The Gravenhurst council has proposed nominating snowboard champion Liam Brearley for the Lions Sports Hall of Fame.
It was the same week that Brearley was named to the National Park and Pipe Snowboarding National Team. He was previously part of the NextGen team where he made history as the first Canadian to win three medals at the Youth Olympic Winter Games in 2020. He also finished 3rd in the Cup season. world of last year.
Brearley explains that the NextGen team is made up of up-and-coming riders, while the national team is made up of the top nine riders Canada has to offer.
Being on the team doesn’t guarantee Brearley a trip to next year’s Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. There are competitions in the fall where he has to perform well to increase his qualifying push. The Olympic team will be selected on January 10, 2022. âEveryone is going to try to be at their best,â he said. “It’s going to be a hot fall.”
The Canadian Olympic website explains that the qualifying period for snowboarders runs from July 1, 2020 to January 16, 2022. Through World Cup and World Championship events, Brearley will need to earn enough points to reach a quota. predetermined. A maximum of 14 men and 14 women can be sent by each nation to compete.
âI don’t want to get ahead of myself, but I’m going to do my best in the fall for sure to try to be part of the team,â said Brearley.
The original motion put forward by Gravenhurst Council called for the Gravenhurst Children’s Park skate park to be renamed Liam Brearley Skatepark. This motion was defeated due to a conflict in city politics. Director of Recreation Services Shawna Patterson explained that to rename a park or facility in Gravenhurst in honor of someone, the city’s policy on naming public parks and recreation facilities says it does must be related to his celebrity. So in Brearley’s case, the skatepark is not suitable since he’s a snowboarder.
âI don’t understand politics,â Councilor Sandy Cairns said. She pointed out that Brearley helped design the park and is training there. âI just thought it would be an added excitement for the young people and the rest of our city to see this in the foreground,â she added. The Hall of Fame is located in the Terry Fox Auditorium, which Cairns says is out of the way, unlike the skatepark.
The Hall of Fame committee did not meet during the current term of the board due to a lack of members.