Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Announces 2016 Inductees

Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Announces 2016 Inductees

2016 Inductees

Cheryl Bernard – Curling Athlete

Cheryl Bernard skipped her team to a silver medal in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Cheryl’s contributions to the sport of curling in Alberta and Canada are significant and can be seen through her work with youth in curling camps and clinics. She is a difference maker and community builder in many charities. Cheryl is the creator and Chair of Curl for a Cure, as well as spokesperson for Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada, World Vision Canada, and Goodwill Industries of Alberta.

Shirley Cameron – Hockey Builder

Shirley Cameron was at the forefront of women’s ice hockey in Canada for 30 years. As a player, and more importantly as a coach and builder, Shirley has had a significant impact on the growth of women’s hockey from the early 1970s, until her retirement from the game in 2006. She was one of the founders of the Edmonton Chimos; one of the most successful women’s ice hockey teams in Canadian sporting history.

Marilyn Chidlow – Figure Skating Builder

Marilyn Chidlow epitomizes a volunteer who is dedicated to improving the organization and the sport. Marilyn has been volunteering for over 30 years and her involvement includes Ponoka Skating Club, Skate Canada Board of Directors, Vice President and President of Skate Canada. Her thoughtful, sensitive and positive attitude was a great role model for the organization and for the volunteers.

Warren Hansen – Curling Builder

Warren Hansen’s contribution to the sport of curling has influenced both the Canadian and the World level of sport. As a curling athlete, he used this passion to develop training programs, coaching programs, and officiating programs that enhance the game of curling. Warren, along with Ray Kingsmith, was responsible for introducing curling as an Olympic sport in 1988. In 1986, Warren became the Director of National curling events that brought curling to households across the county.

Sherraine Schalm – Fencing Athlete

Sherraine Schalm is the first Canadian to win the overall World Cup Circuit and a medal at the World Championship in fencing. Sherraine has been to four Olympics and won innumerable World Cup medals. Sherraine wrote “Running with Swords” and is in the process of writing another book. Sherrraine returns to her hometown of Brooks to host clinics encouraging young people to learn the skill of fencing.

Karl Weidle – Soccer Builder

Karl has been involved with soccer in Edmonton since 1953. He volunteered tirelessly with several soccer associations and established the Victoria Soccer Club from a small club, to one of the best facilities in Alberta. His vision for how to grow a club, build soccer, and develop a community using a sport he loved was unique.

1999-2007 Red Deer College Kings – Volleyball Team

The Red Deer College Kings Volleyball Team made Canadian College Athletic Association history in 2007, when they won eight consecutive CCAA National Championships. They not only set a CCAA record for consecutive victories, but also represented the Red Deer College, Red Deer, and Alberta with dignity and class.

Joe, Tom, John Forzani & Basil Bark – Achievement Award

Joe, Tom and John Forzani, known as ‘The Forzani Brothers’ along with Basil Bark, achieved success on and off the football field. The Forzani brothers attended Utah State, where they developed extremely successful football careers. The brothers and Basil Bark were united as team members of the Calgary Stampeders. Outstanding players of the Calgary Stampeder Football Club; Joe, John and Basil were all part of the 1971 Calgary Stampeder Grey Cup team. This is an amazing story of four football players who formed an enduring friendship and amazing success in sport, life, and business.

Tom, Vernon, & Brian Butterfield – Rodeo Pioneer Award

The name Butterfield is synonymous with rodeo and they have left a lasting impact on the sport in our province. The brothers excelled in Steer Wrestling; including top honors at the Calgary Stampede. Brian also had a successful career in Bareback Riding. As Canadian Rodeo legends, they devoted their time to the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association, Canadian Cowboy Protective Association, and the Ponoka Stampede Rodeo Committee.

Graham Kelly – Bell Memorial Award

Graham Kelly’s name is synonymous with Canadian football. He is very passionate about football at all levels and has a profound dedication to the Canadian Football League. His love for football led him to writing a weekly column for the Medicine Hat News since 1972. Graham has also attended and covered 39 Grey Cups for the Medicine Hat News and published seven books about Canadian football. Graham is a leader in the community; committed to making it a better place to live.