick Say, professional and national team  soccer player Ike MacKay, marathon runner Bruce Deacon and Major League Baseball pitcher Steve Sinclair.

Builders going into the hall this year are curling coach and Olympic medallist as a player, Elaine Dagg-Jackson, and longtime school and community wrestling coach Ed Ashmore.

The event, which doubles as a fundraiser for the hall of fame, includes a buffet dinner and attendees can browse displays featuring the inductees’ sports careers. The ceremonial part of the evening features audio-visual presentations for each inductee as well as a speech from them or a family member.

The organizing committee expects the event to sell out. Tickets are $110 each or $1,000 for a table of 10 people. They can only be purchased online, visit by midnight Oct. 16 to register or find more information.

Hall of fame growing

• With this year’s inductees, the membership in the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame stands at 205, including athletes, teams, builders and media.

• 2014 inductees were Chris Hall (lacrosse), Stephanie Dixon (Paralympic swimming), Laureen Hibberson (tennis), Al Howie (ultramarathon), Eli Pasquale (basketball), Stan Peterec (martial arts), Jim Reed (multi-sport builder) Lynne Beecroft (builder, field hockey) and the 1994 Commonwealth Games sports committee.