Once again the time has come to recognize individuals who have made a mark on sport in our city and province.
During the Water Polo Canada annual meeting in Winnipeg June 6-8, Steve Grahame, who got his water polo start in St. James, was honoured as Manitoba’s volunteer of the year. Now a vice-principal and coach at Lord Selkirk Regional Comprehensive School, he has been involved in the development of the Manitoba high school league and serves on the management committee . . . Volleyball Manitoba inducted four individuals — Linda (Tataryn) Fredericks, Terry Gagnon, John Paulsen and Joanne (Onishko) Richardson — and the 1971-74 U of W Wesmen men’s teams into its Hall of Fame on June 7 at its annual awards banquet.
The volunteer of the year award went to Terry Bobychuk from Maples Collegiate. Ken Bentley of the U of M was recognized as the elite coach of the year while Jeff Spark of the Kryptonite U14 team received the developmental coach award. Referee of the year Blair Unger earned the Wezer Bridle Golden Whistle . . . Manitoba gymnasts won 10 medals at the 2014 Western Canada Cup in Calgary, June 13-15. Tyler Champagne of the Panther Gym Club led the way with two gold medals in men’s trampoline events and silver in all around and provincial 3 tumbling.
Panther Aaron Toews won a trampoline silver. Isaiah Klassen of the Steinbach Flippers took gold in a mini trampoline event and teammate Keaton Savard won a silver in tumbling and a bronze in mini trampoline. The four gymnasts won the team trampoline silver and, with Pierce Barlow in the lineup instead of Savard, the Manitoba team took gold in the double mini trampoline final.
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Before heading out for a two-hour practice on June 18, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers attended the Fund Raisers 33rd annual Bomber breakfast at the Ramada Viscount Gort Hotel. Proceeds of the event go to support individuals who are mentally challenged. Ted Holland (aka Toast) attended and reported for Memories of Sport. At his table was the club’s first draft pick, Matthias Goossen from Simon Fraser University, who is getting a long look at being the starting centre for the Blue. When he finally gets a day off, Goossen plans to head to Steinbach. His family has some connections there.
"There aren’t many Mennonite football players," Goossen commented.
Fund Raisers vice-chair Jeanne Mulvenna said she missed Don Ellerby, one of the leaders in the organization, who died in May.
"Don was a man of honour, credibility and love," she said.
Some readers will remember the tall blonde cyclist and skier who modelled clothes in the department store ads that used to run on the back page of the daily newspapers.
Manitoba Sports Hall-of-Fame basketballer Ken Galanchuk was once again the breakfast MC.
Red-hot fan Michael Roy went off to the team practice wearing the Bomber jersey he won in a draw. Ray Cloutier won two season tickets.
Memories of Sport appears every second week in the Canstar Community News weeklies. Kent Morgan can be contacted at 204-489-6641 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org