CMA Hall of Fame 2019 Athlete Inductees

Canadian Masters Athletics Announces
2019 Hall of Fame Athlete Inductees

Based on recommendations made by the Hall of Fame Committee, the CMA Board inducts into the Canadian Masters Athletics Hall of Fame individuals who are judged to have made significant contributions to masters athletics in Canada, in either of two categories – as Athletes or as Executives/Administrators.

For the year 2019, two individuals will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, in the category of Athletes, Karla del Grande from Scarborough, ON, and Tom Dickson from Burnaby, BC.

Karla Del Grande has been a member of CMA for 16 years, and is now competing in the W65 age group. In that time, she has set numerous Canadian records. She currently (as of April) holds 24 individual and 10 relay Canadian records. She has broken 11 WMA records and currently holds 8. She has won 25 gold and 5 silver medals in individual events at WMA Indoor and Outdoor Championships, as well as several relay medals. Her age graded scores routinely reach over 100% with some as high as 105%.

She has been honoured for her prowess by her club, by the OMA, the CMA and the WMA, including being named the 2018 WMA Athlete of the Year in the female sprinter category.

In addition to her competing, she gives back to athletics as an official, a coach and as a member of the OMA Board of Directors from 2010 to 2016.

Tom Dickson has been a CMA member for 25 years and is now aged 65. He has competed in six Canadian Masters Championships, winning every event he ran. He has broken 13 Canadian records – often besting his own year after year. He has been a finalist in his specialty, the 100m, in 9 World Masters Outdoor Championships and, in a total of 6 Championships, Indoor and Outdoor, he has won 7 medals. He has also competed with great success at WMA regional meets, World Masters Games, Huntsman World Senior Games and US Masters Championships. He has been undefeated in 19 BC Masters Athletics Championships in the 100m and 200m.

Tom has been honoured by BC Athletics as Masters Track Athlete or Masters Track and Field Athlete of the Year 10 times.

He gives back to the sport as an official, a coach (often serving as Team BC coach at National Junior and Senior championships and Summer Games) and as a clinician in the National Coaching Certification Program.

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Presentation of Awards

The 2019 inductees into the Canadian Masters Athletics Hall of Fame will be invited to receive their awards at the CMA Awards Dinner, to be held on July 6, 2019, in conjunction with the Canadian Masters Athletics Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which are being held in Sainte-Thérėse, QC, or at such other suitable occasions which may be chosen by the winners.

For information, please contact:

Vern Christensen – Vice-President  vchristensen@guardiancapital.com
Paul Osland – President  CMA@canadianmasters.ca

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