WINNIPEG Free Press reporter Ashley Prest will be inducted into the Football Manitoba Hall of Fame.
"It's a great honour for me to be included by Football Manitoba as part of its history in this province," Prest said when her upcoming induction was announced on Thursday.
She worked at the Free Press as a sports writer for more than 25 years and is well-known in the community for her interest in amateur sports, including football.
"Amateur football was one of the first sports I covered when I was hired by the Winnipeg Free Press in the summer of 1987 to write sports. The Manitoba Junior Football Conference, the Winnipeg High School Football League and some minor football, we covered stories from those leagues back then.
"Of the many high school playoff games I covered, I remember the 1992 championship won by the Churchill Bulldogs under head coach Brian Dobie. I had started calling Churchill the "Little School that Could" in the paper because the size of the kids' hearts was so much larger than the numbers of bodies in uniform."
Prest was a fixture at the gyms and playing fields of Winnipeg universities, and she particularly remembers the attitude of the underdog University of Manitoba Bisons football team that against long odds, went to the Vanier Cup in 2001.
Prest transferred in March to the Free Press news department, where she works as a general assignment reporter.