Honouring the history of sport in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.In particular those individuals and teams who have achieved extraordinary distinction to the development and advancement of sport.


Recognition of local athletes, builders, team and coaches and a celebration of their accomplishments and community involvement.





2017 Sponsorship Opportunities Package

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Curler Olson-Johns rounds out Class of 2016 inductees


(FORT McMURRAY, AB — April 14, 2016) The Wood Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame (WBSHOF) is proud to announce that curler Lori Olson-Johns has been named the fourth and final member for the Class of 2016.


Olson-Johns was born in Toronto, Ont. in 1976 and quickly became a force on Alberta’s curling scene at a young age. In 1992, she was a part of the first provincial championship curling team from Fort McMurray, throwing stones alongside Rhonda Sinclair, Jody Lee and Kary Anne Kjelshus.


Olson-Johns returned to the top of the podium at the Alberta junior level in three years time, winning the 1995 title with Jody and Diane Lee and Kjelshus. Her third provincial title at the junior level came in 1997 with the Edmonton Shamrock club skipped by Kristie Moore.


Adding to the family experience, her father Randy served as the head coach of all three teams. The 1992 provincial championship team was inducted to the WBSHOF in 2008. Still competing in the sport to this day, Olson-Johns throws the third stones for Val Sweeting’s rink that plays out of the Saville Sports Centre in Edmonton. She won a provincial women’s championship in 2015 with Sweeting, winning silver at that year’s Scotties Tournament of Hearts as well. “Lori and the rinks she played with represent a great moment in our winter sports history in Wood Buffalo,” said WBSHOF president Wade Kolmel.


“With the addition of guest speaker Kevin Martin as well, we’re excited to showcase our dedication to growing the sport of curling and all sports featured in this year’s class.”


Olson-Johns joins Keyano Huskies men’s volleyball athlete Alwyn Piche, Special Olympics advocate Ernie Kimball and local sports supporter Curtis ‘CJ’ Phillips as this year’s inductees. Olympic curling champion Kevin Martin was recently announced as the guest speaker for this year’s dinner. 


This year’s Induction Dinner will be held at Shell Place June 16, 2016. Tickets for the event are $100 with tables of eight available for $800. Sponsorship opportunities also remain available for the event, with inductee tables available for sponsorship as well.

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Contact information: Robert Murray Communications Board Member,

WBSHOF 780-531-4584

(cell) admin@woodbuffalosports.com

 


Local sports advocate and visionary Curtis ‘CJ’ Phillips recognized

(FORT McMURRAY, AB — March 24, 2016) The Wood Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame (WBSHOF) is proud to announce local sports advocate, media personality and historian Curtis ‘CJ’ Phillips as the third inductee for the Class of 2016.

Phillips was born in Winnipeg, Man. in 1956 and arrived in Fort McMurray in May of 1982. From his beginning, Phillips has been a strong proponent of sport development in the Wood Buffalo region.

“It’s a great honour to be recognized for something that’s just part of your passion,” said Phillips. “I really enjoy seeing the athletes continuing on and giving back. It’s just nice to see that a lot of people give back their time.” Phillips’ commitment to furthering local sport began almost immediately upon his arrival. He is recognized as the founder or founding member in a number of organizations, most notably the Wood Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame itself and the Challenge Cup, a year-long series of high school athletics competitions starting in 1983 and continuing to this very day.

“The commitment Phillips has shown to the local sports community has been unparalleled in our region’s history,” said WBSHOF President Wade Kolmel. “Phillips is one of main reasons the WBSHOF exists in the capacity it does today. “We’re honoured to celebrate his passion for the local sports community during this year’s 10th annual induction dinner.”

Always seeking ways to remove barriers for those trying to access sport in the Wood Buffalo region, one of the other organizations Phillips founded was the Fort McMurray Pacers Track and Field Club, offering youth a chance to train in the sport free of charge.

