WHL commissioner to speak at Hall of Fame gala

Ron Robinson will be in Kelowna Nov. 20 for Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony

WHL Commissioner Ron Robison will be the keynote speaker later this month at the 2014 Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame Museum induction gala.

Robison will give insight on all junior and minor hockey issues such as the cost parents face to keep their child in the game and is our country still turning out the best players in the world given Canada’s recent struggles at the World Junior Championships.

The 2014 inductees are:

Team Category—2004 Kelowna Rockets Hockey Team

After losing in the 2003 Memorial Cup in Quebec City, the ’04 Rockets rebounded to win the trophy on home ice in 2004. The WHL regular season champions went undefeated in the ’04 Memorial Cup beating Gatineau 2-1 in the title game at Prospera Place.

Athlete Category—Glen Mervyn (Deceased 2000)

Glen won a silver medal at the 1960 Olympic Summer Games in Rome in the Men’s 8 rowing event. He coached the Men’s Pairs Rowing Team to a gold medal at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo. At age 50, he became a National & World cycling champion in his age category.

Builder Category—Gillian Thomson

While winning gold and silver medals at the Hobie 18 World championships and Pan American Games, Gillian was also involved in growing the sport of sailing back home in Kelowna. She’s garnered Provincial, National and International recognition for her Learn to Sail & Disabled Sailing programs.

Builder Category—Mike and Brenda Van Tighem

They could be called Mr. and Mrs. Track and Field in Kelowna. They helped form the Kelowna Track and Field club, built the Jack Brow Track meet into a premier event in Western Canada and coached several athletes to success on the track including an Olympic berth, a World championship and a Junior Pan American Games champion.

These new members will officially be inducted into the Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame Museum at the induction gala Nov. 20  at the Coast Capri Hotel beginning at 7 a.m.

Tickets for the breakfast gala are on sale at the Kelowna Museum.


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