A Mid Autumn Night’s Dream Is Fast Approaching

Do you have your tickets yet for A Mid Autumn Night’s Dream? We are only 1 week away (Friday, October 25) from our fundraising partnership with the MacKenzie Art Gallery. Full details are available at http://mackenziegala.ca/. You can purchase your tickets online through the website or give us a call at 306-780-9232 to arrange for your purchase.

Here is a list of the packages (to date) available in the Silent Auction:

  • Three Generations of Pride framed print by Jeremy Bresciani and autographed by George Reed, Roger Aldag & Wes Cates
  • The Little General framed print by Jeremy Bresciani
  • The Little Prairie Girl original acrylic on canvas by Gwen Ridout (2013 SSHF Inductee)
  • Chris Getzlaff Action Figurine hand painted by Canadian Custom Sports Figures
  • Panda Bear Racquet original woodwork by Eleanor Ryan framed in a Head Tennis Racquet
  • Personalized Louisville Slugger Bat
  • Smile, You’re on Camera! 2 Hour Rental courtesy of Facebook PhotoBooth valued at $600
  • MacKenzie Art Gallery Vault Tour & Reception
  • Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame Grey Cup Reception
  • Conexus Arts Centre Theatre Package Four (4) tickets to an upcoming performance of the Bidder’s Choice
  • High Tea & Concertos High Tea for Four (4) at the Hotel Saskatchewan and Two (2) tickets to any RSO Concert in the 2013/2014 Season
  • Up, Up & Away Hot Air Balloon Ride for Two (2) courtesy of CTV
  • icubanéate! 6 weeks of a Beginner Salsa group class for a couple
  • Hurry Hard! Three (3) private instructional curling sessions (for any experience level) with World Champion, Linda Burnham and an Ivory handle curling “rock” sculpture
  • Night Cap Theatre Two (2) single tickets to the 2013/2014 Globe Theatre Mainstage Production of the Bidders choice and Napoleon Laine Brandy 750 ml
  • Kerry Joseph, Labour Day framed print by Drew Hunter autographed by Kerry Joseph.
  • Kevin Harvick NASCAR Package including NASCAR collectable 1:24 Scale Stock Car autographed by Kevin Harvick with podium showcase, NASCAR golf shirt & NASCAR ball cap

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Artists who have contributed to the Live Auction include:

  • Anne Brochu Lambert
  • Heather Cline
  • David Garneau
  • Kyle Herranen
  • Miranda Jones
  • Kimberly Kiel
  • Belinda Kriek
  • Sharron Labatt
  • Wee Lee
  • Jeannie Mah
  • Grant McConnell
  • John Noestheden
  • Jason Robins
  • Melanie Monique Rose
  • Joseph Sanchez
  • Brendan Schick
  • Gerri Ann Siwek
  • David Thauberger
  • Debbie Wozniak-Bonk

Images of the art work can be viewed at http://mackenziegala.ca/art/

Gala Raffle Ticket Sales

Have you got your tickets to the BIG game yet? Perhaps we can help with the 2013 Gala Art Auction Raffle.

  • The Prize: Two (2) tickets to football’s biggest game of the year to be hosted in Regina on November 24, 2013, plus a limited edition photograph of George Reed, printed on canvas and autographed. Just added to the prize package is an autographed George Reed jersey!
  • The Price: 1 ticket for $20 or 3 tickets for $50. Tickets can be obtained from the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame (in person or by phone @ 306-780-9232) or at the MacKenzie Art Gallery Shop (in person).
  • The Draw: Friday, October 25, 2013 during the Gala Art Auction. The winner does not need to be present at the event to win. The winner will be contacted by October 28, 2013. And, we would be delighted to deliver the prize package should the winner reside out of town!

 

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A Mid Autumn Night’s Dream: Art & Sport Gala

Ticket sales are well under way for A Mid Autumn Night’s Dream on Friday, October 25. You can call us direct at 306-780-9232 to order yours or purchase them online at www.mackenziegala.ca  Members of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and the MacKenzie Art Gallery can purchase tickets for $90 (including a $30 tax receipt).  Non-member tickets are available for $100 (including a $40 tax receipt).

