The following photo essay was contributed by Vancouver photographer Dave Roels (www.daveroels.com) as part of our Behind the Scenes in Tourism series.
The BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is a place where memories are on display. There are many people who I grew up with and played on the same soccer, swimming, track and field teams. Many others I knew from my youth up through the years.
I was a ball boy at Callister Park when Ken Pears and Art Hughs played for the Firefighters Coast League Team. Dan Kulai refereed some of my juvenile soccer games. Harry Jerome, O.C. was a teacher when I attended Templeton High School. I used to run with him after school and he got me to be a member of his Optimists Striders track team.
I swam with Ron Jacks on the YMCA swim team. Bruce Wilson, who was a division behind me, practiced with our team because his bother Doug was a team member.
When I walked through the Hall it was like walking down memory lane. There is not enough space in this short story to tell my side of many of those on the wall. I was hitchhiking at the beginning of the Granville Street Bridge on 6th Avenue and the former BC Lions quarterback, Joe Kapp picked me up and gave me a ride to Brocton Oval in Stanley Park where I was going for a training workout.
With the refurbishing of BC Place, the home of the BC Sports Hall of Fame has 20,000 square feet of exhibition space. Visitors are engaged and inspired at the stories of the most extraordinary accomplishments in sport in British Columbia.
There are ten different Galleries to look through such as the Aboriginal Sport Gallery. The Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Gallery is breathtaking. Other Galleries include Maple Ridge’s Indy driver Greg Moore, Heroes Galleries of Terry Fox, ‘The Marathon of Hope’ and ‘Man in Motion’ Rick Hansen. The Hall of Champions honours the inductees of the BC Sports Hall of Fame and their achievements through artifacts and wall gallery.
You really must go and visit in person, but before you go, take a few minutes to whet your appetite for what you will see by going through their excellent website.