Daphne Richard (from left), Roger Lafontaine and Tania Jones are three of the six new inductees to the Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame for 2019. Also being inducted are Robyn Buna, Kelsey Serwa and Duncan McNaughton. The six new faces for the Hall of Fame are being recognized for their contributions to local sports on both their athletic and community building efforts. The official Induction Ceremony takes place on Nov. 21. (Michael Rodriguez / Kelowna Capital News)

Daphne Richard (from left), Roger Lafontaine and Tania Jones are three of the six new inductees to the Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame for 2019. Also being inducted are Robyn Buna, Kelsey Serwa and Duncan McNaughton. The six new faces for the Hall of Fame are being recognized for their contributions to local sports on both their athletic and community building efforts. The official Induction Ceremony takes place on Nov. 21. (Michael Rodriguez / Kelowna Capital News)

Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame announces 2019 inductees

Six new athletes and community sports builders are set to be inducted in November ceremony

The Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame has announced its 2019 inductees.

The 2019 class sees six new athletes and community sports builders inducted, including two Olympic gold medallists.

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The full list of inductees is as follows:

Kelsey Serwa—Athlete

  • 2014 Olympic silver medallist in ski cross
  • 2018 Olympic gold medallist in ski cross
  • 2011 World Champion

Robyn Buna—Athlete

  • Kelowna Civic Awards Athlete of the Year 2007 for Basketball
  • National collegiate champion with Simon Fraser University
  • National Tournament MVP 2010

Tania Jones—Athlete

  • BC High School cross-country champion
  • Canadian University gold medallist
  • Canadian marathon champion

Duncan McNaughton—Athlete

  • Olympic gold medal in 1932 high jump (only Canadian to do so until 2016 Rio Olympics)
  • Inducted into Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1955
  • Passed away at age 87 in 1998

Daphne Richard—Builder

  • Won a bronze medal at the 2003 Pan American Games in the equine sport of endurance
  • Fourth place at World Championships in Dubai in 2005
  • Served on FOSS (Friends of South Slopes) for 18 years. Developed Bellevue Provincial Park for recreational use

Roger Lafontaine—Pioneer Builder

  • Co-founder of Okanagan Track Club
  • 38 years of coaching, refereeing, administration
  • National award for refereeing

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Roger Lafontaine played a role in the lives of many Kelowna athletes, including two fellow inductees.

Tania Jones was part of the Okanagan Track Club, and Robyn Buna was part of Kelowna Minor Basketball, of which Lafontaine was also a founder.

“It’s great to look at and say, ‘yeah, we had a little something to do with that,’” Lafontaine said. “You see these kids, and they all go through things. It’s fabulous to know maybe somewhere along the line we touched some of these things.”

Though not all of the inductees could make it to the announcement, all plan to be present at the official induction on Nov. 21.


Michael Rodriguez
Reporter, Kelowna Capital News
Email me at Michael.Rodriguez@kelownacapnews.com
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