To add new dimension to our exhibits, preserve them for the future and fulfill our province-wide mandate, the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame has created a series of virtual tours.
These virtual tours were created in partnership with Queen City 3D and White Rabbit VR in Regina. Each tour allows the user to navigate through the space of the exhibit and click on tags inside the tour that offer stories, photos and videos to compliment the depicted exhibit.
The SSHF’s newest virtual tour features Dedication to Sport: Our New Inductees. This exhibit features stories and artifacts from the Hall of Fame’s two newest induction classes. The 2021 and 2022 induction classes were enshrined concurrently at the SSHF’s 54th Induction Dinner & Ceremony.
The Class of 2021 features athletes Justin Abdou (Moose Jaw – Wrestling), Rod M. Boll (Fillmore – Trapshooting), Colette Bourgonje (Porcupine Plain – Athletics and Skiing), Kaylyn Kyle (Saskatoon – Soccer), and Lyndon Rush (Humboldt – Bobsleigh). Shannon Miller (Tisdale – Hockey) joins the 2021 class as a builder and the 2000-01 University of Regina Cougars Women’s Basketball Team and the 2013 Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club are being inducted in the team category.
The five members of the Class of 2022 are: Kelsie Hendry (Saskatoon – Athletics), Harry Winston Jerome OC (Prince Albert – Athletics), Rueben Mayes (North Battleford – Football) in the athlete category plus Antonia “Toni” Beerling (Rosthern – Athletics) and William “Bill” Brownridge (Vawn – Hockey) in the builder category.
Another exhibit from the past year that is available as a virtual tour is Fanfare, which debuted in June of 2022. This featured exhibit chronicles the Grey Cups that were held in Regina, the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ participation in the national football championship game. The exhibit also celebrates the festival of fun around Grey Cup week and the communal qualities of professional football in Saskatchewan.
In addition to artifacts dating back to the early eras of football in the province, Fanfare also features some historical video footage and stories from games past.
Athletic Fashion features artifacts and stories spanning more than 100 years of sport history. The virtual tour of this exhibit chronicles the history and evolution of uniforms and sport equipment as well as stories about the changes — both technological and cultural — that helped bring them about.
Prairie Pride: A History of Saskatchewan Football was awarded an “ISHY Award” from the International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA) at their annual conference. Prairie Pride also won the 2020 Canadian Association for Sports Heritage’s Award of Excellence in part due to this virtual tour.
Filled with stories, artifacts, and photos from more than 100 years of Saskatchewan football, Prairie Pride captures some of the history of the sport at a number of levels and leagues.
STEM Interactive Gallery sponsored by SaskTel is one of the SSHF’s newest features and is also available as a virtual tour.
The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Interactive Gallery features a series of “how-to” and “experimental” videos related to each aspect of STEM and is tailored towards visitors between 4-16 years of age. This gallery and virtual tour promote activities that can be easily done at home while learning about the connection of sport to science, technology, engineering, and math.
The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame gratefully thanks the SaskTel Community Investment Program for their sponsorship of the STEM Interactive Gallery virtual tour.
Dedication to Sport: Our 2019 Induction Class opened in September of 2019 on the occasion of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame’s 52nd Induction Ceremony and Dinner. The 2019 Induction Class featured Chris Biegler (basketball), Wendel Clark (hockey), Jacki Nichol (softball), Kelly Parker (soccer), Marg [Curry] Sihvon (basketball) and Colleen Sostorics (hockey) as well as builders Clarence Campbell (hockey) and Bill Kinash (cycling) to the Hall of Fame.
Our Dedication to Sport virtual tour features the induction video from each member of the 2019 Induction Class at the base of their display. Additional stories and descriptions are available by clicking on the round tags that accompany the tour.
The SSHF’s first virtual tour captured the exhibit Diamond Girls, Diamond Anniversary: 75 Years of the AAGPBL Diamond Girls chronicles the history and achievements of the pioneers in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The AAGPBL existed from 1943-55 and 26 Saskatchewan women graced the league’s diamonds.
The Diamond Girls exhibit opened in the spring of 2018 but is preserved in this virtual tour.