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University of Calgary Basketball Great Leighann Doan Reimer Inducted into Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

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Leighann Doan Reimer has been hailed the greatest University of Calgary women’s basketball player of all time and was recently inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.

Leighann grew up in the small Alberta town of Halkirk where she honed the basketball skills that would take her around the world. After leading her Stettler high school to three provincial championships, Leighann joined the U of C Dinos women’s team in 1997, where she was named the CIS women’s rookie of the year. She followed that up with two CIS women’s basketball player of the year awards, and in 2001 she was named the top female university athlete in the country.

Leighann represented Canada on several national university teams and was the torch bearer at the World University Games in China in 2001. She finished her University career as the Dinos’ all-time leading scorer with 1,958 points. She was named a First Team All Canadian four times, as well as an All Academic four times. After graduating from University, Leighann took her scoring skills to Europe, playing professionally in France from 2001 to 2004.

Leighann still gives back to the sport that has given her so much, holding basketball clinics throughout central Alberta. She was instrumental in helping set up Camp Teckla, named after a former junior and high school teammate who passed away in a car accident. In the more than 20-year history of the camp, over 3000 athletes have had the chance to improve their skills.

Todayville is proud to have produced the video profiles of this year’s Inductees. Read the stories and watch vignettes from this year’s inductees.

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.

The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame provides a family-friendly, interactive experience. You will be surprised by what you discover inside! Have fun, laugh, play and discover Alberta sports heroes together. The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame is an interactive, hands-on celebration of Alberta's sporting history. Our over 7,000 square feet of exhibit space includes a multisport area with virtual baseball, basketball, football, hockey, and soccer; an adaptive sports area, including a 200 meter wheelchair challenge; a Treadwall climbing wall; the Orest Korbutt Theatre; the Hall of Fame Gallery; an art gallery displaying works by provincial artists, and much more. Our venue boasts a collection of over 17,000 artefacts of Alberta sports history and showcases many of these items in a number of displays. The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame also offers an education program, group activities, and a unique environment to rent for your birthday party, special event, corporate reception or meetings.

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Win Our Wine Tree!Toast to champions by purchasing tickets for the Wine Tree Raffle and support the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. Every ticket not only brings you closer to winning an exquisite selection of wines and liquor, but also contributes to honouring Alberta’s sporting heroes. Your support helps preserve their legacies and inspires future generations of athletes. Tickets are $20 and only 300 tickets available, call us today at 403-341-8614 with a credit card number or sending an e-transfer to [email protected].
Celebrating with Lethbridge Sports Hall of FamersOn Friday, May 3rd, Tracey Kinsella, our Executive Director, made the journey to Lethbridge for their Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame, a non-profit organization led by dedicated community members, commemorates the accomplishments of athletes and contributors from Lethbridge and its surroundings.

During her visit, Tracey met with Cor Ouwerkerk, an esteemed member inducted in 2005 for his contributions to Volleyball. Cor initiated his Legacy donation process last year, a charitable gesture wherein individuals designate gifts in their wills to support causes close to their hearts. If you would like to discuss your Legacy donation to the Hall of Fame, please reach out to Tracey.

Tracey also connected with other distinguished members, including George Gemer, Dr. Gary Bowie, Max Gibb, and Rick Duff. George Gemer, recognized in 1994 as a Track & Field Builder, Dr. Gary Bowie, honored twice in 2014 and 2022 for his multifaceted contributions and ACAC Founders’ Pioneer Award, Max Gibb, acknowledged in 1998 as a Multisport Builder, and Rick Duff, inducted in 2017 as a Boxing Athlete.

We were privileged to receive an invitation to the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. To invite us to your upcoming event, please call 403-341-8614.

Meet the Class of 2024!
Induction Ceremony Tickets AvailableThe annual Induction Ceremony serves as the focal point for commemorating extraordinary talent and unwavering dedication that illuminates the vibrant sports landscape of Alberta. Join us in honouring the outstanding individuals of the Class of 2024 on May 24 at the Red Deer Polytechnic Cenovus Centre.

