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Adilman Aces

Canadian Ladies Basketball Champion, 1959

In the semi-finals the Aces defeated a strong Toronto club to advance to the championship final and end the nine-year domination of the Canadian Champions, Vancouver Eilers in a thrilling 55-49 play-off win played in Calgary. The Saskatoon squad, in their renowned never-say-die manner, came from behind taking the lead in the closing three minutes, 10 seconds to clinch the Canadian Championship. Judy (Holt) Vance was the only Ace's player named to the All-Star team at the end of the tournament. With the impressive victory, the Ace's placed five players, Pat Lawson, Judy (Holt ) Vance, Lena (Fior) Walshe, Judy Jenkin and Audrey (Campbell) Coben along with both Jack Adilman and Bob Stayner, to the 1959 Canadian Pan-American Team.

The Aces were also the first team to be recognized by the City of Saskatoon with a Special Award given for winning a national sports championship. Each member received a special City Signet ring for their accomplishment. They were inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.

Players and coaches were Arlene (Raycroft) McGinn, Myrna (Needham) Levorson, Carol (Lambert) Josephson, Olga (Kostniuk) Salewich, Judy (Holt) Vance, Audrey (Campbell) Cohen, Bob Stayner (coach), Keith Coviello (statistician), Jack Adilman (coach and sponsor), Marlene Ackerman, Pat Lawson, Eleanor (Edwards) McIntyre, Judy Jenkin, Lee (Fior) Walshe and Arlene (Slewchuk) Diduck

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Jack Adilman

Jack Adilman developed a strong Saskatoon presence in women's basketball, coaching and managing the Aces from 1948 until 1959, and it was his initiative that took Canadian women's basketball to new heights.

In 1958, Adilman decided to bring together the best teams in Canada for the first of a national championship tournament. He agreed to pay all the traveling expenses and hotel costs of the visiting teams, leaving the teams to pay only for their own meals.

Teams from Kitchener-Waterloo, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver joined the Saskatoon Aces in a tournament which was won by the Vancouver Eilers.

A year later, Adilman and Bob Stayner coached the Aces to the Canadian championship, winning the right as well to represent Canada at the 1959 Pan-American Games in Chicago.

Adilman's interest in sports as a young man was demonstrated on many fields. He played minor hockey; basketball with City Park, University Huskies, the Grads, YMCA Toilers and YMHA; softball with the Orphans, College Lads and managed Osler Monarchs; bowled on Saskatoon's Western Canada men's team in 1948; and also played tennis and golf.

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Date: [ca. 1955]

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Gail Bakker

Born April 5th, 1946 Gail was one of Saskatoon's finest gymnasts. At age eleven, she took part in a tumbling program at St. Mary's hall. Mike Matich noticed her working out, and introduced her to the gymnastic program. Chuck Sebestyen also entered the scene and before long Gail was winning medals and ribbons. In 1959, she was Saskatchewan's junior champion, then became Alberta and Western Canadian junior champion in 1960 and 1961. In 1962, she really progressed and after winning the Canadian championship was on the World Games team and competed in an England/Canada meet and the U.S. championships.

The competition in 1963 was tougher but she added the Canadian senior championship to her credit and was on the Pan-American Games team. In 1964 Gail was the only female to go to the Tokyo Games. Because of her excellent showing all year she was awarded the Federation of International Gymnastics Pin and was named Canadian Female Athlete of the Year. After moving to the U.S. she won several collegiate titles and when she left competition she found time to coach, train and officiate.

In 1990 she was named to the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame.

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Brian Clark

Brian Clark's ability as a coach at the Saskatchewan grassroots level has led him down some international trails.

He was the Canadian junior coach in a meet against France and England in 1979, Pan-American junior coach in 1978, Pan-American coach in sprints and hurdles in 1980 and Olympic team coach in hurdles for the 1984 Games at Los Angeles.

A school teacher by profession, Clark first taught track and field at Choiceland, later in Saskatoon and served as head coach of the Riversdale Kiwanis Track and Field Club from 1969 until 1989.

He has been events coordinator for hurdles and relays in Saskatchewan for a dozen years.

