Bourgonje part of 2021 Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame induction class

Colette Bourgonje is headed to the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.

The 10-time Paralympic Games medalist was announced on Thursday morning as a member of this year’s induction class, which will be formally recognized at a yet to be determined date once it’s deemed safe to have large public gatherings again.

“I’m thrilled to be inducted into Saskatchewan’s Sports Hall of Fame,” Bourgonje said in a video that was posted on the SSHOF’s social media platforms on Thursday morning.

“I love this province and it’s a huge honour to be inducted…I’m definitely grateful and thrilled to be part of this sports family here in Saskatchewan.”

Bourgonje, who is originally from Porcupine Plain, is one of only five athletes to win a medal at both the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games.

She won two bronze medals each at the 1992 and 1996 Summer Paralympics in Barcelona and Atlanta, earned two silver medals at the 1998 Winter Paralympics in Nagano, captured two bronze medals at the 2006 Winter Paralympics in Torino and followed that up with a silver and a bronze medal at the 2010 Winter Paralympics in Vancouver.

Bourgonje was also inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2019.

The other members of this year’s Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame induction class are as follows:

  • Justin Abdou (Wrestling)
  • Rod Boll (Trapshooting)
  • Kaylyn Kyle (Soccer)
  • Shannon Miller (Hockey)
  • Lyndon Rush (Bobsleigh)
  • 2000-01 Regina Cougars Women’s Basketball Team (National Champions)
  • 2013 Saskatchewan Roughriders (Grey Cup Champions)

This year’s class was originally selected in 2020, but their induction was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.