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THE ATHLETES

Athletes compete in different sporting arenas, but the elements of their success are the same: determination, innovation, commitment, loyalty, teamwork, a positive attitude, skill, the desire to achieve and old fashioned hard work.

An athlete's legacy is not just a record of athletic accomplishments, but also the individual's ability to lift those around them to  a higher level, who through his or her example in sport has most inspired the people in our communities. We celebrate these athletes and their achievements in sport and life.

These pages highlight the athletes who have been honoured, starting with the most recent inductees, and from there you can link to the story of each athlete in any induction year.
 


 

 
Inductees 201
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Rod Fonteyne

Rod Ronteyne was a prolific scorer and in his career he won five league scoring titles, was named MVP four times and voted onto All-Star Teams and as Most Popular Player a number of times.  His most outstanding personal achievement was scoring fifty goals in thirty-nine games with the Red Deer Rustlers in 1958-59.  Teams that Rod played on won twenty-two League and Conference Championships, two Provincial Championships, two Interprovincial Series and a Western Canada Championship.   Rod played hockey for more than five decades.

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Jerry Bremner

At the age of twelve (1972) Jerry started outriding for his father's chuckwagon racing team.  His career as a driver began in 1984 when he garnered top rookie driver award and began a championship career that spanned an additional thirty years on the racing circuit.  Among his myriad championship wins, Jerry won a total of nineteen WPCA show wins, three North American Championships is co-holder of a Calgary Stampede track record that can never be beaten, and has a reputation for being the best caregiver of horses on the circuit.

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Inductees 201
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Justine Bouchard

An all-round exceptional athlete, Justine Bouchard has distinguished herself in the sport of wrestling. In her seventeen year amateur wrestling career that started in Wetaskiwin when she was 12, Justine has amassed an amazing record.  Besides twenty-six provincial gold medals, Justine has won sixteen National Titles.  She has won those championships at every level starting with the Under 16 age group and progressing to the Senior Level as well as at the Canadian University Championships (CIS).

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Charlene (Cole) Brown

Charlene Brown, 1996 Alberta Female Adult Fast Pitch Player of the Year, grew up in the Falun area when Falun was known as the “Fastball Capital of Alberta” so it was almost a given that she should become involved in the sport.  Charlene started playing when she was six and as she progressed through the age groups she took part in sixteen provincial championships, becoming one of the best female pitchers in Alberta, and competing  at the National Championships six times.

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Inductees 201
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Natalie Reimer Anderson

She started her volleyball career in grade nine on the Queen Elizabeth Junior High School team.  As Natalie progressed through the high school and university volleyball programs her love for the sport grew as did her skill level. During her outstanding volleyball career Natalie won three Provincial and two Canadian Championships.  She was female athlete of the year three times, was awarded All-Conference three times, tournament All-Star at the Canadian level four times, All-Canadian twice and Academic All-Canadian four times. Natalie finished her volleyball career by playing her sport professionally.

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Larry Hodgson

Larry developed a passion for competitive sports and his skill level allowed him to play both hockey and baseball.  It was his hockey achievements, including the Manley Memorial Trophy for the best all-round and most co-operative Juvenile player as well as his claim to fame "hat trick in twenty seconds",  still a long-held competitive hockey record, tjat made him a popular pick for teams across Alberta and the European Ice Hockey League where he chose to play in the 60's.  His passion for coaching and mentoring was a natural follow-up to his outstanding playing career.

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Inductee 201
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David Biever

David Biever earned his athletic reputation as an outstanding outrider on the Northern Professional Chuckwagon Association circuit between 1982 and 2009.  In those years he was sought after by the elite of the sport and became the multiple winner of chuckwagon racing's most cherished championships as well as amassing more than thirty individual awards on the chuckwagon circuits across Western Canada.  He has four Calgary Rangeland Derby wins, four Calgary Stampede Aggregate wins and was in the Sudden Death Final of the Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby eleven times.  Dave also won the Ponoka Stampede three times

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Inductees 2014

Don Siler

Don Siler moved to Wetaskiwin when he was twelve years old.  As a youngster he was involved in hockey, fastball and track and field.  It wasn’t until high school that he participated in football.   After graduating from the Wetaskwin High School Sabre football program, Don continued his football career and played Junior Football with the Calgary Mohawks and then University Football with the Calgary Dinos. As the Dinos quarterback, Don led his team to their first ever Canada West Championship, their first Atlantic Bowl Championship and first Vanier Cup Final...

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Martin Sonnenberg

Martin Sonnenberg was born and raised in Wetaskiwin and from the time he started playing hockey when he was five  years old, it was evident that Martin was going to excel.  Martin played in Wetaskiwin’s minor hockey system up to the Bantam level, played Bantam and Midget Hockey in Leduc and then Junior Hockey with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL.  In 1998 Martin turned professional and signed with the Pittsburg Penguins of the NHL.  Martin played in the NHL and AHL for eight seasons and then played in Europe for five seasons.  His accomplished 12 year professional career took him to two continents, five leagues and twelve different teams. 

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