Dwayne Lalor receives City of Red Deer Lifetime Sports Achievement Award

The name Lalor is essentially synonymous with sports and the sidelines in Red Deer.

Dwayne Lalor, son of Wayne Lalor was named the City of Red Deer Lifetime Sports Achievement Award winner on Wednesday.

“It’s unexpected. I’ve been involved in sports all my life, but it’s just something we do. I grew up in a sports-minded family and just kept going,” Lalor said.

“It’s a big honour. A lot of the people that have won the award I played for growing up. To coach seemed like the normal thing to do.”

These days Lalor, 55, can be found trolling the sidelines coaching the Lindsay Thurber Raiders Senior girls basketball team, but he’s also been a fixture on the baseball diamond.

All the way back to his playing days, Lalor has been intertwined in the baseball community in Red Deer.

His baseball playing career actually started with fastball in the summer of grade four when he suited up for the NASH Oilers.

From there it was strictly baseball and it’s safe to say Lalor thrived in that environment. He competed in the Western Canadian Bantam Championships and Midget Nationals.

He moved on to play with the Red Deer Riggers in 1981, and played 29 years with them, and coached for 15. He spent time as the president and GM of the Riggers.

Lalor also played baseball for Canadian National Team in 1985 and 1986, as well as at Washington State University.

He was president of the Red Deer Minor Baseball Association for six years and coached every level from pre-rookie to Midget AAA.

Lalor also coached the provincial bantam girls baseball team at the nationals and has coached at the Canada Summer Games.

His most recent baseball role was the manager for the Midget AAA Braves and he was the tournament coordinator for the Senior Women’s Baseball Championship in 2016 at Great Chief Park.

He was hired as a teacher at Lindsay Thurber 31 years ago and along with his wife Kathy was involved in the early days of club basketball program.

He has coached nearly every sport they have to offer at the high school.

Lalor was also key in organizing a number of provincial basketball and volleyball championships at Lindsay Thurber.

“I really like being a part of teams and the competition,” Lalor said.

“Going out and playing and ‘how’d you beat those guys?’ Whether you’re the favourite or the underdog, to go out and win competitions and provincial championships is exciting and fun and keeps me young.”

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