Unsung Heroes of Canadian Sport Community Honoured with Diamond Jubilee MedalsFebruary 5, 2013
Caroline Assalian has more than 20 years experience with the Canadian Olympic Committee, most recently as the Chief Sports Officer. She is responsible for the development and execution of the COC’s annual and longterm strategic plan for sport. She leads all COC matters related to the Olympic, Pan American and Youth Olympic Games with regards to preparation and at-Games operations.
David Bedford’s degrees in marketing and sports administration from Concordia University and Laurentian University, respectively, were put to good use during his time as Executive Director of Marketing and Communications for the Canadian Olympic Committee from 2005 to 2010. He oversaw such projects as “Paint the Town Red”, Canada Olympic House, the Canadian Olympic School Program and the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame Gala. That came after he had served as the Chef de Mission for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
Bedford joined the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts in 2010 as the Vice-President of Marketing and Communications. In January 2012 he was appointed the team’s Senior Vice-President of Business Operations and was at the forefront of the 100th Grey Cup Festival Committee.
Judoka Fred Blaney competed at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games, where he was eliminated in the second round of the open class. He had won silver in that category at the 1983 Pan American Games. He would go on to win bronze in both the +95kg and open classes at the 1987 Pan American Games. Inducted to the Judo Canada Hall of Fame in 1998, Blaney serves as a member of the COC Session, representing Judo Canada.
Petra Burka was Canada’s top female figure skater of the 1960s, exemplified by her results in the middle of the decade. She jumped onto the world stage with a fourth place finish at the 1962 World Championships. That was followed by bronze medals at both the 1964 Olympic Winter Games and 1964 World Championships. She had her career-year in 1965 when she captured world championship gold, earning her the Lou Marsh Award as Canada’s athlete of the year. She was also named Canada’s top female athlete for the second consecutive year. She would earn another world championship bronze in 1966.
Burka was inducted to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1966, the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1972 and the Skate Canada Hall of Fame in 1997. Burka continues to be involved with Skate Canada, acting as team leader at various international competitions.
Michael Chambers’ affiliation to the Olympic movement in Canada began in 1984 when he began representing the sport of canoe/kayak to the Canadian Olympic Committee (then Association). At the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games he served as the Chef de Mission for the Canadian team. Five years later he became President of the COC, serving two terms which came to an end in April 2010.
Chambers is now on the Board of Directors for the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games. He has been greatly involved in the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO), as a member of the executive committee since 2004. He was also the first Canadian to ever be a Vice-President of PASO. Chambers has been involved in the organization of several major Games, including as a board member for the Winnipeg 1999 Pan American Games Organizing Committee and the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
James (Jim) Christie
James Christie has been on staff at the Globe and Mail since 1974 and has covered almost every sports beat. Included in that would be his coverage of 13 Olympic Games, both Summer and Winter. Among the notable Olympic athletes on which he has written features are Canada’s swimming stars of Los Angeles 1984, Alex Baumann and Victor Davis, rival sprinters Ben Johnson and Carl Lewis, as well as Olympic champion bobsledder Pierre Lueders and Olympic champion speed skater Gaetan Boucher.
Ann (Johnston) Colman
As a figure skater, Ann Johnston represented Canada in several notable international events during the 1950s. A two-time silver medallist at the Canadian championships in 1955 and 1956, she went on to finish ninth at the 1956 Olympic Winter Games in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. She also had a trio of ninth place finishes at the world championships in 1954, 1955 and 1956.
Born in Czechoslovakia, Slava Corn moved to Canada as a child. She became a gymnastics judge in 1970 and after retiring from that role in 1985 became a renowned administrator in the sport. From 1990 to 1995 she was the first-ever female president of Gymnastics Canada. She also became involved with the international governing body, FIG, joining the Executive Committee in 1992. In 2000 she was elected first vice-president of FIG, the first woman to ever hold that office. She was re-elected to the post in 2012 and is also the president of the FIG Media Commission.
Charmaine Crooks has had a lifelong affiliation to the Olympic movement, both as an athlete and volunteer. Named to five Olympic teams, Crooks won a silver medal as part of the 4x400m relay team at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games. She ended her Olympic career at the Atlanta 1996 Games where she was given the honour of being Canada’s flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony. At those same Games she was elected as an IOC Member and was re-elected to a second four-year term in 2000. From 1996 to 2011 she served on the IOC Athlete’s Commission. She is currently a member of the IOC Press Commission.
