Whether its competing in or fostering the sport they love, some very special Okanagan athletes were honoured Thursday with an induction into the Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame.
The ninth set of inductees included a gold medalist, world champions and tireless volunteers who helped build sport in the Okanagan.
The late Bob Giordano was inducted under the builder category for his work building a hockey legacy in Kelowna. Giordano was the general manager for the Kelowna Packers and a pioneer for hockey in Kelowna. He passed away at the age of 36, but left a lasting legacy during his short life.
Blair Horn was recognized for his achievements in rowing, including his gold medal win at the 1984 Olympic Games.
“I was a kid from a small community,” Horn said. “I’d never heard of rowing. I’d never seen a rowing show. Not too long later I was rowing in the Olympics.”
Curling world champions, members of team Kelly Scott, were also recognized. Along with their 2007 world title, Scott, Jenna Schraeder, Sasha Carter, Renee Simons, Michelle Allan and coach Gerry Richard won two B.C. and two Canadian championships.
Sailing expert Ron Rubadeau has seen success not only in competition, but also fostering the sport he loves. He is being inducted under the builder category for his countless volunteer hours building the sailing community in the Okanagan. He helped launch the Okanagan Sail Boat Association and was also the chair of the 2008 BC Summer Games.
Conny Stamhuis defies athletic odds, not starting her competitive career until the age of 65. A masters swimmer, at 84-years-old Conny has claimed seven gold and four silver medals.