2007 Hall of Fame
Beckie Scott became a student of J.R. Robson High School in Vermilion in 1987 as a grade 7 student. At J.R. Robson, Beckie excelled in cross country running and the track events in track and field. Through her cross country skiing coach in Vermilion, Les Parsons, she did considerable cross training in the off season–much of it through the school sport programs. Beckie was a dedicated athlete who would spend hours at practice improving her skills, all the time keeping up a high level of academic achievement in her studies. She participated and medaled in ASAA provincial cross country and track and field. She always exhibited the traits of pure sportsmanship and ethics in competition.
Beckie was the first Canadian and the first North American woman to win an Olympic medal in cross country skiing and it was gold. She also placed in the top 10 in each of her other three Olympic events. In addition to these achievements, she has won several World Cup medals in sprint, individual and relay events and has been consistently in the top 10 throughout her last five ski seasons.
Beyond her athletic prowess, Beckie is involved with numerous charitable organizations and brings an active social conscience to her life. In 2001, Beckie spearheaded an athletes’ petition requesting the establishment of an independent drug-testing body for all International Ski Federation World Cup and Olympic competitions, and she is currently Canada’s representative on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Athlete Committee. Beckie was named Canada’s nominated IOC representative for the 2006 designations.
Richard began his career in high school athletics in 1970, and over the course of the next four years he generated a dynamic presence on the basketball, football and rugby teams of Bowness High School in Calgary. Richard endowed each game with a special excitement because his speed and skill level made him a dangerous and deft athlete and because he was such an ardent competitor.
Richard could be counted upon each game to play full out, and his ability to read the field or court was such that at any moment he was able to detect a weakness in the opposition, or change the momentum of play, and take the team from a deficit position to a decisive win. Richard continually demonstrated leadership, sportsmanship and humility. He worked hard, inspired his teammates to strive for excellence athletically and academically, and provided numerous thrilling moments for the fans.
The Bowness Trojans benefited from Richard’s talent and leadership. During his high school career he was the captain of the basketball, football and rugby teams. He was named an all-star and MVP in both basketball and football and was the Male Athlete of the Year three times - the only Bowness athlete to receive this honour three years in a row.
Richard continued his athletic success after high school. He played basketball for the University of Lethbridge (CWUAA). In his rookie year, he was fourth in league scoring and was named a Second Team All-Star Select. Richard transferred to the University of Calgary for his third and fourth years and played football for the Dinos. He played defensive halfback and was the league-leading punt and kick-off returner in 1979. While at the University of Calgary, Richard was drafted by both the Edmonton Eskimos and the Montreal Alouettes.
Dr. Leroy Walker
The late Dr. Leroy (Joker) Walker attended Winston Churchill High School in Lethbridge, Brigham Young University and University of Montana. He and his wife, Karen, met at BYU and moved to Cardston in 1969. Joker taught Physical Education and Math at Cardston High School (CHS) from 1969 - 1978. He was Vice Principal of CHS from 1978-1983, Principal from 1983 - 2000, Deputy Superintendent of Westwind School Division from 2000-2003 and Superintendent from 2003 until the time of his passing. Joker devoted his career to education and demonstrated his love of learning by facilitating a program for other educators to earn their doctorate degrees in education.
Professionally, Joker participated in numerous sports and administrative activities throughout Alberta, with heavy involvement in the Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association, the Southwest Zone ASAA and the Alberta Sports Council. Joker introduced high school football to Cardston in 1970 and served as head coach of the Cougars for 30 years. The Cardston football team was named provincial champions in 1987, 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993. Joker was the driving force behind the development of the track and football facilities in Cardston. He and his father were honoured when the town named “Walker Field” after them.
Joker has received many honours for his work over the years including: the Alberta Recreation Energize Award; the Intersport Volunteer Recognition Award; induction into the Cardston Sports Hall of Fame as a Builder and Coach; Football Alberta’s Rural Coach of the Year Award; and the prestigious Routledge Award.
Dr. Walker has left a legacy of capable and determined people at all levels of high school athletics. He has invested time and energy to create a culture of greatness. The potential of others was always at the heart of his service and is his most significant enduring legacy.
Bob Albrecht - Founder
Bob was at the first documented meeting of educators who had a vision of creating a high school athletic association in Alberta on October 8, 1951. In March 1956, five years after that initial meeting, the Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association (ASAA) was born.
Soon after the formation of the ASAA, Bob was one of the five founding members of the Central West ASAA (CWASAA) zone, a precursor to the Central zone. He drafted the cross country policies for the association and hosted the first ASAA Cross Country Provincial Championship in 1968. Bob served as secretary treasurer of CWASAA in 1969-1970 and as Vice President of Boys Activities on the ASAA Executive from 1975-1977. He also hosted various ASAA championships.
Bob’s involvement in sports was largely, but not solely, in the school system. He coached football for well over 20 years, winning six zone championships. He also coached girls handball, taking teams to Alberta Winter Games and to Canadian Championships.
Bob also found time to be a founder of the Central Alberta Basketball Officials’ Association, a board member of the Alberta Team Handball Association for almost two decades, a host of two Alberta Amateur Football Association Conferences, a coordinator for Alberta Winter Games Team Handball Championships, and an official in several sports.
Coach Bob, as he is affectionately known, has given over thirty years of his life to high school and other sporting activities. He was a founder who lived up to the commitment to the many associations he helped create. Certainly, Bob is a worthy inductee into the Alberta High School Sports Hall of Fame.