The city’s Honoured Athletic Leaders have been announced by the Calgary Booster Club.
The awards recognize people with established track records of dedication to Calgary’s sporting landscape. They are difference makers, sport promoters and tireless influencers.
Here is a look at this year’s Honoured Athletic Leaders:
TERESA STAUFT – Swimming
Not one to just dip her toe in the pool, Teresa dove right into the swimming scene and the sport is better for it. For over a quarter of a century, she has devoted countless volunteer hours to the Killarney Swim Club as a trainer and mentor to referees and starters. Teresa has served as an official locally, nationally and internationally, often traveling to competitions across Alberta. In addition, she worked on the Alberta Officials and Competition Committee (AOCC) and was recognized by Swim Alberta as the Administrator of the Year in 2016-17.
GLEN KERR – Rugby
After playing rugby at the high school and university level, Glen became involved with the Calgary Canucks Rugby Club, an organization that he coached with before acting as president between 2009 and 2015. Since then, the born-and-raised Calgarian has worked as the vice-president of fundraising and community relations. The Canucks Rugby Club has grown over the years and sent a number of players to national teams and the professional ranks. Glen also worked as the secretary for the Calgary Rugby Union from 1998 through 2000 and was instrumental in establishing and growing junior rugby in Calgary.
LUIS RAPOSI – Boxing
He’s helped produce Golden Gloves boxers, as well as champions at the provincial, national and world levels. Luis brings over two decades of experience to his roles as the owner and head trainer of Impact Boxing & Fitness. Both energetic and passionate about the sweet science, Luis is an excellent technical coach who has prepared athletes for competition across North America. According to those who have trained with him, he inspires as well as he instructs.
WILLIAM (TERRY) COVENEY – Boxing
Terry has coached across Alberta and Saskatchewan for over four decades. He was one of the founders of The Calgary Boxing Club, a group he continues to serve with as president and head coach. He got his start in the sport as a youth at the National Boxing Club in Calgary and when his career ended, Terry began volunteering as a coach. He has worked on the Boxing Alberta Board of Directors and been the provincial coach for Alberta boxing teams.
GREGG FERGUSON – Alpine Skiing
It’s been all downhill for Gregg and he wouldn’t have it any other way. For three-plus decades he has been a valued volunteer with the Alberta Alpine Ski Association and Banff Alpine Racers. In that time, Gregg has supported skiing by putting in work on various boards, serving as a race official, and organizing events of local, provincial and national importance. As well, he has been a national technical delegate and an instructor of officials. Gregg has also been named the Alberta Alpine Official of the Year for his commitment to training and developing officials.
DAVE WILDMAN – Volleyball
Ace Volleyball Club, one of the largest club volleyball organizations in Canada, incorporates top-level coaching and high-quality experiences for thousands young athletes. The club’s success is a direct result of Dave’s efforts. As the founder of Ace Volleyball Club and a coach in the sport, he has produced both high-calibre athletes and people. Dave has invested over 20 years in volleyball, and remains committed to growing the sport in Calgary, Alberta and across the country.
ROB KERR – Media
Since arriving in Calgary in 2003, Rob has had his finger on the pulse of the city’s sports community. He spent a dozen years as a radio host with Sportsnet 960 The Fan, developing a loyal following along the way. He broadcast games involving the Calgary Hitmen, Roughnecks and Vipers before he became the play-by-play voice of the Calgary Flames from 2011 to 2014. Away from the microphone, Rob helped the sports community by initiating a number of programs that benefit disadvantaged youths. He was also inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2019.
The Calgary Booster Club congratulates all Honoured Athletic Leader award winners! These recipients have demonstrated long-standing service in their fields and made contributions in a volunteer, administrative or athletic capacity. We applaud their efforts in elevating sport in Calgary.
Complete list of past recipients: https://calgaryboosterclub.com/recognition/honoured-athletic-leader.