Longtime coach lands place in Hall of Fame

(April 8, 2013 – Fort McMurray, AB) The Wood Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame Society is proud to announce Benjamin Sauve as the first inductee into the Class of 2013.

A Fort McMurray resident for nearly two decades, Sauve (pronounced so-vay) has trained thousands of local figure skaters as a professional skating coach with the Noralta Skating Club. Currently training for the National Coaches Certification Program Level 4, Sauve’s coaching credentials are among the highest in Canada.

Sauve has coached figure skating, power skating and learn to skate for over 18 years with Noralta. During his tenure, Sauve has taught basic skating fundamentals to more than 10,000 athletes and trained more than 1,000 skaters at the competitive level.

Skaters coached by Sauve have won hundreds of medals at invitational competitions around the province. Five have also gone onto win provincial championships in various age categories, while several reached the podium on the national stage. Sauve also twice coached the Alberta North Figure Skating Team at the Arctic Winter Games.

Prior to moving to Fort McMurray, Sauve experienced numerous skating successes himself. He was a provincial champion multiple times in singles and pairs, a three-time pairs champion at the Western Canada Challenge and had four top 10 finishes in pairs at the Canadian Nationals.

Sauve will join three additional inductees, to be announced over the coming weeks, at the 7th Wood Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner, featuring guest speaker Catriona Le May Doan, June 13 at the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre. Tickets are on sale for $100 each or $800 for a table of eight and are available at RE/MAX, Myers Norris Penny, the Keyano Box Office or by calling 780-381-1213.


For additional information or to arrange an interview contact:

Leithan Slade

Vice President, Wood Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame


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