Calgary Booster Club

2017 Award Winners

Sportsman of the Year, Honoured Athletic Leaders, Special Olympics Athlete of the Year

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER: Jack Gregory


Jack Gregory has been the ambassador as well as the face of Special Olympics Calgary for nearly three decades. He has served as a Board member for the Special Olympics for over 20 years and is currently Past Chairman of the Board. Jack also continues as a Special Olympics coach in both curling and golf. Jack has made numerous donations along with providing subsidized sports equipment and uniforms for Special Olympic events and programs. Jack has represented Special Olympic Calgary provincially, nationally and internationally. Jack’s involvement goes much more than that. He is now renting the front office section of Tuxedo Source for Sports to Special Olympics Calgary. When Tuxedo Source for Sports celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2010, they hosted a celebration gala and auction which raised $50,000 for Special Olympics Calgary. Jack’s generosity, kindness and love for the Special Olympic athletes has never wavered for the last 28 years.

"The playoffs are the playoffs. You just play who is put in front of you."

Steve Nash

HONOURED ATHLETIC LEADER: Perry Cavanagh - Hockey


Perry Cavanagh has had an impressive influence on both local and international sport over the last 25 years. Perry began coaching hockey 25 years ago for his son’s team. His skills were quickly recognized and he soon became the president of Southern Alberta Tyke Hockey Association, the Properties Sports Hockey Association and Minor Hockey Association of Calgary.

HONOURED ATHLETIC LEADER: Shauna Denney – Volleyball


Shauna Denney is very well known in the Calgary volleyball community and in fact, her name has become synonymous with volleyball. Shauna founded the 403 Selects Volleyball Club in 2008 and continues as the club president.

HONOURED ATHLETIC LEADER: Joseph Stambene - Football


Joe is a dedicated teacher and athletic director who has been volunteering his time to coaching football for the Saint Francis Browns team for over 30 years. During this time he has won numerous City and Provincial titles and has produced a winning culture. He has also been instrumental in assisting with the development of the Calgary Midget football program.

HONOURED ATHLETIC LEADER: Dr. Don Stouffer – Athlete, Coach and Administrator


Don Stouffer was a successful athlete, coach and athletic administrator. As an athlete, Don was the Colorado College Athlete of the Year and was the captain of numerous community based sports teams. His coaching success was defined by the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference Men’s Ice Hockey Championship in 1968 and 1969, in addition to a total of 14 ACAC Golf Team Championships. Don was also a community hockey coach for over 10 years. He still speaks with great pride about his role as the Vice Chairman of Hockey at the 1988 Winter Olympics.

HONOURED ATHLETIC LEADER: Dr. Ralph Strother – Sports Medicine Physician


Ralph grew up in Calgary where he played youth hockey, little league baseball, ran track and participated in numerous school sports at Henry Wise Wood High School. With practice and the benefit of excellent coaching, he excelled at both tennis and basketball.

HONOURED ATHLETIC LEADER: Haley Wickenheiser – Hockey


Haley Wickenheiser is a local Calgary graduate from Bishop Carroll High School, she played hockey with the University of Calgary Dinos and is a multiple world and Olympic champion. Haley is a “tower of power” in women’s hockey, competing for Canada in a total of five Olympics.

"That's something I never want to do: I never want to think I know it all, because I don't. There's always more people with more advice, and I just want to soak all that up and make my sporting toolbox as full as I can get it."

Kirsten Sweetland

Special Olympics Calgary (Athlete of the Year): Sarah McCarthy – Cross Country Skiing


Sarah McCarthy has been actively involved with Special Olympics Calgary since 2001. She competes in the sport of cross country skiing in the winter months, and athletics, badminton, swimming and powerlifting in the spring and summer.

"My philosophy is never start talking about 'if,' 'and,' 'but' or the past, because 90 percent of what follows will be negative."

Gordie Howe

Scott-Mamini Memorial Award (Male Athlete of the Year): Kevin Koe – Curling


Calgary curler Kevin Koe is the 2016 Scott-Mamini Memorial Award winner (Male Athlete of the Year). Kevin capped off a terrific 2016 season by capturing the World Men’s Curling Championship. Kevin Koe becomes the fourth male curler to be named the Athlete of the Year. Ron Northcott in 1966 and 1968, Paul Gowsell in 1977 and Ed Lukowich in 1986 were all recipients of the Scott-Mamini Memorial Award, Cheryl Bernard captured the female Henry Viney award in 2011.

Henry Viney Award (Female Athlete of the Year): Erica Wiebe – Wrestling


Calgary wrestler, Erica Wiebe, is the 2016 Female Athlete of the Year. Wiebe capped off an incredible 2016 season as she captured a Gold medal in the 75kg women’s wrestling competition at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Wiebe became only the third female Canadian wrestler to capture an Olympic Gold medal and she is the third wrestler to win the Henry Viney award as the top Calgary Female Athlete of the Year. Previous winners of the Viney were Christine Nordhagen 1997 and Carol Huyhnh in 2009.

"Forget about style; worry about results."

Bobby Orr