opening celebrations on Mother's Day included a presentation by
Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame 2012 inductee Brad Brown,
special guests Tyler Birch, Susan Eyman, Jennifer
Grimes, Knud Petersen and Kris Versteeg, and Mother's
Day cake too!
In the summer of 2012, we'll celebrate
local competitive sports by featuring current participants, sports
stories, and historic and current memorabilia.
Competitive sports have long been an
indelible part of human culture: people like to challenge each other
and themselves to achieve physical and mental success. Involvement
in sports helps humans stay healthy, improve physical strength and
dexterity, develop team spirit and, above all, have fun.
The exhibit focuses on challenges and
successes faced by some amazing local personalities including athletes,
coaches and managers, officials, sponsors, casual athletes and the
We'll also look at the impact of sports
on economics, recreational infrastructure and community identity
in Lethbridge and southwestern Alberta.
made possible in part by:
exhibit features the following people:
Tyler Birch [alpine skiing]
Karen Collin [dragon boating]
Lori Greene [curling]
Jennifer Grimes [curling]
The Lowe Family [running]
Willy Kimosop [marathon runner]
Heather Steacy [track and field]
Hank Stoffer [slow pitch]
Kris Versteeg of the Florida Panthers [hockey]
Dennis Connolly [fan]
Alan Dixon [sponsor]
Susan Eymann [community identity]
Allan Friesen [coach]
Bill Halma [referee]
Brian Jeannotte [announcer]
Knud Pedersen [advocate]
Life Balance and Longevity
Mentors and Teams
Lethbridge and Sport
Thu JUN 12 | 7:00 pm
Calgary Stampede Centennial
Thu JUL 12 | 7:00 pm
From the Fields to the Archives: Preserving
and Documenting Lethbridge's Sport
1st & 3rd Wed monthly
Wed JUL 18 | 2:00 pm
Curator Tour of Champions & Challenges
"Top 10" Developments that Changed Curling Forever:
George Cameron, a Winnipeg businessman, persuaded Walter
Stewart of the Macdonald Tobacco Company of the merit
in supporting a Canadian Curling Championship. The Brier
Nipawin, Saskatchewan, staged a car bonspiel in 1947.
Ken Watson discovered, by accident, that removing the
toe rubber from his forward foot gave him a longer, smoother
Joyce McKee joined the Hub City men's league in 1952,
curling with her father and brother.
Winnipeg introduced matching rocks, coloured rings,
and more ceremony and media coverage to the 1940 Brier,
the first staged outside Toronto.
Calgary Brier champion Howard Palmer convinced his employer,
the T. Eaton Company, to sponsor a Western Canadian Women's
Clubs began to install artificial ice.
Manitoba's Bruce Hudson deliberately blanked an end
at the 1928 Brier.
Gordon Craig, President of TSN, decided to give curling
greater prominence on television.
Ernie, Arnold, Sam and Wes Richardson competed in the
1959 Scotch Cup
From The Stone Age, by Vera Pezer
Bussei Team, 1953. Galt Museum Archives.
The Bussei team represented the town of Raymond and was
part of a larger, regional ball team network known as The Sugar Beet League.
All members from Raymond, Picture Butte, Coaldale, Taber/Barnwell/Cramford
and Magrath teams were Japanese Canadian.