Phillips has also coached at the high school, provincial and international level, participating in outreach for the Alberta Government in northern Alberta and coaching athletes at the Arctic Winter Games. “I really enjoy seeing the athletes continuing on and giving back,” added Phillips.

“It’s just nice to see that a lot of people give back their time.” Also a member of the local media, Phillips’ promotion and coverage of events was unmatched. In addition to experience with the Fort McMurray Today and Shaw TV,

Phillips presently writes a weekly column for the Fort McMurray Connect. Phillips was also the original recipient of the Wood Buffalo YMCA’s Sportsman of the Year Award in the 1980s and has also been recognized as the RMWB’s Coach and Volunteer of the Year. To this day, Phillips remains an active member of Fort McMurray’s sports community. As the Sports Information Officer with the Keyano College Huskies, Phillips has quickly become recognized provincially and nationally for his commitment to post-secondary sport, providing unique stories and commentary during ACAC and CCAA events.

Phillips will join Special Olympics advocate Ernie Kimball and Keyano Huskies men’s volleyball athlete Alwyn Piche, who were announced as the WBSHOF’s first two Class of 2016 inductees earlier this month.

A full list of Phillips’ accolades can be provided by contacting the Wood Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.

This year’s Induction Dinner will be held at Shell Place June 16, 2016. Tickets for this year’s event will be made available through Shell Place’s Box Office.

Contact information:

Robert Murray
Communications Board Member, WBSHOF
780-531- 4584 (cell)
admin@woodbuffalosports.com

 



(FORT McMURRAY, AB — March 17, 2016) The Wood Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame (WBSHOF) is proud to announce Special Olympics coach, advocate, and organizer Ernie Kimball as the second inductee for the Class of 2016.

Kimball was born and raised in central Alberta, moving to Fort McMurray upon completion of his post-secondary studies to work for Great Canadian Oil Sands in 1973. It was in Fort McMurray that Kimball laid down his roots, began a family, and helped build the profile of Special Olympics in the Wood Buffalo region starting in 1985.

Kimball originally began his involvement with the Special Olympics movement primarily to assist his son, Steven, discover his own athletic endeavors. “It’s been quite a few years since I was actually in that capacity, but I’m still familiar with a lot of faces in Fort McMurray,” said Kimball of learning of his nomination. “I was honoured.”

Kimball’s role in the community gradually expanded beyond coaching just his son. Starting in 1988 and continuing for 13 years, Kimball coached track and field, swimming, soccer, softball, floor hockey, skating, snowshoeing and curling.  “I just stepped in and never looked back,” added Kimball. “It was definitely a rewarding opportunity.

“This group has a non-judgmental, hardworking, fun loving, approach to sports. I felt I got much more back than I ever gave.” In 1995, Kimball served as a coach for the Special Olympics track and field events at the Western Canada Summer Games in Abbotsford, B.C.

While Kimball’s time in Fort McMurray has come and gone, he has continued to show a giving spirit, contributing to the Kids With Cancer Society in Edmonton and Two Wheel View campaign in Calgary.

“The dedication and belief in every person Kimball coached or interacted with, regardless of their athletic ability, speaks volumes about his character,” said WBSHOF president Wade Kolmel.

“Kimball perfectly resembles the definition of what a community hero is and the Wood Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame is fortunate to be able to honour a man of his stature.” Kimball has also attended the World Masters Games as an athlete and an official. Kimball competed in the half marathon at the 2009 edition of the games in Sydney, Australia with intentions to compete at the 2017 World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand.

Kimball joins Keyano Huskies men’s volleyball athlete Alwyn Piche, who was announced as the WBSHOF’s first inductee for 2016 earlier this month.

This year’s Induction Dinner will be held at Shell Place June 16, 2016. Tickets for this year’s event will be made available through Shell Place’s Box Office.

Contact information:
Robert Murray
Communications Board Member, WBSHOF
780-531-4584 (cell)
admin@woodbuffalosports.com

 

Keyano Huskies volleyball star Piche to be honoured

 

(FORT McMurray, AB — March 10, 2016) The Wood Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame (WBSHOF) takes great pleasure in announcing that former Keyano Huskies men’s volleyball left side Alwyn Piche will be the first inductee for the Class of 2016.

