Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame online exhibit celebrates Bobbie Rosenfeld and Lionel Conacher award winners
December 13, 2012
CALGARY, AB — Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is proud to launch The Greatest Sporting Moments, The Bobbie Rosenfeld and Lionel Conacher Award Winners online exhibit, featuring teaching resources and forum for Canadian youth to share their great sport moments. Created by Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and developed in partnership with the Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC) at virtualmuseum.ca, an initiative of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the exhibit is available at www.sportshall.ca/whats-on/online-exhibits/ and www.conacher-rosenfeld.ca/,
The exhibit celebrates Canada’s 51 Bobbie Rosenfeld and 48 Lionel Conacher award winners with feature videos, artefacts, images, stories and highlights on award winners.
“This online exhibit helps Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame to share the stories of Canada’s most inspiring athletes. We are so proud that Bobbie Rosenfeld and Lionel Conacher, for whom the awards are named, as well as 64 award winners, are Honoured Members of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame,” says Mario Siciliano, President and CEO of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. “We hope this online exhibit will be a great resource for students, researchers and all Canadians who wish to learn about Canada’s proud sport history and be inspired by the stories of our sport heroes.”
The Greatest Sporting Moments, The Bobbie Rosenfeld and Lionel Conacher Award Winners online exhibit features an online forum for Canada’s youth, ages 4 to 18 years old, to submit their own personal video stories of great sporting moments.
“Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame’s exploration of my greatest sporting moments allowed me to share with many, my experience racing in a world cup event,” says Justin Turscherer, 17 years old from Edmonton, about why he participated in the online forum when he was 16, and had his greatest sport moment recorded and posted. “As a BMX athlete, competing in many events, such as world championship, I welcome opportunities to reflect on the experiences that have allowed me to pursue my dreams as a competitive athlete and encourage other athletes to share these experiences with children aspiring to compete at a high level and realize their athletic dreams.”
Since 1932 Canada’s male athlete of the year award has been given annually and starting in 1933 Canada’s female athlete of the year has been awarded annually based on a poll of Canadian Press’s sports writers. In 1950 the awards were named in honour of Lionel Conacher (male athlete of the year award) and Bobbie Rosenfeld (female athlete of the year award). Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame Honoured Member Marlene Streit has won the most female athlete of the year awards – five times between 1952 and 1963, while Honoured Member Wayne Gretzky has won the most ever Conacher Awards, leading the polls six times.
The online exhibit features 30 videos of Rosenfeld and Conacher award winners sharing their stories of their great sport moments. Twenty-four of the video stories feature Honoured Members including Ferguson Jenkins, Silken Laumann, and Phil Esposito. Resources for teachers were also developed and include a lesson plan with five related learning objects which is available at www.museevirtuel-virtualmuseum.ca/edu/Search.do (search Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame to locate the learning objects).
About Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is honoured to share the stories of our 529 inducted sport heroes to inspire Canadians from coast to coast. We are a charitable organization established in 1955, now located at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. Our new home features 12 galleries with more than 50 hands-on interactives, and a collection of more than 95,000 treasured sport artefacts which help us to tell the stories of Canada’s sport legends.
About The Virtual Museum of Canada
The VMC, an initiative of the Department of Canadian Heritage, was established in partnership with over 1,500 Canadian heritage institutions. www.virtualmuseum.ca is a unique portal to the countless stories and treasures held in trust by Canada’s museums, and lies at the core of the Government of Canada’s strategy to nurture and promote Canada’s culture online.