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Harry Bailey

Harry's competitive swimming career began in 1932 and lasted until 1943. For several years he was the Saskatchewan breast-stroke record holder in the 50, 100 and 200 yard events. When he went into coaching, he soon became known as Mr. Swimming. He coached swimmers at all levels from the young splashers right up to the international scene. In addition to being a coach, Harry to many was a teacher, a father, a trainer. He was also known as a stern disciplinarian.

All of these attributes helped his swimmers to hold several Saskatchewan and Canadian records. In 1966 he was voted Saskatoon Kinsmen of the Year. He was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1973. When Saskatoon held its 100th anniversary as a city , Bailey was one of the elite 100 who was honored as a builder.

Saskatoon also honored Harry by naming its indoor swimming facility after him- the Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre. He entered the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers.


Harry Bailey is Mr. Swimming in Saskatoon. His competitive career began in 1932 and rose to become provincial breaststroke champion in 50, 100 and 200 yard events establishing records that stood until 1943.

His foremost contribution, however, has been in teaching. The fact that Saskatoon has been and is today a strong competitive swimming centre is due largely to his efforts as a teacher, coach, trainer and stern disciplinarian to hundreds of swimmers and divers.

Through the years his swimmers have been more than successful, the clubs has always held about half of the provincial records and a number of Canadian swimming records.

We know of no other person in Saskatoon who has given so freely of his time for so many years for the good of the youth of that city.

Installed in the Hall of Fame on March 31, 1973.

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Dennis Beerling

Dennis has been involved in sport as an official, coach and administrator, devoting time to Softball and Track and Field. With 20 years as a coach in softball, Dennis has guided teams to five provincial championships and with the 1979 Bar K Junior Ladies, a trip to the nationals. Dennis has also been a registered umpire for over 15 years and has served on numerous boards and leagues in fostering softball both locally and internationally.

Dennis has received numerous awards in recognition of his contribution: Award of Excellence in 1982 and Outstanding Service recognition in 1978 from Canadian Amateur Swimming Association and 1981 from the Saskatchewan Amateur Softball Association. In Track and Field, Dennis has been coaching for 25 years along with officiating for 20 years including Olympics, Commonwealth Games and World Student Games duty. He has been involved with numerous other ventures, Saskatchewan Games; Western Canada Games; Sask. Sport; and National Coaching Certificate program.

Dennis was the Saskatoon Kinsmen Sportsman in 1982 and awarded the 100th century award as a builder also in 1982. He was named to the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.

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Walter Boschuck

Walter Boschuck was the president of the Saskatoon Lions Speed Skating Club at 18. Only a few years later, he was president of the provincial organization.

Wally coached and started clubs across the province: North Battleford (1952), Saskatoon, Prince Albert (1966) and finally Moose Jaw (1968).

In addition to coaching, officiating, fundraising and starting skating programs, Walter Boshuck accompanied an international team to Holland and Norway.

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John L. Brennan

Born in 1933, John was an avid sport enthusiast in Prince Albert. As a youngster he competed in hockey, baseball, tennis, golf and swimming. At the U of S. His participation continued and his volunteer career began.

C.A.S.A. hockey was Brennan's first endeavor; while with the Saskatoon Quakers as manager, he was elected a director of the Saskatchewan Senior Hockey League. Then the Western Canada Hockey League where his involvement included hosting international teams. He initiated the first hockey scholarships in Canada. Following a move within the province, Brennan spent five years with Regina minor hockey as commissioner.

Swimming became his next interest through children's involvement. By 1973 he was a certified official with C.A.S.A. and an executive member of the Regina optimist Dolphins. Brennan rose to president of the Saskatchewan section of C.A.S.A., treasurer and vice-president of the national body. He chaired the Canada Cup, Commonwealth Games and world trials for swimming in Regina. 1979 saw him head a delegation for the national team tour of the Soviet Union. He initiated the "widen the v" concept in Saskatchewan swimming.

