Sports Hall of Fame to induct 8
Eight people will be inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary on Wednesday.
The inductees for 2010 include Clara Hughes, Jacques Villeneuve, Kyle Shewfelt, Patrick Roy, Chantal Petitclerc, Jean-Luc Brassard, Dr. Roger Jackson and the late Bob Ackles.
"It is the hall's vision to inspire Canadian identity and national pride by telling the compelling stories of those outstanding achievements that make up Canada's sports history," said Claire Buffone-Blair, president and chief executive officer the Sports Hall of Fame.
"As we enter a new era for the hall in Calgary, this incredible class of inductees is sure to encourage millions of young Canadians, and visitors to our country, to dream bigger and live healthier and more active lives through sport after learning of the stories and personalities of these incredible Canadians."
Paralympic 1st for Petitclerc
Wheelchair racer Chantal Petitclerc made history Wednesday night, becoming the first female Paralympian inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.
She holds 21 Paralympic medals, four world records, five Paralympic marks and an Olympic gold medal.
"This is a well-deserved honour and the Canadian Paralympic Committee is very privileged to have Ms. Petitclerc as part of our Board," CPC president David Legg said in a news release.
Petitclerc was one of eight inductees honoured in Calgary, joining Clara Hughes, Jacques Villeneuve, Kyle Shewfelt, Patrick Roy, Jean-Luc Brassard, Dr. Roger Jackson and the late Bob Ackles.
Petitclerc dominated in the 100 metres, 200, 400, 800 and 1,500, winning gold at both the 2004 Athens Games and 2008 Beijing Games.
After capturing her 10th medal, Petitclerc won the Lou Marsh Award as Canada's outstanding athlete.
She has also received a Star on Canada's Walk of Fame and released a book recently entitled 16 days in Beijing.
— Doug Harrison, CBC Sports
After a cycling career lasting more than 20 years, Hughes will become the sixth cyclist to be inducted into the hall.
"We would like to send our warmest congratulations to Clara," said Greg Mathieu, chief executive officer and secretary general of the Canadian Cycling Association.
"To this day, she continues to inspire kids across Canada to pursue an active lifestyle that includes competitive sports. Throughout her life, she has always been an ideal ambassador for cycling, embodying the noble values and the spirit of sport," he said.
Hughes became the first Canadian athlete to win multiple medals in both Summer and Winter Olympic Games, after she captured bronze in speed skating in the 5,000 metres at the 2002 Salt Lake Games.
She was also a CBC commentator for the cycling events at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Villeneuve succeeded in the world of car racing becoming the third driver after Mario Andretti and Emerson Fittipaldi to win the Indy Car Championship, the Indianapolis 500 and the Formula One World Championship.
He is the only Canadian to win the Indianapolis 500 and the Formula 1 title.
Gymnast Shewfelt captured Canada's first gold medal in the floor exercise at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.
Roy, a former NHL goalie, retired with statistics difficult to attain.
He finished with the most regular-season goaltending wins and the most combined wins in the regular season and playoffs with a stellar 2.55 goals-against average and 66 career shutouts.
Brassard had an outstanding 12-year career in freestyle skiing, winning 20 World Cup medals, two World Cup moguls titles and two overall World Cup titles.
Brassard was also honoured as the flag-bearer at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games.
This will be the second time Jackson has been inducted into the Hall of Fame. He was previously inducted after he and sculling mate George Hungerford earned Canada its only gold medal at the 1964 Tokyo Games.
Jackson has collaborated in different areas of sport. He has been director of Sport Canada, president of the Canadian Olympic Committee, dean of the faculty of kinesiology at the University of Calgary, consultant on six Olympic bids and architect of the medal-targeted funding program Own the Podium.
Ackles earned a Schenley Award as the only non-player for his remarkable contribution to the Canadian Football League.
He won two Grey Cups — in 1985 and 2006 — during his transition with the B.C. Lions.
Ackles became director of football development for the Lions in 1966 and worked his way to general manager, a position he held from 1975 until 1986.
After spending six years with the NFL, he returned to the B.C. Lions in 2002 as president and chief executive officer.