THE University of Manitoba women's soccer team has a new boss.
The U of M announced Wednesday that Hadyn Sloane-Seale will replace Chris Lewis, who stepped down due to personal reasons, for the 2012 season.
A Kelvin graduate, the 38-year-old Sloane-Seale becomes the third coach in the program's history after Walt McKee and Lewis and spent last year as an assistant with the Bisons.
Sloane-Seale spent three years starting for NCAA Division I Adelphi University's soccer team, two seasons as the captain. He also played on the Manitoba provincial team from 1987-93 and helped Lucania FC win a national chamionship. He was a staff coach at the University of Texas soccer camp, Indiana University soccer camp, an assistant at Western Illinois and the Challenge Soccer Club in Houston.
Our Special Olympians
MANITOBA will be well represented as part of the Canadian contingent heading to the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Special Olympics Canada announced its 141-member team Wednesday and among them are: speedskater Elizabeth Pendergast, snowshoeing athletes Ashlee McLeod and Adam Wakeman, and chef de mission Jennifer Campbell, all from Winnipeg.
The event runs Jan. 29-Feb. 5, 2013 in PyeongChang, which will also host the 2018 Winter Olympics, and is billed as the world's largest sporting event in 2013.
Steelers' Smith to worlds
SELKIRK Steelers head coach Ryan Smith will help coach Canada West at the 2012 World Junior A Challenge in Yarmouth, N.S., this fall.
Smith, 38, is making his first appearance with Canada West and will be part of a staff headed by Dean Brockman of the Humboldt Broncos and Jason McKee of the Spruce Grove Saints. He has spent the last three years with the Steelers after coaching the Winnipeg South Blues for one season. He played 10 years of pro hockey, mostly in Germany, after a career at the University of Manitoba. He also helped the South East Prairie Thunder to an Allan Cup title this summer.
The World Junior A Challenge is scheduled for November 5-11.
-- Ed Tait