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Frank Chisholm

Frank Chisholm left Nova Scotia and came to Saskatoon to work for the Saskatoon Public School Board. Soon after his arrival in the Hub City a badminton club was formed. He was an original member when the club opened in 1930. He was on the board of managers, became secretary -treasurer, served on many committees, coached and still had time to play the game.

In 1947 due to family illness Frank left the club and did not return until 1953. Club memberships were way down and he was asked to take over as manager. He put the club back on its feet and saw the facility move to a new location in Victoria Park. He worked out the design for a new building which was constructed in 1965. In this new facility Chisholm managed, coached, set up draws and ran tournaments. For many years his column "Hints on Badminton" in the Star - Phoenix was widely read. In 1972 Frank left active participation but his mark will be felt for many years.

The badminton club honored him with a lifetime membership. He was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of fame in 1988.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers

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Grace Jasper

Grace Jasper

Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis, Badminton, Bowling (B.A. '57)

Grace Jasper graduated from Bedford Road Collegiate in Saskatoon and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1955. While a student at the University of Saskatchewan, she competed in basketball, volleyball, tennis, badminton and bowling.

Grace was a member of the Huskiette basketball team for three years. While a member of the team, the team captured the Cecil Race Trophy on two occasions (1955-56, 1956-57).

She was a member of the Huskiette volleyball team for three years during which time the team captured the Dr. Sam Landa Trophy three times.

From 1955-57, she was also a member of the tennis, badminton and bowling teams.

For her athletic achievements, she was awarded a Major Athletic Award in 1956.

In addition to athletics, Grace Jasper was very active in other facets of campus life. She was very active on the Women's Athletic Board, Women's Intramural Board and the Students' Representative Council serving as Vice-President in 1956-57.

For her efforts and contributions to campus life, she was awarded the prestigious "Spirit of Youth Award".

Text courtesy of the University of Saskatchewan Wall of Fame.

Date: 1955

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Frank Longridge

Born in Bethune, Saskatchewan in 1918, Frank Longridge, a player and promoter of badminton, takes his place amongst the elite in our province.

During a period of nineteen years from 1937-1956, Frank was a Provincial Men's Senior Badminton Champion eight times. He teamed with ladies to win Mixed Doubles Championships nine times, and he won Men's Doubles Honours twelve times; a creditable record in any man's career.

"Mr. Badminton" or "The King of the Saskatchewan Badminton Realm" are titles accorded Frank during his playing years - titles that have not been awarded since then.

Administratively, Frank served his time on the executives of the Moose Jaw and Saskatoon clubs. He held the Presidential chair for the Saskatchewan Badminton Association. He has represented our province nationally, and in 1940 was the inter-provincial Team Captain during the year's competition.

Frank Longridge, during his era in the 1940's, represented Saskatchewan well in many areas. He was a great ambassador for the shuttle sport, and his is a name to record in our sport archives. He actively participated also in golf, tennis, rugby, basketball, softball, and curling.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame on June 22nd, 1985.

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Claire Lovett

Claire Lovett, formerly Ehman, of Regina was an outstanding and versatile athlete. She excelled in many sports, including basketball, ice hockey, field hockey, track and field, and baseball.

Claire was the only Canadian basketball player picked for the U.S.A. All Star Team. She accumulated many titles in the years from 1946 to 1974. She won the Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club titles a total of 16 times. She won the Canadian Ladies Singles Championship in 1947 and 1948 and was the Ladies Double Champion in the same years. In 1963, Claire won the mixed doubles open championship and in 1973 and 1974, the Senior Ladies Double Championship. She also won the Western Canada Grass Court Mixed Doubles in 1952 and the Canadian Ladies Singles Title in 1966.

Claire was elected to the Canadian Amateur Athletic Hall of Fame for her tennis and badminton achievements and was elected to the B.C. Hall of Fame as an all round athlete.

At time of installation citation read March 26, 1977.

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Chin Wha Seng

Chin Wha Seng

Badminton (Med. '67)

Chin Wha Seng entered the University of Saskatchewan in the fall of 1962. He came to the University of Saskatchewan from Malaysia where he was a top ranked junior singles badminton player.

During his five years at the University of Saskatchewan, Chin captured three WCIAA singles titles and teamed with John McCauley and Bob Kortje to capture three WCIAA double titles. While a student at the University of Saskatchewan, he captured, on three separate occasions, Open Singles and Doubles Provincial Championships in the provinces of Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba. In 1965-66, he teamed with John McCauley to capture the Canadian Open Men's Doubles Championship.

During his active years as a Huskie badminton player, Chin's overall standard of play and gentlemanly deportment did much to further the sport in Western Canada.

Upon graduation from Medicine, Chin returned to Malaysia to practice medicine.

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Donalda Smitheringale

Donalda Smitheringale / Donalda Clark

Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis, Badminton (B.A. '53)

Donalda Clark graduated from Nutana Collegiate in Saskatoon and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1950.

Donalda was a three-year member of Huskiette basketball including the 1951 and 1952 teams that captured the Cecil Race Trophy. She was also a three-year member of the volleyball team, badminton team and the tennis team. For her all-round participation in sports, she was awarded a Major Athletic Award in 1952.

In addition to participating in sports, Donalda served on the Women's Athletic Board for two years and was elected as "Senior Stick" in the College of Arts and Science in 1952-53.

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Date: 1951

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Dorothy Walton

Mrs. Walton was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan and gained her early success in sport while attending the University of Saskatchewan. She competed in a wide variety of sports and won college letters and provincial and dominion honors. Until 1932, when she married and moved to Toronto, her sport was tennis at which she won national ranking as well as provincial and Western Canada honors.

In Toronto she concentrated on badminton and rapidly developed into one of the best players in Canada. Mrs. Walton won Toronto, Ontario, and dominion titles as well as many invitational tournaments. Her crowning achievement was in 1939, when she captured the all-England title, emblematic of the World's Amateur Championship.

In 1950 she was voted one of the top six women athletes in Canada during the first half-century Mrs. Walton was also awarded the Rose Bowl as Canada's outstanding women athlete in 1940.

At time of installation citation read October 31, 1966.

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Date: [ca. 1931]

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