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Robert Malcolm Game

Mac Game has been influencing Saskatchewan weightlifting since its formal introduction to the province in 1957. Initially, he competed in weightlifting, but as time progressed, he became Saskatchewan weightlifting's chief organizer and coach, as well as a respected international official.

Between 1957 and 1970, Game was a regular weightlifting competitor and in 1984 began competing again as a Masters athlete.

During the last three decades, Game has played a major role in organizing countless coaching clinics and competitions for weightlifters. Consistently, he has put on workshops for coaches throughout the province. Since 1981, he has arranged over 40 local Junior Canada Cup competitions and over 25 Sask Open weightlifting meets. In addition, he has organized numerous western Canadian weightlifting competitions, including the Western Canada Games in 1975, 1979, and 1987 and has brought to and organized in Saskatchewan 4 national weightlifting competitions, the 1983 and 1988 National Junior Canada Cup Competitions and the 1965 and 1980 Canadian weightlifting Championships.

Game has played an integral role in weightlifting's administrative arm since the Saskatchewan weightlifting Association (S.W.A.) was founded in 1959. When the S.W.A. was associated with the Amateur Athletic Union of Canada, Game served as president, vice-president and secretary-treasurer over the years. He was the original member to incorporate the S.W.A. in 1974 and worked to secure lottery funding for the organization. Game was a long-time member the Canadian Weightlifting Federation's (C.W. F.) board of directors and served both as their Vice-President, Administration from 1980-84 and as a member of their constitution and by-laws committee.

Coaching has always been one of Game's fortes. Since 1959, he has been both the Regina weightlifting Team coach and the Saskatchewan Provincial Coach. Under his leadership, Regina won 25 provincial championships. He served as Saskatchewan team coach at the Western Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg and at three Canada Games.

Perhaps Game's greatest accomplishments are found in his officiating resume. After moving through provincial and national ranks, he began refereeing at international events, including the 1975 Pan American Games in Mexico and the 1980 Senior world weightlifting Championships in Montreal. In 1981, he became a Number "One" Carded Referee in New Zealand at the Commonwealth weightlifting Championships. Later, he officiated at the Commonwealth Games held in Edinburgh (1986).

Text courtesy of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame

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