Thunder Bay’s David Walker represented Canada at the 1988 Olympic


It’s all the time a deal with to see when a member of the Northwestern Ontario Sports activities Corridor of Fame will get the decision to a different corridor.

Final June, Ian Tetley was inducted into the World Curling Corridor of Fame in recognition of his success on the ice, which included three world titles with three totally different groups.

Native curling followers will fondly keep in mind his first Brier and world titles in 1985 when he performed second for skip Al Hackner.

Tetley adopted that up in 1990 with Ed Werenich and in 1998 with Wayne Middaugh.

This previous July a provincial sports activities group started honouring their historical past with the formation of the Northern Ontario 5-Pin Bowlers Affiliation Corridor of Fame.

Included amongst the inaugural slate of inductees are two workforce inductees within the NWOSHF, who had been members of the 1975 Northern Ontario Open Blended 5-Pin bowling workforce, Frank Massaro, who was inducted as a builder and Ron Stansfield, who was honoured as a participant.

Different inaugural inductees into the NO5PBA Corridor of Fame had been builders Pat McNamara and Invoice McLachlan, coaches Bob Taylor and Frank Lanzellotti and gamers Cathy Davidson and Dennis Umakoshi.

Final month it was Al Maddox who acquired some a lot deserved recognition for his many years of dedication to the Nordic ski neighborhood when he was inducted into the Canadian Ski Corridor of Fame within the builder category.

Getting his begin in 1975 as a race director and coach with the Lake Superior Ski Division, Maddox has by no means regarded again, occurring to serve for over 30 years as a FIS Technical Delegate, officiating at a number of World Cups, world championships and three Olympic Video games and serving because the chief of competitors on the 1995 Nordic championships after they had been held in Thunder Bay.

Congratulations every one.

Throughout a current instructional program I used to be conducting on the SHOF with some college students from Lakehead College, we had a really attention-grabbing dialogue on what really qualifies one thing as a sport to earn entry right into a corridor of fame.

We roughly concluded that one issue ought to be that it has a acknowledged international or nationwide sport governing physique with sanctioned and accredited competitions.

One other suggestion was that whether it is a part of the Olympics then it should be a sport.

With that in thoughts we began to think about some sports activities which at one time had been a part of the Olympics however are not, and a number of the new Olympic sports which have emerged over time, which turned out to be a really attention-grabbing dialog.

As a part of this system I toured the scholars via the show gallery and one exhibit featured artifacts and images of athletes taking it to the intense, competing in sports activities many people wouldn’t be courageous sufficient to attempt.

There was a BMX bike ridden by Thunder Bay’s Jay Miron, often called the Canadian Beast throughout his profession. When he was studying tips in empty swimming pools and leaping off ramps at Boulevard Lake again within the 80s and 90s, I doubt Miron would ever have imagined that in the future athletes like him would have the prospect to compete on the Olympics like they did in BMX freestyle at the latest Olympic Summer time Video games in Tokyo.

It was additionally at these Video games that skateboarding, browsing and sport climbing had been launched as new sports activities. They are going to return in 2024 on the Paris Olympics, which may also welcome Breaking, generally often called break dancing, as a brand new sport. It seems dancing, in varied types, falls beneath the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) that was based in 1957 and the primary WDSF World DanceSport Video games had been held in 2013 in Chinese language Taipei.

Additionally included in that exhibit was {a photograph} of an athlete suspended mid-air as he balanced himself on ski poles. The athlete was Thunder Bay’s David Walker, who served as a member of the Canadian freestyle ski workforce for eighth seasons. His specialty was within the self-discipline often called ski ballet, typically known as acroski, which was a extremely popular side of freestyle snowboarding courting again to the Nineteen Seventies and Nineteen Eighties.

It concerned rivals performing routines set to music whereas they made their method down a delicate sloping hill doing a wide range of acrobatic strikes, together with flips and spins, which had been marked by a panel of judges on technical and creative benefit.

The game made its look on the Olympic Winter Video games as an illustration sport in 1988 in Calgary and once more in 1992 in Albertville, with Walker representing Canada each occasions.

Sadly, it by no means made it as a medal sport, like moguls and aerials did, and in 2000 the Worldwide Ski Federation (FIS) eliminated it from its checklist of disciplines. Since that point some newer types of freestyle snowboarding have been launched to the Olympics, corresponding to ski-cross, half-pipe, slope-style and big-air, which is simply one other instance of how sports activities change over time.

Along with his Olympic appearances, Walker claimed 4 nationwide titles and bronze medals on the 1989 and 1991 FIS freestyle world championships. He participated in over 80 World Cup occasions, incomes quite a few podium placements and over 60 top-10 finishes.

In total World Cup standings, Walker positioned sixth or larger for almost all of his profession, ending third within the 1986-87 and 1990-91 seasons, earlier than retiring from the game in 1992.

Carrying on Walker’s document of success was one other Thunder Bay skier, Mike McDonald, who received again to again nationwide junior titles in 1992 and 1993, and a 1993 Nor-Am silver medal, which earned him a spot on the Canadian Nationwide Ski Crew.

Claiming prime nationwide acroski honours from 1996-98, McDonald represented Canada with distinction at World Cup occasions and world championships, persistently inserting within the prime 10. McDonald’s silver-medal efficiency on the 1999 World Freestyle Ski Championships in Meiringen, Switzerland was the most effective placement ever by a Canadian in acro snowboarding, and the one medal received that 12 months by a Canadian skier at a World championship. Including a World Cup bronze medal to his assortment in 2000, he formally retired as one among Canada’s premier acro skiers.

Who is aware of what sports activities might be grabbing the headlines within the years forward, or what athletes might be getting the decision to the corridor because the world of sports activities modifications from 12 months to 12 months. One factor that can by no means change, nevertheless, is the joy sport brings to our lives as we cheer on our favorite athletes and groups.

Till subsequent time maintain that sports activities historical past pleasure alive.


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