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Tom Jackson

Tom Jackson

Fencing, Tennis (B.A. '51, M.D. '58)

Tom Jackson graduated from Bedford Road Collegiate and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1947.

An outstanding all-round athlete, Tom was the first person to win a Major Athletic Award by competing entirely in individual sports. He also holds the distinction of having been the Only student-athlete to receive two Major Athletic Awards- one for the period 1947-50 and the other for 1955-57.

He was a member of the fencing team for five years during which time he lost only one bout. He also excelled as a member of the tennis team for five years. While a student at the University he also competed in a number of intramural activities and served on the Executive of the Student Medical Society.

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Date: 1956

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Paul Jacoby

Paul Jacoby

Basketball (B.Ed. '73, B.A. '75)

Paul Jacoby graduated from Sheldon Williams Collegiate in Regina and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1969.

Paul played at the guard position on the Huskie team for five years. He was selected a CWUAA All Star two times and consistently finished in the top two in team scoring. Paul is considered to have been the finest outside shooter to ever wear the Huskie uniform.

Paul played on the 1972 football team as a back-up quarterback to Dave Pickett. In addition to excelling in basketball, Paul was a top flight tennis player capturing a number of provincial titles.

Paul's career was highlighted in 1974-75 when he was awarded the E. Kent Phillips Trophy as the University's Outstanding Male Athlete.

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Date: 1975

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Gerry James

Gerry James' legendary achievements in Canadian sports, as an athlete and builder, began in Winnipeg where his father, former Regina Roughrider, Eddie "Dynamite" James, played football for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Gerry's prowess in hockey was recognized early, as he was called up from the midget ranks to play with the Winnipeg Monarchs in the Memorial Cup in 1951 at the age of 16. The next year, Gerry signed to play football with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and became the youngest player ever to play in the CFL. Thus began an amazing story in Canadian sport.

In the spring of 1955 James was a member of the Memorial Cup winning Toronto Marlboros junior hockey team and then signed a contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs to play with the NHL club after the football season ended in late 1955. Gerry James made history in 1959/60 when he became the only person to play in the Grey Cup final and the Stanley Cup final in the same season. James was a Grey Cup winner with the 1959 Blue Bombers, then jumped to the Leafs, who lost the Stanley Cup final to the Canadiens in 1960.

"Kid Dynamite" spent ten of his eleven years in the CFL with Winnipeg, the final year with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He went to the Grey Cup six times, winning with Winnipeg in 1958, 1959, 1960 and 1962. He was awarded the Schenley Award as top Canadian in 1954 and 1957. He set numerous league records, at least five of which still stand, including most rushing touchdowns in a season (18 in 1957). He scored 645 points in the CFL and won the scoring title in 1957 and 1960. He rushed for over 1,000 yards in 1955 and 1957 and finished his career with 5,554 rushing yards. Gerry James joined his father in the Football Hall of Fame in 1989 and is also a member of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Hall of Fame.

James played five seasons for the Toronto Maple Leafs (1955-60), then turned to coaching. He coached in 1963/64 in Switzerland before returning to Saskatchewan. As a player/coach, Gerry steered the Yorkton Terriers Senior Hockey team to four consecutive Provincial Championships from 1966 to 1969. During his coaching career he was named All-star Coach three times and Coach of the Year twice. James coached teams at the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) and Western Hockey League (WHL) level over the next nineteen years, guiding young hockey players to provincial titles in 1983 (Melville Millionaires) and 1985 (Estevan Bruins), with the Bruins reaching the Western Centennial final. To the players under Gerry James' direction, he is known as a compassionate motivator who brings out the best in them, both on and off the ice. Gerry presently coaches a Special Olympics floor hockey team in Weyburn.

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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".

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Date: 1955

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Eleanor Jensen / Eleanor Haslam

Eleanor Haslam, track and field star from Saskatoon, was generally recognized as Canada's best woman sprinter from 1956-1960. During these years she dominated national championships and international games trials. In 1956, at the age of seventeen, she represented Canada at the Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia; the following year she was rated in the "All Star" track and field listing as Canada's best over 60 and 100 yards, and second over 220 yards, while still of juvenile age.

