Roberto Luongo, Trevor Linden, Tom Larscheid and Maelle Ricker are just a few of the big names you might recognize as sporting heroes in our town. However, give or take a few Olympic gold medals, they all have something else in common. Last week, these athletes were among an elite group inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame – Class of 2011. The Banquet of Champions gala dinner, held at the Vancouver Convention Centre, was a star-studded affair that not only recognized past accomplishments, but also recognized the achievements of young up-and-coming local athletes too. Also last week, it was time to welcome autumn as the 7th Annual Lower Lonsdale Fall Festival took place in North Vancouver at the new Shipyard at the foot of Lonsdale. Featuring live entertainment, display booths, a pumpkin pie contest and more, it was a great day full of family fun.
01 – North Vancouver’s Olympic skating sweetheart, Karen Magnussen, is surrounded by soon-to-be-famous young athletes at the BC Sports Hall of Fame night.
02 – Vancouver Canucks’ leading men, namely goalie Roberto Luongo, left, and former captain Trevor Linden, are each honoured separately at the BC Sports Hall of Fame – Banquet of Champions: Luongo for his role in the 2010 Canada Men’s Gold Hockey Team and Linden for his lifetime hockey career.
03 – North Shore residents and BC Sports legends Charmaine Crooks and Bob Lenarduzzi are still a very active part of the sports landscape here in BC. Crooks for her ongoing support of young Olympic athletes and Lenarduzzi for his active role in the Vancouver Whitecaps soccer team.
04 – You know these names and voices. Sports broadcaster Bernie Pascal, left, congratulates fellow media colleague and “voice of the Vancouver Canucks” Tom Larscheid on his induction into the BC Sports Hall of Fame.
05 – A graduate of Sentinel Secondary in West Vancouver, snowboarder Maelle Ricker made history at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics as the first Canadian female gold medallist to win on Canadian soil (and, ironically, here at Cypress Mountain).
06 – Vanleena Dance students and ballerinas Maddie Laver, left, and Amelia Warren help put on a dance demonstration with the rest of their classmates at the Lower Lonsdale Fall Festival.
07 – Pick a pie, any pie. Big thanks to North Van City Mayor Darrell Mussatto, right, and the rest of my esteemed judge friends for helping choose a most delicious winner at the Lower Lonsdale Fall Festival’s pumpkin pie contest.
08 – North Vancouver Museum & Archives’ Sepideh Sarrafpour has a big smile for all who stop by her display booth at the Lower Lonsdale Fall Festival.
09 – Food trucks are all the rage these days, and with the delicious dealings coming from Marsia and Wayne Hunter’s hub, I can see why. Look for the travelling Blue Smoke BBQ truck at local farmer’s markets and more.
By Catherine Barr – Sep 13 & 18, 2011
Also as seen in print in the North Shore Outlook Newspaper on Sep 22, 2011
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