2010 Hall of Fame
Angela Whyte is a graduate of Ross Sheppard High School, where in her 1995/96 won gold in Intermediate girls 100m hurdles, 100m sprint and 4x100m relay. In 1996/97 she won gold in Sr. girls 100m hurdles and 4x100m relay and won silver in 100m sprint. In her grade 12 year at Ross Sheppard, Angela won gold in 100m hurdles and bronze in 100m sprint, javelin and 4x400m relay.
Angela went on to become an accomplished athlete on the national and world stage. Hurdles being her forte, she has appeared in IAAF World Indoor Championships, Commonwealth Games and the Olympic Games in Athens and Beijing, to name a few. Her sport and drive has taken her all over the world to compete in not only hurdles, but sprinting, long jump and the heptathlon.
Angela had a sixth place finish at the Athens Olympics, an eight place finish at the 2007 IAAF World Championships in Osaka, and competed among the best in the world at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Angela’s dedication to her sport has solidified her as one of the most consistent international competitors. She has had a tremendous impact in the sport and is the epitome of commitment, dedication, hard work, and excellence.
She has represented her country, province, city and school with grace and dignity and is more than deserving to be recognized by the Alberta High Schools’ Sports Hall of Fame as an outstanding and accomplished athlete.
Pierre Lueders was a decorated Track athlete at Jasper Place High School. He holds the Edmonton Boys Track & Field record for Javelin in Jr. Boys at 49.74m, as well as Javelin at Int. Boys at 50.70m. On top of that, Pierre was also the Provincial High Jump Champion in 1987.
Although you may not know him for his feats in Track & Field, you should recognize his name for his outstanding contributions in the sport of Bobsleigh. He is one of Canada’s most decorated Olympic athletes. He began his career as a brakeman and made the Canadian national team in 1990. In 1991, he switched to driving and made his World Cup debut as a pilot in 1992. Over the course of his career, Pierre has won eight world championship medals - two gold, four silver and two bronze. His first was a two-man silver in 1995 and his most recent was four-man silver in 2007. Pierre has won the World Cup two-man title six times and in 1995, he became the first driver in history to win all three World Cup titles - two-man, four-man and overall - in a single season. Pierre has won a gold and a silver medal at past Olympics and recently competed in four-man bobsleigh in Vancouver with another Jasper Place High School graduate - Neville Wright.
His dedication to sport is inspiring for not only young athletes but for all that witness his passion and drive. Not only does he represent the ideals of sport, but he does so with class and respect for his fellow competitors. He has graciously represented his country, his province, his city and his school. Pierre embodies the true spirit of athletics, education and sportsmanship. His tremendous impact in sport throughout the province, nation and world deserves to be recognized by having the Alberta High Schools’ Sports Hall of Fame as one more accolade to be added to an already brilliant career.
John Semkuley began his teaching career at Viscount Bennett Junior/Senior High in 1956, where he taught Physical Education, Social Studies and Music. Coaching football was also on John’s list of assignments and his future contributions to football at all levels has been immense.
In 1963, John became the Department Head in Physical Education at Henry Wise Wood High where he stayed until 1969, at which point he became the Assistant Principal at Lord Beaverbrook High. Here he continued to be a leader within the Calgary Senior High Schools Athletic Association as Chairperson for High School Football. His many hours of commitment to the program included committee meetings, equipment reviews, park supervision, clinic presentations, and counseling coaches. He was a tower of strength in his very difficult role at a time when the city was expanding rapidly and the high school population was matching in growth.
In 1977, John joined the Physical Education team of the Calgary Board of Education where he was given the assignment of Specialist in Athletics and became the Secretary Treasurer of the CSHSAA.
John’s commitment at the local level has included director of Calgary Booster Club, Board of Directors of the Lindsay Park Sports Centre, Coach with Calgary Jr. Football Colts, timer and scorer for the Calgary Stampeder football games and numerous volunteer efforts over the years for various associations. In 1997, John was elected as Honourary Director of the Calgary Booster Club and in 2001 was selected as the Calgary Booster Club Sportsman of the Year. In 2006 he was elected as Director of the Calgary Colts Jr. Football team and for the past two years has served as Vice-President.
Provincially, John has served as president of the Health and Physical Education Council and has received the Distinguished Service Award as a member of the Council. He was an ASAA Board member for many years and hosted the Canadian School Sport Federation (CSSF) Student Jamboree. At the national level, John has contributed to the CSSF and to the Western Canada Physical Education Supervisors and Consultants Association.
John is a person who has served and continues to serve as a leader throughout the province and will always be an advocate for school athletics and education. He will always believe in program balance, in opportunities for all children and in the part that school athletics can fulfill as part of the broader athletic scene.
In the early years of Harry Ainlay, the Titan Athletic program was defined and driven by the vision and efforts of Coach Anderson. Coming to the newly opened Harry Ainlay in 1969, Bryan saw an opportunity to create an athletic program that supported the student athletes as they pursued their personal and athletic goals. He worked tirelessly to create opportunities for athletes to become involved in various high school athletics but as a coach, Bryan’s passion centered on football and basketball.
