The original 1985 inductee display panels were heavy and awkward to move around, so in 2008, new and improved display panels were purchased making it easy for one person set up. However, trying to find a permanent home for LSHOF persisted. In early 2019, City Council finally paved the way for an integrated public art and LSHOF permanent display project to be installed at the ATB Centre. The project, designed by U of L alumnus Collin Zipp, will feature inductee and sporting history of Lethbridge through memorabilia, artifacts, video displays, and maybe even virtual reality (VR) technology. I would love to experience racing down the track with 2018 inductee, skeleton athlete Carla Pavan.
Although I have not been on the LSHOF Board since 2016, I’m still on their permanent display committee, chaired by Rob Kossuth. We all believe it was worth the wait to end up in such a great facility. The possibilities seems endless in developing this space for sports memorabilia and artifacts, LSHOF will soon have a searchable and more interactive website, so please visit and explore www.lethbridgesportshalloffame.ca
More than 280 individuals and 45 teams grace the LSHOF inductee list. Honouring Lethbridge Kinsmen Sports Persons of the Year was added in 1995. I’m proud to say my daughter, Nicole Petersen, was the first recipient of this honour. In my estimation, more than 800 honourees have walked across the podium at LSHOF’s induction ceremonies.
Dave McMurray, current LSHOF Chair, tell me that this year’s class include the 1983 Schwartz Angels Slo-Pitch team. Jolene (Schweitzer) Watson is the sole athlete and Eunice David, Mary Dyck, Howard Rasmussen and Cliff Nelson are the builders. The banquet/ceremony will take place Friday May 1 in the CWB Lounge at ENMAX Centre.