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Roald Thomson

Born in Bulyea, Saskatchewan in 1931, Roald has combined skills and dedication to the new sport of racquetball in our province as well as Canada. In 1968 he pioneered the first organized play with short handled tennis racquets on handball courts. From that point he has never looked back, accumulating a truly astonishing record.

Locally, Roald has competed in Regina championships, singles and doubles, since their inception, winning the titles repeatedly. He won Provincial Open "A" titles until switching to Seniors' competition in 1977 at 46 years of age. He followed this by winning top awards up to and including 1983, singles and doubles.

National accomplishments are also impressive and difficult to match. Roald was National Open Masters' Champion 1979/80/82/83, and runner-up 1976/77/81. 1982 saw Roald win three national events; the Canadian Closed Masters, the Canadian Open Masters, and the United States Open Veteran Masters.

As well as competing, this outstanding athlete has developed racquetball in Saskatchewan. Organizer, administrator and instructor, he is currently on a committee to develop and produce the National Level II Technical Coaching Manual.

A man who has given himself to better the sport of racquetball - Roald Thompson.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame on June 16th, 1984.

Text courtesy of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame

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