The Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame will be adding one athlete, three builders, two meritorious service recipients, one team and an association of the year to its growing list on honourees following a press conference on Tuesday at the Art Hauser Centre.
The local hall, which is housed in the upper and lower lobbies of the Art Hauser Centre, announced that long-time curler Sherry Anderson will be enshrined in the athlete’s category with Barry Mihilewicz – football officiating; Ron Horn – cycling and skiing; and Dwight Bergstrom and Wayne Simpson – skiing; going into the builder’s category.
Darren Whitehead, for his many years of work with Special Olympics, and Malcolm Jenkins, for his endless work as a philanthropist, are being recognized for their meritorious service to sport. The 1948 Royal Hilltops fastball team is being added to the team category and for the first time ever, an organization is being recognized as the Prince Albert Softball Association is being lauded as the association of the year.
“Our grandchildren wonder what we do nowadays,” chuckled Calvin Beddome, one of the six surviving members of the Royal Hilltops team that won the Fraser Cup in 1948. “It’s good to get recognized after that length of time.”
For Mihilewicz, being selected as an inductee is a bit of a role reversal as he has often put the video packages together that are used at the banquets through his company Big Drum Media.
“The Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame is a fabulous thing,” said Mihilewicz, who was a bit overwhelmed, but proud of the announcement that he was going in for more than 30 years of officiating football games in Prince Albert and area. “It recognizes the efforts of athletes and people like Malcolm (Jenkins) who put there money where their mouth is.”
“You don’t do it for the recognition,” added Mihilewicz. “You do it for the love of the sport. I’m humbled to be inducted.”
Bergstrom and Simpson have been lifelong friends and together they have had an association with downhill skiing for more than 40 years. They were integral parts of the formation of the Nancy Greene Ski League and were a major force in getting the Kinsmen Ski Hill operational in the early 1990s.
Jenkins, the owner of the local Canadian Tire store, has his fingerprints on numerous recreational projects in the city, most notably the Malcolm Jenkins Field House which he was the lead donor in honour of his late father. Jenkins constantly supports local sports teams with generous donations and is involved in many other activities in the city in addition to the sporting community. He is a community pillar whose motivation has always been to “build it for the kids.”
Whitehead is in his 20th year of volunteering with the Special Olympics and in fact could not be at the conference on Tuesday as he is presently in Korea with a provincial floor hockey team that is competing at the World Special Olympics Games. Whitehead has been the referee-in-chief and technical advisor with the Saskatchewan Special Olympics in addition to being a coach and a founding member of the annual Raiders/Special Olympics Training for Life Power Breakfast.
Horn, the owner of Fresh Air Experience in Prince Albert, has been instrumental in bringing cycling and cross-country skiing events to the city and to the province. He has been involved at the provincial level for both sports and has helped form local clubs for both cycling and cross-country skiing.
Horn downplayed the acknowledgement being bestowed upon himself, citing his wife Shelley as a major influence in everything he has done.
“This is not a Ron Horn award,” said Horn after the press conference. “It’s a Ron Horn Family Award. Shelley has been very involved and she deserves this as much as I do.”
“You play the cards you are dealt with and make the most out of what you have,” added Horn.
The Prince Albert Softball Association was a logical choice for the first-ever association of the year honour as it is one of the longest-standing sports in Prince Albert, dating back to the 1930s. Numerous teams have captured provincial titles and the city has been the site of several Western Canadian and national championships.
Anderson could not be at the ceremony on Tuesday as her schedule is still busy with curling, despite losing in the provincial final two weeks ago as a member of the Stefanie Lawton rink.
Anderson has won four provincial Scott Tournaments of Hearts championships and been to the provincial final countless times. She has also won the Ladies Lobstick golf tournament at Waskesiu Lake along with a Prince Albert Business Girl’s golf championship.
Ironically, on a day when Anderson was being installed in the hall of fame as an individual athlete, her 1994 and ’95 teams that were enshrined in 2001 were being put into the archive section to make room for the new class of inductees. Also moving from the main walls to the archives were Ken Bird, Hubert Cooke, Danny Jutras, Betty Payton, John Holash, Charlie Mathiason and John Chad.
With limited space in the Art Hauser Centre, the hall of fame continually has to roll citations from one area to the other. While the main citations are no longer on the walls, they are still available to view online or in archive section, located just outside of the Ches Leach Lounge.
This year’s honoured guests will be saluted at a banquet on April 20 in the Ches Leach Lounge. Tickets are $40 each or tables of eight can be reserved. More information is available by contacting Bruce Vance at 765-2824 or Jody Boulet in the Community Services section at City Hall.