The Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame preserves, celebrates and showcases the history and heritage of sport excellence and achievement in Manitoba. After a long wait since closing at The Bay Downtown, the much-anticipated Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, presented by the Riley Family, opened in the fall of 2012 in its new location in the Sport for Life Centre, 145 Pacific Avenue. The Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame is also available for rental. For details on capacity and pricing, please contact [email protected]
Inducted 2008 Athlete
It’s amazing how far you can go on a rented windsurfer. In the case of Winnipegger Murray McCaig, it took him all around the world. Largely self-taught and self-coached, McCaig learned through his own research and honing his racing skills against local competition. Soon he was sailing in national regattas and qualified for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. “All of the lessons I learned as an athlete, I was able to apply to the rest of my life,” said McCaig, who earned an MBA from the University of Western Ontario before founding a wireless internet company and a green technologies firm in Toronto, where he lives with his wife Stephanie and two young children.
H. SANDFORT SANDY RILEY
Inducted 2009 All Round
There’s something about being on the open water that has attracted Sandy Riley to the sport of sailing since he was a youngster. It’s a sport that’s taken him to the Olympic Games and to World Championships all over the world. His abilities as a sailor as well as his many contributions to sport in Manitoba have now carried him into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. Riley, who was encouraged by his stepfather Jim Coyne to take up sailing at age nine at the RLWYC near Kenora, Ont. “I just liked being in a sailboat. I liked the feel of it and the feeling of the wind and the water.”
Inducted 2012 Athlete
Carman native Kelly Hand won five National titles in sailing (Laser Radial class) as well as a World Championship in 1999 and Pan Am Gold that same year. She was Team Manitoba’s flag bearer for the opening ceremonies at the 1993 Canada Summer Games in Kamloops and proved worthy with a Gold Medal in Laser II. She turned to coaching in her sport and went to two Olympic Games in Sydney (2000) and in Athens (2004). She currently resides in Whistler, BC. Kelly states that as a prairie sailor she was always underestimated. She credits the support and special sport culture in Manitoba for her success.