Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020

2020 Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame inductees include 5 individuals, 1 team

The Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame announced its 2020 class of inductees on Thursday.

The local sports legends gathered to reminisce and reflect on how far the local sporting community has come.

Those being honoured include:

  • Jolene Watson: Athlete – soccer
  • 1983 Schwartz Angels: Team – slo-pitch
  • Eunice David: Builder – figure skating
  • Mary Dyck: Builder – soccer, volleyball, and wheelchair basketball
  • Cliff Nelson: Builder – multi-sport
  • Howard Rasmussen: Builder – volleyball

Bill Henderson, of the Schwartz Angels, said the recognition was a great opportunity to reconnect with old teammates.

“You grow up and you get married and you have kids and grand kids,” said Henderson, “and of course guys go in different directions and they carry on with their lives and their careers.”

“To have something like this pull us all back together, that’s pretty cool.”

The Schwartz Angels were a force on the Lethbridge slo-pitch circuit for a number of years before winning the Canadian Slo-Pitch Championship in Kentville, N.S. in 1983.

But Henderson said what was special about the group — which played baseball together in the summer and hockey in the winter — was the camaraderie.

“Back then there wasn’t a lot of distractions like there is nowadays. Really, all you had was cars and girls and sports,” he laughed.

“We gelled, we played a lot of hockey together, a lot of baseball together, but we were all friends.”

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