 

Piche was born in Fort McMurray, but raised in La Loche, Sask. Before coming to Keyano, Piche was already making a name for himself at the national level in volleyball, competing with Canada at the 2005 FIVB Boys’ Under 19 World Championship in Algeria.

 

A member of the Huskies from 2006-09 and again from 2012-13, Piche was named the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association’s Men’s Volleyball Players of the Year in 2009 and 2013 — one of only two athletes to ever receive the honour twice.

 

Piche and the Huskies had back-to-back 8-12 seasons to open his Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference career before leading the league with a 15-5 record in his third season. The Huskies ultimately finished the 2009 season — Piche’s third — sixth at provincials and in a tie for fifth at nationals, hosted by the Huskies.

 

“We were pretty much (at) the bottom of the division,” said Piche of his first few seasons with the Huskies and the program’s gradual improvement. “Each year, we were getting better and better. I’m glad I was a part of it.”

 

Returning to the Huskies for the 2012-13 season, Piche helped the Huskies win a bronze medal at the ACAC championships, their first medal in ACAC play ever.

 

Considered one of the most dominant left sides in the conference’s history, Piche accumulated 1,062 kills, 176 service aces, 109 blocks and 439 digs in his four seasons with the Huskies. Those figures place him first amongst all ACAC competitors in kills, second in service aces and 19th in digs. He was also twice recognized as an All-Canadian in addition to his Player of the Year Awards at the ACAC and CCAA levels.

 

When the ACAC announced the opening of their Hall of Fame in 2014, Piche was inducted as one of the association’s inaugural 50 inductees.   

 

A fluent speaker and member of the Clearwater River Dene Nation, Piche has also been recognized for his contributions to the aboriginal communities. In 2007, he was named as one of 12 individuals with the National Aboriginal Role Model Program.

 

“He carried himself with such class, grace and perfectly embodied what it means to be a member of the Huskies family,” said WBSHOF President Wade Kolmel. “He continues to serve as living proof of an athlete who was able to stay close to his hometown and still achieve success at a very high level.

 

“Our organization looks forward to honouring Piche’s work with the Huskies and First Nations members in our region at our induction dinner in June.”

 

Fittingly, the announcement of Piche’s induction to the WBSHOF comes on the same day his former teammate and current Keyano men’s volleyball head coach Keegan Kuhr leads the Huskies into their second-ever appearance at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association’s Men’s Volleyball National Championships.

 

Piche presently teaches physical education at the Birch Narrows Community School in Turnor Lake, Sask.

 

This year’s Induction Dinner will be held at Shell Place June 16, 2016. Tickets for this year’s event will be made available through Shell Place Box Office.

 

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Contact information:

Robert Murray

Communications Board Member, WBSHOF

780-531-4584 (cell)

admin@woodbuffalosports.com


The Wood Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame Society honours those who have achieved extraordinary distinction in the advancement of sport in our region.  As we celebrate our 10th Anniversary, we invite you to join us on June 16th for the Class of 2016 Induction Dinner.  The event, held at Shell Place, will celebrate the induction of local sports heroes into the Wood Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, while also featuring a memorable dining experience and more.


But here’s the best part – you don’t have to be an athlete to contribute to the advancement of sport in our region.  By honouring the history of sport in the Wood Buffalo region you are helping to promote its presence, and foster its future.  Your sponsorship will help ensure the history (and spirit) of sports stays alive in our region.  The next 10 years are shaping up to be pivotal in the storied history of our community: the combination of significant sport infrastructure with considerable investment in volunteerism has positioned our sporting community to achieve, aspire, and compete.


Please review the attached sponsorship opportunity and benefits to see how you can contribute.  Class of 2016 Induction Dinner tickets are $100 each or $800 for a table of eight and will be available by March 31, 2016 at Shell Place Box Office or by calling 780.381.1213.

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