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Hugh Cairns

In 1921 the Hugh Cairns Memorial was unveiled commemorating local soccer players killed in World War I. Hugh Cairns played soccer for the Christ Church team while working as a plumber in Saskatoon. In 1916 be enlisted with his brother Albert in the Canadian Army. Two years later, after being promoted to sergeant, Cairns received the Victoria Cross for his part in the liberation of Valanciennes. Sadly, Cairns did not survive the battle.

The memorial is reputed to be the only war memorial in the world dedicated to soccer players. It is doubly unique considering that it is found in such a young soccer nation as Canada.

The memorial is used in the logo of the SDSA and a representation appears on the medallions that are awarded each year to individual and team award winners. In addition, each year on November 11 members of the SDSA lay a wreath at the memorial in remembrance of those who have gone before.

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Date: 1921.

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Kay Campbell

Kay Campbell / Kay Probert

Basketball, Field Hockey (B.S.N. '46)

Kay Probert graduated from Central Collegiate in Moose Jaw and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1942.

Kay was a member of both the basketball and swimming and diving teams. An outstanding guard on the basketball team for three years, she served as captain of the team in 1942-43. As a member of the swimming team, she competed in free style, side and breast strokes as well as a diver. She was awarded a Major Athletic Award in 1943-44 and served as a member of the Women's Athletic board for two years.

Kay was awarded the prestigious "Spirit of Youth Trophy" in 1946 for having demonstrated throughout her university caeer outstanding qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, academic ability and athletic ability.

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Date: 1950

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Aldis Carson

Aldis Carson / Aldis Peterson

Basketball, Tennis (Dip.[P.E.] '44)

Aldis "Pete" Peterson graduated from Nutana collegiate and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1941.

While a student at the University, Aldis competed in both basketball and tennis. An outstanding basketball forward, she served as team captain for two years. As a member of the tennis team, she was runner up in singles at the 1944 Western Championships. For her participation in sports, Aldis was awarded a Major Athletic Award in 1943-44.

In addition to her athletic participation, Aldis served as secretary to the Women's Athletic Directorate and became the first president of the women's Athletic Board. She was a cheerleader for two years and served as vice-president of the SRC in 1944-45.

In 1944-45 she was awarded the prestigious "Spirit of Youth" Trophy for having exhibited outstanding athletic skills combined with high qualities in leadership.

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Date: c1940

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Fred Carson

Fred Carson

Basketball, Football, Water Polo (B.E. '40)

Fred 'Bud" Carson entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1942. During his four years on campus, he competed in football, basketball, and water polo.

He was a member of the Huskie football team for three years and served as captain of the 1945 team.

He was an outstanding guard on the Huskie basketball team for three years.

As well as competing on three teams, Bud was President of the Men's Athletic board for two years (1943-45). He also coached the Huskiette basketball team for one year.

He received a Major Athletic Award in 1945. At the Awards Night that same year, he received the MacDonald Trophy for demonstrating high qualities of sportsmanship, leadership and athletic ability during his undergraduate years.

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Date: 1945

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Hugh Carson

Hugh Carson

Builder (1926-1953)

Hugh Carson was born in Scotland and emigrated to Canada in 1923.

"Hughie" joined the University of Saskatchewan in 1926 on a part-time basis as soccer coach and athletic trainer. In 1937 he joined the Physical Education Department as a full-time teacher, coach and trainer. During his 27 years he devoted countless hours to the athletic success of the Green and White. He looked after the health and welfare of countless athletes with fervent passion. He took great pride in coaching soccer, fencing and boxing. He was known as a morale booster and a temendously supportive figure in University of Saskatchewan athletics.

Upon his retirement in 1953, the Physical Education Department commended him for his "integrity, forthrightness and quiet kindliness".

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Date: 1940

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Ethel Mary Cartwright

Ethel Mary Cartwright

Builder (1928-43)

Ethel Mary Cartwright, a native of London, England, came to the University of Saskatchewan in 1928 from McGill University where she had been a coach, teacher and administrator for twenty-three years. At McGill and the University of Saskatchewan, she was a pioneer, a leader and an innovator for women in physical education and sport.