Crooks has been involved with a number of Olympic organizations. Currently a member of the COC’s Board of Directors, she is a former vice-president of the World Olympians Association. She also served on the inaugural IOC Ethics Committee which developed the IOC Code of Ethics and on the inaugural Foundation Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
A member of the COC’s Board of Directors, Martha Deacon has a long history in high performance sport through badminton. Deacon served as the badminton team leader at both the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympic Games as well as the 1998 and 2002 Commonwealth Games. After being a mission team member at the 2007 Pan American Games and 2008 Olympic Games, Deacon was appointed Chef de Mission for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
A former president of Badminton Canada, Deacon was also recommended to the World Commission of the Badminton World Federation. In recognition of her “playground to podium” commitment to sport, Deacon was recognized with the Rolf Lund Jule Nisse Award by the Sport Alliance of Ontario for 2005.
Outside of sport, she has been involved in a number of charitable projects, including Right to Play. An educator for more than a quarter-century, she is currently an elementary school principal in Kitchener, Ontario.
Mario Des Forges
Originally from Montreal, Mario Des Forges has more than a decade of experience in Canada’s North. Now based in Yellowknife, the athlete, coach and community leader is a black belt in both Judo and Jujitsu and travels to remote communities to help bring judo to students who would never otherwise be able to experience the sport. In doing so, he inspires life-long passion for judo in youth. Des Forges is the founder Judo Nunavut and President of both the Judo Canada Aboriginal Affairs Committee and of the North West Territories Judo Association.
Marnie Eistetter has had a lifelong affiliation with synchronized swimming and has been a vital player in the sport’s growth and success in Saskatchewan. She got her start in the sport as an athlete in 1949. When her daughters became competitive in the 1970s, she turned to volunteering and has held numerous positions, including board member, treasurer, chief scorer, coach and judge. Eistetter is the longest serving board member in Synchro Saskatchewan history (1973 to 2003) and served two separate terms as president. She has received various accolades, including induction to the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 2009, the same year that Synchro Saskatchewan’s annual fall competition was named in her honour.
Marc Gagnon retired in 2002 as the most decorated Canadian male winter Olympian in history after a career that saw him compete three Winter Olympic Games (1994, 1998, 2002) and winning five medals in the sport of short-track speed skating. The Quebec native’s first medal came in Lillehammer where he claimed bronze in the 1000m and followed it up with a gold medal in the 5000m relay in Nagano. Gagnon saved his best performance for last when he won double gold in Salt Lake City in the 500m and 5000m relay and added bronze in the 1500m. Over the course of his career, Gagnon also captured World Championship titles in 1993, 1994, 1996 and 1998, winning his first title at age 17. Along with being crowned a four-time overall World Cup champion, Gagnon held many world records including the 1,000m record for nearly two years after skating a 1.28,230 in 1997. He was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
Currently the vice-chair of Tennis Canada’s Board of Directors, Jack Graham has been very influential on the sport in this country. He was previously the chair of Tennis Canada for three years, during which time the organization’s development program was overhauled and training centres were opened in Montreal and Toronto. He is the only Canadian to be elected to the International Tennis Federation’s Board of Directors, first in 2009 and again in 2011. Graham is also a director of the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. Graham is a partner at McInnes Cooper, the largest law partnership in Atlantic Canada, where the practices labour and employment law. He was president of the Nova Scotia Tennis Association from 1995 to 2001 and was inducted to the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.
Jean Grenier’s affiliation with amateur sport began when his children became involved in speed skating. In 1970 he became the founding president of the Quebec Speed Skating Federation. He went on to serve as president of the Canadian Speed Skating Association from 1976 to 1977. After being an assistant Chef de Mission for the Sarajevo 1984 Olympic Winter Games, he was the Chef de Mission when Canada hosted the Games in Calgary in 1988. He was also a member of the Organizing Committee for Calgary 1988.
Grenier served as a Canadian representative to the International Skating Union and is a former president of the ISU’s Short Track Committee. He was instrumental in helping short track become a demonstration sport at Calgary 1988. The sport’s popularity at those Games led to its inclusion with official medal status at Albertville 1992, the same year that Grenier was inducted to Canada‘s Sports Hall of Fame.