He has coached at the Western Canada Games in 1979, 1983 and 1987 and at the Canada Games at St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1977, at Sudbury in 1981 and at St. John, N.B. in 1985.

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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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Diana Duerkop

Diana Duerkop was born in Kingston, Ontario, in 1941. She was active in high school basketball, track, volleyball and badminton programs and YWCA programs.

She attended Queen's University for four years, swimming and playing intercollegiate basketball for four years.

Diana came to Saskatoon in 1963 at a time when the University of Saskatchewan was designing its aquatic programs to suit the new pool. She ran swimming programs and coached the university's synchronized swimming teams for five years.

She returned to University as a student, graduated in education and became a teacher at Nutana where she coached senior girls' basketball, twice winning provincial titles.

She led the revival of synchronized swimming in Saskatchewan and became president of the Canadian association for a three-year term, starting in 1978.

Diana was named women's team manager for Canada at the Pan-American Games in Venezuela in 1983; assistant chef d'mission for the Pan-American Games in Indianapolis in 1987; and chef d'mission for the Pan-American Games in Havana, Cuba, in 1991.

She enjoyed an eight-year term on the Canadian Olympic Association's executive committee and remains aquatic director for the Canadian Olympic Association.

She owns Westsport Consulting; her husband, John, is principal at Evan Hardy Collegiate and as a teacher, he shares her beliefs in the community and in youth.

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Maureen DuWors

Maureen DuWors

Maureen has represented Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Canada in track and field as an athlete, coach and administrator. During her career, she held many Saskatchewan, high school and open records in the 50, 60, 75, and 100 yard sprints. She was also the holder of the Canadian Juvenile long-jump record. Her strong showing in these events helped Maureen make the Canadian team that went to Melbourne, Australia for the 1956 Olympics. She competed in the 100 and 200 metre sprints and the 4 x 100 metre relay team.

While competing in the 4 x 100 relay in the 1958 Commonwealth Games and the 1959 Pan-American Games, she helped Canada win two bronze medals. When her racing days were over Maureen turned to coaching and officiating.

She became an internationally ranked official and served as a director of the Saskatoon Track and Field club, an executive member of the Amateur Athletic Association of Canada, and was a founding member of Sask Sport.

She was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1977 and in 1986 entered the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame.

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As an athlete, coach, official and administrator, Maureen Duwors has represented Saskatchewan, and Canada, in track and field.

In 1953 Maureen held both the open and high school junior sport titles. In 1955 she was a Canadian champion in the 60 yard and 100 yard events. Throughout the course of her career as an active athlete, Maureen held the Canadian Record for the 50 yard, 60 yard and tied the 100 yard sprint events, as well as the Canadian Juvenile Long Jump record.

In 1956, at the Melbourne Olympics, Maureen ran the 100 metres, 200 metres and the 4x100 metre relay. Maureen held two bronze medals for the 4x100 relay from the Pan American games and the British Empire and Commonwealth Games.

An active participant in sport, Maureen went on to become an official, administrator and internationally rated official. She was an executive member of the Athletic Association of Canada, Saskatchewan branch; a director of the Saskatoon Track and Field Club and was a founding member of Sask Sport.

At time of installation citation read March 26, 1977.

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Richard DuWors

Richard DuWors

Builder

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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Cyprian Enweani

Cyprian Enweani

Cyprian got hooked on running all because of Diane-Jones Konihowski. Cyprian heard her speak after the 1976 Montreal Olympics. That dedication carried him to the top. He was a member of the Canadian team that went to the Seoul Olympics in 1988. In three consecutive heats Cyprian set three Saskatchewan records. His best time in the 200 metre was 20.57 seconds in the semi-final, 9th best in the world. He was also a member of the 4 x 100 metre relay team which finished 7th.

Enweani started running at the age of twelve. In 1981 he was on the Saskatchewan Canada Games team and the following year set records in the 200 and 400 metre at the Provincial high school meet. By 1983 he was a member of Canada's national team and helped his country place fourth in the 4 x 100 metre relay at the Pan-American Games. He has also competed in the Canadian and World Student Games, Commonwealth Games and the World championships. Indoors he holds every sprint record in the province from the 50 to the 300 metres.

