One of the most important recognition events of the year had over 500 family members, friends, and sports fans celebrating the incomparable athletic achievements of some of Manitoba's sport legends.
The 38th Annual Induction Ceremony, held at the Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre, were filled with emotional stories and trips down memory lane, with each inductee showing his or her appreciation for the overwhelming support of the local sport community.
The 2017 Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame inductee slate - one team, five athletes, and three builders - proved the ability of Manitoba's amateur sport programs to mold, engage, and support athletes, coaches, volunteers and officials is as strong as its ever been.
“We are so pleased to provide a platform to recognize Manitoba's best in sport," boasted Jamie Kraemer, President of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. "It is so important to recognize and appreciate the people and the work they've done to carry sport forward in our province, and this evening makes for a very special opportunity to do just that."
“The impact Manitoba's outstanding sport legends have on our community never ceases to amaze," says Jeff Hnatiuk, CEO, Sport Manitoba. "This class is one to be remembered for inspiring our young, up and coming athletes and sport leaders to follow their dreams."
Join us in welcoming our newest class of sport legends:
- Sandra Carroll, Basketball - Athlete
- Jaimie Dawson, Badminton - Athlete
- Coleen Dufresne, All Round - Builder
- Wayne Hildahl, Sport Medicine / Special Olympics - Builder
- *Arthur (Art) Johnston, Golf - Builder
- Jamie (Hancharyk) Jones, All Round - Athlete
- Cindy Klassen, Speed Skating - Athlete
- Bob Kramer, All Round - Athlete
- 1995 Kelly MacKenzie Team, Curling - Team
The Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association (MSSA) has been recognizing excellence in sports journalism for over 30 years. Their list of past honourees include icons of the industry, with names such as Jack Wells, Vince Leah and Jack Matheson.
This year the MSSA partnered with Sport Manitoba to present their Media Roll of Honour award as part of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame Annual Induction Ceremonies. Winnipeg Free Press Sports editor, Steve Lyons, introduced this year’s recipient, Paul Wiecek.
Wiecek has received many tributes during his career, and this is more recognition of his outstanding service in sports journalism, and his exceptional contribution to the media coverage of all professional and amateur sport in Manitoba.
The Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame has inducted more than 500 members since it was established in 1980.