Three outstanding female athletes head the 2017 induction class of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.
Going into the provincial shrine on Nov. 4 will be speed skater Cindy Klassen, basketball star Sandra Carroll and all-round athlete Jamie (Hancharyk) Jones. Joining them in the athletes’ category are badminton’s Jaimie Dawson and Bob Kraemer, another multi-sport star.
Coleen Dufresne and Dr. Wayne Hildahl will be inducted as builders along with golf’s Art Johnston, who will be honoured posthumously.
Dufresne had a long career at the University of Manitoba where she served as the women’s basketball coach and athletic director. Hildahl was a pioneer in the field of sports medicine and the founding president of Manitoba Special Olympics. Johnston was a rules expert who served as president of the Royal Canadian Golf Association.
The Kelly MacKenzie curling squad that won the world junior women’s championship in 1995 will enter in the team category.
The 2017 induction class was announced at a media conference at Sport Manitoba on June 27. In attendance were Jones and Dufresne along with Carlene (Muth) Strand, the second for the MacKenzie team. Sport Manitoba heritage manager Rick Brownlee said the Hall of Fame expects most of the inductees will be in Winnipeg for the induction dinner in November. It will be a busy few days for Klassen, as the six-time Olympic medalist will officially be inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 9 in Toronto.
Brownlee said help is needed in tracking down Carroll. After her great career with the University of Winnipeg where she was a three-time Canadian player of the year, Carroll went to Germany to play basketball. Anyone who has information on her whereabouts is asked to contact Brownlee at 204-925-5736.
Jones was excellent in several sports. In fast-pitch softball, she was an outstanding pitcher and hitter. In speed skating, she won bronze medals in two junior nationals. After she took up golf, she made two provincial teams. Her best sport was volleyball, where she won all-Canadian honours while helping the U of W win three national titles. The retired school teacher now officiates volleyball and said she enjoys being back involved with the sport and the young people.
Dawson, who lives in Canmore, Alta., was a gold medalist in singles and took bronze in doubles at the 1995 Pan Am Games.
Kraemer was the Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association male athlete of the year in 1969. He was named most valuable player when the U of M Bisons won the Canadian intercollegiate football championship. Now living in Abbotsford, B.C., Kraemer has competed nationally in six different sports.
Tickets for the 38th annual induction ceremony dinner at the Victoria Inn in Winnipeg are now on sale.
Information is available at www.manitobahalloffame.ca
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