The Manitoba Sport Hall of Fame has announced the induction class for the Class of 2009.  The list includes legendary basketball star Lesley (Hamerton) Divers and the three St. Andrew's Super Saints national championship teams from 1972, 1975 and 1976.  On November 7, 2009, seven athletes, two builders and two teams will be
inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame at the 30th Annual
Induction Ceremonies. The 2009 inductees are...

The full list of inductees includes...

  • Lesley (HAMERTON) DIVERS Basketball Athlete

  • 1972/75/76 St. Andrews Super Saints Basketball Team

  • Sandi (COGHILL) ANDERSON Five-Pin Bowling Athlete

  • David DRYBROUGH Athletics All Round

  • Keith ELDER Pistol Shooting Athlete

  • Andy HEBENTON Hockey Athlete

  • Evelyne (OLAFSON) HOLENSKI Softball Builder

  • James MURPHY Football Athlete

  • H. Sanford (Sandy) RILEY Sailing All Round

  • Ray TURNBULL Curling Builder

  • 1948/49 Brandon Wheat Kings Hockey Team

Tickets for the Induction Dinner go on sale August 1, 2009. Ticket and event information can be found at:

The Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum has inducted 412 members since it was established in 1980. “These twelve recipients join an exclusive group of Manitoba’s best in sport,” says Jeoff Chipman, President of the Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors. “We work hard to preserve, celebrate and showcase the history and heritage of sport excellence and achievement and these twelve have earned their place in Manitoba’s sport history.”

“Sport heroes are ordinary people doing extraordinary things,” says Jeff Hnatiuk, President and CEO of Sport Manitoba, “Sport Manitoba takes pride in recognizing their achievements.”


Lesley (HAMERTON) DIVERS; Basketball/Athlete:

Lesley Hamerton Divers

Lesley Hamerton led her Silver Heights Huskies to consecutive provincial championships in 1967 & ’68 and was the school’s MVP in 1966,’67 & ’68. A true pioneer of her sport, Hamerton was one of the first truly effective big women to play the game in Manitoba at well over the six foot mark. At the national level with the St. Vital Grads and St. James Lakers, she played in five Canadian Championships. Internationally Hamerton-Divers played on Canada’s national team in 1969 for tournaments in Mexico and Cuba, at the World Championships in Brazil in 1970 and at the Pan American Games in Cali, Columbia in 1971. She currently resides in Unionville, Ontario.

1972, ’75 & ’76 St. Andrews Super Saints; Basketball/Teams

1972 St. Andrews "Super Saints"

There have been three senior men’s basketball dynasties in Manitoba’s deep history: the Winnipeg Toilers of the late 1920’s and early 30’s, the Nicollet Inn Innkeepers of the late 1970’s and early 80’s and the St. Andrews Super Saints on the early to mid 1970’s. In 1972 the Super Saints ended a Manitoba drought that had not seen a national A men’s champion since the 1954 Winnipeg Paulins by defeating the host Vancouver Villas 74-63 in the final. After a hearbreaking final loss to the Vancouver Caplianos in the 1974 final, the Saints extracted their revenge in 1975 with another title defeating the Halifax Raiders 93-71. The dynasty was capped in 1976 with an 83-77 victory over the host Victoria Scorpions for their third title in 5 years and their place in Manitoba’s basketball history.

1975: Bob Town, Ted Stoesz, Tim Ruppel, Dave Mills, Hymie Fox, Ron
Smith, Irv Hanec, Ben Szymkow, Gord Puttaert, Al Beaver, Greg Ross, Bob
Hazel (Coach), George Kunyckyj (Manager), George Fontain (President)

1976: Bob Town, Ted Stoesz, Ross Wedlake, Tim Ruppel, Dave Mills, Hymie
Fox, Henry Lemoine, Ben Szymkow, Jon Gurban, Greg Toss, Devon Daley,
Angus Burr, Bob Hazell (Coach), George Fontaine (President)


Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame

The Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is a registered charitable organization managed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

Sport Manitoba is a not for profit organization and the lead planning, programming and funding agency for the development of amateur sport in Manitoba. Sport Manitoba partners with over 100 organizations to deliver sport in our province and is responsible for programs including the Power Smart Manitoba Games, Coaching Manitoba, Team Manitoba, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame & Museum and KidSport.



For more information contact:

Rick Brownlee

Sport Heritage Manager

Sport Manitoba

c. 612-7272


Tara Skibo

Communications/Public Relations Officer

Sport Manitoba

w. 925-5735

c. 781-6782

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