Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame 2014 inductees announced
KELOWNA – The Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame has announced its 2014 inductees.
They include the 2004 Memorial Cup winning Kelowna Rockets, who went undefeated during the tournament on home ice to claim the championship.
NHL blue liners Shea Weber and Josh Gorges were on the team.
“That team in 2004 certainly se the bar high four our organization. It’s something we try to emulate every single year,” says current Rockets assistant coach Pat Lambert.
Also joining the hall, the late glen mervyn, whose rowing accomplishments include a silver medal at the 1960 summer olympics in men’s eight rowing.
At age 50 Mervyn took up cycling becoming two time champion at the world senior games in the 1990’s.
Mervyn died from cancer in 2000.
Mike and Brenda Tighem are inducted in the building category.
The couple, now living in Calgary, was instrumental as coaches in developing track and field in Kelowna.
Gillian Thomson is also inducted in the builder category.
Among her accomplishments in sailing, a gold medal at the 1992 women’s Hobie 18 world championships.
Thomson is also recognized for growing the sport of sailing in the Okanagan.
The Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame was founded six years ago with the goal of preserving and show casing the area’s rich sports history.
“The 2014 mix is just incredible. Every year we do this we’re amazed at the wealth of talent and dedicated individuals and teams who have done so much for sport in the central Okanagan,” says hall spokesperson Pat Kennedy.
The induction gala ceremony is in November.