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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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Eugene Hearn

Eugene Hearn was born in Odessa, Saskatchewan, in 1929. He moved to Saskatoon at an early age, played hockey and became involved in speed skating because the rink was virtually across the street.

He was a charter member of the Saskatoon Club in 1942 and among his souvenirs is a first-place certificate for the 440 yards in the Saskatoon speed skating championships of 1944. He was a member of a 1947 Lions Club team that included future Olympians Craig Mackay and Johnny Sands.

He was appointed coach of the Lions Speed Skating Club in 1956 and he was coach of the Saskatchewan team at the first Canada Winter Games held in Quebec City in 1967.

Eugene was secretary-treasurer and president of the Saskatchewan Amateur Speed Skating Association in the 1950s and, later in 1988, returned to the provincial executive as vice-president of officials.

He has officiated at a number of world events, including the Canada Cup in Regina. During the 1980s, he was chief starter at the men's all-round championships in Hammar, Norway, chief starter for the world junior championships in Quebec City in 1986, and chief starter at the women's championships at Milwaukee in 1987. He was also an official at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.

Eugene has been honored on many occasions, including the Sask Sport Volunteer Award, Softball's Distinguished Service Award and the Dairy Producers Foundation Volunteer Award and his peers in the Canadian Speed Skating Association presented him with an award of excellence in 1987.

His work with the Special Olympic athletes in the 1990s was a continuation of the coaching he had started with prominent deaf skaters, like Norma Jean Taylor and Farley Kellett, and his work with the handicapped children.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers

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Robert Lowe

Bob Lowe has been a tireless organizer of wrestling programs and tournaments in Regina's schools and also founded the Northwest/Underdog Wrestling Club in Regina, serving as their head coach since 1965. Lowe has served as Head Coach of the Canadian National Team and the Canadian National Junior Team. Between 1980 and 1983, Bob was the Head Coach of the Hawkeye Wrestling Club, out of the University of Iowa, who won two NCAA National titles and contained members who went on to win gold and silver at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

The accomplishments of Bob Lowe as a wrestling coach are best seen in the amazing list of champions developed under his tutelage. Jeff Thue, Olympic Silver medallist in 1992, was guided by Bob Lowe for many years. Bob has coached 20 teams to the Provincial High School Championship title and over 40 teams to the Provincial Open Championship title. Over 300 individuals under his guidance have been named Provincial Champions. Lowe has led the Northwest/Underdog Club to three National Team Championships in 1977, 1987 and 1992. He was also the coach of two Canada Cup championship teams, three Jeux Canada Games championship teams, two United States Wrestling Federation National championship teams and one Pacific Rim Tournament championship team.

Bob Lowe's exceptional skills as a wrestling coach have not gone unnoticed by the sporting world. He has been named the Saskatchewan Amateur Wrestling Association Coach of the Year 12 times. Twice he has been selected as the Canadian Amateur Wrestling Association Junior Coach of the Year. In 1993 Bob received the 3M Coaching Canada Award in the male individual category from the Coaching Association of Canada. Bob's commitment to amateur wrestling continues and so to will the championships earned under his guidance.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum on June 18, 1994.

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

If you have a photograph of someone or a team listed in Prairie Gold that we do not have a photo for and are willing to donate it, please contact us.

Due to their nature and sometimes ambiguous origin the photographs seen here and those on file at the Local History Room are continuously being updated with new information. Some of this information comes from dedicated research done by Local History staff. However some of the biggest 'breaks' have come from the public... Those that remember the people, places and events in the photo are our biggest informational resource and we ask that if you have any information about the photos to contact the Local History Room at lhstaff@saskatoonlibrary.ca or phone (306) 975-7578.

Come and visit the Local History Room the next time you are at the Frances Morrison Library.

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