In celebration of National Golf Month, we will highlight 2010 Inductee Gwen Davies. Davies is the President and founding member of the Canadian Amputee Golf Association. She was instrumental in formulating the guidelines for the running of the annual Canadian Amputee National Open golf tournament.
Gwen was a below knee amputee at the age of three and then became an above knee amputee in 2005. As an athlete, she became very active in amputee golf, playing in tournaments at many levels. Gwen held the title of the Canadian Ladies Amputee Golf Champion 12 times in 17 years: 1992 to 1994, 1996 to 1998, 2000, 2001, 2004, and from 2006 to 2009. She won the Ladies British Amputee Open in 1995, was the Ladies runner-up at the First World Series of Golf in Australia in 1996 and won the Second World Series event in 2002. Gwen has represented Canada in Amputee Golf Tournaments in Australia, United States, Great Britain and Italy.
May's Artifact of the month is Gwen's prosthetic leg from above her knee. She donated this and an older below the knee prosthetic to the ASHFM so we could show students and guests what prosthetics look and fell like to help educate them.
April's Artefact of the Month was chosen to represent our Bell Memorial Award recipients.
The Bell Memorial Award is dedicated specifically to those individuals who have contributed to sport through their media presence. The Bell Memorial Award was established in 1973 by the Bell Family in honour of Chester Bell, son of the late Max Bell, a former publisher of the Albertan. The award is presented to acknowledge members of the media who demonstrate outstanding dedication to the coverage of amateur sports in Alberta.
April is also associated with these 'Appreciation' Day, which we thought might apply to some of our Bell Memorial Award Honoured Members.
- April 4th - School Librarian Appreciation Day
- April 10th - Encourage Young Writers Day
- April 18th - Columnist Appreciation Day
- April 30 - Honesty Day
Bell Memorial Recipients:
- 1974 Henry Viney* CFCN Calgary
- 1975 Cecil “Tiger” Goldstick* CFRN Edmonton
- 1976 Don Fleming* Edmonton Journal
- 1977 Ernie Afaganis CBXT Edmonton
- 1978 Frank Ryan Red Deer Advisor
- 1979 Garry Allison Lethbridge Herald
- 1984 Russ Peake CFCN Calgary
- 1985 Marty Knack* Edmonton Journal
- 1986 Thomas W. “Tom” Moore* The Albertan
- 1987 Guy Cormier CBXFT Edmonton
- 1988 John Short Edmonton Journal
- 1989 Stan “Sparling” Solberg Freelance
- 1990 Larry Wood Calgary Herald
- 1991 Lisa Miller CFRN TV
- 1993 Al McCann* CFRN TV
- 1995 Ed Whalen* Independent
- 1996 Ron MacLean CBC
- 1997 Don Pilling* Lethbridge Herald
- 1998 Steve Fallwell CJOC Lethbridge
- 1999 Danny Rode Red Deer Advocate
- 2000 Bob Ridley CHAT TV & Radio
- 2001 Bill Powers* QR77 Radio
- 2002 Terry Jones Edmonton Sun
- 2003 Joe Carbury Calgary Stampede Announcer
- 2004 Bryan Hall 630 CHED Radio
- 2006 John Down Calgary Herald
- 2007 Wes Montgomery* 630 CHED
- 2008 Dwayne Erickson* Rodeo Journalist
- 2010 Grant Pollock Global Calgary
- 2012 Lorne Starko Multimedia, Red Deer
- 2013 Bob Scammell Outdoor Sports Writer
- 2014 Rod Phillips “Voice of the Oilers”
- 2015 Peter Maher “Voice of the Flames”
- 2016 Graham Kelly Football Writer
Did you know that March 1st is National Pig day?
In honour of this entertaining event, our Artefact of the Month is a paper mache pig that has been signed by several ASHFM Honoured Members.
Can you match the signature to the Honoured Member name?
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On display this month, we have Replica Calgary Stampeders uniform of Honoured Member Ezzrett “Sugarfoot” Anderson.This month's Artefact of the Month has special meanings to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.
Why is this unique?
