Dr. Jack Taunton, professor in the Department of Family Practice and neurotrauma investigator at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, will be inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame this week. He is being recognized as a Builder, in appreciation for his contributions to sports medicine and research.
Dr. Taunton is a pioneer of sports medicine in Canada. At UBC, he helped establish a post-graduate fellowship program in the Faculty of Medicine that focused on patient care, education and research. He was Chief Medical Officer at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, co-founder of SportMedBC and the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre at UBC, and, with coach and colleague Dr. Doug Clement, co-creator of the Vancouver Sun Run and Vancouver Marathon. Dr. Taunton has also worked with the Vancouver Canucks, Canadians, and Whitecaps, and was Team Physician for the Vancouver Grizzlies.
Induction to the BC Sports Hall of Fame recognizes excellence in sport, contribution to sport and the impact on sport in BC. The 2014 Inductees will be formally inducted to the BC Sports Hall of Fame at the 46th Annual Banquet of Champions at the Vancouver Convention Centre on September 25, 2014.
In July, Dr. Taunton was named SFU’s Inspiring Alumni in the Faculty of Science. An athlete himself, Dr. Taunton has completed more than 60 marathons and continues to run and race, cycle and cross-country ski.