One of the main mandates of the Yorkton Sports Hall of Fame (YSHF) is to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to our sporting community or achieved excellence in one or more sports by inducting them into the YSHF. It is part of our purpose to help promote and preserve the rich culture and history of sport in Yorkton and the surrounding area.
It is not the responsibility of the YSHF to nominate candidates for induction. Nominations must come from members of the community who are fully familiar with the nominee and are able to complete the nomination form and provide all relevant information.
Know someone who should be considered for induction? If you want to nominate an individual or a team for induction, download the complete nomination package by clicking the button.
This podcast was published on Yorkton Stories on January 10, 2024. The host talks with Arden Knoll and Kathy Ziglo, both in the Yorkton Sports Hall of Fame, and two up and coming young golfers, Kade Johnson and Ella Kozak. It is part of Yorkton Stories, where podcasts about Yorkton's past and present are published twice a month, along with photos, links and other information related to the podcast topic.
One team and four individuals were inducted into the Yorkton Sports Hall of Fame and
Museum (YSHF&M) on Sep. 9, 2023.
The following individuals joined the Yorkton Sports Hall of Fame:
The team inducted was the 2013-14 Yorkton Terriers, which won the Royal Bank Cup
national championship in a thrilling overtime victory.
Below is a summary of the achievements of our 2023 Yorkton Lions Support for Sports award recipients. Photos and much more information about the recipients can be found here.
Ray coaches the Yorkton Cross Country Ski Club Jackrabbit program, and has served as presdient of the club. Skiing, coaching, working with the volunteers in the club became a passion for him, and he also caught the racing bug, competing in masters class racing for adults both nationally and internationally.
Jason played minor hockey, soccer, lacrosse, golf and baseball in Yorkton, and since becoming a teacher in 1996 has coached minor hockey every year since 1997, is a certified baseball umpire, and coached school sports including cross country, floor hockey, volleyball, basketball, badminton, golf, archery, track and field, and football.
The downtown Yorkton dojo reeives consistent praise from its students for its ability and willingness to adapt for all their students. They turn their athletes into well rounded people who are respectful, and they are are extremely accommodating to families in particular, offering several different options of classes a week per athlete so everyone can participate. Matthew and Autumn Bodnaryk earn praise for their coaching ability, and are well respected in the taekwondo community.
KidSport provides grants to help cover those costs to ensure that no kid between the ages of five and 18 is ever left watching from the sidelines. In 2022 KidSport Yorkton raised $31,110, which helped a hundred kids off the sidelines and into the game in Yorkton, meeting the goal of getting kids playing the sports they love.
Don had a lengthy history of community service and volunteer work in sports and other aspects of community life. He was a board member of Golf Saskatchewan and served a term as president shortly before his passing. He coached minor hockey in Saskatoon for many years, and served on the board of the Saskatoon Minor Hockey Association, and the Saskatchewan Hockey Association.
Al’s leadership and determination has played a pivotal role in transforming the YRHS Junior Raider football program from one of the weakest teams in the Regina Minor Football League to a perennial powerhouse. The team made league final appearances in 2015, 2019, and 2022. His impact on the team was recognized in 2016 and 2019 when he was named the Regina Minor Football Coach of the Year.
Jason has coached the varsity boys basketball team for all his 20 years at the Yorkton Regional High School, leading the team to a gold medal in 2006 and two bronze medals in 2012 and 2013 in the high school basketball provincials. In 2016 Jason helped found the Yorkton Blue Jays club basketball program. His commitment to education, sportsmanship, and the advancement of young athletes continues to shape the lives of countless individuals and teams.
We have created social media posts recognizing all 101 inductees to date, which are featured on our Facebook and Instagram social media accounts.
This project is made possible through a grant from Sask Lotteries, administered by the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in Regina. It allowed us to hire a tech-savvy and creative Sacred Heart High School student to complete this project.
Keep an eye on our social media accounts -- click the links below to view and follow them -- and find out more about all those who have been inducted in our Sports Hall of Fame since 1994.
Back in 1938 or 1939, Marguerite Smith wrote a poem about the Yorkton Terrier team that played that winter season in the Saskatchewan Senior Hockey League.
The poem was preserved all these years by Joyce Anaka of Yorkton, a school friend of Marguerite, and herself a young hockey fan, who provided it to us.
The poem, and other stories and memorabilia from past years in local sports now have a home on this website, on a new page called Memory Lane.
If you have written stories and/or photos of bygone days in Yorkton sports, please get in touch.
Yorkton's sports history goes back nearly a century, and inductees into the Sports Hall of Fame go back to the 1940s and 1950.
To introduce some of our Home Town Heroes to the younger generation, we have produced two worksheets that explore the accomplishments of eight of our inductees. The project was sponsored through a grant from Sask Lotteries.
If you know or have children interested in sports, and they know how to do basic research on this website, they will be able to complete the worksheets. Printed copies are available to schools, youth organizations and parents by contacting us, and PDF files of the worksheets can be viewed, downloaded or printed by clicking the button below which will take you to the page where we store our documents.
Yorkton has a rich sporting history, and the Yorkton Sports Hall of Fame and Museum strives to preserve our Home Town Heroes.
The Hall of Fame organization was inactive for several years, but in 2020 elected a new board of directors which worked with many of the original founders to revive the organization, seek new facilities and create a strong online presence.
In September of 2022, it held the first Hall of Fame induction in eight years. It was also provided with display space on the second floor of the Gallagher Centre, where all inductees are now recognized, and a collection of artifacts and memorabilia is displayed. The display area is open whenever the doors of the Gallagher Centre are open.
The Sports Hall of Fame honours Yorkton's Home Town Heroes -- individuals and teams who have made us proud by their achievements and contributions.
They are all on this website in our virtual Sports Hall of Fame.
The Sports Museum has collected and catalogued more than 500 items related to sports in Yorkton dating back almost 100 years. Some of the items are on display at the Gallagher Centre, second floor.
We have started the process of creating a virtual museum of all items and look forward to being able to give you an up-close look at the entire collection.
To contact us, click the round blue icon at bottom right of every page. When we receive your message, one of our volunteers will reply as quickly as possible.
The Sports Hall of Fame and Museum displays some of its artifacts at the Gallagher Centre in Yorkton, second floor (see map below).
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