1980's Sask sport volunteer spearheaded building the administration centre, the home of the hall of fame, serving six years as chairman. We thank you John Brennan.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame June 18th, 1988.

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Doug Bruce

Outstanding athlete and sport builder, Doug Bruce was born in England in 1904. He came to Canada with his parents in 1907, and was educated at Albert School and Central Collegiate in Regina.

Doug was involved in basketball, tennis, volleyball and softball during his lifetime, and was regarded as an important builder of sport especially through his service to tennis. He was on the executive of the Regina Tennis Club in various capacities from 1936 on, and was a member of the executive of the Saskatchewan Lawn Tennis Association from 1969 to 1973, serving as president in 1972-73. He was also a member of the YMCA for over 50 years, and served on the Physical Education Committee in 1964.

As a senior basketball player, Doug Bruce played in every southern Saskatchewan championship from 1926 until 1938 with the exception of 1936. He was on eight senior provincial teams between 1926 and 1937, and was the scoring leader in the Regina League in 1934, 36 and 37.

Doug Bruce served on the board of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and was president from 1974-76. He died in 1976.

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

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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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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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David Dean

David Dean's involvement with swimming began as coach of Regina's "Y" swim teams in the fifties.

He has been the National Director for the Canadian Amateur Swimming Association (CASA), responsible for officiating at summer and winter nationals between 1878 and 1983, and conducted countless clinics for swimming officials.

He also participated in international meets around the world as a judge: World Championships, Pan American Games and the World Student Games. He acted as starter at the Commonwealth Games in New Zealand.

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Danny Donison

Born in the Avonlea District of Saskatchewan in 1932, Danny Donison had an outstanding career in the sport of wrestling, both as an athlete and as a builder.

He began wrestling in 1950 at the old YMCA in Regina, under the tutelage of Roy Ohashi. Between 1953 and 1968 he won six Saskatchewan Championships in the Lightweight, welterweight and middleweight categories. On five occasions he placed second at the Provincial level.

In 1955 he captured the Canadian lightweight title, was second in 1956, and tied for third in 1957.

In 1958 he won the Manitoba Championship as a lightweight, and was given the outstanding wrestler award.

Danny Donison put time and energy into his sport in other ways. Between 1954 and 1965 he coached at the Regina Wrestling Club, and from 1955 to 1960 he was the Chairman of the Wrestling committee for the Saskatchewan Branch of the amateur Athletic Union of Canada.

During his wrestling career Danny was also involved in promoting amateur and free-style wrestling in Regina and communities throughout Saskatchewan. He served for two years as Secretary of the Regina Caps Hockey Club, and from 1955 to 1968 as Secretary-Treasurer of the Regina Boxing and Wrestling Club.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame June 5, 1982.

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Clarence Downey

For 26 years, from 1932 to 1958, Clarence was involved with speed skating. For many years he was a participant, then turned his energies to coaching. Clarence was also a proficient barrel jumper. He was the Western Canadian champion in 1936 and appeared in many shows throughout the West.

In 1943, he took coaching very seriously and he and others formed the Saskatoon Speed Skating club. As its president the club began to grow, and competitive skating returned to the province and Clarence was known as "Mr. Speed Skating" in Saskatchewan. He wrote many articles on coaching and skating. His pamphlet "Helpful Hints on Speed-Skating", was published by the CCM company. Because of his coaching skills he was selected as coach and manager of the 1956 Canadian Olympic Speed-Skating team.

He was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1967. In 1986 he was inducted into the Saskatoon Hall of Fame.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers.


Clarence Downey over a period of 26 years (1932-58) was active in the sport of speed skating, first as a participant and later and more importantly as a teacher and coach of the sport.

By 1936 Downey was the barrel jumping champion of Western Canada. However, it wasn't until 1943 that his organizational and coaching ability came to the forefront. It was in that year he and others organized the Saskatoon Speed Skating Club. A year later he was its President and within a year competitive speed skating had returned to the province. This had come about largely through his untiring efforts. For the next 14 years, until the time of his death, Clarence Downey was "Mr. Speed Skating" in Saskatchewan.

