Comox Valley Record’s outdoors columnist reaps more acclaim

"I have no idea," Ralph Shaw says with a laugh when asked how many honours and awards he now has.

COMOX VALLEY RECORD outdoor and recreation columnist Ralph Shaw adds three more awards to his long list of achievements.

“I have no idea,” Ralph Shaw says with a laugh when asked how many honours and awards he now has.

Shaw, who has been the Comox Valley Record’s outdoor and recreation columnist for years, recently added three more awards to his already-long list. Shaw placed third in three categories of the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association’s Excellence in Craft awards for 2012: Fishing Article-Newspaper, Hunting/Shooting-Newspaper and Column of the Year.

Shaw says he is most proud of his placement in the Column of the Year category.

“I really feel good about this one because it’s in a competition with everybody that writes about the outdoors with Northwest Outdoor Writers and so it’s a pretty broad competition; it covers magazines, newspapers, anything that’s printed in the organization,” he explains.

Shaw, who is nearly 87, adds he enters competitions like this simply because he wants to make sure his writing is still relevant to readers.

He still hunts and fishes regularly and says he feels someone who writes columns about a specialty interest area should be out there doing the activities they are writing about.

He says he used to think of 87 as being “ancient” but is now realizing it’s not, noting one of his main fishing buddies is 93.

“The average age of our (fishing) crew is 90 and what I find encouraging…is that I don’t think people should think about getting old,” says Shaw. “We live in a time when people can do whatever they want to do — whether it’s playing golf or sewing or cooking or gardening, it doesn’t matter — but society says if you’re able to do it, do it.”

Shaw was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1984 for his devotion to aquatic habitat preservation. He received a Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and a Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, among many other achievements over the years.

Shaw’s outdoor and recreation column runs in the Record sports section every Thursday.

writer@comoxvalleyrecord.com

 

Just Posted

Affordable rental housing complex opens in Courtenay

The Braidwood facility will house 34 people at risk of homelessness

Applications open for record bursary, scholarship funding at North Island College

Current and future North Island College students can now apply for scholarships… Continue reading

Second Stage Players present laughter and love in We Are Family

Get your tickets early to see the Evergreen Club’s Second Stage Players’… Continue reading

Open house opens access for those suffering from vision loss

Pat Chicquen understands how isolating losing vision can be, which is why… Continue reading

Valley SPCA overwhelmed with 45 cats taken from local property

Many of the cats have never been around humans, or have never been touched or handled.

Affordable rental housing complex opens in Courtenay

The Braidwood facility will house 34 people at risk of homelessness

Comox Valley Hospice Society finds new Ocean Front home

Comox Valley Hospice Society (CVHS) recently announced plans to construct a new… Continue reading

Baby left alone in vehicle in Walmart parking lot

Williams Lake RCMP issue warning after attending complaint at Walmart Wednesday

Nowhere to grieve: How homeless people deal with loss during the opioid crisis

Abbotsford homeless advocate says grief has distinct challenges for those living on the streets

ICBC shifts to Alberta model, with higher rates, private insurers say

B.C. public insurance includes funding enforcement, driver licensing

B.C., feds accused of ‘environmental racism’ over Site C, Mount Polley

Amnesty International Canada says governments failed to recognize threats to Indigenous peoples

New Leger polls suggests federal Liberals lagging Conservatives

Overall, 31 per cent of respondents polled said they would vote for Justin Trudeau’s Liberals

Most Read