Elizabeth Carter

Community Sports Builder - inducted in 2014

It is with great honour that Elizabeth (Liz) Carter has been inducted into the Abbotsford Sports Hall of Fame in the Community Builder Category for her outstanding contributions in the development of community tennis, the development and promotion of gymnastics for the Matsqui Abbotsford Recreation Commision, and assisted through her experience in the development of the Abbotsford Judo Club for the Mats qui Abbotsford Recreation Commission. She also was appointed to the Standing Advisory Committee for the Commission meeting monthly to provide input to the commission regarding recreation and sport in our community and chaired that committee for one year.

Liz was a founding member of the Valley Concert Society which has just celebrated its 30th year, a member of the 1993 Matsqui Abbotsford committee for the submission of a proposal to host the Canada Summer Games and was a committee member involved in the bid process and subsequent success of the Western Summer Games and has since served on the Accommodation Committee for the Disability Games and B.C. Summer Games. Liz had also been a member of the Board of Directors of this very Abbotsford Sports Hall of Fame for approximately 5 years and to this day still contributes to it's success.

In 1970 Liz started as a participant in tennis offered by the Recreation Commission and as suggested by the professional coaches at that time, Liz became an instructor and continued to teach at Jubilee Park tennis courts. Eventually the program became a club which continues to exist today for both men and women. Liz was also active in convincing the Council of the day to build new tennis courts adjacent to the MSA Arena and was very active in fund raising to assist the community in their construction.

In 1973 Liz also started teaching gymnastics for the Matsqui Abbotsford Recreation Commission and in 1977 the Commission decided that this should also be reorganized as a club with non-profit boards to oversee their operations. Liz took on the challenge of creating what became the Abbotsford Twisters Gymnastics Club with 150 members. School gymnasiums were utilized and the club grew to 250 members and it was decided a building of its own was required and through government support and fund raising a building was finally built and the club moved in 1988. The club currently accommodates approximately 1000 gymnasts each year.

Liz has received many awards for her efforts on behalf of our community, such as Year of the Child and Family Achievement Award in 1979, Freeman of the Municipality, and "Volunteer" Celebration 88 Award. Liz is truly the quintessential "Community Sports Builder".