At the University of Saskatchewan, she organized the women's physical education department. Under her guidance and leadership, women's sports at the University of Saskatchewan flourished and received autonomous recognition with the establishment of the Women's Athletic Directorate. In 1942, she established the "Spirit of Youth" presented annually to the woman who has best demonstrated qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, idealism and academic ability, strong character and athletic ability.

She served the University for 15 years as a coach, teacher and administrator.

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Ether Catherwood

Ethel was born in Hannah, North Dakota on April 28th, 1908. Her parents had homesteaded near Scott, Saskatchewan in 1906. They journeyed from Hannah to Scott a few times before finally settling permanently in Scott in May 1910. As a student at Champagne school in Scott, Ethel won her first high jump competition leaping 3 feet 10 inches in a meet at Wilkie.

Then the Catherwood family moved to Saskatoon in 1925, Ethel participated in baseball, basketball and track and field. With Joe Griffiths as her coach, Ethel set her sights on competing at the 1928 Olympics. After setting a world record in the high jump in Regina, she went to the Amsterdam Olympics and won the gold medal with a leap of 5 feet 2 9/16 inches. While Saskatoon referred to her as the Saskatoon Lily, Ethel was named the prettiest athlete (beauty prize) of the 1928 Games by a New York correspondent.

She was named to the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1955, the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1966 and the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers.

Date: 1928.

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Tom Chad

Football, Track and Field BSPE'79, BEd'80

Tom Chad graduated from St. Mary's High School in Prince Albert and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1973.

Tom was a member of the football team for five years playing as a running back and defensive back. He was also a member of the track and field team for four years excelling in the sprints and relay events. In 1975 he was the Canadian Junior Champion in the 200 meter event.

In 1977 Tom was selected to the Canada West All Star Team and a CIAU All Canadian as a defensive back. He was also selected to play in the inaugural CAN-AM Bowl Game in Tampa, Florida against a team of U.S. College All Stars.

In 1977 Tom was awarded the Howard Nixon Trophy as the University's Outstanding Male Athlete in a tournament sport. The following year, he was awarded the E. Kent Phillips Trophy as the University's Outstanding Male Athlete.

Tom served as an assistant coach with the Huskie football team from 1978-83.

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Ken Charlton

A true Saskatchewanian, Ken was born, raised and educated in Regina. His impressive football career began with Central Collegiate in 1933. After high school he joined the Regina West Ends in 1938, then played with the Regina Dales 1939-40.

The Roughriders signed him in 1941 and he was unanimous choice for Western All-Star. The R.C.A.F. claimed him in 1942 and he played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Grey Cup.

During the war years he starred with Vancouver Norvans' Baseball Club and was the property of NHL's Chicago Black Hawks. But football was his true love, and although the NFL's Cleveland Rams wanted him, he signed with the CFL'S Ottawa Rough Riders.

Ken rejoined Saskatchewan playing from 1948-54 as a punter, halfback and defensive back. He captained the Roughriders for four years and made a second Grey Cup appearance in 1951. Ken also represented Canadian football on a Korean tour the year he retired - 1954. In all, Ken was an All-Star eight times; six in the West and two in the East.

Ken was president of St. James Senior Football Club in Winnipeg when they won Canadian laurels in 1963.

An athlete par excellence - baseball, hockey and football - congratulations!

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Catherine Cherry

Catherine Bergin / Catherine Cherry

Basketball, Track and Field (B.A. '40)

Catherine ("Fuzzy") Bergin entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1938. During her four years on campus, she competed in basketball and track and field.

She was a member of the track and field team for four years. In addition to competing, she served as manager for two years.

She played on the Huskiette basketball team for three years and earned her senior colours in 1939.

She received a Major Athletic Award in 1941.

As well as competing in two varsity sports, she was a two-year member of and served as Vice President of the Women's Athletic Directorate.

Text courtesy of the University of Saskatchewan Wall of Fame.

Date: 1940

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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.

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Louis Christ

Louis Christ

Track and Field, Cross Country BA'81, LLB'84

Louis Christ graduated from Evan Hardy Collegiate in Saskatoon and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1977.

