2 athletes with Vancouver Island ties inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

2 athletes with Vancouver Island ties inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame
Alex Nelson and Angela Chalmers are among the nine inductees to this year's Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.

Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame announced its 2024 class and among the nine new members are two athletes with Vancouver Island connections.

Alex Nelson, a member of the Musgamaqw-Dzawada’enuxw First Nation and graduate of the University of Victoria, is being inducted as a builder, playing a pivotal role in improving opportunities for Indigenous athletes.

The Order of Sport, established by Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame highlights Nelson’s resilience and compassion as a coach, mentor and administrator.

While at UVic, he joined forces with like-minded students to improve opportunities for Indigenous athletes, co-founding the Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Association of British Columbia in 1989.

Playing soccer is his passion and helped him live through seven years in the Alert Bay residential school system, and later assisted him in overcoming other obstacles in life.

“Sports became my saving grace,” Nelson said.

He was inducted into the Victoria Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.

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Distance runner Angela Chalmers is also being inducted as an athlete, with the national organization highlighting her advocacy for integrity and clean competition in sports.

She moved to Vancouver Island as a young girl, where racing brothers and sisters in coastal rainforests allowed her to develop her exceptional competitive drive that would make her one of the best middle-distance runners in the world.

A member of the Birdtail Sioux First Nation, she was gifted the Sioux named ‘Dusmanwe’ or “Walk Fast Woman”.

It was a gift that brought her to the 1992 Barcelona Olympics where she bagged a bronze medal on the 3000-metre track, earning her the honor of  becoming Canada’s flag-bearer at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, where she would race to gold in the 3000-metre event at Centennial Stadium.

The nine inductees of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame class of 2024 were chosen from 237 nominations.

Nelson and Chalmers will receive the Order of Sport at the induction ceremony at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, QB, on Oct. 23, 2024.

Over 740 people and three horses have been inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame since 1955.

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