Here are all of the latest details that you need to know.

Live Auction contributors include a number of well-known Saskatchewan artists:

  • David Thauberger, Fresh Snow
  • Jeannie Mah, Black Amphora
  • Debbie Wozniak-Bonk, Yin and Yang (Dypth)
  • David Garneau, Batoche Pattern II
  • Kyle Herranen, Circles
  • Kimberly Kiel, In Performance
  • John Noestheden, Cluster #4
  • Anne Brochu Lambert, Home-Land Series
  • Sharron Labatt, Nestled in the Valley
  • Heather Cline, Game Day
  • Brendan Schick, Black Sun
  • Jason Robins, Ladies
  • Grant McConnell, Berry Pickers
  • Wee Lee, Dare to be Different
  • Gerri-Ann Siwek
  • Miranda Jones
  • Belinda Kriek
  • Melanie Monique Rose

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Silent Auction contributors include:

  • Jeremy Bresciani, Three Generations of Pride, autographed by George Reed, Roger Aldag & Wes Cates
  • Jeremy Bresciani, The Little General
  • Gwen (Wall) Ridout, original art
  • Plan B Design, original art on a steer skull
  • Jason Robins, original art
  • Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, personalized Louisville Slugger Bat
  • NASCAR Hall of Fame, NASCAR collectibles package autographed by Kevin Harvick
  • Facebooth Photo Booth, 2 Hour Photobooth Rental
  • Globe Theatre, 2 Tickets to a Globe Theatre Mainstage production of choice
  • Conexus Arts Centre, 4 Tickets to an upcoming production of choice
  • Hotel Saskatchewan Radisson Plaza, High Tea for 4
  • Cubaneate Dance, 6 weeks of a Beginner Salsa group class for a couple
  • CTV, Hot Air Balloon Ride for 2

More items are being added daily…..

Can’t attend the big event but want to help out in some way?  Consider purchasing raffle tickets for what can only be described as the BIGGEST game of the year (in Regina anyway).  The draw will be held at the Gala but the winner does not have to be in attendance to claim their prize of 2 tickets to the BIG game, and an autographed canvas print of George Reed. Tickets are $20 each or 3 for $50.  Call 306-780-9232 to purchase or drop in to the SSHF.

A Mid Autumn Night’s Dream is designed to be a highly entertaining evening celebrating athletic accomplishment alongside artistic impression.  We hope that you will join in the fun!

For The Record : August/September 2013

The latest edition of For The Record is now available online. Contained within its pages you will find information on the following upcoming events at, or involving, the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame (SSHF):

  • Inductee Nomination Deadline – Tuesday, October 1st at 5 p.m.
  • Roughrider Alumni Autumn Golf Classic – Monday, September 23rd
  • A Mid Autumn Night’s Dream – Friday, October 25th

For The Record August/September 2013

Our current exhibit, The Boys AND Girls of Summer, will only be available for viewing until Friday, September 6th.  This exhibit highlights the individuals and teams who are recognized in the Hall of Fame, along with many of the artifacts that they have donated to our permanent collection.  Do you know that the SSHF has 36 inductees recognized for baseball, softball and fastball.  Included in this group are:

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Terry Puhl
Mary “Bonnie” Baker
Darlene Solie
David Pearce
Daisy Junor
Eugene McWillie
Reggie Cleveland
Larry Pavloff
Keith McLean
Glenn Reeve
Brenda Staniforth
Edmund Bitz
Laura Malesh
Gil Strumm
1969 & 1970 Saskatoon Imperials Fastball Teams
1969 Saskatoon Merchants Fastball Team
1973 Melville Midget Elks Baseball Team