The festivities will kick off with a reception at 5:30 pm, followed by the commencement of the ceremony at 6:30 pm. It promises to be an evening filled with recognition, celebration, and the joyous spirit of Alberta’s sports community.

Click on the link below to purchase your tickets. If you need help or want more information, please call the office at 403-341-8614.

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Alberta Government Announces Support for FacilitiesThe Government of Alberta recently announced that they would be investing in Alberta’s sport and recreational facilities.

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Silent Auction Items Needed!We’re gearing up for this year’s Induction Ceremony and we need your help to make it extraordinary.  Do you have a unique item, an unforgettable experience, or a coveted service you’re willing to donate? Whether it’s a handmade masterpiece, a gift certificate for a local hotspot, or a behind-the-scenes tour, every contribution makes a difference.

Your donation will not only support the Hall but also showcase your generosity to Alberta’s sporting community. Contact us today to contribute to our silent auction. Call 403-341-8614 or send an email to [email protected].

Preserving History and Saving LivesThe Alberta Sports Hall of Fame staff and our friends at Tourism Red Deer recently dedicated time to renew and enhance their First Aid certifications. With a commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of visitors and colleagues alike, they invested in the latest training to handle any emergencies with confidence and competence. This proactive approach reflects the organization’s unwavering dedication to maintaining a secure environment for all patrons, underscoring their commitment to professionalism and preparedness in every aspect of their operations.
This newsletter is sponsored by Tourism Red Deer.

Honoured Member Profile- U of L Pronghorns

Rugby Team-Inducted 2015

The University of Lethbridge Pronghorns Women’s Rugby Team, led by head coach Neil Langevin, clinched three consecutive CIS Championships in 2007, 2008, and 2009. Dominating their conference and national tournaments, standout performances from players like Brittany Orr and Ashley Patzer propelled the team to victory, leaving a lasting legacy with the establishment of the Rugby Academy in Lethbridge, fostering talent for Canada’s national rugby teams.
Learn more about the 2007-2009 Pronghorns by clicking on their Honoured Member Profile.

Honoured Member Profile

Provincial Sport Organization – Rugby Alberta

Rugby Alberta is a dynamic organization dedicated to promoting and developing the sport of rugby across the province. With a focus on fostering growth at all levels, from grassroots to elite competition, Rugby Alberta provides opportunities for players, coaches, and officials to thrive in this exhilarating sport.

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Artifact in Focus!

Promotional poster from 2015 Women’s Ruby Series.

2024 Wheelchair Rugby National Championships Coming Up!

Wheelchair Sports Alberta is hosting the Championships in Calgary from May 17-19.

Wheelchair Sports Alberta is a beacon of inclusion and empowerment, providing opportunities for individuals with disabilities to engage in various sports and recreational activities. Through their programs and events, they champion accessibility, resilience, and community spirit, enriching lives and fostering a culture of athleticism for all abilities across Alberta.

Learn more about this event by clicking on the link below.

2024 Inductee Highlight-Julius Fodor

We’re only have a few more inductees left to highlight. Today we are highlighting Julius Fodor and Chris McGregor.

Julius Fodor played a pivotal role in advancing team handball in Alberta from 1963 onwards. Initially coaching at several Edmonton high schools, he founded the “Edmonton Canucks,” which significantly contributed to the sport’s future success in the province. Over the following years, Fodor played a vital role in introducing handball to prominent events such as the Alberta Winter Games and the Western Canada Games, and in developing the Canadian Team Handball Federation. Starting in 1968, he both played and coached teams at the international level, actively participating in organizing the 1978 North American Championships. Fodor’s extensive involvement in handball, spanning local, provincial, national, and international levels from the 1960s to the early 2000s, defines his lasting legacy in the sport. Anyone who has played handball in western Canada owes a debt of gratitude to Julius, acknowledging him as a pioneering force in introducing and fostering the sport in the region.

Julius is being inducted as a Handball Builder. He will be the first inductee for the sport of Handball.

