SportMedBC co-founder Dr. Jack Taunton was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum on September 25th, 2014.
One of the founding fathers of sport medicine in Canada, Dr. Taunton was one of 11 inductees in the Class of 2014 to be honoured at the September Banquet of Champions.
“Dr. Jack Taunton truly is one of the leaders in sports medicine in British Columbia and Canada. He is a co-founder of our organization and his passion and leadership inspire the sport and healthy living community,” said SportMedBC Executive Director Alison Cristall.
“His induction to the BC Sports Hall of Fame is a wonderful achievement and honour. Congratulations, Dr. Taunton!”
Dr. Taunton is currently the Director of Sport Medicine for Fortius Sport & Health.
“It’s such an appropriate way for him to go into the BC Sports Hall of Fame; as a Builder. He is that and more. Jack has made our community, our province and our field of sport & exercise medicine better on the strength of his leadership and his capacity to push the envelope and create new frontiers,” said Lynda Cannell, Chief Operating Officer of Fortius Sport & Health and the long-time former President & Chief Executive Officer of SportMedBC.
In addition to co-founding SportMedBC and the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Taunton worked with Vancouver’s Dr. Doug Clement to create the Vancouver Sun Run and the Vancouver Marathon.
Dr. Taunton served as Chief Medical Officer for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Under his leadership, that event was honoured by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as having the best sport medicine platform in Olympic Games history. Dr. Taunton has also consulted numerous international sport events and organizations and served as team doctor for the old Vancouver Grizzlies of the NBA.
– with files from Fortius Sport & Health