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Esworthy lauded at Township meeting

David Esworthy, shown here as he received the H.D. Stafford Good Citizen award in 2008, has been named to the BC Sports Hall of Fame. He received a standing ovation from Township council on Monday night. - Langley Times file photo
David Esworthy, shown here as he received the H.D. Stafford Good Citizen award in 2008, has been named to the BC Sports Hall of Fame. He received a standing ovation from Township council on Monday night.
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David Esworthy was honoured in a way accorded to only a special few at a Township meeting: a standing ovation.

Esworthy was lauded by council and an almost-full public gallery on Jan. 23 in recognition for his induction into the B.C  Sports Hall of Fame.

The accolade recognizes the 83-year-old as a builder of equestrian sports in the province.

The 2012 class of inductees will be inducted on Sept. 20. The final list was chosen by a selection committee comprised of members of the BC Sports Hall of Fame board of trustees, the media and the sport community.

The committee sifted through a list of more than 120 nominees.

Esworthy has served as a rider, judge, steward, horse show organizer, horse show chair and industry advisor.

“The award was a complete surprise and farthest from my thoughts,” he told council and the audience.

“I’m still quite a bit overwhelmed by it.”

The eight councillors left their desks to follow Esworthy to the podium and shake Esworthy’s hand.

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