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[column columns=6] Bob Van Impe
Muriel Coben
Don Funk
Shirley Kowalski
Mille (Warwick) McAuley
Robert Sawatzky
David Shury
Nada Hlohovsky
Donna Veale
Jay Sim
Andy Zwack
Cas Pielak
Pete Prediger
Arleene (Johnson) Noga
1970 Weyburn Canadians Fastball Team
1978 Saskatoon Imperial 400 Fastball Team
1973 Saskatoon Blue Angels Softball Team
1989 Melfort Cheyenne Chev Olds 222’s Softball Team

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Among the treasures on display are artifacts donated in support of the careers of our inductees, our Louisville Slugger bat collection, uniform samples from the 1940’s through to present day, and components of Arleene Noga’s collection of artifacts specific to the All American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL).  If you have ever seen the movie, A League of Their Own, you have some knowledge of the League and how women kept the sport alive during WWII.  The SSHF is pleased to have five players from the AAGPBL honoured in the Hall of Fame including Mary “Bonnie” Baker, Muriel Coben, Daisy Junor, Mildred (Warwick) McAuley, and Arleene (Johnson) Noga.  Saskatchewan contributed a total of 26 women to this league out of a total Canadian contingent of 64 players. During the League’s existence (1943-1954) it is estimated that 600 women played on its teams.  Thanks to Arleene and her ability to save just about everything, the SSHF has a very comprehensive collection specific to the AAGPBL.

With the approach of autumn comes the beginning of our Grey Cup celebrations.  Next up is the installation of our first football themed exhibit, Countdown to the Grey Cup: A Salute to the 1966, 1989 & 2007 Saskatchewan Roughrider Champions, opening on September 16th.

There is always something new at the SSHF.  Take the opportunity to check us out in person at 2205 Victoria Avenue and celebrate Saskatchewan’s sport history!

 

Roughrider Alumni Autumn Golf Classic

We are pleased to confirm a brand new partnership with the Saskatchewan Roughrider Alumni Association.  It’s a natural fit given that the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame is the official repository for the Saskatchewan Roughrider Collection, effectively ensuring that we preserve the legacy of the Rider alumni.  It has recently been announced that the net proceeds from the Roughrider Alumni Autumn Golf Classic will be shared between the Saskatchewan Roughrider Alumni Association and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.

The Autumn Golf Classic will take place in Saskatoon on Monday, September 23 at the Saskatoon Golf & Country Club. Registration and Lunch begin at 11 a.m. with a Shotgun Tee-Off starting at Noon.

Rider fans can golf with the likes of Terry Bulych, George Reed, Al Ford, Steve Mazurak, Dale West, Dan Rashovich, Roger Aldag, Greg Fieger, Preston Young, Carm Carteri, Cleveland Vann, Rob Bresciani, Quinn Magnuson, and more….

Registrations are accepted as teams of three ($900) or as individual entries ($325).  Your registration includes 18 holes of scramble golf with a power cart, Lunch, and Dinner following the tournament in the Clubhouse.  Each participant will also receive an exclusive limited edition commemorative Mosaic Stadium Grey Cup collectible gift.  Registrations close September 15.

Full details specific to the tournament, sponsorship opportunities, and a registration form can be found in the link below. Grab your friends and make a day of it!

For additional information please contact the organizing committee co-chairs:

Hugh Vassos at hvassos@sasktel.net or 306.222.5392
George Reed at george.reed@saskgaming.com or 306.787.5418

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Sport & Art – A Mid Autumn Night’s Dream

We are excited to announce that the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame is partnering with the MacKenzie Art Gallery to host a Gala Art Auction, which will take place Friday, October 25 at 6:30 pm in the T.C. Douglas Building, Regina.   Not sure about the “Gala Art” concept?  Don’t be worried.  This event is designed to be a whole lot of fun and dressing up is definitely encouraged!

This event, A Mid Autumn Night’s Dream, will take a step back in time to ancient Greece where the artistic expression of sculptors, poets, and artisans was celebrated alongside the athletic events of the Olympic Games.

* The Live Auction will feature a variety of works generously donated by a wide range of talented Canadian artists. Get your game on and bid up your fellow art & sport enthusiasts to add to your own personal art collection!

