Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

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Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
Established 1957
Location Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
Type Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
Website [1]

The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is a museum in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, dedicated to the history of sports within the province. It was created in 1957 by the Alberta Amateur Athletic Union (AAAU).[1] The museum was eventually taken over by Sport Alberta in 1973 when the AAAU ceased operations.[2] It has been maintained by the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum Society since 1997.[1] The first permanent display for the Hall of Fame was established in Edmonton in 1962.[3] The museum relocated between Edmonton and Calgary on numerous occasions until settling in Red Deer in 1999.[1]

Induction[edit]

Induction was originally limited to amateur athletes. In 1979, eligibility was also extended to professional athletes.[1] In the Hall's early years, winners of major international competitions were automatic qualifiers for entry.[2] However, that practice was ended by 1981 as part of a general tightening of induction criteria for such halls of fame across Canada. At that time, the maximum number of inductions was limited to seven athletes or teams per year.[4] Inductees are divided into several categories such as athletes, teams, builders and pioneers. The provincial sports media members were also given the Bell Memorial Award[5]

The first inductees, in 1958, were boxers Charles Cheesman, Wilf Greaves and Hugh Sloan, and track athlete George Sutherland.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Not your typical museum". Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  2. ^ a b "Hall has new custodian". Calgary Herald. 1973-03-20. p. 56. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  3. ^ "District sports review". Calgary Herald. 1964-09-12. p. 6. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  4. ^ Slade, Daryl (1981-05-21). "Sport Alberta seeks 'angel' for its hall". Calgary Herald. p. C17. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  5. ^ "Honoured members". Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved 2012-02-29.