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Robert Adams

Robert Adams

Born in Alsask in 1924, Bob was an outstanding track and field athlete, competing at the Saskatchewan, Canadian and international levels. He held the Canadian senior men's discus record from 1947 to 1952. In 1952, his decathlon record of 6638 points earned him a spot on the Canadian Olympic team that competed in Helsinki. Adams also represented Canada in the Commonwealth Games in 1954 in Edmonton.

He has also served as a coach on the local, Canadian and international levels and was appointed to the officials team for the 1976 Montreal Olympics and the 1978 Commonwealth Games. Adams served as president of the Saskatchewan Track and Field Association and the Saskatchewan High School Athletic Association. He was a member of the Technical Advisory Committee when Saskatoon hosted the Canada Winter Games in 1971.

Bob earned the city of Saskatoon Merit Award, the city of Saskatoon Jubilee Award, the Confederation of Canada Centennial Medal in 1967, and the Kinsmen Sportsman of the Year Award in 1972. In 1975 he was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and in 1986, the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame.

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Date: 1945

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Dennis Beerling

Dennis has been involved in sport as an official, coach and administrator, devoting time to Softball and Track and Field. With 20 years as a coach in softball, Dennis has guided teams to five provincial championships and with the 1979 Bar K Junior Ladies, a trip to the nationals. Dennis has also been a registered umpire for over 15 years and has served on numerous boards and leagues in fostering softball both locally and internationally.

Dennis has received numerous awards in recognition of his contribution: Award of Excellence in 1982 and Outstanding Service recognition in 1978 from Canadian Amateur Swimming Association and 1981 from the Saskatchewan Amateur Softball Association. In Track and Field, Dennis has been coaching for 25 years along with officiating for 20 years including Olympics, Commonwealth Games and World Student Games duty. He has been involved with numerous other ventures, Saskatchewan Games; Western Canada Games; Sask. Sport; and National Coaching Certificate program.

Dennis was the Saskatoon Kinsmen Sportsman in 1982 and awarded the 100th century award as a builder also in 1982. He was named to the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.

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Clarence Bligh

Clarence Bligh, the founding chairman of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, had a wide and varied career in amateur sport.

As an active participant, he earned a number of provincial boxing and wrestling junior heavyweight championships. In Saskatchewan's jubilee year - 1955 - he is credited with being one of the major forces in attracting the amateur finals in boxing, wrestling and track and field to the province.

During his career with the Regina City Police, he was active in the promotion of Little League baseball in Regina and was also President of the Police Curling and Sports Association.

His contribution to amateur sport earned him the position of President of the Amateur Athletic Union of Canada (Saskatchewan branch) from 1951 to 1955. He was President of the A.A.U. of Canada in 1960.

Clarence Bligh was also involved with the promotion and development of lawn bowling in Regina and the province. In 1949 and again in 1954 he held the office of President of the Saskatchewan Lawn Bowling Association.

In 1972 he was elected President of the Canadian Lawn Bowling Council and was general chairman of the 1973 lawn bowling national championships which were staged in Regina.

In time of Installation citation read March 27,1976.

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Arnie Boldt

Born on September 16, 1957, Arnold Boldt of Saskatoon lost his right leg at the age of three in a grain auger accident. In 1976 he gained international recognition as a track and field star.

The Olympiad for the Disabled was held in Toronto in August of 1976. Arnie Boldt had an outstanding performance bringing International acclaim. He set world records and won Gold Medals in both the high jump and the long jump. In the high jump he cleared 6' 1 1/4" and in the long jump he recorded a mark of 29' 4".

In 1977 and 1978 he won Gold Medals in the jumping events at the Canadian Games for the Physically Disabled, and by early 1980 was jumping over two metres in preparation for the Olympiad. He jumped 2.08 metres on one occasion during the indoor track season.

On a cold, wet day in July 1980 Arnie broke his own world record with a jump of 1.96 metres at the Olympiad for the Disabled in Arnhem in the Netherlands. He was also the Gold Medal winner in the long jump event.

Arnold Boldt was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame on August 27,1977.

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

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Calvin Bricker

Winner of many Canadian championships, he dominated broad jumping and the triple jump in Canada for close to two decades.

Perhaps the earliest record of merit that we have of Calvin D. Bricker is when he set an intercollegiate record at Toronto in 1916 of 22' 3" which stood as such until 1939.

Bricker was, one of Canada's greats of track and field, and was the only Canadian ever to place within the first six in an Olympic game in this event. In the 1908 Olympic games in London he placed third with a jump of 23' 3" and in the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm he gained second place with a jump of 23' 81/2", an open record until the famous champion, Jesse Owens broke it in Hamilton on 16th September, 1933 with a jump of 24' 73/4", and as a native record until the middle thirties.

At time of installation citation read October 31, 1966.

