This year's induction ceremony into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame was a somber affair in some ways, with one of the inductees missing.
Ski halfpipe star Sarah Burke, 29, who passed away in January after injuring her head in training, was inducted to the hall, along with Olympic cross-country champion Beckie Scott, freestyle mogul skier Jean-Luc Brassard, hockey star Scott Niedermayer and Nigerian-born wrestler Daniel Igali.
Burke was nominated posthumously, recognizing her work — as an advocate and role model — in establishing women's freeskiing, and in getting ski halfpipe onto the Olympic schedule for 2014. Since her passing, the top trophy in freeskiing has been named in Burke's honour, as well as a street from her former hometown of Midland, Ontario. Momentum Ski Camps, where Burke skied as an athlete and then coach over the previous 14 years, created a Spirit of Sarah scholarship program for a young skier to attend the camp.
Husband Rory Bushfield was on hand in Toronto for the ceremony.
McIvor in B.C. Sports Hall of Fame
Burke wasn't the only local to get inducted into a hall of fame in the past week. On Sept. 21, Whistler's Ashleigh McIvor was inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of her 2010 Olympic win in the sport of ski cross. Whistler's Maëlle Ricker, first in snowboardcross at the same Games, was inducted the previous year.
The 44th induction ceremony took place at a banquet at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Other inductees include para-swimmer Michael Edgson, basketball player Howard Kelsey, softballer Bernard Moberg and soccer star Andrea Neil. Equestrian coach and sailer Don Martin were acknowledged in the "builder" category, while the 1945-46 Vancouver Canucks were recognized in the team category. Barbara Howard, 91, was given an award in the "pioneer" category for her career in track in field.
Football teams continue win streaks
The Whistler Saints flag football team kept their streak alive with their third straight win in the North Shore Football League, this time besting the North Vancouver Seahawks 20-0 on Sunday morning. Trenton Schumann scored the first TD for the team, followed by scores by Dane Kirkegaard and Griffin Brown. Logan Anderson added two points on kicks to bring it up to 20, while Beynon McKeen led the defence to a shutout.
The Sea to Sky Broncos, which play in a full contact peewee league, are now sitting at 2-10 after an 18-6 win over the West Vancouver Vikings. Luke Haasen opened the scoring, with Devon Bailey adding two more touchdowns, while the defense, led by Michael Lane, Jhett Vernor and Scott Friestadt, kept the Vikings to a single store.
The minor league Titans posted their third loss in a row, this time making it close in a 26-13 loss to the North Vancouver Colts.
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