Brian Langley - 2019 Athletics Canada Hall of Fame Inductee
June 10, 2019
Athletics Canada - Athletics Canada announced today that six individuals – three athletes, one coach, a builder and a former athlete in the in memoriam category – will be inducted into the Athletics Canada Hall of Fame on Wednesday, July 24, in advance of the 2019 Canadian Track & Field Championships and World Trials.
Middle-distance runner Angela Chalmers, long and triple jumper Edrick Floréal and marathoner Jacqueline Gareau will be inducted into the Hall of Fame’s Athlete category. Legendary track and field coach Dennis Fairall will join an elite group in the Coach category, Brian Langley, a dedicated official, executive, board member and volunteer, will be inducted into the Builder category, while sprinter Hilda Strike will be inducted into the In Memoriam category of the Hall of Fame.
The Class of 2019 will officially be welcomed into the Athletics Canada Hall of Fame during its Annual Awards and Hall of Fame Gala, being held in conjunction with the Fédération québécoise d’athlétisme’s Gala des Champions, at Le Crystal Salles de Réception on July 24.
Athletics Canada Hall of Fame Class of 2019
Angela Chalmers – Athlete
Edrick Floréal – Athlete
Jacqueline Gareau – Athlete
Brian Langley – Builder
Dennis Fairall – Coach
Hilda Strike – In Memoriam
Brian Langley (Halifax, N.S.)
A resume like none other, Brian Langley has dedicated his entire professional career and beyond to helping shape the sport of athletics from high school track and field/cross country to Athletics Canada’s high performance program.
In 1973, Langley was hired as the first executive director of the Nova Scotia Track and Field Association, where he went on to serve on its Board of Directors from 1974 to 1984, including in the role of President from 1980-84. He was elected Atlantic Representative to the Athletics Canada Board of Directors, and sat on various committees, including the National Team Committee, Competition Committee and Coaching Committee to name a few. Langley was elected Vice-Chair in 1987, a role in which he served in until 1992, then moving into the role of Chair for four years.
Over the course of his career, Langley served as the Head of Delegation/Team Leader at five World Championship events, in addition to the 1992 Olympic Games. He officiated at numerous Canadian National Championships, the Commonwealth Games, Pan American Games and World University Games. He also served on the Jury of Appeals and as a Technical Delegate at many international meets and as the meet director of five National Cross Country Championships, and assistant meet director of the Aileen Meagher International Track Classic.
Langley was awarded the Canada 125th Commemorative Medal for making a significant contribution to his fellow citizens, his community and to Canada in 1992, the IAAF Veterans Pin for Lifelong Contributions to Athletics in 1993 – at the time, he was the youngest individual to receive this award and only the second Canadian – and was the recipient of an Athletics Canada Recognition Award and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal. Langley has also been inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame and holds a place on the Lunenburg County Sport Heritage Society Wall of Honour.
About the Athletics Canada Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame was established in 2011 to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to the development and growth of athletics, celebrate the success of a coach at the international or national level and applaud the momentous accomplishments of an athlete or team.
For more on Athletics Canada’s Hall of Fame and a complete list of inductees, please click here.