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David Newsham

David Newsham

David was born in Saskatoon on November 21, 1928 and started playing soccer in 1948 with the Westmount Juniors. The following year, he not only played with the Army and Navy team but he was also the secretary of the junior league. In 1952 he organized his own club, the Albion Rovers. Dave also was one of the founders of the United club and played with them until 1972. He played well enough to be selected three times to play for Saskatchewan against touring teams.

For seven years he was secretary of the Saskatoon Soccer Association then held the post of secretary-treasurer of the Saskatchewan Association for 6 years. He went a step further, to the Canadian Association and was a council member of the executive from 1960 to 1964. In 1963 he was appointed chairman of the Youth Committee of the C.S.A. Newsham has also been president of the Western Canada League, the Saskatchewan Association, the Saskatchewan Minor Association and the Saskatoon and District Association. A Saskatoon soccer field has been named in his honor.

His contribution to soccer has resulted in him being inducted to the Saskatoon Hall of Fame in 1989.

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Bryan Nicurity

For four decades, Bryan Nicurity has been intimately involved with the development of basketball in this province, first as a player, then as an administrator and official.

Initially, Nicurity was a successful player with the Balfour Redmen, winners of the 1954 Luther Invitational Tournament, and later with the Regina Mailers, the 1956 provincial junior champions.

Nicurity went on to hold a variety of administrative posts in basketball. In Saskatchewan, he has served on the executive and was president of the Regina Association of Basketball Officials. Later, he was a founding member and first president of the Saskatchewan Association of Basketball Officials. Since 1990, he has been the Executive Director of Basketball Saskatchewan Incorporated.

Much of Nicurity's administrative talent has gone to the development of officials at both national and international levels. He was a founding member of the Canadian Association of Basketball Officials (C.A.B.O.) and has since served as vice president (1977-85) and president (1986-89). Presently, he is on C.A.B.O.'s committees that appoint officials for all national and international events. Nicurity has always been interested in standardizing basketball rules across the nation. To reach this goal, he has conducted rules clinics in nearly every Canadian province and been involved in the development of a Canadian case book and mechanics manual. Presently, he is a member of Basketball Canada's Technical and Development Committee and chairs that organization's committee which is preparing the national official certification program. Internationally, Nicurity represents Canada on the COPABA Technical Committee (COPABA is the International Basketball Federation's North and South American zone).

Since 1962, Nicurity has officiated an average of 100 games per season in Saskatchewan. He has refereed at 27 LITs and numerous Provincial High School Championships. Nationally, he has refereed at two Canada Games (Saskatoon, 1971 and Lethbridge, 1975), and at a number of Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union Championships and Canadian National Championships. Nicurity has often represented Canada at international basketball events. His first international experience came during the 1967 Pan American Games in Winnipeg at which he was selected to referee the finals between Cuba and the United States. His officiating resume is extensive and includes the World Cup (Philadelphia, 1968 and Macon, Georgia, 1969), the Canadian National Team Tour of China (1972), the "Copa de la Amastad" Cuban Tournament held in celebration of the Cuban Revolution (1973 and 1975) and the Women's World Championships in Columbia (1975). The highlight of Nicurity's career was his officiating experience at the Montreal Olympic Games (1976).

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Cathy Nixon

Cathy was prominent as an athlete in two sports, synchronized swimming and marathon canoeing. She began the difficult and demanding sport of synchronized swimming at the age of twelve. Cathy was very successful representing the Aqualenes club at provincial, national and international competitions. Cathy was invited to join her former coach Karen Dumas in a new venture, marathon canoeing.

In August of 1981, they teamed up to win the first women's national championship when the competition was held in Saskatoon. The following year, in Grandmere, Quebec, Cathy and Karen repeated as Canadian champions. Following the tragic death of Karen Dumas, Cathy continued to compete. In September 1985, she was a member of the first Canadian women's team that placed 5th out of 25 entries in the annual Molokai to Waikiki Outrigger Canoe Race in Hawaii. In 1985, she was a member of the winning Louis Riel Relay team at Expo in Vancouver.

Cathy along with Karen Dumas was inducted into the Satan Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.

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Howard Nixon

Born in 1928, Dr. Nixon has spent most of his adult life in the service of others He was an excellent athlete in high school, a four letter athlete at the University of British Columbia and a Varsity coach in seven sports. His administrative skills were put to the test many times.

He chaired and organized the Canadian wrestling championships and Olympic trials and also aided in staging the Pan-American Gymnastic championships. Howard was on the board of directors of the 1971 Canada Games. When the Saskatoon Participaction movement needed a push, Dr. Nixon was right there. As its Vice-chairman in 1974, he co-ordinated the great "Ga Lunka Lop" when Saskatoon twinned with Umea, Sweden. In 1979, Nixon acted as Vice-president and sport organizer for the Western Canada Summer Games.

Regardless of the activity, whenever a national sporting activity comes to Saskatoon, Howard is not far away. He was selected the 1974 Kinsmen Sportsman of the Year. In 1986, he was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame and the following year into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.

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Arleene Noga

New Years Day, 1924, marked Arleene's arrival in Ogema. Her sport participation began in High School. By 1944 she was starting at 3rd base with the Meadows Diamonds in Regina. 1945 saw her leave Central Park for Chicago, and try-outs with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.

The Fort Wayne Daisies claimed Johnson her first professional year, then she became a Muskegon Lassie setting a league fielding record for third base at .942, playing all 112 league games, and winning the League pennant in 1947. Following 4 successful years, Arleene elected to marry and returned home to amateur ranks.

Over the next 30 years, her softball involvement included playing on 9 Provincial Championship teams and 5 Western Canadian Championship teams. She participated in the amateur softball World Championships in Toronto in 1953. Arleene also gave many years to softball as a coach.

Arleene bowled her way to numerous titles in the early fifties, then took up the game of curling. She represented the Ladies Caledonian Club in district playdowns 5 times, winning the Regina Grand Aggregate in 1960.

A member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, and the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame, we proudly recognize this petite lady.

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Clint Norman

Regina's Clint Norman reached unprecedented heights in Taekwon-Do. During his individual competitive career, he gathered countless medals around the world.

Norman won his first North American title in sparring competition at Winnipeg in 1984 and later gained the same title and took an additional gold in patterns during the 1991 North American Championship in Ottawa. Norman also performed well during European competition. As team captain at the 1986 European Championship in Yugoslavia, he contributed a silver medal in patterns and a bronze in sparring to what became a first overall finish for the Canadian National Team. Norman also brought home medals from South and Pan American competitions. During the 1987 Copa International Taekwon-Do meet in Puerto Rico, he took a gold in sparring and the next year gained a gold in patterns and a silver in sparring at the Pan American Championship held in Argentina. In 1989 at the Pan American Games in the Honduras, he took a silver in patterns and a bronze in sparring. Then in Asia, during the 1989 Korean World Festival of Youth, Norman placed third in sparring.

Norman offered effective leadership to Canada's National ITF Taekwon-Do Team. Between 1986 and 1990, he served as captain and led the team to unprecedented second place finishes at three world championships. For over a decade, he competed in national-level competition and gained Canadian titles in patterns, sparring, and power breaking competitions. In Western Canada, he was declared an individual champion four times between 1978 and 1984.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum on June 19, 1993.

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We hope that you have enjoyed reading about some of Saskatchewan's sports heroes.

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