Sports Hall of Fame

The Initiative to immortalize the legacies from Nanaimo’s sports community was launched in 2008 and recognizes achievement in five categories – Athlete, Builder, Media, Pioneer, and Team.

Located in the lobby of the museum, the Sports Hall of Fame is free to view, and showcases Nanaimo’s talented and dedicated sporting community. Nominations to the SHOF are accepted year-round, and the Induction Ceremonies happen every second year. The next Sports Hall of Fame Induction will be June, 2017.

We are actively looking for nominations from the community. Please email debbie@nanaimomuseum.ca or call 250-753-1821 with inquiries and to avoid multiple nominations for the same nominee.

On September 7th, the Nanaimo Museum hosted the city for an exciting announcement in our Sports Hall of Fame: Our community will be a stop on the third season of Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour! Mark your calendars for February 25/26 as Nanaimo celebrates at Maffeo Sutton park, live with Ron MacLean & Tara Stone. For more information, photos & updates, check out the city blog HERE.

2015 Wally Buono Award Ceremony

The Wally Buono Award Recipient for 2014 is Dylan Chapdelaine of the CJFL VI Raiders! We were pleased to host the invitation-only award ceremony here at the Nanaimo Museum last May. The Museum recently became the home of this prestigious national award thanks to an exciting collaboration with the St. Marche family and the St. Bernard Pass Charitable Foundation.

Nanaimo Museum Sports Hall of Fame

2008 Inductees

Souvenir Programme
1914 Northfield Violets, Pioneer - Soccer
1923 Nanaimo FC Wanderers, Pioneer - Soccer
1956 IWA Nanaimo Timbermen, Team - Lacrosse
Gerald Kazanowski Olympian 1984 & 1988, Athelete - Basketball
Phil Olsen Olympian 1976, Athlete - Javelin
Brenda Taylor Olympian 1988 & 1992, Athlete - Rowing
Larry Thomas, Media
Hugh (Red) Thomson Olympian 1936, Pioneer - Mile Runner
F. Elwood Wylie, Builder
Harry R. Wipper, Builder

2009 Inductees

Souvenir Programme
Angie Dobie (Radonovich), Athlete - Basketball
Micheal Edgson, Athlete - Swimming
Bill English, Builder
Lloyd Gilmour, Builder
Don MacRae Rink, Team - Curling
John Sandland, Pioneer - Athlete
Ray Telford, Athlete - Soccer
Douglas White, Athlete - Lacrosse & Football

2010 Inductees

Souvenir Programme
Angela Chalmers, Athlete - Track & Field
Michael Rhode, Media
Frank Crane, Builder
Leo Margolis, Builder
Alfred (Red) Carr, Builder
Barry Pederson, Athlete - Hockey
1983 Malaspina Mariners, Team - Soccer

2011 Inductees

Souvenir Programme
Ernest Edmunds, Athlete - Soccer
Michelle Stilwell Paralympian 2000-2008, Athlete - Basketball & Racing
Alan Hill, Athlete - Hockey
Larry McNabb, Builder

2012 Inductees

Souvenir Programme
Don Ashbee, Athlete - Lacrosse
Allison Forsyth, Athlete - Skiing
Jim Gold, Builder
Mary Thomasson (Frizzell), Pioneer

2013 Inductees

Souvenir Programme
Gene Carr, Athlete - Hockey
Susan Reid (Schellinck), Athlete - Field Hockey
Les Varro, Builder
Margaret Fuller Rink, Team - Curling

2015 Inductees

Souvenir Programme
Wayne Bianchin, Athlete - Hockey
Fred Fulla, Athlete - Lacrosse
Dr. Ed Johnson, Builder
Harry Manson, Pioneer