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1924 Canadian Olympic Track & Field Team

Competitors at the Canadian Olympic Track and Field trials, Montreal, June 1924. Among them is Saskatoon's Eddie Mather who represented the province of Saskatchewan in the Olympic trials but was not chosen for the team, possibly because of age. Names handwritten on back of original photo, are attached. Athletes, each with different crest, are seated in front of bleachers.

Date: June 1924.

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Tom Chad

Football, Track and Field BSPE'79, BEd'80

Tom Chad graduated from St. Mary's High School in Prince Albert and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1973.

Tom was a member of the football team for five years playing as a running back and defensive back. He was also a member of the track and field team for four years excelling in the sprints and relay events. In 1975 he was the Canadian Junior Champion in the 200 meter event.

In 1977 Tom was selected to the Canada West All Star Team and a CIAU All Canadian as a defensive back. He was also selected to play in the inaugural CAN-AM Bowl Game in Tampa, Florida against a team of U.S. College All Stars.

In 1977 Tom was awarded the Howard Nixon Trophy as the University's Outstanding Male Athlete in a tournament sport. The following year, he was awarded the E. Kent Phillips Trophy as the University's Outstanding Male Athlete.

Tom served as an assistant coach with the Huskie football team from 1978-83.

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Catherine Cherry

Catherine Bergin / Catherine Cherry

Basketball, Track and Field (B.A. '40)

Catherine ("Fuzzy") Bergin entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1938. During her four years on campus, she competed in basketball and track and field.

She was a member of the track and field team for four years. In addition to competing, she served as manager for two years.

She played on the Huskiette basketball team for three years and earned her senior colours in 1939.

She received a Major Athletic Award in 1941.

As well as competing in two varsity sports, she was a two-year member of and served as Vice President of the Women's Athletic Directorate.

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Date: 1940

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Louis Christ

Louis Christ

Track and Field, Cross Country BA'81, LLB'84

Louis Christ graduated from Evan Hardy Collegiate in Saskatoon and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1977.

Louis was a member of the track and field team and the cross country team for five years. As a track and field athlete excelling in the distance events at Canada West Championships, he captured 6 gold, 5 silver and 3 bronze medals. In CIAU competition he captured a gold medal in 1981 in the 1500 meters and anchored the gold medal team distance medley relay event. He was a member of two cross country teams that captured Canada West Championships.

While a student at the University, Louis represented Saskatchewan and Canada at a number of national and international track and field meets.

In 1980 he was awarded the Howard Nixon Trophy as the University's Outstanding Male athlete in a tournament sport. In 1982 he received the prestigious MacDonald Trophy for leadership, sportsmanship and athletic ability.

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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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Norman Cram

Norman Cram

Basketball, Swimming, Soccer, Track and Field (B.A. '41,B.Ed. '51)

Norm Cram graduated from Nutana Collegiate in Saskatoon and entered the University of Saskatchewan in the fall of 1938. He attended the University of Saskatchewan for three years, entered the Service in 1941 and returned to the University of Saskatchewan for two more years in 1945.

As a member of the Huskie basketball team he led the team to three consecutive Western University Championships (1938-1941). Following his stint in the Service, he rejoined the basketball team for two more years. From 1945 to 1946, he also served as coach of the Huskiette basketball team.

He was a member of the Huskie track team for three years competing in the 880 yard, mile and discus throw. He was a member of both the Huskie soccer team for two years and the Huskie swim team for one year. He also participated in water polo and football at the inter-faculty (intramural) level.

For having participated on a total of 9 varsity teams, Norm Cram received a Major Athletic Award.

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Date: 1940

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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.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers.


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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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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Sylvia Fedoruk

Sylvia Fedoruk

Basketball, Volleyball, Golf, Track and Field (B.A. '49, M.A. '51)

Sylvia Fedoruk graduated from high school in Windsor, Ontaio and ented the University of Saskatchewan in the fall of 1946.

While a student at the University, she was a member of twelve intervarsity championship teams. She was a member of the Huskiette basketball team that captured the Cecil Race Trophy five times, a member of the track and field team that captured the Rutherford Trophy two times, a member of the volleyball team that captured the Landa Trophy two times. She co-captained the basketball team for four years.

In addition to her athletic endeavors for which she received a Major Athletic Award, Sylvia was very active in other facets of campus life including the President of the Women's Athletic Board in 1948-49.

For her efforts and contributions to campus life, she was awarded the prestigious "Spirit of Youth Trophy" in 1949. The trophy was awarded to a woman student who has best demonstrated through her university career outstanding qualities of leadership, good sportsmanship, idealism, character, academic ability, athletic ability and general physical fitness.

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Date: 1947

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Conrad Fitz-Gerald

Conrad Fitz-Gerald

Football, Basketball, Track and Field (B.A. '47, B.Ed. '48)

Con Fitz-Gerald graduated from Nutana Collegiate and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1942.

While a student at the University of Saskatchewan, he played on the basketball team for five years (captain in 1944), the football team for three years and competed on the track team where he excelled in the 100 yd. dash, broad jump and high jump. He was an outstanding shooter on the basketball team and was regarded as one of the best ends on the Huskie football team.

