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This page highlights the 2007 Inductees to the Wetaskiwin and County Sports Hall of Fame, officially welcomed as members in March 2007.



2007 Inductees

For biographical information and details on the sporting achievements of the inductees please click a picture below or the link to the "Full Story".




Valerie (Greenwall) Weldon - Softball

Valerie started playing softball at age five, developed into an exceptional pitcher and during her playing career achieved some incredible accomplishments and garnered many deserved awards.  Softball is still part of her life, as a high school coach she instils the love of her favourite sport in young people.

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Tom Dorchester - Chuckwagon Racing Pioneer

At the age of eleven he rode a horse in a race in Wetaskiwin and won.  He credits this win for his lifelong desire to race horses. Tom last competed as a driver at the Calgary Stampede in 1981, retiring at the age of  seventy.   Tom’s passion for his sport was passed on to his sons and grandsons and to his pleasure, he was able to compete with and against his sons.

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Ralph William Pocock

In 1947 Ralph Pocock became the driving force behind the formation of the Boys' Minor Hockey Association in Wetaskiwin and District and the system organized in those three years continues to this day.   Ralph’s life during those years was consumed with hockey and during that three year period participation in Wetaskiwin hockey almost quadrupled.

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J. Wilton Littlechild

Throughout his career as an athlete and builder he has strived to create opportunities for youth to improve their self esteem and realize their potential through sport. One of Willie’s greatest achievements is co-founding the North American Indigenous Games.  Besides athletic recognition worldwide,  Willie has been awarded the Order of Canada, the American Medal of Honour and been named one of the 2000 outstanding intellectuals of the 21st Century.

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Vern Henry - Coach / Volunteer

Vern’s philosophy about coaching was simple “teach them the game so they can enjoy it, they will decide if they want to win or lose”.  For Vern it was all about the kids and it was about having fun.  Vern used to say, “If they didn’t have fun they wouldn’t stay, and then what would be the point of that?”  Vern wasn’t just a coach.  He cared about each and every one of his players and their personal well being.

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Brightview Huskies Fastball Team

Organized in 1943 this group of young fellows from the Brightview area west of Wetaskiwin  played fastball, for the fun of it, against other country teams in the area. The team practiced and played their home games on a diamond on local farmland Willie Kaiser’s farm and eventually became the dominant men’s fastball team in Central Alberta during the late 1940’s.  The Huskies continued to win almost all the games they played.  One memorable game was played at Clover Lawn were Walter struck out 24 of the 27 batters. The score was 27-0.

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