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Denny Dumas

Because Shorty and Denny were pioneers in the sport of marathon canoeing, they were inducted together in 1988. They and their two sons were members of the Great West Auto Body team that placed first in the popular Louis Riel Relay race in 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984 and 1986. When the Canadian marathon canoe championships were held in Saskatoon in 1981, Shorty and Denny placed fifth in the senior men's division. They were third in 1982 and sixth in 1983.

From 1984 to 1986 the pair moved up to the Master Men category and won three successive Canadian titles. Shorty and Denny picked up another victory in the Louis Riel race in 1987 and six days later, while practicing for the Canadian canoe championship, Denny suffered a heart attack and died. Shorty went on to the nationals winning a silver medal in the Masters Singles. In 1988, Shorty won three gold medals and then went on to the USA nationals. In addition to canoeing, Shorty and Denny played Old-timer hockey and took up cross-country skiing.

Both men were inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.

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Karen Dumas

Karen was a highly skilled athlete in the sport of synchronized swimming. She competed for six seasons, then began coaching when the Saskatoon Aqualenes Swimming Club was newly formed. Many of her swimmers placed high in provincial and western Canadian competitions.

When she retired from coaching, Karen joined her husband Denny in a new sport - canoeing. Her first taste of competition took place during the popular Louis Riel relays. Her next venture took her to the sport of Marathon canoeing. Karen encouraged a former synchro-swimmer Cathy Nixon to join her. In August 1981, Karen and Cathy combined to win the pairs event in the first Canadian Women's Championship marathon canoeing held in Saskatoon. The following year in Grandmere, Quebec, this duo again repeated as national champions. Karen's superior strength and endurance was an inspiration to many.

She was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.

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George Lander

Because Shorty and Denny were pioneers in the sport of marathon canoeing, they were inducted together in 1988. They and their two sons were members of the Great West Auto Body team that placed first in the popular Louis Riel Relay race in 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984 and 1986. When the Canadian marathon canoe championships were held in Saskatoon in 1981, Shorty and Denny placed fifth in the senior men's division. They were third in 1982 and sixth in 1983.

From 1984 to 1986 the pair moved up to the Master Men category and won three successive Canadian titles. Shorty and Denny picked up another victory in the Louis Riel race in 1987 and six days later, while practicing for the Canadian canoe championship, Denny suffered a heart attack and died. Shorty went on to the nationals winning a silver medal in the Masters Singles. In 1988, Shorty won three gold medals and then went on to the USA nationals. In addition to canoeing, Shorty and Denny played Old-timer hockey and took up cross-country skiing.

Both men were inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers

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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.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers

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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.

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