To Honour and Inspire
The Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame celebrates the athletes, coaches, and builders whose accomplishments have made them a part of history in the Central Okanagan. Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland, and Lake Country have produced some exciting competitions and outstanding athletes. The Inductees inspire us to strive for excellence in sports – and in whatever our calling might be.
The Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame is currently displayed at the Okanagan Heritage Museum. Feel the excitement and the pride represented by memorabilia, photographs, and videos. While you are there, purchase your tickets for the annual induction gala. The next gala is a breakfast event on Nov 19, 2015.
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 medalist 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.
Since 2008, the Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame has been inducting Athletes, Builders, and Pioneers. Click here to find out more about these inductees, and learn more by visiting the display at the Okanagan Heritage Museum. Want to see more? Like us on Facebook and check out videos from our past induction ceremonies on YouTube.
2014 Induction Ceremony Highlights
The induction process
The Sports Legacy Committee accepts nominations from the community in the categories of Athlete, Team, and Builder. Applications are screened and juried by the Selection Committee, who consider levels of participation, accomplishment, and contributions in each of the nomination categories.
Every year, successful inductees are recognized at an inspiring induction gala. If you know someone whom you would like to nominate for induction into the Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame, please download the Criteria and Nomination forms. Mail them in, or drop them off at:
Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame Nominating Committee
c/o Okanagan Heritage Museum
470 Queensway Avenue