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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.

This collection of Hockey Equipment from the 1930s - 1950s was used by Charles Delbert Calvert. Del played hockey at the Calder School and neighbouring communities. His hockey equipment was donated to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum's permanent collection by his wife. 
March 2019


This is 'Choklit' the Moose, the mascot for the 1981 Canada Summer Games that was hosted in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He will be going into our display collection and was donated to us by Susan Ratchwell.

Chokolit Moose and the event logo that can be seen on his t-shirt was designed by Thunder Bay local designer, Ken Campbell, and his name was picked through a contest won by a local teen.
First held in 1967 in Quebec City, the Canada Games are continued tradition that aims to promote young athletes from across the country. Many of the participating athletes have, or will, go on to become Canadian champions, Olympians, and world class stars.


Red Deer 2019

From February 15 to March 3, 2019 Red Deer will be welcoming these athletes from across the nation to compete in 19 sports and participate in over 150 events. With 3,600 athletes, managers, and coaches, and over 20,000 visitors expected, the 2019 Canada Winter Games will be one of the largest sporting events hosted in Alberta since the 1988 Calgary Olympics.

ASHFM  2016.14.11

This is a mounted ATCO torch from the 2016 Alberta Winter Games torch relay. The torch is silver with carved wooden handle that has the Alberta Winter Games Medicine Hat logo carved in. Torch is mounted onto a plaque that is shaped like the province of Alberta.

The plaque was presented to the Medicine Hat Alberta Games Society who donated it to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum as a token of the games.


2016 Alberta Summer Games

From July 14th to the 17th, 2016 over 3,000 athletes, coaches and officials from across Alberta will be in Leduc to compete, learn and share experiences of a lifetime at the 2016 Alberta Summer Games.

Athletes ranging in age from 11 to 17 years old representing 14 different sports will befriend teammates and competitors from eight regional zones.

Over 2,000 volunteers and 100+ sponsors will pull together to meet a challenge and a common goal: to make the 2016 Alberta Summer Games in Leduc the “Best Ever” Alberta Games.

Thank you to Audrey McDonald for her donation of Calgary Boomers Soccer Team memorabilia.

The Calgary Boomers were a professional soccer team that competed in the North American Soccer League during the 1980–81 NASL Indoor season and outdoors in the 1981 season.  Based out of the McMahon Stadium in Calgary, they were owned by Nelson Skalbania.  Thier colours were gold and black

Manager: Al Miller
Coach: David Davies


  • Darryl Wallace
  • Jürgen Stars
  • Gerd Zimmermann
  • Paul D'Agostino
  • Holgar Brueck
  • Helmut Kremers
  • Victor Kodelja
  • Carlos Salguero
  • Jürgen Röber
  • Franz Gerber
  • Klaus Toppmöller
  • Juan Carlos Molina
  • Ramon Hector Ponce
  • Bruce Bates
  • Danny Vaughn
  • Milan Stojsavljevic
  • Billy Gazonas
  • Willi Neuberger
  • Willi Reimann
  • David Woodsford
  • Jorgen Kristensen
  • Tony Heap
  • Tom Boric

Local artist Dennis Moffat donated 9 original sports themed prints to the ASHFM.  The sports include broomball, hockey, basketball, horse racing, and skiing.


This particular print entitled "The Leader" depicts a cross-country skier taking advantage of Alberta's long snowy winters.

We look forward to featuringDennis Moffat in the Art Gallery at a later date.

The sports include broomball, hockey, basketball, horse racing, and skiing. This particular print entitled "The Leader" depicts a cross country skier taking advantage of Alberta's long snowy winters. We look forward to featuring Moffat in the Art Gallery at a later date