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Don Martin inducted to the BC Sports Hall of Fame - May 03, 2012


2012 Inductees of the BC Sports Hall of Fame

The British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame to induct nine individuals and one team for induction as part of its 2012 class.

“The 2012 Class of Inductees to be honoured by the BC Sports Hall of Fame is exceptional,” said Marion Lay, chair of the Selection Committee, “Our selection committee did an outstanding job of sifting through over 120 nominations. The Class of 2012 truly reflects the best of the best.”

Two of the individuals to be inducted have an outstanding background within the disabled sport area: Athlete Mike Edgson and Builder Don Martin.


A fixture in the BC sailing community for forty years, Vancouver’s Don Martin has been involved in the sport as a boat designer, boat builder, sailor, coach, mentor, judge, and official. Incorporated in 1975, Martin Yachts Ltd. has been responsible for the design and construction of over 600 composite craft up to 27 meters. Martin’s designs include the Martin 242, which has become one of the most popular one design keel boat classes in the Pacific Northwest, and the popular Martin 16, designed specifically for people with a disability to sail independently. Martin actually donated all design rights of the Martin 16 to the Disabled Sailing Association of BC. A co-founder of the Easter Seals Regatta in 1991, since its inception the event has raised over $1 million for children with disabilities. As a sailor, Martin’s resume includes numerous Canadian national titles, several North American championship victories, and participation in several Admirals’ Cup and America’s Cup efforts. An active international judge certified by the International Sailing Federation, Martin has volunteered at many of the world’s top competitions. Martin served as the team leader for both the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic sailing teams at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and Paralympics and more recently as coach of the 2004 and 2008 Canadian Paralympic sailing teams competing in Athens and Beijing respectively.

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