Aurel Hamran is a registered massage therapist and certified sport massage therapist who has helped numerous Canadian Olympic athletes perform at their best. Hamran has been to five Olympic Games, four Commonwealth Games and three Pan American Games. He has worked closely with athletes in the pool, having worked with both the national swimming team and the national synchronized swimming team.
Sailor Paul Henderson represented Canada at two Olympic Games as an athlete, competing in the Flying Dutchman at Tokyo 1964 and the Finn at Mexico City 1968. Four years later at Munich 1972 he was a coach of the Canadian Olympic team. Henderson then moved into an administrative role with his sport, becoming vice-president of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) from 1978 to 1994. He then served as president of the ISAF from 1994 to 2004, the first non-European to ever hold the post. During the last four years of his presidency he was also an IOC member, serving on several commissions including Sport and the Environment, Women and Sport as well as the World Anti-Doping Agency. In 2001 he was inducted to the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame.
It can be argued that athletics at the University of British Columbia would not be the same without the influence of Bob Hindmarch. He first entered the school in 1948 and for more than 50 years was involved as an athlete, coach, educator and ultimately the Director of Athletics.
Hindmarch was particularly involved in hockey. He was UBC’s most successful hockey coach with 214 victories. In 1963 UBC was established as the base for the Canadian hockey team that would compete at the Innsbruck 1964 Olympic Winter Games. These were the first Games for which a national team was established. Canada had previously been represented in Olympic competition by club teams. Hindmarch was named the General Manager and assistant coach for the squad led by Father David Bauer that went on to finish fourth in Innsbruck after a complicated tie-breaking formula cost them the bronze.
Hindmarch would serve as the Canadian Chef de Mission for the Sarajevo 1984 Olympic Winter Games. He was a vice-president of the Canadian Olympic Association (now Committee) for 16 years and in 2009 was inducted to the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame.
Kathleen Heddle is three-time Olympic champion in rowing, and, together with her partner and friend Marnie McBean, was the first Canadian to win three Olympic gold medals. Born in British Columbia, Heddle began her rowing career at the University of British Columbia, but only after her dreams of playing varsity Volleyball fell by the wayside. Her disappointment in Volleyball turned into a personal passion for Rowing and one of the most admirable sporting careers in Canada. Kathleen went on to capture multiple World Championships in eights and pairs throughout the 1990s as well as her three gold medals and one bronze medal in Olympic competition. Her prowess in the scull in Canada and abroad has led to her induction into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, and to be awarded the Thomas Kellar Medal by the International Rowing Federation for an outstanding rowing career across the globe.
Joyce Hisey has had a lifelong affiliation with figure skating since winning a silver medal in ice dance at the 1952 Canadian Championships. She went on to be a judge for more than 40 years and served as a tireless volunteer both nationally and internationally. Hisey was first elected to the Board of Directors for the Canadian Figure Skating Association (now Skate Canada) in 1977. The next year she was appointed as an ISU ice dance referee, earning assignment to many Canadian and world championships.
At the Sarajevo 1984 Olympic Winter Games, Hisey was the team leader of the Canadian figure skating team. Four years later she served as the figure skating chair for the Calgary 1988 Olympic Winter Games. Hisey has also been heavily involved with the International Skating Union, as an Ice Dance Committee member (1984-1992), ISU Council member (1992-2002) and ISU Technical Delegate (1996-2003). In 1997 she was inducted to the Canadian Figure Skating Hall of Fame. Induction to the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame followed in 2009.
Sensei Rebecca Khoury has been president of Karate Canada since 2008. A five-time national champion, she has competed around the world. She has also experienced living and training in Japan, the birthplace of karate, for an extended period.
Nathalie Lambert was one of the pioneers for Canada’s success in short track speed skating, having competed at the Calgary 1988 Olympic Winter Games where the sport had demonstration status. Four years later she was back at the Games, this time helping the Canadian women to an official gold medal in the 3000m relay. Lambert was also selected as the Closing Ceremony flag bearer at Albertville 1992. That same year she was inducted to the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame.
