Williams Lake is proud to be the home town of Rick Hansen, Canadian Paralympian athlete and activist for people with spinal cord injuries, who became famous during his fundraising Man in Motion world Tour. On 21 March 1985 Rick embarked from Vancouver. Although public attention was low at the beginning of the tour, he soon attracted international media attention as he progressed on a 26-month trek, logging more than 40,000 km through 34 countries on four continents before crossing Canada. He returned to Vancouver's BC Place Stadium to cheering crowds of thousands on 22 May 1987 after raising $26 million for spinal cord research and quality of life initiatives. Like Terry Fox, he was hailed as an international hero.
Rick was one of the torchbearers and brought the flame into the stadium to light one of the final torch lighters in the 2010 Winter Olympics. At the opening ceremony for the 2010 Winter Paralympics his story was shown on a huge wraparound screen, before he took the stage and spoke to the crowd. Rick is currently president and CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation
, which has generated more than $200 million for spinal cord injury related programs.Carey Price
Born in Anahim Lake, west of Williams Lake, Carey Price is the outstanding goalie for the the National Hockey League's Montreal Canadiens. Carey Price was the Canadiens' first round selection (fifth overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Price spent his major-junior career with the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He backstopped Team Canada to a Gold Medal victory in the 2006-2007 World Junior Championships. He is the only goaltender in hockey history to be named CHL Goaltender of the Year, World Junior Championship's tournament MVP and win the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy all in the same year. He is also the only goaltender in hockey history to win the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy the same year as playing junior. He has been named several times in recent years to the NHL All Star Game, and in October of 2011 became the 7th youngest goalie in national Hockey League history to reach 100 wins.