For The Record – April 2015

For The Record

Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2015

On Thursday, April 16th, President, Trent Fraser, and Induction Celebrations Chair, Linda Burnham, announced the seven inductees who will become the newest members to be enshrined as part of the Class of 2015. The inductees will be officially inducted at the 49th Annual Induction Ceremony to be held at the Conexus Arts Centre on Saturday, June 13th, 2015.

During the announcement, Linda noted that: “2015 has been declared The Year of Sport in Canada by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. The declaration from the Governor General celebrates the role that sport plays in our Canadian identity and its vital connection to the cultural fabric of our nation. Here, at the Saskatchewan Sport Hall of Fame, we certainly echo that sentiment which is truly embodied in our Class of 2015. We look forward to enshrining them during our Induction Celebrations in June. Their accomplishments will also be featured in our Dedication to Sport exhibit as we share with the people of Saskatchewan the great sport history of our province.”

The Class of 2015 includes:

IN THE ATHLETE CATEGORY:

Cliff Koroll – Hockey
Milos Kostic – Triathlon
Jason Parker – Speed Skating

IN THE BUILDER CATEGORY:

Sharon Tkachuk – Athletics
Richard “Dick” White – Multi Sport

IN THE TEAM CATEGORY:

1985 Moose Jaw Generals AA Senior Men’s Hockey Team – Hardy Cup Champions
2009 Eugene Hritzuk Senior Men’s Curling Team – 2009 World Senior Men’s Curling Champions

Tickets to the 49th Annual Induction Dinner & Ceremony are $100/person and are available directly from the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame via 306-780-9232, sshf@sshfm.com, or online at www.sasksportshalloffame.com.

In addition to the announcement of our latest class, there is plenty more going on here at the Hall. We invite you to come and see everything that is new and exciting within our walls, including our latest exhibit Chalk, Wheat and Diamonds: Saskatchewan ‘Ball.

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For the Record April 2015

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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Saskatchewan Athlete Of The Year Awards

Sask Sport Inc. is the umbrella organization for amateur sport in the province. Each year Sask Sport comes together with members of the sporting community, as well as the media, to select a group of individuals and teams from across the province to vie for their annual Sask Sport Awards. This year the competition for these accolades was as close as ever, thanks to the fact that our province continues to produce world-class caliber participants.

The list of 2012 nominees was one of the most outstanding we have ever seen and included the best of the best from around the province not only in terms of athletes, but coaches, officials and volunteers as well. 2012 also included two key individuals who have contributed in major way to the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and we wish to provide them some special recognition for their achievements.

Saskatoon’s Marg Tosh, has been an honoured member of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall Of Fame (SSHF) since 1978 and has played a major part in Canadian athletics history. Among her accomplishments, Tosh set a new Canadian open record in javelin at the Canadian Olympic trials in Hamilton, 1956. The record throw of 145’5” (44 m 32.3 cms) stood until 1964. Margaret competed in the Olympics at Melbourne, Australia in 1956. In 1957, at the Western Canada Championships, Margaret set a new provincial native record in javelin at 141 feet, 7 ½ inches (43 m 16.7 cms). She also finished first in the shot put. At the Commonwealth Games Trials in 1958, Marg placed first in javelin. A big congratulations goes out to her for being named 2012 Master Athlete of the Year for her continued success in athletics.

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Kaylyn Kyle, also of Saskatoon, was the recipient of the Female Athlete of the Year award thanks to her performance at the London 2012 Olympic Games.  Kaylyn was an integral part of the Canadian Women’s Soccer team who brought home the country’s first ever medal in the sport of Women’s Soccer and no doubt has set the stage for ongoing success in that arena. Earlier this year Kaylyn took time out of her busy schedule to come to the SSHF, sign autographs, take photos and inspire the youth of our province to chase their dreams no matter how big they may seem.

Of course, like Kaylyn many names on this list are still actively involved in sport and as such they are not currently eligible for induction into the SSHF. This does not mean, however, that they and numerous others may not someday have a home with us. The work they are putting in now is the hard part, after that they are welcome to be nominated for induction and a permanent place among the best in Saskatchewan sports history. The first step in that direction is of course nomination, which we welcome at any time and information on the subject can be found right here.

For the time being, we will enjoy the accomplishments of all of these athletes and builders as they continue to shape the face of sport in Saskatchewan for years to come. Below is a list of all this year’s winner and we at the Sask Sports Hall Of Fame would like to send a heartfelt congratulations to each and every one of them.

2012 Master Athlete of the Year
Marg Tosh, 75, Saskatoon, Athletics

2012 Youth Male Athlete of the Year
Jarret Kenke, 18, Saskatoon, Canoe Kayak

2012 Youth Female Athlete of the Year
Katelyn Lehner, 17, Prince Albert, Athletics – Heptathlon

2012 Male Athlete of the Year
Kelly Wiebe, 23, Regina, Athletics

2012 Female Athlete of the Year
Kaylyn Kyle, 24, Saskatoon, Soccer

2012 Team of the Year
Saskatoon Hilltops, Saskatoon, Football

2012 Volunteer Awards
Errol Berenbaum, Saskatoon, Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan
Elan Paluck, Regina, Saskatchewan Baton Twirling Association

2012 Coach of the Year Award
Tom Sargeant, Saskatoon, Football Saskatchewan

2012 Coach Dedication Award – Male
Brendan Curson, Saskatoon, Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan

2012 Coach Dedication Award – Female
Myra Kirk, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Baton Twirling Association

2012 Official Award – Male
Ken McArton, Dilke, Saskatchewan Curling Association

2012 Official Award – Female
Brenda O’Connor, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Athletics

-Winners list courtesy of Sask Sport Inc.