Honoured Member & Legend Kai Yip
Lethbridge Herald: Local boxing legend Kai Yip passes away
Kai Yip won titles, represented Canada and coached Olympians. He tamed dragons, built rings and tore them down, too. He had a key to the city and seats in the Lethbridge, Alberta and Canadian Amateur Boxing halls of fame.
He was a raconteur, a promoter without parallel and a friend to every sports reporter who ever sat down with him.
Even Kai's opponents loved him. Just ask Max Gibb.
The little Chinaman from Lethbridge — that was home, he never said anything else — was tough and crafty and knew how to take a punch. His fighters, whether Olympian like Rick Duff or just a kid looking for confidence, were tough and crafty and could take a punch.
He should have been an Olympic boxer himself, but he was too young in 1956 and missed out. He carried that chip on his shoulder until Wednesday, when he died.
For most of you, Kai Yip was a name in the newspaper, one which ran after a quote about boxing. He was a staple in the local Chinese community, a spokesman and proud member.
When he let loose the reins on the Lethbridge Boxing Club, he took up painting.
For my 15 years at The Lethbridge Herald, a Sunday buzz at the backdoor meant a visit from Kai. On those rare occasions when it wasn't Kai, whoever walked through would be greeted with a "Hey, Kai."
He was a deadline killer, a great talker and a local celebrity of a level that you never, ever blew him off. If the paper was a bit late because Commonwealth (then the British Empire) Games boxer Kai Yip stopped by? Tough nuggets, press boys.
I'll most remember Kai as a devout defender of boxing. He knew its dangers, in fact his creaky body and sometimes dragging speech was a testament to it. But boxing saved Kai. Boxing took a "dumbass kid" who spent his only productive time playing Tom Sawyer in the riverbottom and made him into a role model, a respected citizen and a Hall of Famer.
"I wasn't there yet, but I was headed there," he'd say.
"Without boxing, I'd be in jail. Well, maybe I'd be out by now, I'm pretty old."
Kai did the same. The Lethbridge Boxing Club was never a money-making venture, in part because Kai was a softhearted sort. Plenty of hardscrabble kids paid late, if at all, during Kai's 30 years.
His status as a local sports star didn't make him a penny, and his 2010 key to the city couldn't even get local councillors to care when a misplaced manhole cover ripped up his cab.
But Kai never stopped. He kept coaching, kept regaling us with his stories. He kept serving.
That is, until Wednesday, when he died.
I'm glad I no longer work in the newsroom at The Herald. I'm glad no one will see the tears when the back door buzzer goes off, and there's no Kai Yip waiting there. I hope his family finds some peace.
I hope my friend, the fighter, the boxer, the promoter, the storyteller, is well. I hope the honours and service and friendship he gave to many of us is rewarded with one last ring of the bell.
Passing of Betty Stanhope-Cole
Article from Sport Information Resource Centre website: CANADIAN GOLF MOURNS THE LOSS OF BETTY STANHOPE-COLE
Golf Canada - Canadian & Alberta Golf Hall of Famer passes away at the age of 79
OAKVILLE, Ont. (Golf Canada) — It is with great sadness that Golf Canada, Alberta Golf, the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and the entire golf community mourns the peaceful passing of Betty Stanhope-Cole who passed away on January 27, 2017 at the age of 79, after a brief battle with cancer.
Born on September 21,1937 in Calgary, she is survived by her son Rob and daughter Jackie (Hiebert), along with three grandchildren (Brian, Tyler and Talia).
Stanhope-Cole saw success at every level of her amateur golf career. As a junior, she won the Alberta Junior Girls championship from 1955-1957 and the Canadian Junior Girls Championship in 1956. She would later win the Alberta Ladies' Amateur Championship a record 17 times between 1957 and 1984.
Stanhope-Cole also competed on 29 interprovincial teams (25 for Alberta, two for Ontario and two for Saskatchewan) in addition to winning the Saskatchewan Ladies' Championship in 1966. Her career was capped off by winning the 1957 Canadian Women's Amateur Championship, a win she noted as being her biggest golfing achievement.
