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|Didsbury is a Sports Town
Didsbury is a "sports town". We were a host community for the 1983 Alberta Summer Games and the 1999 Alberta Seniors Games, as well as having hosted numerous hockey, swimming, and golf tournaments through the years.
And our athletes! We've got Wesley Wilks, winner of many medals at the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games. That year, Wilks won Gold in the 200 metre breaststroke, and Bronze Medals in the 200 metre backstroke, 200 metre butterfly, and 100 meter breaststroke. The year before, when he was 16 years old, Wilks took home three silvers and a bronze in the 2017 Special Olympics at the Canada Games.
Our exhibit includes a tribute to Didsbury's Ladies Slo-Pitch leaders, the Dirty Mothers, who attended National competitions that took them from coast to coast, including Summerside, PEI; Niagara Falls; Saskatoon; Calgary, and Whistler from 1991 through 2000.
The Dirty Mothers participated in six provincial championships, with the team winning four of those. They also participated in five national championship tournaments, winning bronze in 2000 in Calgary.
At age 89, Herman Dorin of Didsbury was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame for wrestling. Born in 1929, Herman began wrestling in the late 1940s. Herman competed in the light-heavyweight and heavyweight categories and was undefeated in provincial competition for 15 years from 1951 to 1966. Herman also played an early role in the development of Zone 2 wrestling for the Alberta Winter Games as he recruited athletes for the 1980 Games, and acted as zone coach in 1982 and 1984. Watch Herman's Video Here
We have stories from other athletes, including Miller McCoy, who went through the minor hockey program, then to the senior Didsbury Ramblers in the Chinook Hockey League. McCoy played in the CARHA (Canadian Adult Recreational Hockey Assoc.) World Hockey Competitions, winning four times: Vancouver in 2000, Ottawa in 2004, Quebec City in 2008 and Sault Ste. Marie in 2012.
We also have a very special exhibit on Jillian Tyler, a Didsburian who, at the 2008 Olympic Games in Bejing, competed in the 100m breaststroke finishing 13th in her Games debut.
At the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai, Tyler made the top-eight in the 100m breaststroke. After taking the 2009 season off, Tyler returned to international competition for the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships in Irvine, California and placed eighth in the 100m breaststroke.
Tyler made her second consecutive appearance at an Olympic Games and competed in the 100m breaststroke finishing in 14th place at London 2012.
Then again, another sports hero is Didsbury's hometown boy, Rick Wannamaker, who came home in 2015 with the coveted Canadian Challenge trophy!
The Canadian Challenge is considered Canada's premier mushing race. It is a 12 dog continuous mid distance race held in Saskatchewan. The race follows a route similar to that of the old sled dog trail used for years by trappers, the North West Mounted Police and the First Nations community to travel between Prince Albert and La Ronge. The total distance of the race is approx. 600 kilometers.
You can see one of his first sleds on exhibit at the Didsbury Museum.
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