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Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame – Inductees Include Manitoba’s Finest in Sport

June 18, 2018 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – The Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame announced today the class of athletes, builders, and one team that will be inducted November 3, 2018, at the 39th annual induction ceremony presented by Manitoba Liquor Mart at the Victoria Inn in Winnipeg.
This year’s individual recipients in the Athlete category include: a decorated blind Paralympic swimmer, the all-time WHA leader in goalie games played, wins and playoff wins, a seven-time national speed skating champion, a two-time World curling champion, and an international basketball phenom.
The Builder category is made up of a former president of the Canadian Handball Association and a boxing official who’s a judge, jury member, and technical delegate and official for the International Boxing Association.
The only Manitoba ladies golf team to win the Canadian Ladies Amateur Team title rounds out this year’s slate of inductees.
The 2018 inductees are:
Don Brownell*
Handball – Builder

Kirby Cote
Swimming – Athlete

Joe Daley
Hockey – Athlete

Nieva Embuldeniya
Boxing – Builder

Donna (McCannell) Keating
Speed Skating – Athlete

Jeff Stoughton
Curling – Athlete

Joey Vickery
Basketball – Athlete

1962 Manitoba Ladies Golf Team

* inducted posthumously
“This year’s class of athletes, builders, and one team who will join Manitoba’s finest in sport later this year, is exceptional,” said Jamie Kraemer, Chair of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors. “The collective contributions to sport in Manitoba, on the national and international stages are truly outstanding. We strive to collect, preserve, celebrate, and showcase the history and heritage of sport excellence and achievement, and these eight recipients have earned their rightful place in Manitoba’s sport history.”

“We’re incredibly proud of Manitoba’s sport history and the legends that make up this year’s inductee class,” said Jeff Hnatiuk, President and CEO of Sport Manitoba. “We’re pleased to celebrate their countless career achievements as we inspire the next generation.”

“We are very proud to be the presenting sponsor of this year’s Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony,” said Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries President and CEO Peter Hak. “This prestigious event celebrates the legacies and contributions made by this dedicated group of Manitobans in the world of sport. Congratulations to all the nominees.”

Tickets for the induction dinner are on sale now. Ticket and event information can be found at: or by calling Rick Brownlee, Sport Manitoba’s Sport Heritage Manager, at 204-925-5736.
Click here for biographies for the class of 2018




The Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame is a registered charitable organization managed by a volunteer Board of Directors whose mission is to collect, preserve, showcase and celebrate the history and heritage of sport excellence in Manitoba. The Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame has inducted 412 individual members and 120 teams since it was established in 1980.

Sport Manitoba is a not for profit organization and the lead planning, programming and funding agency for the development of amateur sport in Manitoba. Located in the Canada Games Sport for Life Centre, Sport Manitoba partners with over 100 organizations to deliver sport in our province and is responsible for programs including the Manitoba Games powered by Manitoba Hydro, Coaching Manitoba, Team Manitoba, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, Fit Kids Healthy Kids, and KidSport. Services provided include the Sport Medicine Clinic, Performance Centre, Fitness Centre and Paul Robson Resource Centre for Leadership and Coaching



For more information please contact:

Rick Brownlee
Sport Heritage Manager, Sport Manitoba
W: 204-925-5736


Sarah Tone
Communications Coordinator, Sport Manitoba
W: 204-925-5614
C: 204-290-7630