The 2016 Prince George Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet was held April 30 at the Hart Community Centre.
Our inductees this year were: Orv Claffey, hockey pioneer; Charlie Ghostkeeper, fastball coach and builder; Nino Fabbro, fastball coach and builder; and Audrey Foster, baseball/hockey administrator.
The same night, we recognized 12 local athletes with Youth Excellence Awards. This year, the awards went to Tyrell Laing (basketball), Brogan O'Brien (hockey), Ryan Gaiesky (track and field), Rylan Matters (football), Josiah Binnema (swimming), Evan Bichon (snowboarding), Hallie Drezet (volleyball), Jadyn Arnett (five-pin bowling), Hannah Esopenko (swimming), Tristina Howse (wrestling), Meryeta O'Dine (snowboarding) and Lavanna Laass (judo).
Congratulations to all, and thank you to everyone who attended the banquet. A special thanks to guest speaker Andy Beesley.