* The Silent Auction will have an impressive array of packages including artwork and experience packages created for the ultimate art & sport enthusiasts.

* Topping off the evening will be a number of raffle prize draws featuring an assortment of unique prizes.

This enchanting evening of art and sport will raise much needed funds for the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and the MacKenzie Art Gallery.  Ticket sales are now live.  To purchase tickets and learn more about the event, please check out the link available at http://mackenziegala.ca/

We are excited about this new partnership and we hope to see you at A Mid Autumn Night’s Dream!

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Win a Rider VIP Experience

The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame has been lucky enough to work alongside the Saskatchewan Roughriders and bring you a once in a lifetime opportunity. We have been given the chance to draw the name of one lucky visitor through our doors to view a Rider home game like few others have. That’s not all we have for you though, in just a few weeks we will be bringing you an afternoon of fanfare and fun courtesy of the Green and White!

Saturday July 20th, 2013 1-3 pm we are hosting a Rider Pride Family Day! Dress up in your Rider gear and come celebrate Saskatchewan’s football legends. Join us in an afternoon of fun football games, make a craft, get your photo taken at a peek-a-boo photo booth and score some treats (while supplies last). Roughrider Alumni will be on hand for an autograph session (ONE item per person).

Of course you can also enter to win the Saskatchewan Roughrider VIP Fan prize package! (The prize package includes: Four VIP tickets to the July 21st game, including a pre-game meal and all four guests will experience the pre-game ceremonies on the sidelines of Taylor Field). Admission: $2 per person.

Don’t forget you can also enter to win the draw during the festivities of I Love Regina Day tomorrow, Saturday July 6.

 

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Sask Sports Hall of Fame at I Love Regina Day

The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame is partnering with the City of Regina and other attractions to celebrate I Love Regina Day on July 6.  Come & share the excitement with activities in Victoria Park and a reduced admission of $2 to the Hall (*members are free).

Between 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. there will be games, crafts, and a photo peek-a-boo out in the Park (along with lots of other activities)

When you get too hot head into the Hall to check out our latest exhibits, participate in the Scavenger Hunt, and enter the door prize draw for a Saskatchewan Roughrider VIP Fan Experience.

Come on out and share in the fun!  We look forward to seeing you.

If you’d like more information regarding I Love Regina Day you can check out the link included here

Or as always you can contact us via:
Email : sshf@sshfm.com
Phone : (306) 780 – 9232
Facebook
or Twitter

Induction 2013

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This past weekend marked perhaps the most important day on our calendar as we officially inducted our Class of 2013, which included 8 individuals as well as one championship team. A variety of sports were recognized including athletics, hockey, triathlon, lawn bowls, sports medicine and wheelchair rugby as part of this incredible class.

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There is a massive amount of coverage coming through each of the channels we have at our disposal, but we thought we would kick things off by giving all of you a small overview of what happened on both Friday and Saturday of last week. Included in this first post are just a few of the photos that were taken over the weekend as well as some of the information on each inductee.

Keith Roney : 2013 inductee

Keith Roney : 2013 inductee

Gwen (Wall) Ridout : 2013 inductee

Gwen (Wall) Ridout : 2013 inductee

Family of Garth Boesch: 2013 inductee

Family of Garth Boesch: 2013 inductee

Members of the 1998 University of Saskatchewan Huskies Football Team: 2013 inductees

Members of the 1998 University of Saskatchewan Huskies Football Team: 2013 inductees

Evelyn (Gorin) Nesdole: 2013 inductee

Evelyn (Gorin) Nesdole: 2013 inductee

Donald Gallo: 2013 inductee

Donald Gallo: 2013 inductee

Chuck Armstrong: 2013 inductee

Chuck Armstrong: 2013 inductee

Allan Semeniuk: 2013 inductee

Allan Semeniuk: 2013 inductee

Vern Pachal: 2013 inductee

Vern Pachal: 2013 inductee

Over the course of the next few weeks we will be bringing you everything from additional photos, short videos produced for each inductee. Below are the names of each inductee and a brief look at the many accomplishments that they have between them.

