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Gilbert, Richardson-Briscoe and Wright to be inducted into Athletics Canada Hall of Fame

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Ottawa – Athletics Canada announced today that six individuals – three athletes, two builders and one coach – will be inducted into the Athletics Canada Hall of Fame on Wednesday, July 5, at its annual Hall of Fame and Awards Gala.

Sprinter Glenroy Gilbert, 400-metre specialist Jillian Richardson-Briscoe and middle-distance runner Thelma Wright will be inducted into the Hall of Fame’s Athlete category. Track coach Peter Manning will join an elite group in the Coach category, while long-time official and volunteer Judy Armstrong and club executive director, coach and innovator Andy McInnis will be inducted into the Builders category.

The Class of 2017 will officially be inducted into the Athletics Canada Hall of Fame on July 5 at its annual Hall of Fame and Awards Gala. The gala will take place in the International Ballroom at the Delta Ottawa City Centre (101 Lyon Street North, Ottawa, Ont.), the official host hotel of the 2017 Canadian Track & Field Championships, and will also honour Athletics Canada’s 2016 annual award winners.

The evening will begin at 6:15 p.m. with a cocktail reception, which allows guests an opportunity to mingle with the Class of 2017, annual award winners, event sponsors and special guests. The awards and induction ceremony, hosted by Terry Marcotte from CTV News, will follow at 7 p.m. All guests are encouraged to stay following the ceremony to congratulate the inductees and award winners, give props to the pioneers and builders of our sport, share stories and mingle with Hall of Famers.

Tickets are on sale now for only $20, and include savory fingers foods, classic hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages during the cocktail reception. Space is limited and prices go up on June 1, therefore, we encourage everyone to take advantage of the early-bird discount.

Athletics Canada Hall of Fame Class of 2017
Glenroy Gilbert - Athlete
Jillian Richardson-Briscoe - Athlete
Thelma Wright - Athlete
Peter Manning - Coach
Judy Armstrong - Builder
Andy McInnis – Builder

Glenroy Gilbert (Ottawa): 100m, 4x100m
A member of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame and the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame, Gilbert is a four-time summer Olympian (Seoul in 1988, Barcelona in 1992, Atlanta in 1996 and Sydney in 2000) and a member of the gold-medal winning 1996 men’s 4x100-metre relay team that included Donovan Bailey, Robert Esmie and Bruny Surin. Together, they held the Canadian 4x100-metre record of 37.69 seconds for 20 years. Gilbert’s athletics career also included two IAAF World Championships gold medals (1995 and 1997 in the 4x100m), a first-place finish at the Commonwealth Games (1994 - 4x100m) and two golds at the Pan American Games (1995 - 100m, 1999 - 4x100m).

Jillian Richardson-Briscoe (Mississauga, Ont.): 400m and 4x400m
One of the most decorated Canadian athletes of her generation, Richardson-Briscoe represented Canada a three Olympic Games (Los Angeles in 1984, Seoul in 1988 and Barcelona in 1992). At the 1988 Games, Richardson-Briscoe established a new Canadian record in the 400-metres with a time of 49.91 in the semi-finals – a record that still stands today – but the highlight of her Olympic career was winning silver in 1984 in the women’s 4x400-metre relay alongside Charmaine Crooks, Molly Killingbeck and Marita Payne. Richardson-Briscoe won 18 national titles between 1982 and 1992 in the 200-metres, 400-metres, 4x100-metres and 4x400-metres. Her athletics career also included appearances at the IAAF World Championships (1983 - fourth, 1987 - two fourth place finishes), IAAF World Indoor Championships (1989 - bronze), Commonwealth Games (1982 - gold, 1986 - two silver medals), Pan American Games (1983 - silver, 1987 - two silver medals), Pan American Juniors (1982 - bronze, silver and gold) and the Jeux de la Franphonie (1989 - silver).

Thelma Wright (Vancouver): 1500m, 3000m and cross country
A talented middle-distance and cross country runner, Wright represented Canada at two Olympic Games (Munich in 1972 and Montreal in 1976). She was crowned Canadian champion on nine occasions – five cross country championships, three 1500-metres titles and one 3000-metres gold – between 1967 and 1975. Wright’s athletics career also included appearances at the Commonwealth Games (1970 - bronze, 1974 - bronze), Pan American Games (1975 - silver), World Cross Country Championships (1969, 1970 - bronze, 1977) and the Fédération International du Sport Universitaire (1973 - fourth, 1975 - a fourth-place finish and a silver). She was ranked top-five in the world in the 3000-metres in 1975, and is a former Canadian record holder in the same event in addition to the 1500-metres.

Peter Manning (Belwood, Ont.)
Peter Manning never personally ran in the Olympic Games or at the World Championships, but he prepared several athletes that did. The long-time coach led Rachelle Campbell, Margaret McGowan, Yvonne Saunders and Joyce Yakubowich to an eighth-place finish in the 4x400-metres at the 1976 Olympic Games setting a Canadian record. He also served as one of Canada’s sprint coaches that year, in addition to the 1984 Games in Los Angeles and 1988 Games in Seoul. Then in 1992, Manning was named Canada’s Head Sprint Coach for the Barcelona Games. Over the course of his nearly 60-year career, Manning coached many athletes to the Pan American Games and a myriad of other international events. In 1974, Manning was named Athletics Canada’s Coach of the Year.

Judy Armstrong (Kamloops, B.C.)
Armstrong first became involved in athletics in 1990 when she introduced her son Dylan, an Olympic bronze medallist in shot put, to the Kamloops Track & Field Club. She immediately began to support both her son and the club as a volunteer. In 1991, she became a B.C. Athletics official and has since officiated throws events at national and international events across Canada and around the world. Armstrong has served on the Kamloops’s Track & Field Club’s Board of Directors for more than 25 years – including her current role of President – and played pivotal roles in many local, provincial, national and international meets in Kamloops, which has led to the city being referred to as Canada's Tournament Capital.

Andy McInnis (Ottawa)
McInnis has dedicated his entire professional career to coaching athletes at every level of athletics. But it is his work off the track, that’s most impressive. As the Executive Director and Head Coach of the Ottawa Lions Track & Field Club, McInnis has created the largest athletics system of its kind in Canada, with more than 1,000 members and over 40 coaches. The club is constantly ranked among the top three clubs in Canada, with an annual operating budget of approximately $1 million. The club has produced more than 250 national team members and coaches in the past decade alone. During that time, McInnis has also created successful track and field programs at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University as their Head Coach. As a Level 5 Master Coach, McInnis guided Canada’s men’s 4x100-metre relay team to gold at the 1996 Olympic Games as Athletics Canada’s Head Coach. Following the Atlanta Games, McInnis took on the role of National Program Director, where he created a funding program for elite coaches, in addition to increasing the number of athletes eligible to receive federal support and the association’s budget due to its international success.

The Hall of Fame was established in 2011 to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to the development and growth of athletics, celebrate the success of a coach at the international or national level and applaud the momentous accomplishments of an athlete or team.

For more on Athletics Canada’s Hall of Fame and a complete list of inductees, please visit www.halloffame.athletics.ca.

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