In the eyes of former Red Deer Advocate sports reporter, Greg Meachem his multiple decades of work were 35 years well spent.
Those words came after he was presented with the Central Sport Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday which he said was an honour.
It was just one of many awards Central Sport announced during their 2023 sport award ceremony in partnership with the City of Red Deer.
“It’s quite a privilege when you look at the long list of recipients. It almost makes you feel like you’re not worthy,” he said.
“I’m grateful to be honored this way.”
Meachem was born and raised in Creighton, Sask. and was a big part of the Flin Flon hockey community. He later moved to Alberta to get his degree at SAIT in Calgary before getting his first job in journalism in Strathmore.
During that time he fought and overcame a type of cancer called Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
He eventually moved to Red Deer and took a job at the Advocate in March of 1981 and worked in the sports department for 35 years until his retirement in 2016.
“Danny Rode and I worked together for 35 years in the sports department. It was our privilege, and I know he feels the same way, to interact with all these local athletes over the years,” Meachem added.
“It was a lot of years of that and we were able to promote them through our work and through our stories.”
With his time in the Advocate Meachem covered the Red Deer Rustlers Junior A team and the birth of the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels. He has always been a supporter of hockey and plenty of other sports such as curling, and minor sports.
In fact, he loved it so much that he would often work long hours and would go weeks without taking a day off.
“It was totally enjoyable. The way I look at it I didn’t have to work. It was better than finding a job. It was a job of course, but it was very rewarding in a lot of ways,” he said.
Nowadays you’ll find Meachem still writing for the Red Deer Rebels on their website providing the great coverage he did for so long in the Advocate.
“Greg has been the voice for hockey in the Red Deer Advocate and for the community for a long time,” said Rebels owner Brent Sutter in a media release.
“He is very passionate about the game and very knowledgeable besides being a great writer.”