Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame offically inducts 2014 class

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Joining the likes of sporting legends such as Dave Manson and Johnny Bower, the Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame officially inducted the 2014 class in a ceremony on Saturday at the Art Hauser Centre.

At a banquet in the Art Hauser's Ches Leach Lounge, the Hall welcomed eight new members for their contributions to Prince Albert’s sporting community; a meritorious service recipient, an association, a team, three athletes and a pair of builders.

Following remarks by Prince Albert city councillor Martin Ring, each new inductee was honoured with a video tribute followed by the presentation of their portrait and bio to be hung in the Hall.

Although he and the rest of the inductees have known since February that they would be enshrined in the Hall, hockey official Ward Howat said the honour really sunk in at Saturday's ceremony.

"It's kind of overwhelming," Howat said of officially entering the Hall of Fame. "It's nice to get recognized for all the hard work and commitments that my family and everyone else has made towards this."

Howat added that it is quite humbling to have his name up in the Hall amongst previous inductees, who throughout the years have helped shape the city's sports community.

"There's some big name people," Howat said of who he's now joined in the Hall. "For me to be up there among them, I am really proud."

Along with Howat, the 2014 crop of inductees included athletes Josef Tesar Jr., Ryan Roznowsky, Amanda Dunn along with builders Pat Regel and Bob Coffin.

On the organization side of things, the 1972 Bantam West Hill Flyers hockey team and the Prince Albert Sports Council received nods and joined the individual inductees in the Hall.

"It is an honour to be selected," Roznowsky, a Special Olympian, said of his induction. " I know that (the other inductees) are just as thrilled as I am."

As a swimmer, Roznowsky competed in the Special Olympic Games from 1985-2006 and has tallied 22 gold medals in various provincial championships.

Roznowsky credited the support of his family for his success as an athlete.

"They have been there for me all the way, to encourage me, support me and once in awhile kick me in the butt to be the best I can be," Roznowsky said.

With space in the Hall limited, the 2002 class of inductee’s exhibits are to be placed in the archive section, making room for the new class.

The Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame is located at the Art Hauser Centre, adjacent to the Ches Leach Lounge.

2014 Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame inductee profiles by Herald reporter Dave Leaderhouse

Josef Tesar Jr.

Athlete- Wrestling 

Ryan Roznowsky

Athlete - Special Olympics Swimming

Amanda Dunn

Athlete - Racquetball 

Pat Regel

Builder - Skating Instructor

Bob Coffin

Builder - Football 

Ward Howat

Meritorious Service - Hockey Official

1972 Bantam West Hill Flyers

Team - Hockey 

Prince Albert Sports Council

Sports Association of the Year 

 

Organizations: Prince Albert, Hauser Centre, Bantam West Hill Flyers Prince Albert Sports Council Special Olympic Games

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