Five Central Albertans were inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame on Monday. Blake Butterfield (representing his father Tom)

Five Central Albertans were inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame on Monday. Blake Butterfield (representing his father Tom)

Alberta Sports Hall inducts class of 2016

Four Central Albertans and a local college volleyball team became Alberta sports legends on Monday. They were among 14 individuals and one team who were inducted into Alberta Sports Hall of Fame for 2016.

Four Central Albertans and a local college volleyball team became Alberta sports legends on Monday.

They were among 14 individuals and one team who were inducted into Alberta Sports Hall of Fame for 2016.

Local inductees included three brothers from Ponoka — Tom, Vernon (Bud) and Brian Butterfield — who received the Rodeo Pioneer Award; figure skating volunteer and former Skate Canada president Marilyn Chidlow, of Ponoka; and the 1999-2007 Red Deer College Kings Volleyball Team.

Other inductees from across Alberta included curler Cheryl Bernard; hockey player Shirley Cameron; curling builder Warren Hansen; fencer Sherraine Schalm; soccer builder Karl Weidle; Achievement Award winners Joe, John and Tom Forzani and Basil Bark; and Bell Memorial Award winner Graham Kelly.

Red Deer College Kings Volleyball Team earned Sports Hall of Fame status by making Canadian College Athletic Association history in 2007 by winning eight consecutive CCAA National Championships.

Keith Hansen, director of athletics at RDC who represented Kings Volleyball Teams at the local inductee ceremony, said it was important to concentrate on each season during the string of wins.

“I think we did a good job through the years of really focusing on what was important right at that time. It’s incredible to look back at that legacy and win streak, but in all honesty, it was very much one day at a time,” said Hansen at Monday’s ceremony held at Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum.

He credited veteran players with passing on the Kings’ legacy of hard work and standards to new players through the years.

“There’s nothing as positive and there’s nothing as powerful as players holding each other accountable. I think the veterans did an incredible job of taking the young ones when they showed up at our program — this is what it is to be a King, this is what we do, this is how we handle ourselves, this is what it’s about.”

He said many players continued to excel when they left RDC.

“I think we had more players go onto the national team than almost any university in Canada. At one time we had six players on the national team. There’s only 12 there, and six of them had come through our program.”

Chidlow volunteered for over 30 years with skating groups that included Ponoka Skating Club, Skate Canada Board of Directors, and she was vice-president and president of Skate Canada.

Chidlow said she was thrilled and humbled by the recognition, and very proud of how Central Alberta skating clubs have grown and become strong forces in their communities.

She said you never know where future skating champions will come from.

“You think back to our days when we nurtured and trained the Caroline kid Kurt Browning from our area. You never know where that next little champion is going to come from. It’s important that we have that strong grassroots programming,” Chidlow said.

Blake Butterfield, who attended the ceremony to represent his father Tom who died in 2009, said his father dedicated a lot of his life to building the sport of rodeo.

“He’d be real proud of this. He wasn’t out for it for personal gain. This would be a real honour for him. I wish he was here, but maybe he’s watching us,” Butterfield said.

The Butterfield brothers excelled in steer wrestling, including earning top honours at the Calgary Stampede. Brian Butterfield also had a successful career in bareback riding. As Canadian rodeo legends, they devoted their time to the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association, Canadian Cowboy Protective Association, and the Ponoka Stampede Rodeo Committee.

“My two uncles, Brian and Bud, their accomplishments in the arena more than speak for themselves,” Butterfield said.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Asymptomatic testing will now be available for "priority groups" who are most likely to spread the COVID-19 virus to vulnerable or at-risk populations. File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS
Alberta identifies 1,183 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday

50.5% of all active cases are variants of concern

Whistle Stop Cafe owner Christopher Scott and his sister Melodie pose for a photo at the Mirror restaurant. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Alberta Health Services delivers ‘closure order’ to Mirror restaurant

Alberta Health Services says it has delivered a closure order to a… Continue reading

