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Alberta’s top three male and three female junior triathletes, each between 16 and 19 years of age, have been named to represent Alberta during the 2017 Canada Summer Games to be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba later this summer.

Team Alberta Women

1) Emma Skaug (Calgary)
2) Mary Hnatyshyn (Calgary)
3) Hayley Basterash (St. Albert)
ALTERNATE - Abby Wilson (St. Albert)

Team Alberta Men

1) Aidan Comeau (Edmonton)
2) Neo Gleason (Canmore)
3) Chris Gregor (Calgary)
ALTERNATE – Luke Hanson (St. Albert)

The final team selection was made after a thrilling Junior Draft Legal race held in St. Albert on June 11. Fifteen top junior females and males all competed in a sprint distance race, which combines a 750m swim, 20km bike ride, and 5km run into one raced event.

Team Alberta members will now prepare to match their skills with the best in the country, competing in three separate events; Individual Triathlon, Team Relay and the Mixed Team Relay, accumulating points (men and women will be ranked together) from all events to provide the final Provincial/Territorial team Games ranking.

Prior to the Games, many of the athletes will fine-tune their fitness at the National Junior Championships in Ottawa to be held on June 17-18.

Team Alberta athletes will compete during the first week of the Games (July 28 to August 6), against 60 of Canada’s best young competitors. The 2017 Canada Summer Games, this country’s largest multi-sport event for young athletes, will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and feature over 4,000 athletes from 19 different sports, attracting over 20,000 spectators over the duration of the Games.

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Article from 98.1 The Bridge: Dr. Gary Bowie to Join Alberta Order of Excellence

Former U of L Pronghorns Athletic Director and coach Dr. Gary Bowie will receive the province's highest civilian honour this year.

Former University of Lethbridge Athletic Director Dr. Gary Bowie will become a member of the Alberta Order of Excellence this year. The Order is the province's highest civilian honour, recognizing those who've used their energy, ideas and abilities to strengthen communities and foster enhanced opportunities for Albertans. Bowie's accomplishments include being a founding member of the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame, the Lethbridge Sports Bid Committee and the Lethbridge Sport Council. He served four terms as U of L Athletic Director from 1970 to 1989. He remains a member of the Lethbridge Sport Council Board and is also the Chair of Social Housing in Action which works with the city to end homelessness. Past honours for Bowie include induction into the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Lethbridge Pronghorn Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2007, Bowie was named Lethbridge Citizen of the Year. The Alberta Order of Excellence investiture ceremony will take place in Edmonton on October 19th, bringing the total membership to 165 people. - Tom Roulston

National Volunteer Appreciation Week: April 23-29, 2017

The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame would like to extend a Thank You to all of our Volunteers for all of their hard work, dedication, and support.  Would couldn't do it without you!


CBC Sports article: Lanny McDonald, Klassen, Weir lead Canada's Sports Hall of Fame newcomers

A mix of amateur and professional athletes headline this year's class of nine inductees to Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, announced Wednesday morning in Toronto.

Leading the way are former NHL forward Lanny McDonald, speed skating icon Cindy Klassen and golfer Mike Weir, the first Canadian man to win a major tournament on the PGA Tour.

"You never dream of ever being honoured or asked to go into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame," said McDonald. "I thought it was one of the guys pranking me when this came about but all of a sudden today happens and you realize, 'Oh my gosh.'

"It's so cool. I'm so honoured and thrilled. What a great class to go in with."

"It's very very special," added Carol Huynh, the first Canadian to win Olympic gold in women's wrestling in Beijing in 2008. "I don't think I'm finished yet but for sure, this is a huge honour and an achievement I'm super surprised about and happy to accept."

Also named were the Edmonton Grads women's basketball team, while Dr. Robert W. Jackson and Dr. Charles Tator will be inducted in the builders' category on Nov. 9 in Toronto.

Induction into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame is considered one of the country's highest sporting honours.

Founded in 1955, the new Canada's Sports Hall of Fame building opened July 1, 2011. The 40,000-square-foot facility, open to visitors, is on the west side of Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

The class of 2017

Lanny McDonald

Best known for his giant, walrus-style moustache, McDonald also became an iconic figure in the NHL. He capped a 47-goal season in 1978 with the Game 7 overtime winner to help the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the New York Islanders and advance to the semifinals. Ranking 13th all time in franchise history in points, he was traded to Colorado two seasons later and went on to score 500 goals and 1,006 points in a Hall of Fame career that ended in a Stanley Cup title with Calgary in 1989.

