Regel's love of figure skating lands her a spot in the P.A. Sports Hall of Fame

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Long-time Prince Albert Skating Club and power-skating coach Pat Regel will be among the honoured guests when the Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame salutes its 2014 class of inductees at a gala banquet on April 26 in the Ches Leach Lounge at the Art Hauser Centre. Regel will join her husband Dale in the local shrine as the latter was previously acknowledged for his success as a high school volleyball and basketball coach.

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a series of profiles on the inductees to be honoured by the Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame at a gala in the Ches Leach Lounge at the Art Hauser Centre on April 26.

Pat Regel got a late start in the sport of figure skating, but she sure made up for lost time.

Her efforts as a coach, both with figure skating and power skating students, over a span of close to 40 years, is getting recognized by the Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame as she will enter that shrine in the builder’s category late next month.

“I’m very proud and very honoured,” says Regel, who will join her husband Dale in the Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame as the latter was previously installed for his efforts as a high school volleyball and basketball coach.

“I’m proud we found the time in our lives and still had lots to do with our kids,” says Regel. “It’s very nice we both get recognized.”

Regel grew up in the Fort Qu’Appelle area, but because she was living out in the country never got into skating until she was 10 or 11 years old.

After quickly working her way through the various badge levels, Regel competed briefly with an appearance at the Saskatchewan Winter Games being her highest level of competition. It was in high school where she started coaching and ever since then she has been teaching young and old alike.

“I have a favourite saying I guess and it is practise doesn’t make perfect, but perfect practise makes perfect,” says Regel. “There is no use practising bad habits.”

Once the Regels relocated to Prince Albert in the mid-1980s, Pat began coaching learn-to-skate programs for the city. She then got involved in power skating when she worked with Carole Wilson at a hockey school and also found more time for the Prince Albert Skating Club when her daughter Kara-Lee began taking up the sport.

“I branched into power skating and I really enjoyed that,” noted Regel. “The kids came to me because they really wanted to be there.”

In her bio released by the Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame one interesting section stands out. It reads like this: “Regel’s students come from all skating disciplines – from figure skaters to hockey players to hockey officials. She works with each individual and makes them understand the process they need to go through to become a better skater and is with them every step of the way.”

Unfortunately, after 28 years of either being on the Prince Albert Skating Club executive or as a coach, along with being a parent rep with the Saskatchewan Figure Skating Association among other volunteer duties, Regel is hanging up her skates as retirement looms for her and Dale.

A new life at Candle Lake with her family and grandchildren will occupy most of her time in the not-so-distant future, but her work with skaters from all walks of life will never be forgotten.

Regel will join Bob Coffin in the builder’s category when the induction banquet is held on April 26 with athletes Ryan Roznowsky, Amanda Dunn and Josef Tesar Jr. also being honoured. Being celebrated for meritorious service to sport is Ward Howat while the team to be feted is the 1972 West Hill Bantam Flyers. The Prince Albert Sports Council is the association of the year.

Tickets for the induction banquet are $40 each and corporate tables can also be purchased for $500, with sponsorship of the event included in that fee. All tickets can be purchased at Community Services in City Hall or more information can be obtained by calling Ellen Grewcock at 306-980-6242 or Derek Smith at 306-980-6116.

 

 

Organizations: Art Hauser Centre, Prince Albert Skating Club, Saskatchewan Figure Skating Association Prince Albert Sports Council Community Services

Geographic location: Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan, Candle Lake

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