Flags bearers hold the Canadian flag high during the Flags of Remembrance ceremony in Sylvan Lake in this October file photo. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)
New project to pay tribute to Canadians killed in Afghanistan

Flags of Remembrance scheduled for Sept. 11

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Alberta vaccine rollout expanding to front-line health-care workers

More than 240,000 eligible health-care workers can begin booking vaccine appointments starting… Continue reading

File photo
Security and police block the entrance to GraceLife Church as a fence goes up around it near Edmonton on Wednesday April 7, 2021. The Alberta government has closed down and fenced off a church that has been charged with refusing to follow COVID-19 health rules. Alberta Health Services, in a statement, says GraceLife church will remain closed until it shows it will comply with public-health measures meant to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Hundreds gather to support Alberta church shut down for ignoring COVID-19 orders

SPRUCE GROVE, Alta. — Hundreds of people are gathered outside an Alberta… Continue reading

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces march during the Calgary Stampede parade in Calgary, Friday, July 8, 2016. The Canadian Armed Forces is developing contingency plans to keep COVID-19 from affecting its ability to defend the country and continue its missions overseas amid concerns potential adversaries could try to take advantage of the crisis. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Canadian special forces supported major Iraqi military assault on ISIL last month

OTTAWA — Some Canadian soldiers supported a major military offensive last month… Continue reading

A woman pays her repects at a roadblock in Portapique, N.S. on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. The joint public inquiry in response to the April mass shooting in Nova Scotia has announced a mandate that includes a probe of the RCMP response as well as the role of gender-based violence in the tragedy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Creating permanent memorial to Nova Scotia mass shooting victims a delicate task

PORTAPIQUE, N.S. — Creating a memorial for those killed in Nova Scotia’s… Continue reading

Conservative leader Erin O'Toole holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 6, 2020. Top Tory leaders of past and present will speak with supporters today about what a conservative economic recovery from COVID-19 could look like. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Erin O’Toole says ‘I didn’t hide who I was’ running for Conservative leader

OTTAWA — Erin O’Toole assured Conservative supporters that he never hid who… Continue reading

Calgary Flames' Johnny Gaudreau, second from left, celebrates his goal with teammates, from left to right, Matthew Tkachuk, Noah Hanifin and Rasmus Andersson, of Sweden, during second period NHL hockey action against the Edmonton Oilers, in Calgary, Alta., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal
Jacob Markstrom earns shutout as Flames blank Oilers 5-0 in Battle of Alberta

CALGARY — It took Sean Monahan breaking out of his goal-scoring slump… Continue reading

B.C. Premier John Horgan responds to questions during a postelection news conference in Vancouver, on Sunday, October 25, 2020. British Columbia's opposition Liberals and Greens acknowledge the COVID-19 pandemic has presented huge challenges for Horgan's government, but they say Monday's throne speech must outline a coherent plan for the province's economic, health, social and environmental future. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Horgan’s NDP to bring in throne speech in B.C., Opposition wants coherent plan

VICTORIA — British Columbia’s opposition parties acknowledge the COVID-19 pandemic has presented… Continue reading

A grizzly bear walks on a treadmill as Dr. Charles Robbins, right, offers treats as rewards at Washington State University's Bear Research, Education, and Conservation Center in this undated handout photo. Grizzly bears seem to favour gently sloping or flat trails like those commonly used by people, which can affect land management practices in wild areas, says an expert who has written a paper on their travel patterns. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Anthony Carnahan *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Grizzly bears prefer walking on gentle slopes at a leisurely pace like humans: study

VANCOUVER — Grizzly bears seem to favour gently sloping or flat trails… Continue reading

FILE - In this July 27, 2020, file photo, nurse Kathe Olmstead prepares a shot that is part of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., in Binghamton, N.Y. Moderna said Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, its COVID-19 shot provides strong protection against the coronavirus that's surging in the U.S. and around the world. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
The COVID-19 wasteland: searching for clues to the pandemic in the sewers

OTTAWA — When Ottawa Public Health officials are trying to decide whether… Continue reading

Most Read