Cindy Klassen

A speed skating legend, she became the only Canadian athlete to win five medals in a single Olympics, winning one gold, two silver and two bronze in 2006 in Turin, Italy. Klassen, who later received the Lou Marsh Award as Canadian athlete of the year, first came to world prominence in 2002 when she won Olympic bronze in the 3,000 metres at the Salt Lake City Games. She retired in 2015 at age 35.

Mike Weir

Weir became a national hero in 2003 with his improbable and magical Masters victory, the first-ever win by a Canadian man at a major golf tournament. Weir topped the field two more times that season and again in 2004 and 2007 to give him eight wins overall. While he hasn't won since, the 46-year-old from Brights Grove, Ont., has pocketed nearly $28 million US in career earnings and was the first Canadian to play in the Presidents Cup.

Simon Whitfield

One of the most successful athletes in triathlon history, Whitfield won a gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and added a silver eight years later in Beijing. In his 16 years racing for Canada, the native of Kingston, Ont., also won gold at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and recorded 14 World Cup victories and eight top-10 finishes at the world championships. A ferocious competitor, Whitfield retired in 2014 at age 38.

"To be recognized as an Olympian and Canadian [Sports] Hall of Fame member and to know the legacy of the great Canadian athletes that have come before and will come in the future, I'm proud to be part of that legacy," said Whitfield.

Carol Huynh

The Hazelton, B.C., wrestler became the first Canadian woman in her sport to earn an Olympic title in 2008 at Beijing and added a bronze in 2012 in London. Huynh was an 11-time Canadian champion, two-time Pan American champion, Commonwealth champion and four-time medallist at the world championships. Last summer, she served as Canada's assistant chef de mission for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Gaylord Powless

The "Marvellous Mohawk" from Ohsweken, Ont., was a star in both the junior and professional levels of lacrosse. Powless led the Oshawa Green Gaels to four Minto Cup championships from 1964 to 1967 and twice was selected most valuable player.

The legend of Gaylord Powless — lacrosse savant
Named the top Native athlete in Canada at age 17, Powless and his father Ross are members of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the only father-son tandem to be inducted in the players' category. Gaylord Powless died from cancer on July 28, 2001 at age 54.

Edmonton Grads

Long before the Edmonton Oilers dynasty years in the 1980s, the Grads women's basketball team dominated the competition. A remarkable 25-year run that began in 1915 saw the team become Canadian, North American and world champions while changing the attitude of those who viewed women competing in sports as unhealthy. The Grads won 16 straight world titles and posted a 502-20 record, once beating a French squad 109-20, before disbanding in 1940 because of travel restrictions resulting from World War II.

Robert W. Jackson

A talented surgeon, Dr. Jackson was credited with bringing the practice of arthroscopy to North America from Japan. The Toronto native was also a founding member of the Canadian Paralympic movement in 1967, helping Canada make its debut at the 1968 Paralympic Games in Tel Aviv. In 1976, Dr. Jackson organized the Olympiad for the physically challenged that ran parallel to the Montreal Olympics. He died on Jan. 6, 2010 at age 78.

Dr. Charles Tator

Dr. Tator, 80, is a world renowned expert on sports concussions and spinal cord injury, prevention and treatment research. The Toronto-based neurosurgeon is an advocate for stronger regulations around head shots in hockey and his laboratory was the first in Canada to study acute spinal cord injury. Dr. Tator founded ThinkFirstCanada in 1992, an organization that educates youngsters about safety, and helped develop the Canadian Brain and Nerve Health Coalition in 2002. Two years earlier, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.

Article from Ponoka News: Ponoka's Chidlow recognized by Alberta Sport

Alberta Sport Connection (ASC) has announced its 2016 Athlete and Team of the Year Awards and 2017 Alberta Sport Recognition Awards for coach developers, coaches, officials and volunteers.

Among them is Ponoka's Marilyn Chidlow being recognized in the Sport Recognition Award for her volunteer work in figure skating. Last year Chidlow was also announced as the 2016 Alberta Sports Hall of Fame inductee for her dedication to figure skating in Canada.

"These individuals and teams are Alberta's best. We're proud of what they've achieved and honoured to recognize them for their outstanding contribution to sport in our province," said Andrew Ference, Chair of Alberta Sport Connection. "They have reached higher, dug deeper, led by example, and made our sport system better."

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