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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.

On this page view the highlights of 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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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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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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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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Garry Dorchester

Garry Dorchester was the eldest son of the legendary Tom Dorchester and grew up traveling the professional chuckwagon circuit with his parents and siblings.  During his relatively short 13 year career as a chuckwagon driver from 1966 to 1979, Garry won 14 races, a Central Alberta Chuckwagon Championship, a World Chuckwagon Championship and placed inside the top 10 in the world standings nine times. Throughout his chuckwagon career, Garry competed with a sense of skill, energy, emotion, courage and ...

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Don Duncalfe

Don Duncalfe is being inducted into the Wetaskiwin and County Sports Hall of Fame for being the first graduate of the Wetaskiwin High School Sabre Football program to have a professional football career.   In 1958 Don played  for the London Lords of the Ontario Rugby Football Union and  for five seasons from 1959 - 1963, Don was a member of the Edmonton Eskimos Football Team of the CFL.   Don played high school football for the undefeated 1954, 1955, 1956 Wetaskiwin Composite High School Sabres, teams that won three league championships and went 23 games without a loss.  In his grade 12 year Don was invited to attend the Edmonton Eskimo Rookie Tryout Camp and subsequently...

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Inductees 2012

Murray Grapentine

When Murray was in grade ten (1993) he was chosen to play for the Alberta Juvenile Volleyball Team and competed in the Western Canadian Championships.  This set the stage for what was to become an outstanding volleyball career.  he competed Internationally for Canada for eleven years, and was captain for four of those. He played volleyball professionally in Spain, France and Italy and was assistant volleyball coach for the University of Regina Cougars in his induction year.

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Mark Jackson

In Mark’s amazing career, he represented Alberta at twenty-one different National Championships. Mark has bowled more than 25 games of 400 and over and bowled one perfect game of 450.  Besides competing in the Open and Master’s bowling competitions, Mark represented Alberta in ten National TV Championships and was named one of the Century of Excellence Top 100 Male Bowlers by the Canadian 5 Pin Bowlers’ Association.

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August ’Gus’  Solberg Marker

During his ten year NHL career he played 336 games, scored 64 goals and accumulated 69 assists. He was the first, and at the time of his induction, the only Wetaskiwin Native to win the Stanley Cup.  He distinguished himself as a legend in hockey an key member and active volunteer in the community where he lived and was active in both sports and politics.  Each year the outstanding Amateur athlete in Kingston, Ontario is awarded the “Gus Marker Award”. 

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