He wrote training programs, articles on training hints and exercise charts for local use. As well he wrote a coaching booklet which was distributed nationally. Much of his writings became the impetus which caused speed skating to grow both in numbers of participants and in importance in the province.

His excellence as a coach and administrator was recognized by his selection by the Canadian Olympic Association as coach and manager of the 1956 Canadian Olympic Speed Skating team.

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

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Richard DuWors

Richard DuWors

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Richard DuWors, a native of Boston, Massachusetts, graduated from Bates College in Maine and Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Dick joined the University of Saskatchewan in 1957 as head of the Sociology Department. Considered to be the father of track and field at the University, he was an outstanding cross country and track and field coach who developed many fine student-athletes who went on to become leaders in track and field. Among this group were Lyle Sanderson and Dale Yellowlees. He motivated all of his student-athletes to excel both on and oft the track.

He started the University's indoor track and field program with very little equipment and limited training facilities. His vision and drive led to the construction of an indoor track in 1965 which allowed indoor track and field to grow and develop in the province during the winter months. He improvised when it came to training in gymnasiums by utilizing training corners.

He was responsible for the formation of the first Canada West track and field championship held in 1968 and was also instrumental in bringing the first indoor national championship to Saskatoon in 1969. He also played a prominent role in bringing a number of national outdoor championships to Saskatoon such as the 1960 Olympic Games Trials and the 1967 Pan American Games Trials.

His knowledge and work in track and field led to his appointment to serve on the National Fitness and Amateur Sport Advisory Board.

His vision and dream of a field house for Saskatoon became a reality when the Saskatoon Field House opened as part of the Western Canada Summer Games in 1979.

Dr. DuWors passed away unexpectedly in 1979. The Canada West's men's track and field championship trophy is named in honour of Dr. DuWors.

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Richard (Dick) DuWors was born in Boston, graduated from Bates College in Maine and Harvard University. He came to Saskatoon in 1957 as head of the Sociology Department of the University of Saskatchewan.

Dick was an outstanding cross country coach with the university and started the university's indoor track program with very little equipment and limited training facilities. It was through his leadership that indoor corners were developed for training purposes and that an indoor track was constructed in 1965. He was one of the founders of the Saskatchewan Jubilee Games in 1965, an event which was inherited by the Knights of Columbus the following season. He also started the Western Intercollegiate indoor championships in 1967.

He was also on committees which brought the 1960 Olympic Games trials and the 1967 Pan-American Games trials to Saskatoon.

Dick's great dream was the pursuit of a Field House for year-round track and field training and his dream came true with the completion of the Saskatoon Field House in time for the 1979 Western Canada Summer Games, just before his unexpected death in August, 1979.

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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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Bill Ford

Bill Ford, one of the best known hockey figures in Saskatchewan, has dedicated over 50 years to the Development of sport as an official, coach and executive member.

Bill was first elected to the board of directors of the Saskatchewan Amateur Hockey Association in 1946. This post he had until he was elected president in 1960. In 1963, Bill assumed the responsibility of secretary-manager and registrar until his retirement in 1976.

Bill's activities were not restricted to hockey alone. As a coach and official he was involved in softball, baseball and football.

At time of installation citation read March 26, 1977.

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Raymond Frey

Raymond Frey

Builder (1923-1945)

Ray Frey came from Moose Jaw to attend the University of Saskatchewan in 1921 and graduated in 1925. While a student at the University, he competed on both the basketball and football teams for two years.

Following his graduation, he joined the faculty of the College of Engineering. While a faculty member of that college, he contributed greatly to both the men's and women's athletic programs.

From 1927 to 1931, he served as coach of the Huskie basketball team. From 1929 to 1937 he served as manager of the football team. From 1934 to 1943 he served as coach of the women's basketball team. While coaching he also found time to serve on the University's Athletic Directorate, 1930-34 and the Men's Athletic Board, 1935, 1941-44.

