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Where are they now: Inman fashioned a glittering running career

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Each spring the Abbotsford Sports Hall of Fame unveils its Wall of Fame, which honours top local athletes between the ages of 14 and 25 for their exploits in the previous year. This is the second in our “Where are they now?” series, highlighting past Wall of Famers.

Courtney Inman was inducted to the Abbotsford Sports Wall of Fame for cross-country and track and field in 2003. This was in recognition of her first-place finish in the 800 metres at the B.C. high school championships in her junior and senior years with the W.J. Mouat Hawks.

Inman was a semifinalist at the 1998 World Junior Track Championships in France and finished second at the Canadian Junior Nationals in 1997 and 1998.

After graduating from Mouat, Inman attended the University of Washington in Seattle on a track scholarship. The highlight of her career as a Washington Husky was her fourth-place finish in the 1500m at the 2003 NCAA Division 1 Championships. This accomplishment earned her All-American status.

Inman graduated from the Washington with a business degree (human resources concentration) in 2003. She continued her running career as a carded and funded athlete with Athletics Canada, and represented Canada at the 2004 IAAF world cross-country championships in Belgium where she was part of the Canadian squad that won bronze in the team category. It was Canada's first-ever medal at the IAAF cross-country meet.

A recurring injury ended Inman's running career in 2006. Since that time she has worked in the human resources at a number of companies in Vancouver, including Relic Entertainment, Sitemasher and Eastside Games. She is the proud working mother of a two-year-old daughter and a newborn son.

Courtney’s love of running led her to provincial, national and international competitions. The work ethic, drive and ambition helped provide for her education and allowed her to travel the world. She is an inspiration to young people to pursue their dreams and work hard.

• The 2014 Abbotsford Sports Hall of Fame banquet will be held Saturday, April 26 at the Legacy Sports Centre at Rotary Stadium. Tickets are available at Hub Fire Engines or at Hub Motor Service.

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