Meet the 2014 Sochi Saskatchewan Olympians & Paralympians

The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame will be hosting many of the 2014 Sochi Saskatchewan Olympians & Paralympians this afternoon, Tuesday May 6 between 4-6 p.m. for a public autograph session. What better place to do this than against a backdrop of our exhibit, The Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games presented by McDougall Gauley, which will close with the conclusion of this public event.

Admission to the autograph session is free. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Autograph cards will be offered to all attendees while supplies last.

Attending this afternoon’s event are athletes, coaches and volunteers from the Games, including:

Colette Bourgonje (Paralympian)
Adam Burwell (Olympic, Coach)
Kali Christ (Olympian)
Ben Coakwell (Olympian)
Karen Howard (Olympic, Official)
Brittany Hudak (Olympian)
Marsha Hudey (Olympian)
Curtis Hunt (Paralympic, Coach)
Wayne Kiel (Paralympic, Coach)
Susan Lang (Official)
Paige Lawrence (Olympian)
Ken McArton (Olympic, Official)
Todd McClements (Coach)
Scott Perras (Olympian)
Graeme Rinholm (Olympian)
Lyndon Rush (Olympian)
Rudi Swiegers (Olympian)
Chelsea Valois (Olympian)
Kaspar Wirz (Paralympic, Coach)

The SSHF thanks the Canadian Sport Centre, Saskatchewan and Sask Sport Inc. for making this opportunity possible.

Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2014

The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame has announced the ten (10) inductees who will become the newest members to be enshrined as part of the Class of 2014. The inductees, including four in the athlete category, two in the category of builder and four in the team category will be officially inducted at the 48th Annual Induction Ceremony to be held at the Delta Regina on Friday, June 13, 2014.

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Tickets to the 48th Annual Induction Dinner & Ceremony are $100/person and are available directly from the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.

Everyone purchasing a ticket to the Induction Dinner & Ceremony will be provided one (1) complimentary ticket to the Saturday, June 14 Ottawa Redblacks versus Saskatchewan Roughrider Game courtesy of the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club.

 Induction Dinner Tickets can be ordered from the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in person, via telephone (306-780-9232), email (sshfm@sasktel.net) or online at http:sasksportshalloffame.com.

 The Delta Regina (1919 Saskatchewan Drive) will serve as the host hotel for the 48th Annual Induction Dinner & Ceremony.

  • Group Reservation #: SHF061314
  • Double/King Guestroom rate is $147.00 (single/double occupancy) including parking
  • Deluxe Queen Guestroom rate is $162.00 (single/double occupancy) including parking
  • Room rates are subject to applicable taxes & fees.  Additional person @ $20/person.
  • Call 1-800-209-3555 for reservations

 For further information contact:
Sheila Kelly, Executive Director, (306) 780-9232
Linda Burnham, Co-Chair Induction Weekend, (306) 584-8944

Saskatchewan and the Grey Cup – Post Production Continues

Words by: Sheila Kelly

As you probably know by now, Saskatchewan and the Grey Cup – Hope and Heartbreak, Saskatchewan and the Grey Cup – The Winning Years, and Saskatchewan and the Grey Cup: A Community Embrace comprise a series of three 6-minute vignettes that feature the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club’s involvement in “the Big Game” over the years as Grey Cup participants, champions and hosts.  Produced by the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame with funding provided by the Community Initiatives Fund and Fire Cube Video, these vignettes are the perfect length to capture the interest and attention of our visitors, and provide the SSHF with a tremendous opportunity to showcase the Roughrider permanent collection and involve many of our inductees.

Originally produced to be premiered during Grey Cup week, we were more than a little smug about the fact that the vignettes are now only historically correct to November 17, 2013.  In the weeks following Grey Cup Fire Cube Video has been busy putting together additional footage of the festivities, the game itself, and the memories and experiences of some of those individuals who were in the thick of things.

One of these individuals is Richie Hall, Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers Coach, who has been involved in three of the four Grey Cups won by the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club.  The interview was pretty awesome as Richie had a lot to share.  So much so that we thought we would release the whole interview (in its original raw cut) because, unfortunately, we know that only a few select sound bites will make it into the final reworked versions of Saskatchewan and the Grey Cup.

We anticipate that post-production on the vignettes will be completed within the next couple of weeks and the revised versions will be available to our visiting public by late January.  At the present time the vignettes are only available for viewing within the SSHF galleries due to copyright permissions.  Stop by and check them out.  It’s the perfect way to fill a lunch break.

In the meantime, sit back and relax and enjoy the insights into the Grey Cup wins of the Saskatchewan Roughriders as recalled by Richie Hall.

The SSHF thanks Richie for granting access for our interview and gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Community Initiatives Fund to make this project a reality.

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.