As is the case a number of times each year, this space is dedicated to a variety of topics and not focused on just one.
This happens to be one of those times.
The first thing I want to talk about is a rather poor decision I made in my column last week. When I wrote about the list of people whom I felt deserving of sportsman, male and female athlete of the year honours for this past year I actually felt pretty good about what I had written.
For the male category I indicated a couple of names and highlighted why I believed Lukas McConechy was my choice. Ditto for the sportsman award! I mentioned that 20 or so people could win, but for me my money was on Bruce Vance.
In the female athlete category, however, I limited my discussion to one person -- Brooke Hobson. That was wrong and I apologize to all of the other female athletes. Although I still believe Brooke had an impressive year, there were others.
Without spewing off a whole list of names and make another error in missing someone, I just want to be perfectly clear that Prince Albert has so many talented female athletes that we should be proud of each and every one.
There are gymnastics, archers, golfers, hockey players, volleyball players and track and field athletes. There are also very talented female swimmers, soccer players and basketball players.
This admission has nothing to do with any irate phone call or confrontation I might have received. In fact, it is purely out of guilt in the fact that I realized as soon as I read it in the paper that it was wrong to single out just one person.
I will admit I am more familiar with Brooke Hobson’s achievements due to the fact I am involved with the A&W Bears and a member at Cooke Municipal Golf Course. That most certainly played a part in my writing, but it was in no way intended to be an open-and-shut case.
The funny part about all of this is when I realized what I had done, I approached the father of a young female athlete I had written a story about and apologized. He actually laughed at my sincerity, which in a really odd way made me feel better. He said he was still nominating his daughter for the award and I strongly supported that.
It’s weird when you write something and so many people can have so many reactions to it. It’s even stranger when I have a totally different reaction to what others might think.
Sometimes I write before I think, but when I think I generally try and make it right. I hope this time I did just that as I am very fortunate to be able to write about so many wonderful people and I hope that continues for a very long time.
Next up on my list of topics is the welcome news that the Daily Herald has brought in some additional help in the sports department. Andrew Schopp joined the staff this week and will spend a large chunk of his time writing sports while also filling in on the news desk.
This couldn’t have come at a better time as last weekend just about killed me. There were two Raider games, two A&W Bears games, a Minto game, the Canadian Tire Classic football game between the St. Mary Marauders and Carlton Crusaders, provincial high school golf, a volleyball tournament at PACI and a soccer tournament at Carlton. Oh yeah, there was also minor football played out of town and the arrival of the Icehawks and all of the developmental hockey teams’ seasons.
From suppertime on Friday until midnight on Sunday I was running around and writing while also trying to squeeze in some contract work that I do plus take my boat and dock out at the lake.
I have to say I did pretty good as I got everything done, but it put me in sick bay for a couple of days this week. So, with Andrew coming on the scene some of my writing work is going to get deflected and if everything works out right he will be the main man on the Raider beat going forward.
Giving up the Raiders in the old days would have broke my heart, but this time around it was an easy decision. Covering the team requires a lot of work and the expectations from the team, the readers and the Herald is so high it almost warrants someone full-time on that beat.
I’ll still go to the odd game, but only as a fan. Besides, there is so much more to cover in this city and now I can maybe have a chance to re-read what I write before I hit the send button.
Dave Leaderhouse is a reporter with the Prince Albert Daily Herald.