Bryan coached the Titan football and basketball teams for over 30 years. Throughout that time, he amassed an impressive eleven City Championships and four Provincial Championships, but more impressive than any championship was the tireless dedication he brought to his teams day in and day out.
Bryan’s vision for amateur athletics led him to create further opportunities for student-athletes to compete. Bryan was the founder of the Tri-Prov Basketball tournament which showcases teams from Western Canada, and is currently on its 36th year.
Bryan’s commitment to high school sport have been recognized frequently by many different sport organizations, including both Football Alberta and the Alberta Basketball Association, who have awarded Bryan coach of the year honours five separate times. He has also received the RG Glassford Award for his contributions to U of A Athletics and the Award of Excellence from both CFRN and Edmonton Sports Reporters associations.
Needless to say, Bryan Anderson is one of those rare people who for 30 years has committed himself to advocating for high school sports and has inspired generations of coaches to follow in his footsteps.
Glen Magneson began teaching at Foremost in 1976 and remained there until his teaching retirement in 2008. He started his career by becoming the athletic director and coaching Sr. Boys basketball during 1976/77, and then switched to Sr. Girls in 1977, where he coached until 2009. During those same years, he also coached jr. boys and jr. girls basketball, jr. boys volleyball, golf, football, curling, badminton and track & field; and he has also sat on the provincial ranking committee for the ASAA. He was fortunate to be able to start and finish his career at Foremost School.
Glen is someone that believes in the promotion of sport and especially girls’ basketball. He has mentored not only coaches at his own school, but has gone out of his way to mentor coaches across the province, that have come to respect and revere his knowledge of the sport of basketball. He is respected by coaches, referees, former and current students and staff. He is beloved in his hometown of Foremost and his guidance and leadership as Athletic Director during his 32 years at Foremost have made him a role model and leader in his community.
Glen has won seventeen zone championships and eight provincial 1A girls’ basketball titles, and medaling on seven other trips to provincials. In twenty trips to provincials, his team has garnered fifteen medals in total. Glen’s teams were not only comprised of great players but great students. His leadership created an environment where the students that he has coached and taught achieved success both off and on the court. He has been described as demanding but fair, while always looking out for the best interests of his athletes.
Glen’s commitment to the integrity of the game and his competitive nature has left many opposing coaches, referees and athletes singing his praises and touting his knowledge and passion.
Bruce Schwieder - Official
Bruce Schwieder is the current President of the Calgary Football Officials Association (CFOA) and has been so for four of the last six years. Bruce started officiating in Saskatoon and when his job necessitated a move to Calgary, he continued to officiate in Alberta.
Bruce has officiated high school football for over 30 years. He was a CFL official for six years and during that time he continued to assist the CFOA by frequently working high school games. He has worked too many provincial ASAA playoff games to count and has officiated on field in at least six provincial finals. Since 2004, Bruce has been the official assignor and coordinator for all provincial ASAA playoff games, a monumental task, which often involves coordinating officials from several Football Offical Associations province wide.
During his tenure on the CFOA, Bruce has been on the Executive countless times and each time he has been responsible for assigning officiating crews to high school football in Calgary. In addition to his role on the CFOA, he is a Football Canada certified course conductor for all levels of officiating and has taught courses in Calgary and Southern Alberta. Bruce has also been and continues to be, an evaluator for current high school officials in Calgary and Southern Alberta.
Bruce’s contributions to the CFOA have been previously recognized in 2004, when he was awarded the Moe Ridgway Award for outstanding service to the CFOA.
Bruce continues to provide leadership and expertise in football officiating and has played an integral part in the success of the ASAA Alberta Bowl, by working with the ASAA office to help coordinate the assignment of qualified officials. It is always a pleasure to work with someone that is passionate about the development of high school sport.
Stettler Girls Basketball Team - 1959/1960
ASAA Girls’ Provincial Basketball was introduced in 1959/60 and celebrated its 50th Anniversary last year, which was celebrated at the ASAA 4A Basketball Hoop Classic in Red Deer.
Stettler high school had been playing organized league basketball for four years at the time it was first sanctioned by ASAA. In those early years, there was the East Central Alberta league and then two divisions in the Central Alberta league. In its infancy, the ASAA Provincial Girls Basketball Championship looked nothing like what it is today. There was just one level with four teams representing all of Alberta - Stettler, Wrentham, Barrhead and Rolling Hills; a complete double knockout tournament was played, basketball was emphasized with no extra activities or a banquet and the winners received a provincial trophy; nothing else was awarded. The final game featured Stettler vs. Wrentham, with Stettler winning. The girls thought it was the best experience there was, never having participated in anything like it before.
This team represents sporting competition at its best - small town athletes competing with others throughout the province and showcasing their excellent skills. It is a great honour to be able to induct these ladies that were the pioneers of this sport and a major part of the history of girls basketball in Alberta.