Two years later Lambert was a double medallist at Lillehammer 1994, taking silver in both the 1000m and 3000m relay. She retired later that year, after winning her third overall title at the world championships. She made a brief comeback a few years later, but an injury in late 1997 ended her hopes of competing at Nagano 1998. She was inducted to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. An assistant Chef de Mission at Athens 2004, she took on the role of Chef de Mission for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Lambert is currently a member of the ISU’s Short Track Technical Committee.
Mike Lumley grew up playing baseball in London, Ontario and after playing professionally in the United States, decided to help kids from his hometown get the same chances that he had to succeed in the sport. Coming out of Eastern Michigan University, Lumley was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the fifth round of the 1988 draft. He never made it to the major leagues, but it just so happened that for the last three years that he played, the Tigers AA team was based in London. When his playing career ended in 1993, he turned to coaching.
Now the head coach at Western University, Lumley guided the Mustangs to four Ontario University Athletics titles in five years (2005-07, 2009). He has been named OUA Coach of the Year four times for baseball (2001, 2004, 2005, 2009). Lumley has also been a vital part of the London Badgers, the town’s minor baseball organization. Currently the Chair of the London Badgers Advisory Council and Director of Coach and Player Development, Lumley has seen over 100 players receive post-secondary scholarships and over 20 players be drafted by Major League Baseball teams.
Without Les MacDonald, triathlon may not have achieved its current international reach. An organizer of many early alpine skiing events in the Vancouver-Whistler region during the 1950s and 1960s, he began competing in marathons in the 1970s. During his efforts to make training more interesting, he discovered triathlon. He helped organize the first triathlon ever in Canada in 1981 and two years later led the committee that established the British Columbia Triathlon Association. The Canadian Triathlon Federation was founded in 1984 and MacDonald served as the first president until 1996.
In 1988 then-IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch contacted MacDonald with the hopes of adding triathlon to the Olympic program. MacDonald co-chaired a working group to establish the international governing body and in 1989 the International Triathlon Union was formed with MacDonald as its first president. He held that position until 2008 and is currently an Honorary President.
One of Canada’s most accomplished Olympians, rower Marnie McBean was a double medallist at both the Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games. In her first Olympic Games, McBean teamed with Kathleen Heddle to win gold in the coxless pair. They then joined the crew of the eight to capture a second gold medal. Four years later McBean and Heddle were together again, this time winning gold in the double sculls. They also won bronze as members of the quad sculls crew.
McBean also had her share of world championship success with eight career medals, highlighted by her double gold in the pair and eight in 1991along with gold in the double sculls in 1995. After her career on the water ended, McBean joined the Canadian Olympic Committee as a specialist in Olympic Athlete Preparation and Mentoring, working closely with the last four Canadian Olympic teams.
A former national team rower, Mike Murphy was a Rowing Canada board member from 1985 to 2002 and a key figure in the centralization, systemization and professionalization of the organization. In 2009 he became the President of Rowing Canada. Also a former chair of the Sport Alliance of Ontario, he is currently a professor in the Faculty of Education at Western University.
After playing hockey at the minor, Junior A and university levels, Bob Nicholson has become a renowned leader for the sport in Canada. After ten years as the Technical Director of the British Columbia Amateur Hockey Association, Nicholson was the senior vice-president of the Canadian Hockey Association (Hockey Canada) from 1992 to 1998. Since then he has been the organization’s president and CEO, managing and overseeing all operations for international competitions in which Canada competes, including the IIHF World Championship, IIHF World Junior Championship, IIHF World Women’s Championship and the Olympic Winter Games. In 2012 Nicholson was elected vice-president for the Americas at the IIHF Council.
Shane Pearsall began his athletic career as a minor hockey player in Barrie, Ontario. He went on to play for the Ottawa 67s of the Ontario Hockey League and was drafted in the fourth round by the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins in 1978. Pearsall chose to retain his amateur status, playing for the University of Toronto and University of Calgary. He also played one season with the Canadian national team.
After his playing career, Pearsall went on to chair the Canadian Olympic Association’s Athletes’ Council. During his tenure, he led the way for athletes to take a more active role on various committees of the Canadian Olympic Association (now Committee). Pearsall was a member of the Canadian mission staff at Nagano 1998 before being named an assistant Chef de Mission for Salt Lake City 2002. He took the reins as Chef de Mission for the Turin 2006 Olympic Winter Games. Pearsall is also a former Chief Operating Officer of Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton.
