At the ?It takes a Community to Raise an Athlete? evening hosted by the Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society, the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation introduced the concept of the Tumbler Ridge Sports Hall of Fame. This concept has been approved by the TRMF Board of Directors, and the Community Centre has agreed that space will be made available downstairs to host this permanent exhibit.
Within the near future nomination criteria will be finalized and approved, the judging committee will be appointed, announcements will be made calling for nominations, and letters will be sent to local sport organizations. Categories will include individual, team, builder and retroactive.
Jason Delesalle?s amazing athletic record was presented; he grew up in Tumbler Ridge and started off like many local athletes, going to zone and provincial championships. Legally blind, he received expert coaching and was soon competing at provincial, national and international level. One of many highlights was grabbing the gold medal in the Pentathlon at the 2000 Atlanta Paralympic Games. One of the finest athletes that Canada has produced, Jason is a natural first nominee for the Tumbler Ridge Sports Hall of Fame. The fact that many in Tumbler Ridge do not know of his phenomenal and inspiring achievements is one of the reasons that such a Sports Hall of Fame is being developed, to give recognition to such pursuit of excellence.