We would also like to take this opportunity to invite each and every one of you to come into the Hall and view the newest look of our third gallery, Dedication to Sport: Our Newest Inductees, which is currently displaying a plethora of information and a dedicated exhibit for each member of the Class of 2013.

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2013 Class Induction This Saturday

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We are now only a few days away from our 47th Annual Induction Ceremonies.

Please remember that the format of the induction celebrations has changed.  The President’s Reception hosted from 5 – 6 p.m. is your opportunity to visit and eat!  The Centre of the Arts has a delicious menu planned and we encourage everyone to arrive promptly at 5 p.m. in order to adequately enjoy the spread prior to the Induction Ceremony that begins at 6:15 p.m.  We are once again pleased to include a Parade of Past Inductees to start the induction festivities off whereby we celebrate the achievements of those past inductees in attendance.  Following our June 15 induction we will have 488 inductees installed in the Hall of Fame.  It is a very impressive group and one that is collectively worth celebrating every chance we get.

Congratulations to the Class of 2013 members: Garth Boesch, Allan Semeniuk, Vern Pachal, Keith Roney, Gwen (Wall) Ridout, Donald Gallo, Chuck Armstrong, Evelyn (Gorin) Nesdole, and the 1998 University of Saskatchewan Huskies Football Team.  We look forward to officially welcoming you into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.

 

Doors Open Regina

Those of us who are involved with the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame know that it is a special place. Not only because of the timeless pieces it holds with regards to the sporting world, but also because of the rich historical value it holds in this province.

Housing some of Saskatchewan’s most memorable and valuable sporting artifacts, the hall provides countless hours of learning, observation and storytelling the likes of which exists in few other buildings on the planet. Sport however, is not the only thing it has to offer.

Thanks to a new event hosted by Regina Downtown BID entitled Doors Open Regina we have been given the chance to show off not only the contents of the Hall, but the Hall itself. There is a rich history within the building, almost as rich as the history of the building itself.

For example, did you know that the Hall is located in the Land Titles building along with several other sport related associations for the province? The Land Titles building was the first building commissioned by the new provincial government in 1906 and was officially completed in 1910. There are many features of the building which coincide with not only building trends of the time but also things like concrete and marble construction which corresponded with fireproofing codes of the 1910s.

There is so much history, not only with the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, but also with our incredible Land Titles building that it would be impossible to share it all with you in a few words on this site.

This is why the Hall, in cooperation with Doors Open Regina would like to invite you all to come experience it for yourself at a free open house on Saturday June 1. Our exhibits will be on display free of charge during our regular hours, with the event itself running from 10am-2pm. Also on display will be many of the other iconic buildings in Regina’s downtown area.

Induction Weekend Is Only Five Weeks Away

We are five weeks out and preparations are well under way for the 47th Annual Induction Ceremonies.  Open up the latest edition of For The Record to get all of the details on the Class of 2013, event information, our host hotel the Hotel Saskatchewan Radisson Plaza, and the many other sponsors committed to this event.

Tickets can be ordered individually or as tables of 8.  All tickets are $50 each.  Please identify if you are coming to celebrate a particular inductee when you order your tickets.  This will allow us to coordinate our seating plan more effectively.

Please remember that the format of the induction celebrations has changed.  The President’s Reception hosted from 5 – 6 p.m. is your opportunity to visit and eat!  The Centre of the Arts has a delicious menu planned and we encourage everyone to arrive promptly at 5 p.m. in order to adequately enjoy the spread prior to the Induction Ceremony that begins at 6:15 p.m.  We are once again pleased to include a Parade of Past Inductees to start the induction festivities off whereby we celebrate the achievements of those past inductees in attendance.  Following our June 15 induction we will have 488 inductees installed in the Hall of Fame.  It is a very impressive group and one that is collectively worth celebrating every chance we get.  Click on the Ticket Order Form tab below to reserve your seat to help celebrate not only the Class of 2013, but also all of those representing Saskatchewan’s sport heritage.

