Strathcona County recognizes outstanding contributions and achievements in sport

August 16, 2017

Strathcona County recognizes outstanding contributions and achievements in sport

Residents are invited to attend the celebration of five additions to the Sports Wall of Recognition on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Millennium Place.

“It is an honour to celebrate the athleticism and passion these athletes and builders of sport dedicate to their sporting community,” says Mayor Roxanne Carr. “Their commitment to excellence will inspire our local athletes for generations to come.”

Two new inductees, James Lazaruk and Phyllis Sadoway, will be added in the Builder category, which recognizes coaches, volunteers and officials.

James Lazaruk coached the Edmonton Wildcats, the University of Alberta Golden Bears Football team and Salisbury High School football team. “Coach Laz” was also the head coach for the Salisbury Senior Girls Basketball program for 28 years and served on the coaching staff of the Grant MacEwan women’s basketball team for eight years.

Phyllis Sadoway coached ringette for more than 30 years, right through from the Bunnies division to national teams competing at the World Championships. She has trained ringette coaches across Canada and has served on the boards of both Ringette Alberta and Ringette Canada. Sadoway is a member of Ringette Canada’s Hall of Fame and the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013.

The late Jack Bond, Blaine Manning and Kristina Schultz will be honoured in the Athlete category, in recognition for representing their sport with distinction.

Jack Bond was a highly decorated wrestler with 17 Canadian national championships, two gold medals from the Pan Am International Championships, and a silver medal from the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Blaine Manning played for 12 years for the Toronto Rock in the National Lacrosse League (NLL). The team won four league championships, with Manning being selected as a 3-time league All-Star, along with being named Rookie of the Year in 2002.

Tri-athlete Kristina Schultz came to the sport at the age of 32, winning locally and internationally, reaching the podium four times in her ten International Triathlon Union sanctioned race starts. She was named Age Group Excellence Athlete of the year four times by Triathlon Canada.

The Millennium Place Sports Wall of Recognition was created in 2001, with inductees added in 2007 and 2011. It honours 19 individual athletes, teams and builders representing eight different sports: baseball, curling, football, handball, hockey, ringette, soccer and track.

More information or call 780 - 449 - 1139.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of over 98,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

 

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Contact:

Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595