As a basketball coach, he was an outstanding strategist who had the ability to make adjustments during the course of a game. During his tenure as a basketball coach, his teams captured a total of four city and four intervarsity championships.

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Clarence Garvie

Clarence Garvie

Clarence was a teacher, administrator and coach in Saskatoon for over 30 years. He was also a very good athlete and at the University of Saskatchewan was a member of eight varsity teams which earned him a major athletic award. Much of his energy was devoted to the Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association. He was its president in 1952-53 and in 1960 received its award of merit.

He has been associated with the Hilltop Track club which later became the Saskatoon Track club. He served as president of the Hilltop Football club and was chairman of the wrestling committee for the 1971 Canada Winter Games. He gave freely of his time for the Knights of Columbus Indoor Games by producing the printed programs. As a nationally rated track and field official, he officiated at the pole vault event at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

Clarence was named Kinsmen Sportsman of the Year in 1978, elected to the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1980 and inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.

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Date: 1934

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Jack Hamilton

The "Builder in Athletics" usually plays many executive roles and Jack Hamilton is the personification of this statement.

As an executive member, Jack was associated with baseball and hockey teams in Southern Saskatchewan as well as acting on a Western Canadian rugby football rules committee for six years, and as a member of the Canadian Olympic Committee for 17 years and as a governor of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

Jack Hamilton was the president of the Saskatchewan Amateur Hockey Association 1926-27, the Saskatchewan Branch of the A.A.U. of Canada 1928, Canadian Amateur Hockey Association 1931-32, the Saskatchewan Amateur Basketball Association 1933-34, and A.A.U. of Canada 1937-38. It should be noted that to date only one other person has held the Presidency of both the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association and the Amateur Athletic Union of Canada.

His efforts on behalf of others have been recognized by his life membership in the Saskatchewan Hockey Association, buy his coronation medal awarded by King George VI and by his recognition by the province of Saskatchewan during the 1955 Jubilee Celebration and by his selection in 1967 as the Regina Optimist Club Senior Sportsman.

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

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Evan Hardy

Evan Hardy

Builder 1916-1953

Evan Hardy came to the University of Saskatchewan from Iowa State University in 1917. He was professor and head of the agricultural engineering department for thirty-one years.

Besides being an outstanding scholar, Evan Hardy coached, managed and, on occasion, played with the Huskie football team during the 1920's. He was a long time president of the Western Canadian Intercollegiate Rugby Union and in 1929 he donated the Hardy Cup for W.C.I.A.U. football competition (today to the W.I.F.L. champions). Professor Hardy was a long-time member of the men's Athletic Board and from 1930 to 1951 he volunteered his time as timekeeper and scorer for Huskie football games.

In addition to serving his University, Evan Hardy spent many years serving as secretary and/or president of both the Canadian Rugby Union and the Saskatchewan Rugby Union.

In 1957 the University of Saskatchewan awarded Evan Hardy an Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree.

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Date: 1946

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Stanley Harrison

Saskatchewan's most distinguished builder of the sport of Thoroughbred Racing, Captain Harrison is recognized for his contributions as a breeder, trainer, writer and race official.

Capt. Harrison had his first winner racing in 1913 and Harrison-Breds were still winning in 1976.

A sculptor, painter and writer of note, Captain Harrison used his talent to capture the spirit of his thoroughbreds for the enjoyment of countless followers of the Equestrian arts. As an expert on bloodstock, his articles appeared in racing and breeding journals throughout the world. Harrison's volume of verse and drawings "Gentleman - the Horse" is now a collector's item. Captain Harrison judged at horse shows throughout the west, spent many years as Saskatchewan's director of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society, served as a steward at Assiniboia Downs in 1958. He was a founding director of the Prairie Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

July 1, 1976 at Marquis Downs in Saskatoon, the first running of "The Captain Stanley Harrison Stakes" took place. It was a fitting tribute to a man whose accomplishments stand as an inspiration to all of us.

Installed in the Hall of Fame on April 1, 1978.

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