For The Record May 2013

 

Hall Of Fame Induction Ticket Order Form

Laura Bewcyk Dahlstrom Joins The Team

It is my pleasure to announce that Laura Bewcyk Dahlstrom has joined the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame staff as our new Education Coordinator effective this past Wednesday on April, 24.

Laura brings with her a diverse background that will serve the SSHF well in our education portfolio.  She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Regina (UofR), and is currently completing a Masters of Science within the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies, also at the UofR.

Laura’s previous work experience makes her the ideal person to fill this role, and we could not be happier to have her join our team.  In addition to her most recent employment as a Sessional Lecturer and Research Assistant within the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Laura has served as a Teaching Assistant with Montessori of Regina, a Program Leader with the City of Regina, and an Aquatic Director and Camp Counselor through the Lumsden Beach Camp.  As an aside, Laura is also an accomplished UofR Track & Field athlete having competed nationally at the CIS level from 2004-9.

I encourage you to take the opportunity to stop by the SSHF and introduce yourself to Laura.

2013 Hall Of Fame Induction Class

Today was a special day for the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame as it marked the announcement of our Class of 2013. Earlier this morning in a gathering of media, as well as those closest to the inductees, we were honoured to include these individuals, as well as one team who will now join other Saskatchewan sports legends in the highest sporting honour this province has to offer.

Included below are the names and faces of the inductees, along with a short list of their accomplishments. In the coming weeks we will have created full biographies for them and as soon as they are listed on our website the links will be provided here. Another huge congratulations goes out to everyone in this year’s Class!

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We would also very much like to thank the sponsors of this year’s event:
Pro AV, Barker’s Trophies, Signature Graphics, Access Communications, Conexus Arts Centre, Saskatchewan Lotteries, Molson Coors, Designer Photographics, Sharpshooter Photography, Firecube Video Services & The Hotel Saskatchewan Radisson Plaza.

For The Record Newsletter : March 2013

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There has been more excitement than ever surrounding The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame as we move closer to our 2013 induction, as well sitting on the edge of some great new advancements that promise to help move the hall toward the future faster than we ever have before.

With so much going on, and more happening every day, we like to keep those of you who are interested in the hall as informed as possible with regards to everything that is taking place within our walls, as well as in our community.

This is why we release ‘For The Record’, so that each and every one of you can get a detailed bit of insight into what we have been working on and the initiatives and endeavors we will be undertaking in the near future.

So here it is, for your reading pleasure, the March 2013 edition of For The Record. Enjoy!

Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or comments involving both The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and For The Record via our FACEBOOK and TWITTER pages which can be found with the attached links.

For the Record March

Never Give Up – Regina

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Last week I had the privilege of attending one of the most heartfelt, emotionally charged and inspiring events I have ever been a part of. It was the Regina portion of the “Never Give Up” tour, which is put on by The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame with help from our friends at SaskEnergy. It featured stories from two individuals whose lives and careers have been full of action, excitement and life lessons like few others, even in a sporting world where incredible stories seem to be commonplace.

The event started with a couple of great introductions, which gave our elementary school audience a premise for the almost unbelievable tales they were about to hear. First up was Regina-born Kia Byers, who has accomplished more in less than three decades than most would hope to in an entire lifetime.

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Her story is one of dedication and success which was driven by her motivation to achieve a number of goals and supported by a loving family, great coaches and teammates and an entire country behind her as she worked day in and day out for nearly fourteen years to get where she is today.

Along her path there were numerous setbacks, from injuries, to losses, to near misses that may have forced a lesser-driven athlete to abandon their dreams all together. Instead, Kia used them as fuel to pull herself off the proverbial mat and continue pushing forward, willing herself to never give up.

As she grew somewhat older and in the process wiser, Kia found a way to quantify her progression and accomplishments, which would not only help her stay the course, but also feel rewarded on her way to achieving her long-term goals.

