Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation
Box 1348 Tumbler Ridge, BC V0C 2W0
Contact: Dr Charles Helm, Vice President – 250 242
February 6, 2007
As part of the “Meet the Museum Day” the Tumbler Ridge Sports Hall of Fame was officially opened on Saturday 26 January by Tumbler Ridge Mayor Mike Caisley, and the first three members were inducted: Jason Delesalle, Al Tattersall and Kris Swanson. The Hall of Fame is downstairs in the Community Centre, strategically placed between the pool, hockey arena and curling rink.
Kris Swanson, nominated by Mike Hunter, is an outstanding runner who has won the Emperor’s Challenge eight times out of eight. Al Tattersall, nominated by Birgit Sharman, used to row for Canada and was a great climber, builder of sport, coach and explorer in Tumbler Ridge. Jason Delesalle, nominated by Linda Helm, had a distinguished athletic career culminating in a gold medal in Pentathlon at the Atlanta Paralympics.
TRMF President Charles Helm, Sports Hall of Fame inductee Jason Delesalle, and Tumbler Ridge Mayor Mike Caisley at the opening ceremony.
Jason Delesalle with members of the Tumbler Ridge Athletics Team.
Nominations are considered every three months by the committee which comprises the Mayor, the director of the Community Centre, and the President of the Museum Foundation. A list of criteria needs to be met for a nomination to be accepted.
One of the highlights was Jason Delesalle traveling up to Tumbler Ridge from Vancouver to be inducted in person. For half an hour before the ceremony Jason delivered an inspiring motivational address to an enthusiastic audience of sixty, including many budding young athletes. He touched on the highlights and disappointments of his sixteen year career, which began like any other athlete growing up in Tumbler Ridge.
There is room for expansion, and it is hoped that as this Museum Foundation project progresses, the large wall will be filled with photos, text, and tributes to many outstanding local sportspeople, and will serve as an inspiration to the next generation of aspiring sporting stars.