He was awarded a Major Athletic Award in 1944-45 for having participated on eight intervarsity teams. In 1944, Con was awarded the prestigious MacDonald Trophy for demonstrating high qualities of sportsmanship, leadership and athletic ability during his under-graduate years.

In addition to excelling as a competitor in three sports, Con coached the Huskiette basketball team in 1944-45 and the Huskie junior basketball team in 1945-46.

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Date: 1930

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Clarence Garvie

Clarence Garvie

Clarence was a teacher, administrator and coach in Saskatoon for over 30 years. He was also a very good athlete and at the University of Saskatchewan was a member of eight varsity teams which earned him a major athletic award. Much of his energy was devoted to the Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association. He was its president in 1952-53 and in 1960 received its award of merit.

He has been associated with the Hilltop Track club which later became the Saskatoon Track club. He served as president of the Hilltop Football club and was chairman of the wrestling committee for the 1971 Canada Winter Games. He gave freely of his time for the Knights of Columbus Indoor Games by producing the printed programs. As a nationally rated track and field official, he officiated at the pole vault event at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

Clarence was named Kinsmen Sportsman of the Year in 1978, elected to the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1980 and inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.

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Date: 1934

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Stanley Glover

Stan is one of the few men in Saskatoon to go to the Olympic Games as a member of the track and field team. He helped Canada gain a bronze medal in the 4 by 400 metre relay at the Amsterdam Games in 1928. Stan also competed in the 1st ever British Empire Games in 1930, helping Canada gain a silver medal in the mile relay.

His specialty was the 440 yard, an event that won him acclaim in high school, the Saskatchewan Open, the Western Universities meet and the Canadian Senior championships. Stan was also an excellent rifleman, leading the Nutana Rifle Marksmen team to victory at the Dominion championships in 1924. Stan's curling prowess should also be noted. Skipping his rink from the Nutana, his foursome won the Saskatchewan title in 1943 but because of the war no Brier was held.

Stan Glover died suddenly of a heart attack in 1964. His memory , however, will live on with his induction into the Saskatoon Hall of Fame in 1989.

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Orvald Gratias

Orvald Gratias

Basketball, Football, Track and Field (B.Sc. '28, M.Sc. '30)

Orvald Gratias came to the University of Saskatchewan from Kinistino in 1925. During his five years on campus, he competed in track and field, basketball and football.

As a track and field athlete he excelled in the hammer throw and discus. He captured a number of firsts at intervarsity meets. He was elected captain of the 1930 team.

He excelled on both the basketball and football teams for four years. In 1928 the Sheaf named him as Saskatchewan's most versatile athlete. In 1930 he won a Major Athletic Award having competed on ten Varsity teams.

In 1937 the legendary Joe Griffiths described Orvald Gratias as one of the greatest all-round athletes to ever wear the green and white.

As well as competing on three teams, Orvald served as President of the University Athletic Directorate. An outstanding scholar, he went on to become a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.

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E. W. Joe Griffiths

Joe Griffiths

Born in Wales in 1885 he came to Canada at the age of eighteen. Following service overseas in World War I "Joe" Griffiths became the entire Department of Physical Education at the University of Saskatchewan in 1919.

It was in the next 32 years - to 1951 while at the University that "Joe" Griffiths had his great impact upon athletics. He excelled as a coach in track and field and in swimming to such an extent that he was a Canadian Olympic team coach in each of these sports at separate games - 1936 and 1948. Prior to this he had been requested to act as an official observer at the 1932 Olympics on behalf of the Amateur Athletic Union of Canada. His University swimming team was unbeaten for eleven years.

He is the person who organized the first annual provincial high school track and field meet. For many years now, this event and other premier track and field events has been held in Griffiths Stadium.

E.W. "Joe" Griffiths has earned many honors - he is a life member of the Royal Life Saving Society; a recipient in 1948 of a coveted honor award of the Canadian Association for health, physical education and recreation; was recognized by his community as its citizen of they year, and was awarded the honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of Saskatchewan.

Installed in the Hall of Fame on May 22,1967.

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Richard Hammond

Hammy, as he was called by friends, qualified twice to represent Canada at the Olympics. He placed third in the 220 yds. event, second in the long jump and first in the triple jump at the 1912 Canadian Olympic trials in Montreal. A repeat performance at the 1920 Olympic trials again qualified Hammy to represent Canada. However, on both occasions another athlete was selected to attend the Games.

At the provincial level, he captured the all round track and field title at the 1911 Saskatchewan championships and was the winner of the Robin Hood sports field day the same year.

He was the all-round provincial champion in 1913 and 1918. In 1915 he was awarded the Sam Moore Cup for the all-round title in track and field.

Hammy's activities were not restricted to track and field. He played with the Regina Bees hockey team when it won the Saskatchewan championship in 1912 and was a member of the 1914 Allan Cup winners - The Regina Vics.

At time of Installation citation read March 27,1976.

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