1. February is Black History Month.
"Black History Month provides an opportunity to share and learn about the experiences, contributions and achievements of peoples of African ancestry. It was initiated in Canada by the Ontario Black History Society, which was founded in 1978." - Historica Canada Website http://blackhistorycanada.ca
2. February is Honoured Member Ezzrett Sugarfoot Anderson's Birthday.
Ezzrett Sugarfoot Anderson became a legend in the late 1930s. He was an amazing football player, however, times were different, and from 1933-1946, there were no black players in the NFL. In the southern United States, no black or white players were allowed to play on the same field, a condition that was ruled by law.
The Calgary Stampeders saw Sugarfoot playing semi-pro football in Los Angeles and needed a defensive end for the 1949 season. Although Sugarfoot had already retired from football, he headed up to Canada after the Canadian Football League jumped at the chance to sign talented players who were ignored in the US because of their skin colour. Ezzrett “Sugarfoot” Anderson became an instant hero in Calgary. He spent seven seasons playing with the Stampeders.
To read more about Sugarfoot Anderson's amazing achievements, check out the ASHFM website which includes the ASHFM Induction Biography, Interview, and Vignette. http://ashfm.ca/hall-of-fame-honoured-members/browse/athlete/anderson-ezzrett-sugarfoot
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January is National Soup Month, and in honour of this great month, ASHFM would like to showcase some of our spoons!
These spoons are commemorative spoons from the W.A.A.F. Championships. They belonged to Track & Field Honoured Member Elsie Barlow.
Welcome Marilyn Chidlow to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame
Ponoka News: Ponoka’s Marilyn Chidlow now a hall of famer
Ponoka’s own Marilyn Chidlow has been inducted in the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.
The announcement was made Monday, Feb. 22 at the hall of fame building in Red Deer where Chidlow, along with Brian, Tom and Bud (Vernon) Butterfield were inducted.
Chidlow was inducted for her dedication to the sport of figure skating in Canada. Indeed, CanSkate, the watchdog for standards of training and development for figure skaters across the country grew in part thanks to her influence.
In an interview, Chidlow said she received the call early in February that she was to be inducted and it came as a complete surprise. She developed a love of the sport as a young girl in Winnipeg, Man. “I can remember my first carnival. I was a Dalmatian dog.”
She found her way to Edmonton and then Red Deer and eventually to Ponoka.
“I could remember really striving for the tests I took because then we could skate indoors,” said Chidlow of her experience with skating in Edmonton.
Life continued on for Chidlow who moved with Glen to Ponoka in 1973 to start a chiropractic service. Helping the Ponoka Skate Club was something she enjoyed. “We coached the little babies and the mom and tot program,” she recalled.
This was the beginning stage of Chidlow’s deep involvement as a volunteer instructor with the training program for coaches and skaters. Chidlow was first asked to join the Ponoka club’s board and eventually the provincial board and to the top with Skate Canada.
In 1992 she was vice-president of Skate Canada, and eventually president from 2000 to 2006 and past-president from 2007 to 2013.
With a group of dedicated planners, she helped develop the CanSkate program that is the main standard of training and development. Her focus has always been to benefit the skaters.
Her dedication to the sport cannot be questioned.
During the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics Chidlow, found herself in the middle of a media frenzy. The infamous decision that saw Canadian skaters Jamie Salé and David Pelletier awarded silver medals despite a strong performance put judges and their decisions into question.
Being president of Skate Canada, as a volunteer, put Chidlow in the limelight and she said it was a tumultuous time for skating. The Canadian press bit into the decision and how it was handled. She was challenged as someone who let the Canadian team down in national newspapers and news shows. “It was a really low moment for us in sports.”
Skaters she had helped nurture in the training program were hurt by that judging scandal. Seeing them at the podium receiving the silver medals is something that haunts Chidlow to this day.
On a positive note, Chidlow used the lessons in Salt Lake City as a tool to help drive change in the judging system. “It provided us with a new judging system that can be measured,” she said.
Because of that issue she stayed on as president until 2006 and feels there is some vindication for the skaters who were eventually awarded gold medals.
What kept her steady throughout the whole process, from training young coaches and tot skaters to being under the media spotlight was the athletes. “We just wanted to make it better for future athletes,” she said.
Chidlow’s efforts in Salt Lake City earned her a bronze participation medal.
Looking back at the the ups and downs and Chidlow says she is proud of the work Skate Canada did and for the advances made in training and in judging at a professional level.