Press Release
For Immediate Release

Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation
Box 1348 Tumbler Ridge, BC V0C 2W0
Contact: Dr Charles Helm, Vice President – 250 242 3984

June 27, 2007

Micheal Dufresne, Amber Kuenzl Prior and Cameron Smith were inducted into the Tumbler Ridge Sports Hall of Fame by Mayor Mike Caisley at a ceremony on 27 June. The join the elite group of Jason Delesalle, Al Tattersall and Kris Swanson, who were inducted when the Hall of Fame opened in January 2007. The Hall of Fame is the creation of the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation, and is located downstairs in the Community Centre, strategically placed between the swimming pool, hockey arena and curling rink.

Micheal Dufresne looks on as Mayor Mike Caisley and TRMF President Dr Charles Helm prepare to induct three new members into the Tumbler Ridge Sports Hall of Fame. Photo credit: Daniel Helm

All three athletes grew up in Tumbler Ridge and honed their skills in the community. Micheal Dufresne, nominated by Peter Thomas, has achieved excellence in kick-boxing, and won the BC Super Middle Weight title in 2006. Amber Kuenzl Prior, nominated by Carol Giles, was the first registered female hockey player in Tumbler Ridge, and was part of the B.C. under 18 hockey team that gained the silver medal in 1991 for the Canada Winter Games. Cameron Smith, nominated by Crys White, excelled in basketball, and was in the team that won silver in the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association National Championship in 2005.

These three outstanding sportspeople have continued to be active in their sports, and in coaching and mentoring. Dufresne and Kuenzl Prior were on hand to make short acceptance speeches, and receive poster replicas of their wall exhibit. Smith, who resides in California, sent a letter of appreciation which was read out by his father.

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.

As this Museum Foundation project progresses, the large wall will be filled with photos, text, and tributes to the local sportspeople who have succeeded at provincial or national level, and will serve as an inspiration to the next generation of aspiring sporting stars.

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