Internationally, she represented Canada a total five times, three at the World Amateur Team Championship (1964, 1974, 1976) and twice at the Commonwealth Team Championship (1963, 1971).
Her impact on the game was also felt at the administrative level, as National Director of Rules and Handicap from 1980 to 1983 with the former Canadian Ladies Golf Association. She also spent 10 years working with the Alberta Golf Association (now Alberta Golf) serving as Player Development Director, Rules Director, Zone Chair and as a member of the association's Tournament Committee.
Stanhope-Cole's successful amateur career was recognized with her induction into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum in 1991, the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame in 1993, and the Alberta Golf Hall of Fame in 2005.
A celebration of life will be held at Highlands Golf Club on February 13, 2017. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alberta Kidney Foundation.
Statement from Canadian Golf Hall of Famer Sandra Post:
"Betty came from a tremendous era for female golfers. Even though she was born out west, she played across the country and won championships in Saskatchewan and Ontario. She had a great long game and represented Canada well."
Past Feature Artist Dave Holland Works With CSI
Dave Holland walked away from a career in the oil and gas industry when the full-time opportunity to pursue his lifelong passion for Olympic sport photography arose and was too good to pass by. After years of snapping sport photos as a hobby, the self-taught photographer earned his first ticket to the Olympics with SportsNet in 2014 in Sochi.
Since then, combining his passion for Olympic sport and photography, Holland has created a role for himself as the go-to photographer for the CSI Calgary, WinSport, and now the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC). It hasn't been an easy path - his first two applications to the COC for media accreditation at the Olympics were denied. Fortunately, his unwavering persistence and quality work has begun to pay off.
As the CSI Calgary's in-house photographer, Holland is afforded wide-ranging access to shoot events and athletes that other photographers simply do not have. The ability to capture the story behind the athlete beyond competition day is part of what sets Holland's work apart. "I see what everybody does," he explains. "I try to get the process behind it all, something different. So many photos are the same ones you've seen before. I want to showcase the athletes in a different way."
A freelance photographer with no affiliation to any conventional agencies, he is breaking new ground - Holland has finally been approved for COC media accreditation at the 2018 Olympics and Paralympics in Pyeongchang. He is the first non-media outlet photographer to be accredited and he feels a deep sense of satisfaction in achieving this milestone. "I am the only full-time photographer in the country exclusively covering Olympic and Paralympic athletes," he says.
Although he now works "three times the hours for a third of the salary," Holland says there is nowhere else he would rather be. "It's a labour of love," he proclaims with absolute and heartfelt conviction. Lucky are the few who find and pursue their true calling in life - Dave Holland comes by his new vocation honestly.
Holland is driven by a deep desire to showcase Canada's best Olympic and Paralympic athletes, a group he feels is largely ignored. "Working with athletes daily I have found that they are incredibly underserved in the media," he says. Access to high-quality photos from competition is a major hurdle for athletes looking for images to promote themselves. "I recall one athlete telling me that an agency wanted $800 for a photo from the Sochi Games," says Holland.
This inadequacy resulted in Holland creating www.csicalgaryphotos.ca, a vast and comprehensive database of photographs. It allows mainstream media access to images that are unavailable anywhere else. To date, there are around 10,000 images on the site. "I'm putting athletes on the map, getting them the attention and exposure they deserve," says Holland.
Holland says three key things are necessary to capture a good photo - peak action, good lighting and a clean background. It's about achieving a strong connection with the viewer that transcends words alone.
Holland recognizes that he is in a unique position to achieve this end and he approaches his work with the necessary humility. It took five years for him to develop the trust and relationships with the athletes he needed for them to welcome him into their world. "I know it is a job of extreme privilege, as I can come and go from the gym, the lab, the rink or the ski hill and every day I appreciate walking through the doors."
Piper Creek Optimists' Battle of Alberta brings in $20,000 for EKEC
The Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer's Battle of Alberta fundraiser for the Every Kid Every Community program was a major success, with $20,000 going to the Hockey Alberta Foundation.