In 1988 he was named Kinsmen Athlete of the Year. He received his Medical Degree in June 1989 and was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.

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Glenna Fairbrother / Glenna Sebestyen

When the name of Sebestyen is mentioned one automatically thinks of gymnastics. With father Chuck Sebestyen providing the leadership and coaching, daughter Glenna achieved success ear1y in life. At the age of ten she had amassed a score high enough to qualify for the Pan-American Games. Since the minimum age for qualification was 16, Glenna was unable to go. Glenna continued her winning ways and captured the Canadian Junior championship in 1962, 1964, 1965 and 1966.

She represented Canada at the North American championships three times, Chicago in 1967, Vancouver in 1968 and in Mexico in 1969. She was also a member of the 1967 Pan-American team - a spot that eluded her in the past. In (a) University competition, she was the runner-up in 1970, but the following year won the Canadian university champion ship. Glenna retired from competition in 1972 and went into coaching. She is the head coach for the Saskatoon Marion Gymnastic club and has served as provincial coach every year since 1972.

She was named to the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.

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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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Robin Hahn

Robin Hahn of Belle Plaine has been associated with horses all his life. He rode his first pony two miles to school and back, and in the 1940's competed at horse shows in and around Regina.

In 1950 he bought "Colette", which he took east to train with the three-day event team. Although Robin and Colette did not compete in the 1956 Olympics in Stockholm, Robin travelled with the team and played an important role as a groom and assistant trainer. The Canadian Team won the Bronze medal. In Winnipeg in 1967, on a horse called "Warden" Robin placed fifth at the Pan American Games. In the 1968 Olympics in Mexico he was Canada's leading rider, placing ninth overall, on a horse called "Taffy".

In 1971 he was the captain of the Gold Medal Team at the Pan-American Games in Cali, Columbia.

Having taken on the responsibility of co-ordinating the three-day event at the pre-Olympics in 1975, Robin was appointed captain of the Canadian Olympic Team to ride at Bromont in 1976. He competed on a horse called "L'Esprit".

Robin Hahn has served the sport as a Director and Zone Chairman of the National Equestrian Federation of Canada, and both as an F.E.I. and a Canadian Horse Show Association Judge. He has worked with the Canadian Coaching Association, and was the National Testing Chairman of the Canadian Pony Club for several years.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, Sept 13, 1980.

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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.

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Diane Jones Konihowski

Diane Jones Konihowski

Born in Vancouver in 1951, Diane Jones Konihowski spent 21 years of her early life in Saskatoon. While still only a Grade 10 student, Diane made her first National Team as a high jumper and javelin thrower.

Lyle Sanderson, the head track coach of the University of Saskatchewan, persuaded Diane to devote herself to track. She gravitated toward the Pentathlon and was on Canada's Team at the 1972 Olympics in Munich and in 1975 won the Gold Medal at the Pan-American Games in Mexico City. She placed 6th overall at the Montreal Olympics in 1976, and then captured the imagination of the sports world in 1978 with an outstanding Gold Medal performance at the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, setting a new Commonwealth record and placing her first in the world for 1978.

In 1979 Diane again captured the Gold at the Pan-American Games in Puerto Rico, and is currently the Canadian, Commonwealth and Pan-American record holder for the Pentathlon.

Having been voted a co-winner in 1975, Diane was named as Canada's Woman Athlete of the Year in 1978.

In April 1979 her contribution to athletics was recognized when she received the Order of Canada.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, September 13, 1980.

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Irene Haworth Lacy

Irene Haworth Lacy was born in Nipawin, Saskatchewan and moved with her family to Saskatoon at the age of one month. She began her gymnastics career with the Saskatoon Y.M.C.A. Gymnastics Club and at the height of that career, was one of the top gymnasts in North America.

