Gerry Swan

Builder - inducted in 2003

Gerry Swan has an unmatched resume of coaching and sports administration in the Abbotsford area. Gerry has been a coach and administrator of track and field for approximately 50 years. Starting in the early 1960s Gerry coached track and field athletes at Abbotsford Senior High School. He also coached for specialized track and field clubs such as the Vancouver Olympic Club and the the Richmond Kayaks. These experiences led Gerry to become a provincial, national and international coach. Gerry has coached Internationally at the Pan American and Commonwealth Games as well as Olympic and World Championships.

Gerry coached many athletes who won Canadian Championships and on the Olympic stage. These included Abbotsford Sports Hall of fame inductee Wendy Taylor and Kirk Bryde, as well as numerous middle distance runners such as Brit Townsend and Pam Medland.

Gerry has been President of the BC Athletics for many years and was also president of the BC high School Boys Basketball Association. Gerry has been head coach of the Valley Royals track Club since its inception in 1980.

Gerry has been recognized for many awards but one of the great events was to be selected to carry the 2010 Olympic Torch into the Gerry and Jane Swan Track at Rotary Stadium.

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