The event was held Saturday, January 7 at Bo's Bar and Grill in Red Deer, with Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames fans gathering for a night of hockey, stories, and a chance to win tickets to see the Battle of Alberta in Edmonton on January 14, and in Calgary on January 21.
The night was hosted by Hockey Alberta Foundation Board Member and Afternoon Host on Sportsnet 960 The Fan, Rob Kerr. Special guests Curtis Glencross and Mike Moller were also in attendance, and treated the crowd to a story-telling hot stove, swapping their favourite Battle of Alberta stories.
"We are very humbled by the support the Hockey Alberta Foundation received at the Battle of Alberta fundraiser, both from those in attendance, and all of the sponsors who stepped up for this event," said Tim Leer, Executive Director of the Hockey Alberta Foundation. "The Piper Creek Optimist Club put on an excellent event in support of Every Kid Every Community, and we are truly thankful to be chosen as the beneficiary."
"We couldn't be more thrilled with the success of this event" said Kevin Walsh, President of the Piper Creek Optimist Club. "We're very proud to support the Hockey Alberta Foundation and the Every Kid Every Community Program, knowing this money will go towards growing the game of hockey in Central Alberta, and we look forward to continuing this partnership in the future."
Rayna Becker came away with the grand prize of four tickets to see the Oilers and Flames play on January 14, with a tour of Rogers Place (both donated by the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation), with a limo ride to the game from Red Deer and back, while Sam Dolan won the other grand prize of four tickets to see the Flames and Oilers play on January 21, with dinner on the club level of the Scotiabank Saddledome (both donated by the Calgary Flames Foundation), and a limo ride to the game from Red Deer and back.
The Hockey Alberta Foundation would like to thank all of the generous sponsors of this event: the Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer, Bo's Bar and Grill, Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, Calgary Flames Foundation, ATB Financial, WestJet, Molson Coors Brewing Company, Calgary Hitmen, Red Deer Rebels, McCaw's Drilling & Blasting Ltd, Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club, Longball Inc, Your Wedding Place, Sheraton-Red Deer, Famoso Red Deer, RYDE RD, Troubled Monk Brewery, Situation Brewing, Village Brewery, Boiling Oar Brewing Company, Alley Kat, Toolshed Brewing, Blindman Brewing, and The Dandy Brewing Company.
Pictured: Kevin Walsh, President of the Piper Creek Optimist Club of Red Deer, Tim Leer, Executive Director of Hockey Alberta Foundation
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Hockey Alberta Announces 2017 Provincials Host Locations
Hockey Alberta is pleased to announce the host sites for the 2017 Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, presented by ATB Financial.
A total of 39 Provincial Championships will be hosted across the province, at locations ranging from Fort McMurray in the north, Okotoks in the south, to Lloydminster in the east and Grande Prairie in the west.
Host sites for two 2018 Provincial Championships have also been confirmed, with the Bonnyville Pontiacs hosting the Senior AA championship, and the Fort St. John Huskies hosting the Junior B championships.
ATB Financial will once again headline as the presenting sponsor of the Hockey Alberta Provincial Championships, continuing a long-standing relationship with Hockey Alberta.
Hockey Alberta's month-long "March to a title" features provincial championship tournament action during three weekends in March, along with four champions crowned through league playoff series. Organisations interested in hosting a provincial championship tournament completed a detailed bid process, with a bid committee evaluating the submissions.
The majority of teams competing in minor Provincial Championship tournaments qualify by winning a zone playdown. Playdowns start in mid-January across the province, with up to 1,000 teams vying for the right to represent their zone at the provincial championships. Host teams receive an automatic berth in the championship they are hosting, although they do participate in zone playdowns, and have the opportunity to win their zone title.
The following provincial champions will be decided via league playoffs: Senior AAA, Junior A, Midget AAA, and Bantam AAA.
Hosts for the following events are still being accepted and reviewed: Midget Female Elite, Bantam Female A, Atom AA Minor, and Atom A. Interested applicants can contact Bryden Burrell ().