In the 1958 British Empire Games trials in Saskatoon, she won three national championships, setting new Canadian records in the 100 and 200 yards, and anchoring the winning Saskatchewan 440 yard relay team. Later that year, at the British Empire Games in Cardiff, Wales she earned a bronze medal as a member of the 440 yard relay, was a finalist in the 220 yards, and recorded the best Canadian time over 100 yards.

Miss Haslam represented Canada in the 1960 Rome Olympics, turning in the best times for a Canadian in the 100 and 200 metre events and easily breaking the recognized Olympic record for 800 metres. Also in 1960, she exceeded the world indoor record in the 60 yard sprint, turning in 6.6 second clocking.

Installed in the Hall of Fame on March 30, 1974.

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Nancy Jewitt-Filteau

Nancy Jewitt Filteau grew up in Webb, Saskatchewan, participating in youth activities like curling, softball, track and field and horseback riding. When she was five, her dad signed up her brother for a judo class in Swift Current and Nancy got herself enrolled as well. After early training in Swift Current and Regina, she moved to Saskatoon where she became a member of the University of Saskatchewan Judo Club and Saskatoon YMCA.

After winning the Cadet class at the Canadian championships, Nancy proved her ability by winning the Canadian Open three times - 1981, 1983 and 1984 - in the under-72 kilogram class. She has never finished worse than third in 11 appearances at the Canadian championships.

She won a silver medal at the Pan-American Games in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1983 and won the United States Open against all comers in 1986 and 1987. She also competed in the Dutch Open, where she won a silver medal, and in Japan, the home of the sport. She also participated at the 1985 British Commonwealth Games where judo was a demonstration sport.

Nancy stayed active as a coach, official and administrator and then, at 32, decided to make a comeback. She won a silver medal in the United States Open in 1994, represented Canada at the 1995 Pan-American Games in Argentina and then, in September, 1995, was 12th in the plus-72 kilogram weight class at the world championships in Japan. Her next goal is a berth on the Canadian team at the 1996 Olympics.

Nancy, her husband Ron, and children Tyler and Justin, are now residents of Moose Jaw.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers

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Gordon Juckes

Gordon Juckes retired in 1978 after 32 years in amateur hockey. Eighteen of those years were spent as executive director of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. Gordon Juckes left a record of dedication to the sport which few people can match.

Gordon played minor hockey in Melville, and later, in 1946, became the president of the Melville Millionaires. From there he rose through the executive levels of amateur hockey serving as president of the Saskatchewan Amateur Hockey Association, before moving into the top position at the C.A.H.A. in 1960.

The gradual blossoming of international hockey in the public eye is one of the highlights of his career. Other notable changes, including a five-fold increase in the number of C.A.H.A.members, and large numbers of coaches and referees taking part in C.A.H.A. sponsored clinics, can be attributed to the influence Gordon had on the game at the amateur level. He was very much a part of the evolution which made the national organization the key development force of hockey in Canada.

Gordon Juckes is a life member of the International Ice Hockey Federation, and he was inducted into the Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on September 12, 1979.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame On March 22, 1980.

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Daisy Junor

Regina born Daisy Junor was one of the cities top track and field athletes from 1930 to 1935. She was a member of the City All-Star Basketball Team playing against the world famous Edmonton Grads.

In 1945 as a member of the Provincial Ladies Fastball Team "The Regina Caps", she was scouted by the All-American Professional Baseball League to play with the South Bend Blue Sox Team in Indiana. 1946 through 1949, Daisy performed admirably, she was an all-star fielder and power hitter.

Returning to Regina Daisy excelled in numerous sports. She was a team member representing our Province in the Western Canada 5 Pin Bowling Championships 3 times.

In golf Daisy won 5 Club Championships, 2 City Championships and a Provincial Senior Ladies title. She has been a member of the team representing Saskatchewan at Canadian level 5 times.

Junor has served in various administrative capacities in the Ladies Golf Association and has been instrumental in junior development programs. Wintering in the sunny south finds her still involved in golf in Phoenix.

A member of Cooperstown's Baseball Hall of Fame, an active participant, a worthy administrator, an all round athlete truly an outstanding individual. Welcome to Saskatchewan's Hall of Fame Daisy Junor.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame June 17, 1989.

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