Chan­dra Craw­ford

To Be In­ducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

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Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame an­nounced its Class of 2018 to be in­ducted at a cer­e­mony on Oct. 18 at the Toronto Metro Con­ven­tion Cen­tre. In­cluded among the eight in­ductees is cross-coun­try-ski great Chan­dra Craw­ford. The Olympic gold medal­ist will take her place in the Hall of Fame along with six-time world cham­pion wheel­chair racer Jeff Adams, four-time Grey Cup football cham­pion Da­mon Allen, ground­break­ing fe­male baseball player and broad­caster Mary Baker, Cana­dian div­ing leg­end Alexan­dre Des­patie, four-time Stan­ley Cup cham­pion Dave Keon, Olympic rower Dr. San­dra Kirby and in­dige­nous sport-pi­o­neer and ad­vo­cate Wil­ton Lit­tlechild. Craw­ford won a gold medal in the women’s cross-coun­try 1.1 km sprint at the 2006 Win­ter Olympics in Torino, Italy. She fin­ished her suc­cess­ful ca­reer with two World Cup wins and five podium fin­ishes, also win­ning gold at the 2005 Cana­dian Cham­pi­onships. Each of the in­ductees se­lected to join the Class of 2018 has fos­tered in­spi­ra­tion both on and off the field of play, us­ing sport as a plat­form to build a bet­ter coun­try for their fel­low ath­letes and all Cana­di­ans. In 2005, Craw­ford es­tab­lished Fast and Fe­male, a not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, to change the cul­ture around girls in sports and pro­vide in­spi­ra­tional role mod­els. With a vi­sion to create “a pos­i­tive, em­pow­er­ing en­vi­ron­ment for girls in sport,” the or­ga­ni­za­tion has grown and now hosts 50 events all over North Amer­ica with am­bas­sadors from 25 dif­fer­ent sports and reaches more than 3,000 girls aged eight to 18 an­nu­ally. “We are pleased to an­nounce the Class of 2018. This year’s Class has bro­ken down bar­ri­ers, blazed new trails and served as proud in­ter­na­tional am­bas­sadors for Cana­dian val­ues. This group of peo­ple is a great re­flec­tion of Canada’s rich sport­ing his­tory,” said Jan­ice Smith, in­terim pres­i­dent and CEO of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. – RJ

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