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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
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.
You can also find out more on our latest happenings by downloading the newest version of For The Record, right here:
Hon. A. Raynell Andreychuk: Honourable senators, I rise to congratulate the Saskatchewan Sporting Hall of Fame class of 2015. This year’s inductees include the 1985 Moose Jaw Generals AA Senior Men’s Hockey Team, whose record winning streak saw them take the 1985 Hardy Cup, and the Eugene Hritzuk Senior Men’s Curling Team, which in 2009 took the World Senior Men’s Curling Championship.
The inductees also include five individuals. Richard White is the longest-serving president of Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Dick served more than 30 years as the Director of Athletics at the University of Regina and 15 years as the President of the Regina Association of Basketball Officials.
Another inductee is speed skater Jason Parker, whose many titles include a silver medal in team pursuit at the 2006 Olympics in Turin. In a career spanning 20 years, Jason has competed in three Winter Olympics and 75 world cups and world championships.
The third inductee is triathlete Milos Kostic, who, in 25 years of competitive running, has completed 17 half Ironman and Ironman events, 70.3 triathlons and 20 Ironman or Iron- distance triathlons. A three-time Triathlon Canada Grand Master Triathlete of the Year, Milos holds the Ironman World Championship record in the men’s 65 to 69 age group.
The fourth is hockey player Cliff Koroll, who, as captain for the University of Denver, led his team to win the 1968 NCAA Men’s
Hockey Championship. Cliff played for the National Hockey League Chicago Blackhawks from 1969 to 1980. He later spent seven seasons as the Blackhawks’ assistant coach and two as their public relations director.
Sharon Tkachuk is also being recognized as a builder in athletics for her 45-year officiating career. Sharon has refereed at four Canada Summer Games, three Commonwealth Games, and the 1983 World Student Games. In 2001, she was chief referee at the World Outdoor Championships in Edmonton. Sharon has also been a dedicated high school track and field, volleyball, softball, basketball and curling coach. She has been to Canadian junior and senior championships, the Canadian Interuniversity championships and the ParAthletic championships. Sharon has also served on the National Council of Fitness and Amateur Sport, the board of Saskatchewan Athletics, the Bob Adams Foundation and many others. She is also well known to students whom she has taught and nurtured.
The other inductees will no doubt understand if I point out that Sharon is part of the parliamentary family. Her husband, Senator Tkachuk, is justifiably proud of her, and we join him in that.
Hon. Senators: Hear, hear.
Senator Andreychuk: I invite all senators to congratulate this year’s Saskatchewan Sporting Hall of Fame inductees. Their contributions to athletics and to Saskatchewan are a source of pride to their province and to Canada.
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.