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William Ebbels

William Ebbels

Tennis, Basketball, Hockey (B.Comm. '47)

Bill Ebbels graduated from City Park Collegiate and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1940. His university studies were interrupted in 1942 when he joined the Navy during World War II. He returned to the University of Saskatchewan in 1946 to resume his studies. During his three years on campus, he competed in tennis, basketball and hockey.

An outstanding tennis player, Bill played intervarsity tennis for three years. In 1946 he was a member of the five-man University of Saskatchewan team that was runner-up to McGill University in the only national university championship. Following his varsity career, Bill went on to capture eight Saskatchewan singles titles and seven doubles titles.

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

An outstanding junior hockey player with the Saskatoon Quakers in the early forties, Bill joined the Huskie Hockey team in 1946 following in Stint in the Navy.

Bill Ebbels was installed into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame on March 26, 1976.

Text courtesy of the University of Saskatchewan Wall of Fame.


Winning provincial tennis championships seemed to come naturally to William D. Ebbels, as he won the Saskatchewan Men's singles crown a record eight times - 1948, 1953, 1957, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1966 and 1967 and he was runner up on seven other occasions.

He was also a seven-time winner of the doubles crown and runner up in that category four times. In 1967, he won the Veterans singles championship and the men's open, making him the first person to win the two titles in the same year.

In 1946, he was a member of the five-man provincial team that was runner-up to McGill University in the only national university championship.

In 1971, Bill Ebbels represented Saskatchewan in the first Canada Games and was the oldest competitor in the Games, at age 49.

Besides his outstanding abilities as a player, Bill Ebbels has worked in various executive capacities for the betterment of tennis. He was responsible for junior and adult instruction at the Regina Tennis Club from 1949 to 1965 and has been President of both the Regina Tennis Club and the Saskatchewan Lawn Tennis Association.

At time of installation citation read March 27, 1976.

Text courtesy of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.

Date: 1947

Copyright information: Over 50 years old - order from the University of Saskatchewan Archives

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Gas Eichel

Gas Eichel is Saskatchewan-born and raised and except for a tour of duty in the Royal Canadian Air Force in World War II and a brief period spent in Ontario, he has lived in the province all his life.

Defeating major illnesses as a youth he built a frail heart and body into the physique of a champion. He also defeated the depression as an amateur boxer when there was no money for training and a proper diet and little more for equipment and travel but a time when there were large numbers of outstanding boxers in the amateur ranks.

In a boxing career extending over 14 years from 1931-45, Gas Eichel fought 47 bouts in which he won 41 and 12 of these by knockouts. He lost only three times. Included in this record were two Canadian light-heavy weight championships. Five Saskatchewan light-heavy weight championships, one Interprovincial championship and one R.C.A.F. championship.

Gas Eichel retired following World War II and as a news report of the day stated - "there are no more Opponents for the fists of Gas Eichel".

In addition to his boxing accomplishments, it should be noted that Gas Eichel has additionally made very significant contributions to the development of the sport of archery and to the work of the Boy Scout Movement in Saskatchewan.

Installed in the Hall of Fame on May 22,1967.

Text courtesy of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame

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Robert Ellard

Like many other sport builders, Bob Ellard began his association with rowing as an athlete, winning gold at the local, provincial, regional and national levels. As a Master athlete, he captured gold at the World Masters Games in 1985.

Ellard's contribution to the sport of rowing in Regina began upon his arrival in 1977. He had previously been active in the Winnipeg Rowing Club. Instrumental in the rebuilding of the Regina Rowing Club, Bob has coached the club every year since 1977 at all levels introductory to elite. His students have included Tony Zasada, Rob Currie, Ellen Gillies and Audrey Mowchenko; all of whom have represented Canada in international competition.

Bob has made countless contributions at the provincial level. In 1978 he established an annual regatta on Wascana Lake - the Regina Sprints Regatta - organizing and running the event for over 10 years. Since 1988, Bob has worked to develop the Regina Rowing Club Masters Program, making the sport accessible to a wider range of people and also founded the Canadian Masters Summer Sports Festival. While President of the Saskatchewan Rowing Association, a post he held three times, he was a founder of the Prairie Rowing Association. As Chair of the Saskatchewan Technical Committee, Ellard developed the basic training approach for athletes at the provincial level and was the Saskatchewan coach at four Western Canada Summer Games (1979-1990) and three Jeux Canada Games.

Nationally, Bob was elected to the executive of the Rowing Canada Aviron (R.C.A.) in 1982 and has contributed to its Board for over 14 years, serving as President in 1986/87. Ellard has served as an 'A' Director for the Canadian Olympic Association from 1990 to 1993 and was responsible for Canada's rowing team at the 1984 Olympics. As Chair of the Technical Committee for the R.C.A. he developed a technical plan to improve the competitive performance of our national teams and the results can be seen in the progressively improving results of Canadian rowers at the Olympic Games. Bob was named Technical Advisor for the Jeux Canada Games in 1985 and 1989 and was instrumental in establishing High Performance Training Centres in London, Ontario and Victoria, B.C.. Internationally, Bob has represented Canada at the FISA (Federation Internationale Society d'Aviron) Congress and four World Championships.

Recognition of Bob Ellard's enormous contribution to Saskatchewan and Canadian rowing have included the Sask Sport Volunteer of the Year award in 1988 and the following Rowing Canada Aviron awards: 1981 Coach of the Year; 1988 Executive of the Year; 1988 Centennial Medal; 1989 President's Award and the 1990 Award of Merit.

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Eldon Elliott

Eldon Elliott, born in 1924, began his radio career at CJNB, North Battleford in 1952 as the station's first Sports Director. For over 30 years his voice has been synonymous with amateur sport in northern Saskatchewan.

His extreme interest in youth and sport began early in life, when he actively coached and promoted minor hockey and baseball teams.

Eldon organized the first Northwest Saskatchewan High School Bonspiel, and was instrumental in administering the Canadian School Boys Curling Championship in 1967 in his hometown.

Changing sports, Elliott was responsible for hosting the Canadian Junior Baseball Championships during Homecoming Year. Serving on executives for hockey, baseball and curling, brought him the Kinsmen Sportsman of the Year Award in 1967, and a Citizen of the Year honour in 1972. His work has been recognized by numerous clubs and leagues also.

It has been stated that Eldon Elliott is a sportscaster who gets things done. He is a planner - a great catalyst for improving sports and life in general in his community.

Eldon Elliott has given his time, his energies, his money, and his love to young athletes in return for pride in his community of North Battleford, Saskatchewan.

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

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Cyprian Enweani

Cyprian Enweani

Cyprian got hooked on running all because of Diane-Jones Konihowski. Cyprian heard her speak after the 1976 Montreal Olympics. That dedication carried him to the top. He was a member of the Canadian team that went to the Seoul Olympics in 1988. In three consecutive heats Cyprian set three Saskatchewan records. His best time in the 200 metre was 20.57 seconds in the semi-final, 9th best in the world. He was also a member of the 4 x 100 metre relay team which finished 7th.

Enweani started running at the age of twelve. In 1981 he was on the Saskatchewan Canada Games team and the following year set records in the 200 and 400 metre at the Provincial high school meet. By 1983 he was a member of Canada's national team and helped his country place fourth in the 4 x 100 metre relay at the Pan-American Games. He has also competed in the Canadian and World Student Games, Commonwealth Games and the World championships. Indoors he holds every sprint record in the province from the 50 to the 300 metres.

In 1988 he was named Kinsmen Athlete of the Year. He received his Medical Degree in June 1989 and was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers.

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