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 located at the Okanagan Heritage Museum. Feel the excitement and the pride represented by memorabilia, photographs, and videos.
2016 Hall of Fame Inductees
The Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame proudly welcomes ten new inductees in 2016:
Athlete Category: Blair Horn
Blair won a gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Men’s rowing and a bronze medal at the 1983 Pan Am Games. He is a member of the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame and the BC Sports Hall of Fame.
Athlete Category: Conny Stamhuis
In her 90s, Conny has won 7 gold and 4 silver medals at the World Masters Swim Championships (FINA Sanctioned event). She was instrumental in the improvements made to Athans pool and the construction of the H2O centre. Conny continues to do the annual Kelowna Across the Lake Swim.
Team Category: 2007 Kelly Scott Curling Team
Kelly Scott, Jeanna Schraeder, Sasha Carter, Renee Simons, Michelle Allan, and Gerry Richard (coach). The Scott team won 2 BC Ladies titles in 2005 & 2006, 2 Canadian Championships in 2006 & 2007 and a World Women’s Championship in 2007.
Builder Category: Ron Rubadeau
Ron was the Chair of the 2008 BC Summer Games in Kelowna. He helped to establish the Central Okanagan Sail Boat Association in 1982. He was named Canada’s top Race Officer in 1998 and was the BC Sailing Associations Volunteer of the Year in 2005.
Builder Category: Bob Giordano
Bob was a promoter of hockey in 1950s & ’60s in Kelowna. He was General Manager of the Kelowna Packers and was honoured posthumously in 1999 for his volunteer service to hockey in BC. A Kelowna civic award for sport volunteerism is named after him and awarded annually.
Learn more about these local sports heroes by downloading the COSHF 2016 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.
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 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