(Vancouver, B.C.) Wheelchair sports advocate Kathy Newman is among the 2020 class of inductees into the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Newman will receive the W.A.C. Bennett Award at the induction gala on June 4, 2020 in Vancouver.
A native of Vancouver, Newman is a visionary and passionate sport administrator who has dedicated nearly 40 years to creating opportunities for people with disabilities through sport.
She pioneered several programs that have since been embraced across Canada, including the Bridging the Gap program, which connects newly injured people with disabilities to wheelchair sports.
Newman was the executive director of the BC Wheelchair Sports Association for 25 years and she remains actively involved in the wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby communities at the national and international levels.
Joining Newman as part of the 2020 BC Sports Hall of Fame induction class are:
- Sonja Gaudet – Wheelchair Curling
- Alex Stieda – Cycling
- Jeff Francis – Baseball
- Brent Johnson – Football
- Kirk McLean – Ice Hockey
- Harry White – Golf
- Bill Mitchell – Wrestling
- Valerie Johnson – Trampoline Gymnastics
- 1979-80 University of Victoria Viking’s Men’s Basketball
- Robin Bawa – Ice Hockey
- Cleve Dheensaw
“Our Class of 2020 is a terrific cross-section of the personalities and teams that make the history, heritage and culture of sport in British Columbia so notable and inspiring for the next generation of young people in BC,” said Tom Mayenknecht, Chair of the BC Sports Hall of Fame. “On behalf of our Board of Trustees and management team led by Chief Executive Nicholas Cartmell, along with our Selection Committee and Foundation Board, we’re looking forward to celebrating their achievements provincially, nationally and globally at the BC Sports Hall of Fame Induction Gala on June 4, 2020.”
About the BC Sports Hall of Fame
The BC Sports Hall of Fame celebrates extraordinary achievement in BC sport history and inspires future generations to make their dreams come true. Each year, a diverse audience of over 35,000 visitors from around the globe are educated and enthralled by the collection of 27,000 artifacts and 100,000 archival documents representing 150-years of sporting accomplishments in British Columbia. For more information please visit bcsportshall.com.