Louis was a member of the track and field team and the cross country team for five years. As a track and field athlete excelling in the distance events at Canada West Championships, he captured 6 gold, 5 silver and 3 bronze medals. In CIAU competition he captured a gold medal in 1981 in the 1500 meters and anchored the gold medal team distance medley relay event. He was a member of two cross country teams that captured Canada West Championships.

While a student at the University, Louis represented Saskatchewan and Canada at a number of national and international track and field meets.

In 1980 he was awarded the Howard Nixon Trophy as the University's Outstanding Male athlete in a tournament sport. In 1982 he received the prestigious MacDonald Trophy for leadership, sportsmanship and athletic ability.

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Ann Clark / Ann Davis

Basketball and Volleyball (B.A.(P.E.) '65)

Ann (Davis) Clark graduated from Aden Bowman Collegiate in Saskatoon and entered the University of Saskatchewan in the fall of 1961. While at the University of Saskatchewan, she competed in basketball and volleyball for four years.

As a member of the Huskiette basketball team, she led the team to four Conference Championships. During her career, the team compiled an overall record of 67 wins and 19 losses. She was named to man tournament all-star teams including the 1964 Canadian Senior All-Star Championships. As a player she was an excellent inside player and an extremely strong rebounder.

As a Huskiette volleyball player she was an exceptional hitter and was named to many volleyball all-star teams. She also played on a number of provincial teams at national championships.

She was very active in the Women's Athletic Board and the Women's Intramural Board. For her athletic achievements, she was awarded a Major Athletic Award.

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Brian Clark

Brian Clark's ability as a coach at the Saskatchewan grassroots level has led him down some international trails.

He was the Canadian junior coach in a meet against France and England in 1979, Pan-American junior coach in 1978, Pan-American coach in sprints and hurdles in 1980 and Olympic team coach in hurdles for the 1984 Games at Los Angeles.

A school teacher by profession, Clark first taught track and field at Choiceland, later in Saskatoon and served as head coach of the Riversdale Kiwanis Track and Field Club from 1969 until 1989.

He has been events coordinator for hurdles and relays in Saskatchewan for a dozen years.

He has coached at the Western Canada Games in 1979, 1983 and 1987 and at the Canada Games at St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1977, at Sudbury in 1981 and at St. John, N.B. in 1985.

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Donald Clark

Donald Clark

Football, Wrestling B.A. (P.E.) '65, B.Ed. '66

Don Clark graduated from Kipling High School and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1961.

Don was an outstanding lineman with the Huskie football team for five years. He was a WCIAA All star for two years and served as co-captain of the team in 1964-65. He also served as an assistant coach for the team in 1965-66.

He was a member of the Huskie wrestling team for four years competing as a heavyweight. He was 1964-65 WCIAA Champion and Saskatchewan Champion in 1966-67.

For his participation in football and wrestling, he was awarded a Major Athletic Award in 1964-65. His university career was highlighted in 1965 when he was awarded the prestigious McDonald Cup for having best portrayed high qualities of sportsmanship and leadership.

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Bill Clarke

Football player, curler and sport administrator. He began his sport career while at Scott Collegiate in Regina. As well as playing football he skipped the curling team to a South Saskatchewan title in 1949 and went on to win the Sifton Trophy the next year in the 1st Canadian High School Curling Championships. For two years during this time he also played tackle for the Regina Dales Junior Football Club.

Turning Pro at the age of 18, in 1951, he signed up with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and managed to tackle his way through 14 seasons until his voluntary retirement in 1964. During this time he participated in one Grey Cup and was twice named as the most valuable Canadian on the Saskatchewan Roughriders and awarded the Stack Tibbits Trophy He was named to the Western Football Conference all star team twice and in 1963 was made a life member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

As an administrator, in the position of Executive Director for Sport and Recreation for the province of Saskatchewan since 1966, Bill has been directly involved with many major programs and events both provincially and nationally.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame on September 13, 1979.

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Brian Claypool

Brian Claypool was born in Lucky Lake but did most of his growing up in Saskatoon. He was the second oldest of seven children raised by Ralph and Ellen Claypool. All have grown up around horses. While attending E.D. Feehan High School, Brian won Saskatoon and Saskatchewan wrestling titles in the 130-pound division in 1971 and he was a member of Team Saskatchewan at the Canadian championships.

