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Ron Friesen

Diving (B.A.(P.E.) '72)

Ron Friesen graduated from Central Collegiate in Moose Jaw and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1967.

In 1968-69 he won both WCIAA 1 metre and 3 metre titles. At the CIAU championships that same year he captured the 1 metre and 3 metre titles. Following the meet he was selected Canadian College Diver of the Year. In 1969-70 and 1970-71, he repeated his accomplishments of 1968-69 including being selected Canadian College Diver of the Year. For two of those years, he received the Howard Nixon trophy as the outstanding male athlete at the University of Saskatchewan.

While a student at the University, he represented Canada at the 1970 British Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he won a bronze medal in springboard and finished 6th in high tower. That same year, he competed at the World Student Games in Turin, Italy where he finished 12th despite having sustained an injury. In 1971, he represented Canada at the Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia and returned to Canada to make a clean sweep at the Canadian championships winning the 1 and 3 metre springboard events and the 10 metre tower event. Later that year, Ron was named Athlete of the Year for the City of Saskatoon.

To cap off his diving career, in 1972 Ron represented Canada in the 3 metre springboard and 10 metre tower events at the Olympic games in Munich, Germany.

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Date: 1967-1972.

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Antal Schidlo

Diving (B.A. '67, M.Sc. '70, M.B.A. '72)

Tony Schidlo graduated from Saskatoon Tech and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1964.

He was a member of the Huskie diving and swimming team for five years. During this time, he was Western Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Association diving champion for four years and was named to the CIAU All-Canadian Diving Team in 1966-69. For his outstanding achievements in diving, the Men's Athletic Board presented him with an "Award of Merit" in 1968-69.

Following his diving career, he coached the University's diving team to three CIAU championships. In both 1970-71 and 1971-72 he was awarded the CoIb McEown Trophy as the University's Coach-of-the Year.

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Kathleen Seaman

Kathy arrived on the scene October 30th, 1951, moving to Saskatoon at the age of three. Her sport involvement that was to take her to great heights and great depths began early in life.

Diving is an old sport, but in Saskatchewan facilities dictated its progress. The young enthusiastic diver moved through the ranks quickly at the local level. At 13 she was touted as a future champion. She held thee Saskatoon and the Provincial age group titles 1964-69 and was open champion 1967-72 for the one and three meter boards.

To advance training it was necessary to follow coach Ross Hetherington to Vancouver. Kathy entered high school there, remaining two years polishing her skills, and directing her energies to reach greater heights. International competitions were within reach. Kathy began the long five year road to the Olympic Games.

1967-72 saw Kathy enter 20 International Diving events. She toured the world, bringing home medals, accolades and triumphs. The 10 meter board became her event and she achieved her goal by placing 9th in the Women's Platform event at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Kathy coached for three years. Now as Saskatchewan's top official, she has attended 1984 and 1988 Olympics in yet another capacity.

Congratulations Kathy (Rollo) Seaman, Saskatchewan reveres our diving expert.

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Audrey Turner

Audrey Turner completely dominated her sport of diving during a career which extended over a twenty year period. She first gained recognition by winning the Saskatchewan Junior Diving title in 1937. She retained this title the following year. In 1939 she began to compete as a senior and started a series of victories which will not likely be surpassed by another diver. She was Saskatchewan champion from 1939 to 1948.

From 1939 to 1945, she finished second in the Canadian championship, then placed first in 1946, 1947 and 1948. In 1944, 1945, and 1947 she added the British Columbia championship to her list of accomplishments. When Audrey moved to Alberta, she won that province's championship from 1948 to 1958. In 1948 she won the title at the Canadian Olympic trials but missed selection to the Canadian team due to insufficient funds.

Audrey was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1971 and was installed in the Saskatoon Hall in 1987.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers

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Lawrence Woodhead

Curly Woodhead excelled in the art of springboard diving and when he wasn't working on his intricate moves he was a leader corps member of the YMCA. Curly dove only during the summer months sharpening his skills at the Avenue H Riversdale Pool. Curly and some of his friends constructed the springboard. In 1932 the Saskatchewan branch of the Canadian Amateur Swimming Association was formed. At its first meet in Moose Jaw, Curly won the men's championship, a title that he held for 10 years.

In December 1937, although he hadn't practiced since July, Woodhead placed fourth in the three-metre event when the British Empire Games trials were held in Vancouver. Curly had nine dives in his repertoire, including a reverse somersault in layout position, and a forward two and one-half somersault. He also spent a great deal of time working with other young divers and passing on his knowledge to them. His influence and reputation set the goal for other divers.

He was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.

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