The Manitoba Sport Hall of Fame has announced the first 'Westman' class of inductees to its Hall of Fame. They will be honoured at the 1st Annual Regional Induction Ceremonies to be held Saturday, April 21st  in the UCT Pavilion at the Keystone Centre in Brandon.  Among the inductees, three have basketball roots - including John Carson, Beth Cochran and Jerry Hemmings.







The 2007 Westman Inductees:

  • Shirley BRAY        Curling        Builder

  • John CARSON        Basketball        Athlete

  • Beth COCHRAN        Basketball        Athlete

  • Bill FAIRBAIRN        Hockey        Athlete

  • *Terrance FOWLER    Boxing            Builder

  • Dan HALLDORSON    Golf            Athlete

  • Jerry HEMMINGS        Basketball        Builder

  • Vailla HOGGAN         Water Ski        Athlete

  • Dallas SMITH        Hockey        Athlete

  • Bryan WOOD        Curling        Athlete

  • 1978-79 Brandon Wheat Kings Hockey         Team

  • 1983 Mabel Mitchell Team    Curling        Team

  • Mabel Mitchell (Skip)           

  • Mary Adams (Third)

  • Mildred Murray (Second)

  • June Clark (Lead)

* - posthumous

Hall of Fame President Jeoff Chipman extended his congratulations to the Inductees.  He expressed thanks to Morris Mott and his Selection Committee for doing an outstanding job in selecting those to be honoured for their sporting achievements.  He welcomed our friends in the media to the pilot project of the Rural Regional Induction Program Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame & Museum.

Nomination forms and criteria (see aforementioned in this media package) are available at the Hall of Fame Offices at 200 Main Street, Winnipeg or by phoning (204) 925-5735 or on-line at .

Ron Helwer, Chair of the Hall of Fame Westman Dinner Committee, announced that Dinner tickets are on sale to the general public at $60.00 each, a portion of which is tax deductible, and available at . In addition to honouring this year’s Inductees through appearance presentations and video show, the Dinner will feature fabulous auctions and the chance for the public to meet their sporting heroes.  He welcomed Pennzoil 10 Minute Oil Change as the Title Sponsor of the gala event, recognized Bob McCracken, and thanked them for their support.    It was stated that the honoured membership would stand at 198 athletes, 102 builders and 68 teams in the Hall of Fame’s twenty-eighth year of operation.  We urge all sports enthusiasts interested in honouring and preserving Manitoba’s rich tradition of sport heritage to support the Hall of Fame’s inaugural event and attend its 1st Annual Regional Induction Dinner.




Athlete / Basketball


1982 – 87    - One of the most popular players ever to play at Brandon University, John Carson was also one of the Bobcats' most outstanding players. During his five years as a Bobcat, John was a CIAU First Team All-Canadian in each of those five years (1982-83 thru 1987). In addition, he was GPAC Player-of-the-Year for four successive years (1982-83 thru 1986). As a Bobcat, Carson was a tournament All-Star 21 times and a tournament MVP 11 times. During the 1985-86 season, he was the leading scorer in the CIAU with a game average of 27.2 points and the CIS / CIAU (Canadian University) Player of The Year (Mike Moser Trophy). The following year he was the top scorer in GPAC, averaging 23.3 points a game. Carson balanced his prodigious scoring (a career total of 4,259 points) with an equally impressive rebounding career total of 1,719.


1986        - Brandon University retires his number.

1996         - Inducted into the Brandon University Hall of Fame

2001         - Inducted into the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame


Athlete / Basketball


Born in Hamiota.


1981-83    - Hamiota


1983-87    - Beth Cochran began her basketball career in the town of Hamiota, Manitoba. After graduating from high school, she attended the University of Winnipeg from 1983 - 1987. Cochran's list of accomplishments, as a university athlete, are astounding. Along with countless tournament all-stars throughout her 5 years, Cochran was a GPAC All-Star, CIAU All-Canadian, and a CIAU Tournament All-Star in all 5 of her years of university eligibility. She was also the GPAC Player of the Year in all 5 of her years of university eligibility. She was also the GPAC Player of the Year in 1984, 86 & 87 and the University of Winnipeg team captain from 1985 - 1987.


1996        - Inducted into the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame



Builder/ Basketball


Born in Mount Airy, North Carolina, USA on Feb. 17th, 1948. Hemmings played one season at Brandon University as a player and was named a GPAC All-Star and BU Player of the Year. His coaching legacy has made him the winningest coach in CIS/CIAU history.


Jerry Hemmings led the Brandon University Bobcats to four CIAU/CIS National Titles (1987-89 and 1996) and 13 GPAC Championships (1980-83, 1987-89, 1991, 1993, 1995-98) with over 700 career coaching wins.

1980 – GPAC and CIAU Coach of the Year Award (1st receipent of the Stu Aberdeen Award).

1981 – GPAC Coach of the Year

1982 – GPAC Coach of the Year and Brandon Sun “Sportsman of the Year”.

1983 – GPAC Coach of the Year

1986 – CIAU All-Star Game Coach

1988 – GPAC Coach of the Year

1989 – Awarded Order of the Buffalo by the province of Manitoba

1992 – GPAC Coach of the Year

1998&99 – GPAC Coach of the Year

2000 – GPAC Coach of the Year

2001 – GPAC Coach of the Year and Brandon Sun “Sportsman of the Year”.

2002 – GPAC Coach of the Year

2005 – Inducted with 1986-89 Brandon University Bobcats in the team category into the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame.


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