In 1966, he and brother Howard went to the Calgary Stampede and Brian rode in the boys' steer riding competition at the age of 14. He was also riding in Saskatoon at the same time. By 1973, Brian was working the rodeo full time and a year later, he won the bull riding title for the first time at the Calgary Stampede. He was also starting to make a mark on the American circuit, including this stop at Cheyenne, Wyoming. He was Canadian bull riding champion in 1975 and 1976, runner-up in 1977, and set a record for most money won in a single season of bull riding in 1975. He qualified for the American rodeo finals in 1974 and 1976, tied for third and fourth in 1976, won all-round cowboy awards in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Brian was competing on the American circuit when he lost his life in a plane crash on May 22, 1979.

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Harold Clayton

The Saskatchewan Lawn Bowling Association nominated Mr. Clayton for his achievements in their sport and his contribution to the growth of lawn bowling in Saskatchewan.

As a competitor Mr. Clayton has won the provincial singles championship five times, 1957-58-59-61 and 1969. He was the Canadian singles champion on two occasions winning in Toronto in 1959 and in Victoria in 1969, the only Saskatchewan bowler to have won a Dominion Championship.

Mr. Clayton represented Canada at the British Commonwealth Games at Edinburgh in 1970.

At time of installation citation read March 31, 1973.

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Muriel Coben

Muriel was considered by many to be the greatest softball pitcher in Saskatchewan. Her career started in 1936 when she pitched and won all her games as a member of the Tessier Millionaires.

From 1938 to 1945 she performed for the Saskatoon Pats. She did, however, take one year off in 1943 to play for the South Bend White Sox of Chicago in the All-American Girls Glamour League. In 1946 Muriel joined the Saskatoon Grey Cab Ramblers. She helped the club win three successive Saskatchewan championships in 1946, 1947 and 1948, and two Western champion ships in 1946 and 1947. In 1950, Miss Coben moved to Edmonton, joined the Mortons ball club and aided them in winning the Canadian championship over a very strong Toronto squad in 1952.

She returned to Saskatoon, again starred with the Ramblers until her playing days were over. Muriel was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1979 and the Saskatoon Hall of Fame in 1986.

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Muriel Coben began her softball pitching career in 1936 and won all games of that season for the Tessier Millionaires. From 1938 to 1945 she was pitching for the Saskatoon Pats, with the exception of one year in the professional American Girls' Glamour League, with the South Bend Whitesox in Chicago. In 1946 she pitched for the Saskatoon Ramblers for a number of years before moving to play for the Edmonton Mortons in 1951. In 1952 she pitched the Mortons to the Canadian Championships, which they won over the Toronto Ace Queens in Toronto. Returning to Saskatoon, she finished off her playing career with the Ramblers.

After retiring from softball in 1959, Muriel played lead for the Joyce McKee curling rink. in 1960, they captured the first National Ladies Curling Championship held in Oshawa.

Installed in the Hall of Fame on March 24, 1979.

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Gerry Couture

Gerry Couture was born in Saskatoon in 1925. He attended St. Joseph's School and it was while there he experienced first hockey success, playing on St. Joseph's Church League winners in 1936 and 1937. He played junior hockey for the Saskatoon Quakers in 1941-42 and 1942-43 and then joined University of Saskatchewan Huskies where he starred for two seasons.

He joined Detroit Red Wings and was with the Wings for parts of seven seasons. He had an outstanding season in 1949-50 when he scored 29 goals, his best season in the NHL, and played on the Detroit team which won the Stanley Cup. He scored four goals and one assist in the playoffs and his line scored the winner in the seventh game of the final against New York.

Gerry went to the Montreal Canadiens in 1951-52 and later spent two seasons with the Chicago Black Hawks.

Gerry joined Calgary Stampeders of the Western Hockey League for three seasons, scoring 32 goals and winning all-star one year and scoring 33 goals another season. He later played for Saskatoon-St. Paul Saints and finished his career as coach of the Saskatoon Quakers who went to the western final in 1959-60.

As a young man, he was an outstanding tennis player, joining Johnny Leicester in doubles and often winning Saskatchewan championships. They played in two Canadian championships and once beat the Mexican Davis Cup doubles team.

Gerry died July 13, 1994, a month after learning he had been accepted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame.

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