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INDUCTEE 2015 - SPECIAL - David Hewko


Outstanding Volunteer
Coach, Team Chiropractor and Team Trainer for various School and Community Teams

David Hewko was born in Wetaskiwin and grew up involved in sports.  Hockey, Swimming, Fastball, Football, Water Polo: he excelled at all of them.  His teams won Provincial titles, he was often “MVP” and he was chosen to be on numerous “All Star” teams.  Although his athletic achievements are considerable and worthy of note, Dave is being recognized by induction into the Wetaskiwin and County Sports Hall of Fame for what he has given back to his home community as a volunteer.  As team chiropractor and trainer for various school and community teams, Dave has put in countless hours attending games and tournaments. His unselfish commitment for over 30 years is worthy of acclaim.

Dave competed on three teams that won Provincial titles;  the 1970 Wetaskiwin Ivan’s Sheet Metal Peewee Fastball Team, the 1973 Olympia Swim Team and the 1974 Wetaskiwin Sport Shop Juvenile Hockey Team.  In 1972 Dave was Rookie of the Year for the Wetaskiwin Composite High School Sabres Football Team and in 1972 and 1973 he was chosen to be on the WCHS All Star Football Team.  In 1973 Dave was MVP for the Kinsmen Kings Midget Hockey Team, in 1974 he was MVP for the Sport Shop Juvenile Hockey Team and in 1981 and 1983 he was MVP for the Canadian Chiropractic College Hockey Team.  Dave’s participation and achievements in such a variety of sports instilled in him an appreciation for how sports can benefit an individual, a team and a community and especially motivated him to offer his services and abilities.

Multi-Sport Athlete Starts Volunteerism Early

Dave started his volunteer career early, as a teenager he coached the Wetaskiwin Olympia Swim Team from 1972-1974.  He also coached the Wetaskiwin Kinsmen Kings Hockey Team in 1983-84.  As soon as Dave completed his chiropractic training in 1981 he put his expertise to work and volunteered to be the team chiropractor and assistant trainer for the Wetaskiwin High School Sabres Football Team. Dave has donated his time and knowledge to the Sabres for an amazing thirty-three years.

Huge Demand of Time Willingly Contributed
to Sabres Football for 33 Years

Besides his involvement with the Sabres Football Team, Dave served as team chiropractor and head trainer from 1981-1983 for the Leduc Riggers Jr. B Hockey Team, in 1983-84 for the Hobbema Hawks Jr. A Hockey team and from 2010-present for the Augustana University Viking Hockey Team.  Also, he was team chiropractor and assistant trainer from 2010-present for the Battle River Shock Midget Football Team, in 2010 and 2011 for the WCHS Wrestling team and from 2011 to the present for the Wetaskiwin Icemen Hockey Team.  Other volunteer involvement includes acting as a member of the Health Services Team in the 1988 Calgary Olympics and taking on the responsibilities of tournament chiropractor for the 1991 Wolf Creek CPGA Golf Tournament. All of this volunteer commitment means attending games and tournaments, a huge demand on Dave’s time that he so willingly contributes.

Volunteer of the Year Honours

Dave’s contributions were recognized in 2012 when he was named “Volunteer of the Year” by Augustana University.  Dave’s enduring service to his community through the generous donation of his time and capabilities will be an inspiration to everyone.  Dave is indeed deserving of being inducted into the Wetaskiwin and County Sports Hall of Fame.

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Read the introductory comments made by Kristi Paukstat when introducing Dr. David Hewko.





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