Jim Rutledge’s occupation took him as a professional golfer to programs about the entire world, Dave Kirzinger’s to CFL stadiums across the place, Gary Reed’s to the Olympic track and Patricia Obee’s and Lindsay Jennerich’s to the &
Jim Rutledge’s profession took him as a professional golfer to programs close to the entire world, Dave Kirzinger’s to CFL stadiums across the state, Gary Reed’s to the Olympic keep track of and Patricia Obee’s and Lindsay Jennerich’s to the Olympic podium for rowing.
Their last sports activities journey will acquire them into the Bigger Victoria Athletics Hall of Fame in the Class of 2022, which is staying unveiled currently.
Also becoming inducted is Gerry Poulton, renowned as the two an athlete and official in his 50-year squash occupation, pace-skating winner and builder Brenda Shields Hennigar, multi-sports builder Richard Way and triathlon mentor Lance Watson, who has guided his athletes to gold medals in the Olympics, Commonwealth and Pan Am Online games and Ironman environment championships in a 35-yr profession.
Obee and Jennerich, recognized for their loyal and steely focus, gained the silver medal in the women’s light-weight double at the 2016 Rio Olympics and also two globe championship silver medals.
“It definitely constantly stays with you and informs who you are,” stated Obee, of her rowing vocation.
“It will constantly be a section of me,” extra Obee, who now works in the area of psychological well being for the provincial federal government.
“I’m quite very pleased to be from Victoria and to be entering my hometown athletics corridor of fame.”
Kirzinger received back again-to-back again B.C. superior faculty basketball championships with the Oak Bay Bays in 1973 and 1974, but it was his soccer background in Island bantam and juvenile leagues that well prepared him to develop into the to start with all round assortment in the 1979 CFL draft, main to an remarkable occupation with the Calgary Stampeders in which he was 3-time Western Meeting all-star and 3-time Schenley Awards nominee as ideal CFL offensive lineman.
“This is a genuine honour,” stated Kirzinger. “It was all about the individuals I played with in equally Victoria and Calgary,” stated the 65-year-old, who operates in actual estate financial investment.
“The folks at function joke that, even far more than the CFL, I am most energized when I converse about our team’s substantial college basketball accomplishments at Oak Bay.”
Canadian history-holder Reed, with this sort of swish stride, won the 800-metre silver medal at the 2007 IAAF environment monitor and industry championships prior to positioning fourth in the 2008 Beijing Olympics in an party regarded the deepest and toughest to win in any Games self-control in any activity.
“This is a substantial, meaningful honour because my functioning yrs in Victoria from 2002 to 2010 were critical in my lifestyle,” reported Reed, co-proprietor of a building and development business in Kamloops.
“My Victoria times represented the apex of my occupation and I beloved every single moment of it and talk about it constantly. No other group in Canada, that I am conscious of, gets at the rear of its athletes like that. Sport is a part of the fabric of the neighborhood in Victoria and that genuinely resonates with the athletes. I know it did with me.”
Rutledge gained the Canadian juvenile and junior golfing championships ahead of turning pro at 19 and taking part in extra than 20 yrs on the Canadian and Asian excursions, profitable the Indian Open at Delhi in 1995 and New Zealand PGA Championship in 2006. Rutledge performed 4 a long time on the European Tour before becoming a member of the PGA Tour for 2007 and later the PGA Champions Tour. Rutledge wore the Maple Leaf at the Planet Cup and Dunhill Cup. He recalled as young ones sneaking on to, then currently being scurried off, Cedar Hill: “Later, we experienced such a great crew of juniors competing there, and it all labored out.”
Shields Hennigar made a society for a winter season sport in a area with Canada’s mildest climate, successful a full of 11 Canadian women’s singles speed-skating championships, two in brief monitor and nine in extensive observe, three national all-round championships and concluded her profession with 33 Canadian and North American championship medals and numerous Canadian and North American information. Shields Hennigar also became a mentor and builder in her activity adhering to her aggressive occupation.
The 2022 induction ceremony will get position Oct. 29 at the Delta Ocean Pointe. Tickets will be readily available commencing Saturday at gvshof.ca.
The Victoria Athletics Corridor of Fame was inaugurated in 1991. Plaques honouring the Course of 2022 will be a part of these of the 251 preceding inductees on the concourse walls of Conserve-on-Foodstuff Memorial Centre.