2024 Inductee Highlight-Chris McGregor

Chris is a legendary figure in the world of horse racing. From 1979 to 2006 he participated in nearly 14,000 races and won 2,248 of them. A career high point came in 2000 when he won the Canadian Derby aboard Scotman, boasting an impressive 46% winning rate. McGregor’s excellence was recognized with nominations for the Sovereign Award in 1990 and 1992, along with notable wins such as Jockey of the Year in Saskatchewan in 1987 and Outstanding Jockey of the Year in 1988. He continued to be recognized for his winning talents by earning the Lou Davis Memorial Trophy for the top jockey in Alberta with 229 wins in 1990, as well as receiving the Joe Perlove Award for the most wins.

Chris will be inducted as a Horse Racing Athlete (Jockey).

Let’s Champion Our Local Sports Heroes and Inspire the Champions of Tomorrow​

Your donation will ensure your Hall can continue to champion our Alberta sports heroes. Donate through our website, attend our events, and be a part of our Sports Hall of Fame’s legacy. Thank you for your support!

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Shining a spotlight on Alberta athletes, sport leaders

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Alberta’s government is continuing to support the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, so it can showcase the province’s sport legacy for years to come.

The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame celebrates the accomplishments of more than 1,600 Albertans, from Olympic gold medallists to community sport leaders. To continue supporting this long-standing legacy, the government is providing $302,500 to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Museum. This funding will support the operations of the facility and the organization’s management and delivery of the annual Alberta Sport Recognition Awards.

“Alberta’s future is stronger when we understand and preserve our history and celebrate our successes. Places like the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame help us do just that. I’m proud our government is supporting it, as it spotlights Albertans with incredible athletic achievements and community contributions.”

Joseph Schow, Minister of Tourism and Sport

“The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame has long been a cherished attraction in our community, offering Albertans inspiration and a window into the remarkable legacy of our athletes and community sport leaders. With our government’s investment in this institution, Red Deer’s tourism will undoubtedly grow, bringing significant benefits to our community and surrounding areas.”

Adriana LaGrange, MLA for Red Deer-North

“I am pleased to see the government’s support for the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame continue. This organization enriches the sport community in central Alberta, inspires the next generation of athletes and preserves our province’s history in sport excellence.”

Jason Stephan, MLA for Red Deer-South

The Hall of Fame provides a space where the accomplishments of the sport community in Alberta are preserved and inspires the province’s future athletes and community leaders. Albertans recognized in the Hall of Fame include Melody Davidson, who was inducted in 2008 for her excellence in hockey, serving as a two-time Olympic gold medal-winning head coach for Team Canada women’s hockey, and Lanny McDonald, who was inducted in 1993 following a long and successful career in professional hockey. Last year, 12 inductees were nominated, including Patrick Jarvis and Theresa Maxwell for their success in Paralympics and volleyball.

This funding will ensure that Albertans can continue to celebrate the province’s turning-point moments and growing legacy in sport.

“We are grateful for the support we have received from the Alberta government. Their funding has played a pivotal role in sustaining the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, allowing us to preserve and celebrate the rich sporting history of our province. This support not only enhances our ability to showcase the achievements of the athletes, teams and sport champions but also reinforces the significant role sport plays in our community.”

Dale Henwood, chair, Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

“Red Deer proudly stands as a hub for sports excellence, and the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame plays a pivotal role in preserving and promoting our province’s rich athletic legacy. The City of Red Deer is grateful for the Alberta government’s continued support, ensuring that this institution continues to inspire future generations by showcasing the remarkable achievements of our athletes and community leaders.”

Ken Johnston, mayor, City of Red Deer

The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame helps grow tourism in Red Deer and the surrounding area by attracting visitors to the facility to enjoy interactive sport-oriented games and activities and sport memorabilia. In the past two years, an estimated 20,000 people have visited the Hall of Fame annually. Exhibits on different sports and sport organizations, including the Hall of Fame Gallery that showcases the athletes and sport builders who have been inducted annually since 1957, are also available to view.

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