Irene's first success came in 1960 when she won five gold medals at the Western Canada Gymnastic Championship in Calgary, Alberta. In 1961 Irene competed in her first Canadian Gymnastic Championship, winning two bronze medals in the Junior Division. In 1962 Irene moved up to the Senior Division, and quickly became one of Canada's top ranked gymnasts. At the Canadian National Championships she placed sixth all around and was a member of the Saskatchewan Team that won the national championship. Later that same year, Irene competed in the World Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia as a member of the Canadian Gymnastics Team.

Irene was named to the 1963 Canadian Gymnastic Team that competed at the Pan American Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Canadian team captured the silver medal, and Irene also achieved personal success by winning a silver medal for her performance on the balance beam. In 1964 Irene qualified for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, but the Canadian women's gymnastic team was not sent to those Games.

Irene's outstanding performance in 1964 resulted in her receiving a scholarship to attend Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. From 1964-1967 she represented both Canada and the University of Southern Illinois in various competitions. During her university career, Irene was on gymnastic teams that won six US national championship, and co-captained the team in 1965. She closed her career in 1966, at the Canadian Gymnastics Championships, where she won individual gold medals for balance beam, uneven bars, and floor exercises and was named the competition's top Canadian Senior Women's Gymnast.

Irene's performance on the American Collegiate scene resulted in her being named to the 1966 All American Gymnastics Team, and her receiving Sports Illustrated magazine's Award of Merit.

In 1983 Irene was inducted into the University of Southern Illinois Sports Hall of Fame.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum on June 15, 1996.

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Joanne McTaggart

Joanne McTaggart

Joanne McTaggart was born in Regina in 1956. She took all of her public schooling and two years of high school in Regina. She was talked into track activity by a next-door neighbor and got her start with the Regina Lions club.

Joanne went to Walter Murray Collegiate in Saskatoon, once won five events at the school meet, and also started to compete on behalf of the Saskatoon Track and Field Club.

She became a regular at the Knights of Columbus Indoor Games and by 1972, was running for Saskatchewan against Alberta on the boards. She enjoyed good success with the Saskatchewan women's team. Most significant was the race of her indoor career in March, 1975, when she broke the world record for the women's indoor 300-metres at 38.2 seconds at Edmonton.

Joanne qualified for the Canadian team at the 1975 Pan-American Games, was part of a third-place finish in the 400-metre relay and half an hour later, was invited to run the 800-metre relay where Canada held off the Americans and the Cubans to win the gold medal.

Joanne made the 1976 Canadian Olympic team, travelled to Montreal, ran two heats in the 200 metres and then was part of a Canadian team which finished fourth in the women's 400-metre relay.

Three times, 1971, 1976 and 1981, she won the Dairy Pool Foundation award as outstanding woman in track and field. She also represented Saskatoon in the Western Canada Summer Games and finished first in the women's 200 metres.

Among her previous honors has been selection to the University of Saskatchewan's Athletic Wall Of Fame.

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Gene McWillie

McWillie was born in Humboldt and lived for a time in Watson before moving to Saskatoon as a youngster. He started playing softball as a student at Thornton school, but he commenced as a center fielder. When he got a chance to pitch, he did just fine and has been tossing balls and strikes (mostly strikes) ever since.

Gene has recorded so many perfect games, no hitters and one hitters that no one can come up with the exact figure. As soon as he moved up to the senior level he was picked to play with the Weyburn Canadiens in 1987. Weyburn went on to win the Canadian championship. That team has been enshrined in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame. Locally he has performed for the Merchants, Molsons, Rempel Brothers, the Jacks of the Old Western Major Fastball league and Allomatic A's. He was honored in 1986 at a "Gene McWillie Day" by his many friends. He has appeared in Canadian championships and World championships and gained a gold medal at the Pan-American Games.

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

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Date: June 14, 1986.

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Barbara Milanese

Barbara Shockey Milanese was born in Saskatoon in May, 1961 and began swimming at the age of six years, first with the Saskatoon Kinsmen Goldfins Club. By 11 years old, she was already winning individual aggregate awards, like this one at the Calgary invitational meet. In March, 1977, Barbara attended her first national meet in Montreal, swimming the 400 metre free style and 800 metre free style faster than anyone else in Saskatchewan in her age class.