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She spoke to our young audience about the importance of setting targets for yourself, not only on a grandiose scale like she had with the Olympic Games, but also taking smaller steps along the way like giving yourself personal bests for the sport or activity you are participating in.

Perhaps more importantly however, Kia talked about how her journey has shown her that being a top-level athlete is not the most paramount thing in life. When something like an injury happens, even the most accomplished in a sport are forced to look at life outside of competition and this lead Kia to reflect on herself and refocus on becoming “The best Kia” she could be.

Our second speaker, who throughout his life has been of the mindset that a solid background in sport and athletics should merely serve as a platform to create an outstanding individual, later reiterated this lesson.

This was especially touching in Kia’s case because, while she is no longer actively in the sport of Sprint Kayaking competitively, she is about to embark on her most rewarding journey to date as an expectant mother. With these unforgettable lessons and experiences under her belt, there was not a single doubt in the entire audience that both the young mom and her child will continue to set a great example of how sport can help to mold incredible individuals who not only inspire us, but serve the world well in their daily lives.

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The second speaker who I mentioned above, has been the focus of the Never Give Up tour as his book of the same name has served as the focal point of previous presentations and continues to not only inspire the young audiences he addresses, but countless readers and adults he has spoken to over the years.

His name is Ted Jaleta and his accomplishments as a distance runner, which are quite impressive, continue to be overshadowed by his story of survival and the way he inspires hundreds of people to continue on in the face of adversity, even when the odds seem insurmountable against them.

Ted was born and raised in Ethiopia; where the hurdles he faced make most in our daily lives seem like mere speed bumps. While his mother and father had never been exposed to any level of education themselves, there was nothing more important in their eyes than for their son to have a chance for a better life; they saw this opportunity through education.

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Young Ted first found he was a gifted runner not through love for the sport, as he was unaware that even existed. Rather he honed his skills with the miles of running he had to do each day in order to get to and from school. For Ted running was a means of daily transportation before it was ever a means to see the world through competition of any sort. If you were to ask him nearly fifty years ago a younger Jaleta had aspirations of a World Cup soccer title and none of international road racing success.

While his skill as a runner maybe have come by accident, it did lead Ted to national level success and even saw him groomed as a potential Olympian who might one day represent his country on the world’s biggest stage.

After years of struggling to attain an education while growing as a racer, Ted was faced with more adversity as he attempted to pursue post secondary knowledge. During this time, Ted was persecuted within his nation and forced to flee and hide just to survive.

After spending time literally on the run and seeking refuge at a camp in Kenya, Mr. Jaleta was fortunate enough to be sponsored by the Canadian government and find a new home here in Regina, where he has resided since 1982.

In the years since arriving here, he has once again overcome struggle. This time it was not survival that he was worried about but rather, fitting in and making a life for himself in a city, and country which he knew next to nothing about.

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Like Kia however, strong life lessons had been learned along his journey and he used the knowledge he had gained over the years to persevere and strive unwaveringly for as long as he needed to see his dreams become a reality.

Ted is now happily married with a beautiful family and spends his time working and speaking with the youth of the community, looking only to give them the same incredible opportunities he has been able to take advantage of. He still runs of course, only it is no longer with the same consequence it once was, nor as Ted will tell you, with the same speed.

At the end of the day, the curious young minds that filled the auditorium where filled with many new thoughts, questions and of course the important knowledge and inspiration they need so that when life deals them a set back, they too will find a way to never give up.

Thanks again to our presenting sponsor, SaskEnergy, as well as The Regina Performing Arts Center for the amazing opportunity to hear these two incredible stories told. I would like to invite all of you to take some time and find out a little more about Kia and Ted, as the few words I have written here simply do not do them justice.

Read more about Kia Byers at her website – www.kiabyers.com

Find more on Ted Jaleta via his online resource – www.tedjaleta.com
as well as right here at The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame on:
Ted Jaleta’s Inductee Profile Page.