Sport is a vital part of every culture. Since the late 1800s in the Central Okanagan, our sport heritage has grown richer, reflecting our vibrant and growing community.
The Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame Museum interprets our community’s long and vibrant sport history and it celebrates and honours those who inspire us even more through their dedication to sport and through the success of their efforts. One good measure of a healthy community is the strength of its sport heritage, and the exciting spirit of the Central Okanagan shines through the talented competition and keen promotion of sports that demonstrates all the best values of human endeavour.
As we tell these stories, we hope you will join us in supporting, celebrating, and honouring the sport legacy we have inherited and the one we are creating today.
The Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame Museum recognizes achievement and excellence in sports within the Central Okanagan region: the City of Kelowna, District of Lake Country, District of Peachland, and West Kelowna.
2015 Hall of Fame Inductees
The Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame proudly welcomes six new inductees in 2015:
Athlete Category: Sarah Charles
Sarah began her gymnastics career at age 5 and at age 17 won her first World championship in the Double Mini Trampoline (2003) and added another World title in 2007. She is a gold medallist at the 2004 Pan Am Games and Indo-Pacific Games.
Athlete Category: Christi Van Hees
Christi is a 6-time Canadian National racquetball champion (1997-2008) and a 2-time World champion (1998 & 2006). She captured a silver medal at the 1999 Pan-Am Games and was the #1 ranked player in the world in 2005.
Pioneer Athlete Category: Wayne Hicks
To date, Wayne is the only Kelowna player to have his name on the Stanley Cup. He won the Cup as a member of the 1961 Chicago Blackhawks. He played 117 NHL games with Chicago, Boston, Montreal, Philadelphia & Pittsburgh. He helped Kelowna win it’s first-ever BC Midget hockey title in 1953.
Builder Category: Rod Belinski
As a head coach, Rod guided the KLO Cougars to 5 Provincial high school boys volleyball titles. His teams qualified for the provincials in 20 of his 21 years as coach. Rod was instrumental in moving the BC Volleyball Championships to Kelowna in 1993 and served as Tournament Chair for 19 years.
Bennett Award (Special Recognition): John & Jennifer Hindle
The Hindles started the Kelowna Apple Triathlon in 1983. John helped build the junior racing programs at Big White & Silver Star Mountains. Jennifer was a tireless volunteer in the Kelowna arts scene helping with the Ballet & Symphony.
Learn more about these local sports heroes by downloading the COSHF 2015 Media Release.
In November of 2014, we inducted 4 individuals and 1 team. Click here to find out more about these inductees, and be sure to like us on Facebook and check out videos from our past induction ceremonies on YouTube.
2014 Induction Ceremony Highlights
The induction process
Each year, our Sports Legacy Committee will honour inductee(s) into the Sports Hall of Fame. The inductee(s) will be selected from nominations made by the community in the categories of Athlete, Team, and Builder. Criteria will look at levels of participation, accomplishment, and contributions in each of the nomination categories.
Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame Museum
470 Queensway Avenue
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