Yvon Pedneault joined his local newspaper in Chicoutimi in 1965. He soon moved to Montreal where he would eventually write for the three major French dailies – Montreal Matin, La Presse and Journal de Montreal. Throughout his career he has focused on hockey, leading to him being named the recipient of the 1998 Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award which is given annually by the Hockey Hall of Fame as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association
A corporate lawyer based in London, Ontario, Gordon Peterson has been a COC member for more than 15 years. Elected a Vice-President of the Board of Directors in March 2009, he has been a member since 1998 and served on the Executive Committee from 2005 to 2009. Having been a member of a number of other COC committees, Peterson served on the mission team for both the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
Peterson has nearly 40 years of involvement in the world of diving. A former national athlete, he went on to be the president of the Canadian Amateur Diving Association (Diving Canada) from 1994 to 1996. He was then the president of the Aquatic Federation of Canada from 1997 to 2001. Now a top-level international official, Peterson has judged at such notable events at the FINA World Cup, Pan American Games and Commonwealth Games.
A promoter of fairness in sport, Peterson was one of the inaugural members of the Board of Directors for the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada when it was established in December 2003. He was also on the Board of Directors for the successful Toronto 2015 Pan American Games bid.
Sally Rehorick has been to six Olympic Games, all in different capacities. A competitive figure skater in her youth, she chose to remain involved in the sport by becoming a judge. Thanks to that path, she became the Canadian figure skating team leader at Albertville 1992 and assistant Chef de Mission at Lillehammer 1994. After judging the men’s singles event at Nagano 1998, Rehorick was named Chef de Mission for the Canadian team at Salt Lake City 2002.
A more suitable Chef de Mission could not have been selected for the Salt Lake City Games. When the judging scandal erupted in the pairs event, Rehorick’s knowledge of the sport as a top international judge allowed her to speak with confidence to media and the IOC. She is seen by many as a key figure in the decision to allocate a second gold medal to the Canadian pair of Jamie Salé and David Pelletier. Four years later at Turin 2006, Rehorick was appointed to the ISU Officials Assessment Commission which evaluated how judges fared with the new judging system that had been implemented in the wake of the Salt Lake City scandal.
Most recently Rehorick was the Head of International Client Services for the Vancouver 2010 Organizing Committee. Outside of sport, Rehorick is a nationally recognized leader in second language education.
After growing up in Northern Ontario, where her sporting career began, Rivard subsequently moved to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia where she made her home, raised her family and continued her extraordinary pursuit of excellence across the Canadian sport community. As an athlete, Julia was most deeply passionate around the water in both swimming and kayaking. In her time as a competitive swimmer, she once ranked among the top 10 in Canada. As an accomplished kayaker, she was a member of the Canadian Women’s K4-500 sprint kayak team; her team placed 4th in the 1999 World Championships and 9th at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. She was named a member of the North Bay Sports Hall of Fame, and as North Bay Female Athlete of the Year in 2000. When not in or on the water, Julia has dedicated her free time as a volunteer to strengthen sport at the municipal, provincial and national levels. She was also part of Canada’s mission Team for the 2008 and 2010 Olympic Games. Rivard has worked extensively in her local sport community, namely as a member of the Board of Directors for Nova Scotia Sport and as a member of the Canoe/Kayak Canada Board of Directors and Executive.
A Canadian Olympic Committee board member since 1997, Wayne Russell was elected treasurer in 2005 and was acclaimed to a second term in 2009.
Russell has an extensive background in hockey. He is a former chairman of Hockey Canada and was the founding chair of its fundraising arm, the Canadian Hockey Foundation. He is also a former CEO of the Own the Podium program. A life member of Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador, he was a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.
As an educator, Russell has been both a teacher and principal. He is also a former executive director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association. He has had significant involvement with a number of national educational organizations, including the Canadian Teacher’s Federation, the Canadian Educational Association, the Council of Atlantic Provinces Teacher Organizations and the Canadian School Boards Association.
