A team, two athletes, two builders and two Kinsmen Sports Persons of the Year will be recognized during a banquet at the ENMAX Centre lounge in early May.
The 1975 Lethbridge Chargers Soccer Team – From 1985-1992, the core of this soccer team was a force on the provincial and national scene. However, 1990 was a banner year in which the Chargers soccer team was the only team in Alberta recognized with the prestigious Golden Boot Award for their accomplishments. This group of young women defeated international competition on their way to the Denver Friendship Cup title in Colorado. They went on to capture Provincial gold as well as a silver medal at Nationals. The core of this team also captured Provincial gold and National silver medals in 1989 and 1992 as well as many local and provincial tournament titles during their existence.
Carla Pavan (Skeleton) – Carla Pavan began her elite sporting career competing in the hammer throw at the University of Lethbridge, earning a spot on the 2001 Canadian World University Games team in Beijing, China. After her track career, she set her sights on a new challenge – skeleton. By 2004, she had joined the national developmental team and was competing on the Europa Cup tour. In the 2005-06 season, Pavan finished fourth at the Canadian Championships and followed that up with another impressive fourth place finish at a World Cup event in Lake Placid, New York. She then went on to capture her lone World Cup victory in December of 2005 in Austria. She finished fifth at the FIBT World Championships in 2007 and was an alternate on both the 2006 and 2010 Canadian Olympic teams. Carla currently resides in Calgary.
Lauren Perry (Volleyball) – Lauren Perry’s volleyball career began locally at St. Mary’s High School in Taber and as a member of the Lethbridge Volleyball Club (LVC) program and Team Alberta. After being named the Alberta Volleyball Association (AVA) Juvenile player of the year in 2004, she was heavily recruited on both sides of the border. Perry then joined the University of Calgary Dinos, where she enjoyed a stellar CIS (Canada Inter-University Sports) career. In 2004-05, Perry was named Canada West Conference Rookie of the Year and to the CIS all-rookie team. The next season, she was a Second Team Canada West All-star. In her final season in 2008-09, Perry was both a Canada West and CIS National Tournament All-star, helping the Dinos win a CIS silver medal to go along with four previous bronze medals. Lauren continues to reside in Calgary.
Steve Wilson (Volleyball) – Steve Wilson has been a fixture on the Southern Alberta volleyball scene for over 40 years as a player, coach and mentor. He played his high school volleyball at St. Mary’s High School in Taber and was a member of the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns volleyball team, graduating in 1979. What followed has been a volleyball coaching journey that has taken Steve around the world and influenced many local players and coaches. Steve coached the U of L Women’s team from 1979-85. He was an assistant and head coach with the Canadian National Women’s Team Program at both the junior and senior level from 1984-89 and coached professionally in Austria from 1989-92. Upon his return to Lethbridge, Steve has been a teacher and coach at Catholic Central High School. In addition to numerous league and zone titles, his CCH Cougar girls’ teams have captured eight provincial medals, including two 4A provincial titles. Steve continues to teach at CCH.
Duane Konynenbelt (Multi-sport) - For over 25 years, Duane Konynenbelt has organized, promoted and dedicated himself to youth sports in our community. From 1991 until his retirement in 2015, he served as a teacher and athletic director at Immanuel Christian High School (ICHS) in Lethbridge. Duane was known both locally and provincially for his tireless work as a coach, administrator and athletic organizer. He chaired six provincial 2A basketball championships at ICHS and served as the South Zone president and other executive roles over his career. His involvement at the provincial level with the Alberta Schools Athletics association (ASAA) executive helped develop current policies for high school sports in the province. He also organized numerous ASAA zone Track and Field championships. Simply put, Duane was an advocate for athletics in schools and the experiences that it gave to student-athletes, not only at ICHS but also across Southern Alberta. Duane’s organization of the annual 1A/2A Zone basketball tournament at the Lethbridge College has been a fixture in the local basketball community. After retirement, Duane continues to reside in Lethbridge.
Kinsmen Sports Persons of the Year – 2017
The following athletes will also be recognized at the induction banquet for their outstanding 2017 seasons in their respective sports.
MALE - Tyler Wong (Hockey) – The captain of the 2016-17 Lethbridge Hurricanes was a leader both on and off the ice last season. As a WHL Eastern Conference First Team all-star, Tyler’s 51 goals helped the Hurricanes make a return to playoff glory. His game seven overtime goal against the Medicine Hat Tigers was the highlight of a playoff run that saw the team advance to the Eastern Conference finals. Off the ice, Tyler’s efforts in the community were numerous. His work with KidSport Lethbridge, local schools, hospitals and minor hockey, to name a few resulted in Wong being awarded the WHL Humanitarian of the Year Award. Tyler’s leadership, grit and determination will long be remembered by Hurricane fans. Tyler is a native of Cochrane, AB and currently plays with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League (AHL).
FEMALE – Casey and Jessie Scheidegger (Curling) – The Scheidegger sisters have worked their way up from local junior curlers to contenders on the national curling scene. Skip Casey along with second Jessie teamed up with Kristie Moore and Carey-Anne McTaggart from Grande Prairie to form a team that had a breakout season in 2017. They captured the HDF Shoot-Out, Curlers’ Corner Autumn Gold Classic and the Medicine Hat Charity Classic. On the elite Pinty’s Grand Slam Curling tour, they captured their first title at the Meridian Canadian Open and were runners-up at the Boost National. This led to a birth into the Roar of the Rings Olympic Trials and set the table for a great start to 2018. Both Casey and Jessie are proud to call Southern Alberta and the Lethbridge Curling Club home and value the support of the local curling community.