Wilfrid equestrienne Jessica Phoenix is now a member of the Durham District School Board’s Hall of Fame.
The two-time Olympian and five-time medalist at the Pan Am Games received the honour during a virtual ceremony Tuesday (Feb. 16).
This year’s class of inductees also includes Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott, NHL legend Dale Hawerchuk and multi-platinum songwriter Geoff Warburton.
“It’s an honour to be inducted into the Definitely Durham Hall of Fame! The 2020 group of inductees is very impressive and I’m humbled to be included,” Phoenix said.
“I received a wonderful education in Durham Region and now with my children attending a DDSB school, it really feels like it’s come full circle.”
Phoenix won individual gold and team silver in eventing at the Pan Am Games in 2011, individual silver and team bronze in 2015 and another team bronze in 2019.
She also represented Canada at the Olympic Games in 2012 and 2016 in addition to several appearances at the World Equestrian Games.
Phoenix teamed up with her sister, Julie Fitz-Gerald, to author a book – titled RISE: The Jessica Phoenix Story – and toured a number of Durham schools upon its release in 2019.
“My sister and I also travel to Durham schools on our RISE School Tour, encouraging students to cultivate perseverance, courage and determination. It’s a great feeling to motivate and inspire the next generation,” she said.
Phoenix was nominated by Scott Howard, one of the owners of The Brock Voice.
She is also a member of the Brock Township Sports Hall of Fame.