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Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

Speed Skater Cindy Klassen Inducted into Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

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It was through disappointment in one sport that Cindy Klassen found tremendous success in another, ultimately becoming one of Canada’s most decorated Olympic athletes.

At 17 years old, Cindy tried out for the 1998 Canadian Women’s Olympic Hockey Team but was not chosen, and that’s when she followed her parents advice and traded in her hockey skates for speed skates. In 1999 she moved to Calgary to chase her Olympic dream. She quickly climbed the ranks and in 2002 she won her first Olympic medal, a bronze in the 3000 metres at the Salt Lake City games. Four years later Cindy would make Canadian Olympic history, becoming the only Canadian to win 5 medals in a single games, claiming a gold, two silver and two bronze in Turin. This earned her the prestigious honour of being named Canada’s flag bearer for the closing ceremonies. Cindy enjoyed equal success on the world cup circuit, winning 115 international medals in her 15 year career, including 46 gold. Cindy was named Canada’s Female Skater of the year four times for long track speed skating.

Cindy has passed on her values of strong character and work ethic throughout her career. She has worked with numerous charities to advance women’s sports in other countries. She is a role model on and off the ice, working to provide girls and women opportunities to participate in sports.

Todayville is proud to have produced the video profiles of this year’s Inductees.  Learn more about the 2018 inductees here.

Since it’s inception in 1957, hundreds of Albertans have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.  We invite everyone to join us in this celebration of both new Inductees and returning Honoured Members, and their lasting impact on sport in our province.  If you would like more information on the Induction Banquet or to order tickets, please call (403) 341-8614.

 

 

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Alberta loses a sporting legend and an educational leader

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Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Inductee Jim Donlevy passes away

As a football coach he was a national champ and an absolute institution at the University of Alberta.   But it’s likely that Jim Donlevy may actually have made an even bigger impact in hockey where he was instrumental in the formation of the post secondary scholarship system in Junior Hockey. Jim was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame just a few months ago.  

His brother Michael is a long time Red Deer resident and recently retired from a brilliant career of his own at Red Deer College.   Here’s what Michael shared with friends after the death of his oldest brother:

Early Sunday, we lost an amazing individual in Jim Donlevy. A great husband, father, uncle and Grandpa – and my oldest brother. He was a friend and mentor to me over many years in my career and in life, who encouraged all of what I did. I was and remain deeply proud of what he accomplished, benefiting so many people and am very grateful that Jim was properly recognized this year, with his induction into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. Jim was a coach and dedicated educator, totally committed to teaching, learning and student athletes.  He leaves an incredible legacy and all of us will miss him dearly.

Here’s Jim Donlevy’s Alberta Sports Hall of Fame induction video.

‘Jim’ Donlevy devoted his professional career to more than 50 years of coaching, teaching and administrative leadership. His career in football began in 1954 coaching Bantam and High School Football teams. He joined the Edmonton Huskies from 1961 to 1963 and won two Canadian titles. At the University of Alberta, he led the Golden Bears to four National Championship games and brought home the Vanier Cup in 1972 and 1980. He had the most wins of any Golden Bears football coach with 89 wins, 69 losses and 3 ties. From 1993 to 2015, Jim was the Western Hockey League’s Education Consultant. He built a formal education and scholarship program for the student athletes playing in the league. It is now considered one of the most comprehensive education programs for hockey in the world today.

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Innisfail hosts Sports Hall of Fame Golf Tournament August 8th- Reserve your spot!

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As your plans and commitments for this summer start to fill your calendar, we hope that you have had a chance to set aside August 8 for the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum annual golf tournament.

On August 8, 2019, we will be having our annual golf tournament at Innisfail Golf Club. The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame has strived to preserve and celebrate Alberta’s exceptional athletes, builders, pioneers, and teams for over 62 years. Each year the Golf Tournament brings together our Honoured Members, Inductees, sporting organizations and the community for a great day of golf and networking. The Golf Tournament is a major fundraiser for ASHFM and allows us to continue to bring sports history and education to Albertans and inspire the future Hall of Famers. Your support in the past few years is very much appreciated and we hope that you will be one of our special guests this year.  I have enclosed the tournament sponsorship opportunities and a golf registration if you would like to join us for our Golf Tournament this year.

Please call Kayli at 403-341-8614 if you have any questions or concerns regarding our golf tournament sponsorship or participation.

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