Claremont to enshrine its sporting history with Wall of Fame

In 50 years Claremont secondary school has produced elite athletes from city champs to Olympians

Olympic bronze medallist Ryan Cochrane leads a field of 27 athletes into the Claremont secondary Wall of Fame

Olympic bronze medallist Ryan Cochrane leads a field of 27 athletes into the Claremont secondary Wall of Fame

It’s been 50 years since Claremont secondary school opened its doors to Saanich.  And from those doors has emerged a seemingly non-stop stream of athletes ranging from city champions to Olympians.

As part of its 50th anniversary on Saturday (June 2) Claremont is revealing the Wall of Fame in the main hallway and gym. The school is inducting 27 athletes, who played a range of sports from major league pitcher Rich Harden and national team soccer player Wanda Rozwadowska, to Ironman triathlete turned paralympic rower Tony Theriault and track star Debbie Scott. The youngest is diver Riley McCormick, 20, who is set for his second Olympics this summer.

Claremont’s also putting rugby’s Peter Simmonds and Ed Kubek in for coaching excellence, and Joe Lott and Gerry Montgomery in the builder category.

The induction ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. in the gym, with  a formal mention of each athlete. More athletes will be added in the coming years.

It’s all part of an open house for alumni beginning at 3 p.m.

The school will be open with a series of designated “era rooms” for alumni to mix with others from the years surrounding their graduation.

CLAREMONT WALL OF FAME

Rich Harden (baseball)

Ryan Cochrane (swim/Olympics)

Paul Gait (lacrosse/Victoria Shamrocks)

Gary Gait (lacrosse/Victoria Shamrocks)

Wanda Rozwadowska (soccer/team Canada/U of Portland Pilot NCAA champ)

Harold Willers (Canadian hammer champion)

Iain Brambell (Canadian rower)

Fred Winters (volleyball)

Roslyn Lundeen

Colin Lundeen (volleyball)

Ray Rogers (rugby/James Bay/Canada)

Rob Robson (rugby/James Bay/Canada)

Chuck Shergold (rugby/James Bay/Canada)

Casey Walt (rugby/James Bay/Canada)

Reg Underwood

Mick Eckhardt

Carey Gustafson (soccer/Vikes)

Mingo Miguel  (volleyball/Canada beach)

Debbie Scott (track/Vikes)

Tony Theriault (Ironman-turned-paralympic-rower)

Greg Russell

Jeff Hurford

Kyle Greentree (hockey/Victoria Salsa/Philadelphia Flyers)

Riley McCormick (diving/Olympics)

Lindsay Jennerich (rowing/World Cup)

Matt Carere (volleyball)

Sarah Kaufman (MMA world champion)

Peter Simmonds (Coaching Excellence)

Ed Kubek (Coaching Excellence)

Joe Lott (Builder)

Gerry Montgomery (Builder)