Barbara represented Canada at the 1978 British Commonwealth Games and was fifth in the 800 metre free style. She also attended the world championships in West Berlin, Germany. She made the Canadian team at the 1979 Pan-American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and won a bronze medal for a third place finish in the 800 metres at eight minutes, 54.82 seconds. Barbara attended two international meets in 1979, a dual meet against the Soviets where she earned a third and a fifth and the FINA Cup meet at Tokyo, Japan, where she was fifth in the 800 metres.

She won a scholarship to the University of Miami in 1979-80 and was photographed with hockey's Bobby Hull at the TV Superstars Show.

She married Tom Milanese in 1985, lived for a while in New York (10-with youngsters) but she, Tom and a family of three, Tony, Jamie and Thomas, have since moved to Florida where Barbara is still active in masters' swimming programs.

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Bob Molle

Bob Molle was born in Saskatoon on Sept. 23, 1962 and grew up in the Evan Hardy Collegiate area where he experienced his first success in wrestling and football.

As a wrestler, he won the Saskatoon high school heavyweight championship and later the provincial championship before enrolling at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.

He was the Canadian heavyweight champion four times, 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1987. He was a bronze medallist at the Pan-American Games and a fifth-place finisher at the world championships at Kiev, Russia, in 1983. He was a bronze medallist at the World Cup in Toledo, Ohio, in 1984.

Molle won the silver medal in the heavyweight division at the Olympic Games at Los Angeles in 1984. Twenty-one days before the Olympics, he underwent back surgery in Vancouver. He flew to Los Angeles, coaches watched him on a day-by-day basis, allowed him to wrestle and he won his first four matches to qualify for the final.

In 1986, Molle achieved a significant feat by becoming the first heavyweight wrestler in history to win four straight American National Amateur Intercollegiate titles. He was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Canadian Amateur Wrestling Hall Of Fame in 1992.

In football, he played on four Evan Hardy teams, winning the provincial in 1980, and played one year with Saskatoon Hilltops before being recruited by Simon Fraser.

After becoming the first Canadian to win All-American honors as an offensive lineman at SFU in 1985, he was a first-round draft pick by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1985. He played defence the first year and then seven seasons as an offensive tackle. He played on the 1988 Bombers, who beat British Columbia in the Grey Cup final, and he was captain of the 1990 Bombers, who beat Edmonton Eskimos in the final.

Molle and his wife, Karen, live in Winnipeg and have two children and are expecting a third. He remains active in wrestling, having been named Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union wrestling coach of the year in 1991 and 1993, the two years his team has won the national crown.

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Wynona Mulcaster

Nonie Mulcaster was born in prince Albert in 1915. She owned her first horse when she was 13 years old, rode in the prince Albert Horse Show in 1935 and moved to Saskatoon in 1942.

She became the instructor of the Saskatoon pony Club in 1945 and one of the first good signs was getting the assistance of Clifford Sifton to build a pavilion for the club on the Exhibition grounds. She taught at the club every day until 1973 and it was a true labor of love, with no salary, reasonable costs for the owners and a strong cooperative spirit.

During a year in Europe, she rode at Portlock Vale and Fulmer School and came back to Saskatoon, convinced the club should use guest instructors. Notable horse people like Ann wood, Christilot Hanson, Pat Salt, Pat Manning, Waldermar Suenig, Michael Herbert and Dietrich von Hopffgarten came to Saskatoon for clinics.

She influenced the careers of many riders. Valerie Johnson Matheson competed for Canada at the Pan-American Games in 1967. Cathy wedge competed for Canada at the Pan-American Games in 1971, the Olympic Games in 1976 and was on the Canadian team which won gold at the 1978 world championships. Gina Smith won a bronze medal at the 1988 Olympic Games and a gold medal at the 1991 Pan-American Games. Many of her pupils, some still in Saskatoon, have carried on as instructors.Nonie enrolled in an Ernest Lindner art school at Emma Lake in 1932 because she wanted to drawn a horse. She didn't paint a horse until 15 years later. She has become one of Canada's leading landscape painters and now spends most of her time in San Miguel Da Allende in Mexico.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers.

Date: 1983.

Photographer: Moppett, George.

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