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Lillian was a talented and dedicated promoter, organizer and coach of synchronized swimming. She was the single most influential force within the Yorkton Parkland Optimist Synchronized Swimming Club which she helped to found in 1974. From recreational to national class athletes, Lillian has spent countless hours ensuring her athletes and club have had the best of coaching, support and organizational finesse behind them. Lillian's recognition awards speak for her involvement in her sport. They Include the 1995 Saskatchewan Sport Volunteer of the Year, the 1992 Saskatchewan Synchro Coach of the Year and the 1982 Saskatchewan Provincial Age Class Coach of the Year.
Lillian was a qualified synchro judge, referee and star tester. She coached swimmers who qualified at national age class categories including Western Regionals, National Championships and Canada Games. From 1995 to 1999 the local club teams have won the Provincial Competition Grand Aggregate Award and in 1996 her Zone 4 Summer Games team won gold in team, duet, and solo classes.
Over the course of 25 years it is estimated over 500 local synchro swimmers have come under Lillian's mentorship and coaching, many placing in the top three at local, provincial and national competitions.
For more than 30 years Wayne has been one of the hardest working volunteers and promoters of minor sports in Yorkton. Name a committee or position with minor sports and Wayne has probably been there. He served as president of Yorkton Minor Sports Association from 1974 to 1979, sat on the city's Parks and Recreation Board, and in the 1990s was on the executive of Minor Sports as Director of Fundraising. In minor baseball Wayne coached and helped organize at every aspect of the game during the 1970s.
Wayne's special interest has been with hockey where he has coached, managed and directed. Wayne was the general manager of the Parkland Mallers AAA hockey club starting in 1990. An especially proud memory was the Mallers winning the Air Canada Cup in 1993. He has sat on local and provincial hockey executives and working committees, was the founding president of the South Saskatchewan Minor Hockey League and a district SAHA representative for years.
Wayne's achievements and hard work brought him local, provincial and national recognition, including the Saskatchewan Achievement Award and the CAHA Recognition Award for contribution to minor hockey and the Yorkton Minor Sports Achievement Award. He was named Yorkton's Sportsman of the Year in 1977.
A quote from the editor of The Yorkton Enterprise following the death of Ken in 1960 may say it best: "There probably isn't a sportsman in Canada who had done so much for, and so ably championed the cause of amateur hockey and minor sports in general than Kenneth McTavish Mayhew". From 1928 to 1960, Ken was the reporter and editor of The Enterprise. One of his passions as well as his talents was to promote sport through the written word, especially the sport of hockey.
From its inception he wrote, edited and published the yearbook for the Saskatchewan Amateur Hockey Association. He served on the Terrier executive and served as SAHA president, was an executive member of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association and was president of the Saskatchewan Senior League and the East Central Minor Hockey Association. Whenever there was an opportunity to raise funds for or promote local sport, Ken was there. Ahead of his time, he often spoke or wrote about the folly and intrusion of professionalism in amateur hockey.
The people who knew Ken say he was a remarkable man dedicated to the promotion of sport, in particular hockey, in his community of Yorkton and across Canada. After his arrival in Yorkton in 1928, "sports coverage in Yorkton was never the same", it was said.
Barry's success as an athlete came mainly through his involvement in baseball, football and hockey. He played in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League for the Saskatoon Quakers, (1960-61) and the Weyburn Red Wings (1961-62), and the Dauphin Kings when they were Intermediate Provincial finalists in 1962·63. Barry played hockey at the University of Saskatchewan in 1967 when the team won the Western Canadian Championship and went on to represent Saskatchewan at the first-ever Canada Winter Games in Quebec. He played senior hockey for many years, including with the Terriers when they won the provincial championship in 1968 and with the Yorkton Millers when they won the provincial Senior A title in 1973. From 1973-85 Barry's play contributed to the many successes of the Yorkton Old Time Terriers.
In football, Barry played on two provincial high school championship teams: Yorkton in 1957 and Wynyard in 1959. He also played senior baseball for Rosetown and Dauphin, and for the Yorkton Juvenile Cardinals in 1958 when they were provincial finalists. As a builder and promoter of local sports, Barry served on many community groups like the Parks and Recreation Association and the Kinsmen Club, helping to bring the Kinsmen arena to reality.
Barry promoted sport and fitness through unique activities and hard work with the youth at Yorkton Regional High School, which went beyond his duties a teacher. He was the driving force behind the first ever and very successful National High School Rodeo Championship held in Yorkton, while at the same time spearheading the hosting of the first ever National Student Leadership Conference. Barry initiated the highly successful high school Intramural hockey program and was the driving force behind bringing Gridder football back in 1983 after a nine-year absence. He coached several high school teams but locally is remembered as the coach of Yorkton's first ever Special Olympic team in 1969.
Bill's contribution revolves around the sport of bowling. He started bowling in 1946 and continued for well over 50 years, bowling in as many as three different leagues. Over his career Bill competed in single, team, and mixed events at local, provincial and national levels of competition. In one of these events, the 1975 Canadian National Classified he won a silver medal, bowling a record 426 single. Bill's last victory came as a member of the 1998 Provincial Senior Legion Championship team from Yorkton. After successful local roll-offs, Bill represented the South East Saskatchewan Zone at least 20 times in his career and represented Saskatchewan at Western Canadian competition 10 times.
He coached and instructed the game in Yorkton for decades and coached a junior boys team to a silver medal at Nationals. Special accomplishments included being the first Master Bowler as well as first Teaching Master in Saskatchewan. As Teaching Master he travelled for many years throughout western Canada giving clinics to hundreds of five pin bowlers. He served on various bowling executives including the Bowlers Association of Canada where he was the first president for three years.