Circle of champions



The Indigenous athletes and teams featured here in the Circle of Champions have each been inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame, considered the highest honour in BC sport. As the Indigenous Sport Gallery came to fruition, it became clear that the stories of Indigenous athletes and their accomplishments have been historically overlooked and have not been celebrated properly. The Circle of Champions, along with the entire Indigenous Sport Gallery, hopes to play a part in amplifying these stories and these athletes and teams as a crucial part of BC sports history. We hope that this will serve as inspiration to future generations of Indigenous athletes who could one day be inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame.

Terry Fox
Angela Chalmers
Alex Nelson / Ok’wilagame
Richard Peter
1936 North Shore Indians Lacrosse Team
Harry Manson / Xulsimalt
Kenny McLean
Ken Moore
Gino Odjick
Jack Poole
Wynn Gmitroski
Reg Underwood

Terry Fox (1958-1981) - Métis

In March of 1977, Terry was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma, a type of bone cancer. In hopes of having the highest chance of survival, doctors decided to amputate Terry’s right leg above the knee which was followed by a 16-month chemotherapy program. During this time Terry started playing wheelchair basketball with the Vancouver Cable Cars and training for his cross-country run. By April of 1980, Terry had run over 5,000km and was ready to start his Marathon of Hope. On April 12, 1980, Terry started by dipping his leg in the Atlantic Ocean near St. John’s, Newfoundland. Unfortunately, due to the cancer spreading to his lungs, Terry had to stop the Marathon of Hope in Thunder Bay, Ontario on September 1, 1980. Terry’s ongoing impact can be seen in the yearly Terry Fox Run which has raised more than $850 million towards cancer research since 1980.

Terry, one of Canada’s most beloved athletes, grew up unaware of his family’s Indigenous ancestry. After Terry’s grandmother, Marian Gladue, passed away in 2001 the family began to explore their Métis ancestry, tracing their roots to the Red River Valley in Manitoba. In 2014, Métis Nation BC posthumously awarded Terry the Order of the Sash for his contributions, sacrifices, commitment, and service to Canada. During the 2017 Toronto North American Indigenous Games closing ceremonies, Terry’s brother Darrell shared the story of their grandmother. Today, the Fox family is proud of their Métis heritage. Darrell Fox and his daughter are officially recognized members of the Métis Nation.

Induction Information

Induction Year: 1980
Category: W.A.C Bennett Award
Sport: Athletics

Terry Fox