highlights the 2009 Inductees to the Wetaskiwin and County Sports Hall of Fame,
officially welcomed as members in March 2009.
For biographical information and details on the sporting
achievements of the inductees please click a picture below
or the link to the "Full Story".
Vergette - Wrist Wrestling/Arm Wrestling
During her thirteen year career, Brenda won eight World
Championships, eleven Provincial titles, six Western
Canadian titles, twenty Canadian National titles, five
Canadian Open Championships, one Can-Am title and one Golden
Bear Invitational Championship in Moscow, and was runner-Up
thirteen times - in 182 weight classes 120 first place
finishes; 40 seconds; 10 thirds and 6 fourths
for a total of 176 times in the top four.
Jerry was a
dominant force on the Colonels Hockey team - named League
All-Star Defenseman five consecutive times, voted the
League’s Most Valuable player, and a team leader serving as
captain for eleven years. Described as the
“Home Town Hero” who embodies the true essence of sport in
Wetaskiwin, Jerry played or coached eighteen championship
teams in hockey and fastball and was also a driving force in
the administration and organization of those same sports -
president, manager, fundraiser to name a few.
As an athlete
Ron Emmerling was an avid golfer, curler, downhill skier,
bowler and badminton player. He focused on hockey and
ball, even catching a game for the “legend”, Satchel Paige.
Behind the bench his coaching skills helped win several
championships. Beyond the bench he contributed
immensely to sports in Wetaskiwin as an organizer and
instructor of hockey schools that benefitted many players
and coaches, many from other communities. He worked
behind the scenes on various committees that influenced
both in the
community and in Alberta.
Wetaskiwin's first swimming
pool, a new arena, the formation of the North Central
Alberta Intermediate Hockey League are just the beginning of
the list of Len Roberts achievements. He was
instrumental in administration and coaching summer and
winter minor sports. He is fondly remembered for
spending Saturdays with many teams. Other coaches who
had to work and could not be there could count on Len to
fill in for them.
Len was a great promoter of sport
for young people and provided leadership at several levels
of sport in Wetaskiwin.
Evva is recognized for
her unselfish commitment to Minor Hockey and Minor
Fastball. It started shortly after she moved to
Wetaskiwin and Minor Hockey needed someone to serve as
secretary. Ev agreed. Shortly after she was
approached with another request - a
secretary-treasurer was required for a new Midget Hockey
League - and again, Ev agreed. The role expanded
very quickly and then she added Minor Fastball to the
mix, as well as tournaments and well, the story is
that she was one busy, but very unselfish lady.
League champions - for five
years the Sabres teams were undefeated in league, play-off
and exhibition games and amassed a record of 46 wins, 3 ties
and 0 losses - the 1956 team was so dominant that they
scored a total of 404 points and had 34 points scored
against them. Supportive fans formed a cavalcade of
cars to follow the team to games outside of Wetaskiwin.