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Nancy Jewitt-Filteau

Nancy Jewitt Filteau grew up in Webb, Saskatchewan, participating in youth activities like curling, softball, track and field and horseback riding. When she was five, her dad signed up her brother for a judo class in Swift Current and Nancy got herself enrolled as well. After early training in Swift Current and Regina, she moved to Saskatoon where she became a member of the University of Saskatchewan Judo Club and Saskatoon YMCA.

After winning the Cadet class at the Canadian championships, Nancy proved her ability by winning the Canadian Open three times - 1981, 1983 and 1984 - in the under-72 kilogram class. She has never finished worse than third in 11 appearances at the Canadian championships.

She won a silver medal at the Pan-American Games in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1983 and won the United States Open against all comers in 1986 and 1987. She also competed in the Dutch Open, where she won a silver medal, and in Japan, the home of the sport. She also participated at the 1985 British Commonwealth Games where judo was a demonstration sport.

Nancy stayed active as a coach, official and administrator and then, at 32, decided to make a comeback. She won a silver medal in the United States Open in 1994, represented Canada at the 1995 Pan-American Games in Argentina and then, in September, 1995, was 12th in the plus-72 kilogram weight class at the world championships in Japan. Her next goal is a berth on the Canadian team at the 1996 Olympics.

Nancy, her husband Ron, and children Tyler and Justin, are now residents of Moose Jaw.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers

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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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