Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame Names Latest Class of Inductees
Sports hall, which did not hold an induction ceremony in 2020, announces 17 honourees
COQUITLAM – Life, the quotation goes, is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. The pandemic has created pain, hardship and uncertainty. In the world of sports, it has altered the course of previously shared experiences and shifted the way we do things. But it hasn’t ended them.
The Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame, after a year’s sabbatical due to COVID-19, unveiled the recipients of its annual awards this week.
After postponing last year’s inductions, the volunteer executive of the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame is especially proud of those selected for what is planned to be a virtual gala awards ceremony later this year. Those chosen represent the best of the city, including yearly achievers for results posted in 2019.
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
The new members named to the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame are:
• Dave McKay, two-time Olympic wrestler;
• Brittany Timko Baxter, 2004 FIFA world under-19 women’s Golden Boot recipient;
• 1987 Coquitlam Metro Ford United, national women’s soccer champion; and
• Sohen Gill, lacrosse legend, in the builders category.
McKay represented Canada at the 1984 Los Angeles and 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics. Beginning his prominence in the sport as a member of the Simon Fraser University team in 1980, McKay would collect numerous Canadian university and international titles during a standout career on the mats before turning his attention to coaching at the national and international levels.
Timko Baxter also competed at two Olympics, playing a pivotal role as Canada captured a bronze medal in London in 2012. The Coquitlam-raised footballer was a member of the national program for a dozen years, racking up 132 games with Team Canada. A member of the 2004 under-19 national squad, the forward led the FIFA championships with seven goals in four games, earning the tourney’s Golden Shoe (most goals) award. She retired in 2014 after playing professionally in Sweden and Germany as well as in Seattle and Vancouver.
The 1987 Coquitlam women’s soccer team became the first-ever squad from B.C. to capture the Canadian women’s national Jubilee championship, beating Oakville, Ont. in goals aggregate at the national tournament in Winnipeg. The club, coached by the late Cam Barnetson, had earned the right to compete by doubling James Bay 4-2 in the provincial final.
From his days as a dominating player right through to becoming one of the deans of lacrosse off the floor, the late Sohen Gill served the game passionately. He had stints as general manager and coach with both the Coquitlam Senior and Junior A Adanac lacrosse clubs, and was a long-time commissioner of the Western Lacrosse Association, as well as holding leadership positions on provincial and national lacrosse executives. He is also a member of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
WALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
The recipients for the 2019-’20 Wall of Fame were also announced this week:
• Shallon Olsen (gymnastics) — senior female;
• Robert Church (lacrosse) — senior male;
• Ella Finding (wrestling, rugby, track and field, soccer) and Emma si yuDong (tennis) — junior female;
• Matthew Shanley (baseball) — junior male;
• Jade Lee (taekwondo) and Kierra Scott (soccer) — high school female;
• Emiliano Brienza (soccer) — high school, male;
• Matteo Polisi (soccer) and Jaya Rampuri (golf) — college/university athletes;
• Coquitlam Little League All Stars (baseball) — team;
• Urith Hayley (track and field) — master athlete;
• Larry Moro (soccer) — coach; and
• Kiyo Breiting (tennis) — volunteer.
Established in 2010, the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame spotlights the city’s best from across the sporting landscape. Located in the lobby of the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St.), the hall displays the stories of the heroes of yesterday with a goal to inspire the heroes of tomorrow.
For more information: Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame president Cydney Smythies, firstname.lastname@example.org.