Click here for the latest information on the Chemainus Road Corridor Upgrade Project.
Five New Members Inducted into Sports Wall of Fame
November 20, 2017
(Duncan, BC) Five inductees were added to the North Cowichan Duncan Sports Wall of Fame at induction ceremonies held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at the Cowichan Golf and Country Club.
Joining the accomplished list of Sports Wall of Fame members are:
- Shona (Armand) Shadlock Archery
- Gerry Hornett Football
- Glen Martin Golf and Soccer
- Matt Ellison Hockey
- Jack Rochon Hockey
Biographies of new inductees:
Shona (Armand) Shadlock
While there is no question Shona had a natural talent for archery, her success is greatly attributed to her hard work and commitment to the sport. Introduced to the sport by her father Jack, Shona quickly gained local success that propelled her to the Provincial and National stage. In field archery, Shona won the 1989 Canadian Championship and BC Summer Games Gold in 1990.
In 1990, Shona was also named to the Canadian National team, travelling to Nambucca Heads, New South Wales, Australia to compete in the International World Archery Championships. Shona competed in the Recurved Bare Bow competition which is one of archery's most demanding disciplines. Shona captured Gold and became the first Canadian ever to win a World's Junior Girls Recurved Bare Bow Championship.
A talented multi-sport athlete, Shona also excelled in softball, figure skating, basketball and was on the Cowichan Thunderettes High School Island Championship Field Hockey team in 1990. In 1990, Shona was also recognized by the City of Duncan Scroll of Honour as "Athlete of Year" and lit the BC Winter Games torch at the Opening Ceremonies held in the Cowichan Valley.
A powerful offensive lineman and a consummate leader both on and off the field, Gerry Hornett was not only a successful player, but gave back to the game he loved through coaching. Gerry started playing football with the Cowichan Timbermen and in 1975 the local team went undefeated in league play. His outstanding play with the Timbermen resulted in the 63, 220 lb. center receiving a scholarship to play at Bakersfield Junior College in California. After two years he returned to B.C. and played at Simon Fraser University where he had a standout career.
In 1979, Gerry was chosen in the first round and was the 4th overall pick in the Canadian Football League draft by the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The offensive lineman played for the Roughriders from 1979 to 1985, the Calgary Stampeders in 1985 and the Ottawa Rough Riders from 1985 to 1987.
Gerry joined the Victoria Payless as an Assistant Coach in 1987 until 1990. From 1994 to 1996, Gerry joined the BC Football Conference and was the Coach in 1994 and 1995.
Glen is one of those rare and genuine multi-sport athletes and coaches whose accomplishments truly inspire others. He was a champion golfer, a skillful soccer player and as a coach, reached unparalleled success guiding Cowichan teams.
As a young golfer, Glen carved a name for himself winning the Junior Championships at the Cowichan Golf and Country Club four times and at the March Meadows Golf Club three times. Glen followed up on his junior career by winning the Cowichan Club Mens Championship four times, the Cowichan Open as an amateur in 1986, and was chosen for the Winspear Cup team representing Vancouver Island three times.
As a soccer player, Glen competed at the highest level locally, playing on Juvenile touring teams and with the Senior Division 1 Club. Glen's greatest success was and still is, as a soccer coach. Glen is a prototypical players' coach, and under his last 12 years at the helm, the Cowichan Football Club Division 1 Senior Team has reached the historic Jackson Cup final seven times (winning four cups), won the Vancouver Island title four times, and has been a regular qualifier for the Provincial championship tournament.
Matts junior career started with the Kerry Park Islanders Junior B team and in 1999, he joined the Cowichan Valley Capitals Junior "A" Team. The talented and smooth skating center became one of the most popular and prolific players in Capitals team history. In his Caps career, Matt was named the teams Rookie of the Year, leading scorer, Most Valuable Player, and the Three Star Award Winner. In the 2001-2002 season, he led the BC Hockey League in scoring and was a Coastal Division 1st Team All-Star.
Matt was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 4th round pick of the 2002 Entry Draft (128th overall). With the Red Deer Rebels, Matt led the team with 40 goals and 96 assists, was named Canadian Hockey League Rookie of the Year, Western Hockey League Rookie of the Year and Second All-Star Team.
In his professional career, Matt played for the NHL Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers, and continues to play professionally in the Kontinental Hockey League where he is currently 7th on the all-time league scoring list, a two-time all-star setting a league record by scoring 7 goals in the 2016 All-Star Game. Matt also represented Canada at the 2015 Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland where the team won gold and the following year led his club team Minsk Dynamo in the 2016 Spengler Cup. He also helped Canada to a second-place finish behind Slovakia at the 2016 Deutschland Cup in Augsburg, Germany.
Jacks love of sports inspired him to become a long-time coach both in hockey and baseball. Jack was blessed with a wonderful skill set that enabled him to coach at a high level and achieve amazing success. Jacks coaching career included a wide age range, but it was at the Pee Wee hockey level where his teams truly became a provincial power-house.
The high profile and talented CKAY Pee Wee Capitals (1982 to 1984) captured the interest of not only hockey fans, but the community. The team attracted fans of all ages to watch a high power offence and a stellar defense that won almost 130 games in a two year span while only losing nine games. Along the way, the team won tournaments in Vernon, Nanaimo, North Shore and finally a Provincial Championship in 1983/1984. The championship game in 1984 was played in front of 1600 people at a sold out Cowichan Arena.
The true testament to the influence that Jack had on his young athletes is the fond admiration that as adults they hold for him today. A mentor and a teacher, Jack allowed his players to flourish, reach their full potential as athletes and most of all enjoy their chosen sport.
After his coaching days ended, Jack stayed in hockey as a scout for the Western Hockey League's New Westminster Bruins, Victoria Cougars, and later became a BC Hockey Association level 4 instructor for coaches. In recognition of his work, Jack was honoured with the BC Attorney Generals Award for fostering sportsmanship in the Province.