Walter Sieber first made his mark in the Olympic movement as the director general of sports for the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games, earning much praise for the meticulous organization of the venues, sport competitions, and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. That led to him being invited to be an advisor to the organizing committees for the Moscow 1980 and Seoul 1988 Olympic Games. He was also a board member for the Calgary 1988 Olympic Winter Games. Four years later he served as the Canadian Chef de Mission at Albertville 1992.
Now a member of the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Board of Directors, he had been a vice-president of the organization from 1985 to 2009. In 2000 he was appointed to the IOC’s Olympic Programme Commission which is responsible for making recommendations on the sports and events that should be contested along with the number of athletes to compete. He has also been part of the Candidature Acceptance Working Group which reviews and analyzes Olympic bids before making recommendations to the IOC Executive Board.
Steve Simmons joined the Toronto Sun in 1987 after previously working for the Calgary Herald and Calgary Sun. The opinionated columnist has covered 12 Olympic Games and appears regularly as a contributor to TSN The Reporters and TSN 1050 Radio.
Dave Stubbs is currently a columnist and sports feature writer for the Montreal Gazette. He got his start in the sports media business as the sports editor for the News & Chronicle in Pointe Claire in 1976. During the 1980s he spent eight years as a media relations specialist with Canada’s Olympic teams. Along with major professional sporting events, Stubbs has covered amateur sport from the grassroots to the elite level. He has covered 12 Olympic Games and world championships in figure skating, track and field, and gymnastics. In 2008 he was named the George Gross Award winner for excellence in Canadian sports writing. He has also been nominated for a National Newspaper Award for an investigative sports feature.
Prior to his passing away in October 2012, Nick Thierry spent four decades as the keeper of swimming world rankings and statistics. After immigrating from Hungary, Thierry swam competitively for the University of Toronto. He would later become a coach and guided swimmers to the 1964, 1968 and 1972 Olympic teams. It was while coaching that he saw the need to keep swimming statistics so that his students could track their progress with what was happening worldwide. He took it upon himself to gather every race time available and this quest led to the formation of the International Swimming Statisticians Association in 1986. A decade earlier he had organized the formation of a monthly magazine, Swim Canada. It later became SwimNews, of which he was publisher, editor and writer, and found its online presence in the mid 1990s. In 2001 he was inducted to the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honour Contributor.
Réjean Tremblay began working for the Journal de Montreal in March 2012, almost one year after he had left La Presse where he had enjoyed a 37-year career. Among the highlights was his coverage of numerous Olympic Games, beginning with Montreal 1976. He was also in Moscow for the 1980 Olympic Games. At both Games he was intrigued by Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci and Tremblay went on to write the book Nadia about the first person to earn a perfect score in Olympic gymnastics.
Ontario-born and Newfoundland-raised, Brian Wakelin rose through the hockey structure in Canada, from being a local volunteer to chair of the national governing body. While his father introduced minor hockey to St. John’s, Wakelin began his career in the sport, first as a player and then a coach. He later became an administrator, moving from the minor level provincially to the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association in 1975. He has held a variety of positions within the CAHA, including Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1985 to 1987.
Elected a vice-president of the Canadian Olympic Association in 1990, Wakelin has represented Canada in some capacity at five Olympic Games. At the Nagano 1998 Olympic Winter Games he was the Chef de Mission. He was inducted to the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 2007.
Allan R. Wills
Allan Wills holds numerous titles and positions with Archery Canada, most notably that of President. He also sits on the Board of Directors and serves as the Vice-President International. An archer himself, Wills currently competes in the Masters 60+ category in which he owns several national records for compound archery.
Before Brigitte Worrall’s husband James passed away in October 2011 at age 97 he was recognized as Canada’s oldest living Olympian. The father of five had been the Canadian flagbearer at the Berlin 1936 Olympic Games where he competed in the 110m and 400m hurdles events. Worrall went on to be president of the Canadian Olympic Association (now Committee) from 1964 to 1968 and was a longtime IOC member starting in 1967. After 22 years with the IOC, he became an Honourary Member in 1989. He was also a life president of the COC.
Worrall was on the Board of Directors of the Organizing Committees for Montreal 1976 and Calgary 1988. Prior to that he had been an assistant Chef de Mission for the 1948 and 1952 Olympic Games and the Chef de Mission for the 1956 and 1960 Olympic Games. For his contributions he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1976 and was also named to three halls of fame: the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1965, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Olympic Hall of Fame in 1991.