A shrine forever
Shadow boxing with Lennox Lewis, wheelchair racing against Chantal Petitclerc, and reliving Jacques Villeneuve’s championship Formula One season a few of the interactive attractions at Canada’s new Sports Hall of Fame canada goose project coats .
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A number of the 520 honoured members plus some of the people who helped pay for the making of the $30million building were recently given a sneak peak in the Hall located at Canada Olympic Park (COP) .
The Canadian Press toured the 4,085squaremetre building that houses a 120seat theatre, 50 interactive displays and more than 1,000 artifacts . From the outside, part of the building looks like a tilted red Lego block .
Eleven galleries open onto, and are connected by, a main main hall, which has a statue of Wayne Gretzky stationed at its entrance . The primary hall also features a photowall from the honoured members .
Likely to intimate feeling towards the space, despite its size . Because of the Hall’s proximity towards the new Athletic and Ice Complex being built at COP and all the national teams training there, the interior is built to seem like a sports clubhouse .
“Sport has always needed a location to come together,” said the Hall’s CEO Claire BuffoneBlair . “Sport works more effectively when we collaborate . We feel Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame could be that clubhouse for Canadian sport . ”
Permanent statues in the Hall include Gretzky, diver Sylvie Bernier, figure skater Barbara Ann Scott, curler Sandra Schmirler, runner Philip Edwards, Kentucky Derby winner Northern Dancer and crosscountry skiing pioneer Herman (Jackrabbit) SmithJohannsen, who lived to 111 .
Alex Baumann’s two Olympic gold medals in swimming had rarely been from his safe until they were put under glass within the hall . Baumann says while the medals were locked away, his children saw them just once .
“I always had duplicates to travel with because I didn’t want to lose them . Irrrve never pulled them out . . . . It’s much better to be displayed here . ”
Michelle Cameron’s Olympic gold medal in synchronized swimming she and Carolyn Waldo won the duet in 1988 is there together with one of her swimsuits .
“It does produce goose bumps seeing it here,” Cameron said . “It’s a bit emotional actually . To be here one of the greatest athletes Canada has witnessed, it’s pretty cool so that it is in the home like this . ”
Former Crazy Canuck Ken Read noted how pummelled his ski helmet looked in a display that included his boots and gloves .
“It kind of shows some age because it’s nearly 30plus years old,” he explained . “And ski racing, you hit lots of gates with your head . ”
Baumann now heads Own The Podium and is accountable for overseeing the success of Canada’s athletes in our and future . The hall is an important part of driving that success, he states .
“We look at our history and that determines our future,” he explained . “Something such as this is crucial since it really does inspire future generations . ”
Calgary outperform nine other cities to become home to the Hall, that was taken care of through the authorities ($15 million), provincial government ($10 million) and also the City of Calgary ($5 million) . The Sports Hall of Fame is in the process of raising $20 million privately for its operational expenses .
Founded in 1955, the Hall once shared space using the Hockey Hall of Fame at Toronto’s Exhibition grounds . But it went through a turbulent time after the authorities cancelled plans to move it to Ottawa nearly 12 years ago .
When hockey’s shrine moved to a new location in downtown Toronto, attendance declined and intends to relocate the hall to Ottawa were never fulfilled . The Hall of Fame was demolished to make way for BMO Field in the year 2006 and also the exhibits were held in storage .
Athletes, coaches and builders stayed inducted annually, however the only way to determine the Hall’s content was on its website .
This year’s inductees will be hockey player Ray Bourque, football player Lui Passaglia, Paralympian Lauren Woolstencroft, triathlete Peter Reid, soccer player Andrea Neil and International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound . The very first induction ceremony in the new Sports Hall of Fame is going to be Nov . 8 . . canada goose project coats .