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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta It doesn't seem like 22 years, at least not to happy Jim Whitelaw He told his wife he would get it By LLOYD YAMAGISHI Herald Sporti Writer By his quiet and unassuming manner, who would guess that Jim Whitelaw has had such a profound influence on the development of high school physical education and athletics in Southern Alberta? This soft-spoken 50-year-old has spent 22 years developing ana promoting this facet of the educatior system in the south. How one could be so dedicated and conscientious in such a physical and emotional field of endeavor for twc decades is anybody's guess. What makes a man with the potential to expand successfully in many areas continue his role as a physical educator, and thereby limit his financial gains? What makes a man who could likely hold down a prestigious job complete with a big luxurious office work out of an unimpressive office located in the basement of the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute year in and year out? If one were to ask Jim these same questions he'd simply reply, "I'm And if you wanted a more elaborate answer, he'd put it like this "I'm not the type of person who perpetually drives for fame and fortune, but, like anyone else, I do want to have a little recognition and financial security. The people of Lethbridge have treated, me fairly. Therefore, I've never had the need to look elsewhere." Jim, born and raised in Calgary, has learned and accomplished a lot in his 50 years and credits this to his successful and happy life. After obtaining his primary and secondary education in Calgary, he decided to become a teacher and attended Calgary Normal School for a year to get his teaching certificate. The following year he joined the Canadian Navy and was based in his home town which gave him the opportunity to continue a football career started at Normal School. His only two years of organized football were at the Alberta Junior Football League level. His athletic ability earned him an all-star rating at the offensive and defensive guard positions. After his short stint in the navy, he attended the University of Alberta and earned a Bachelor of Education degree in physical education. After a year of teaching at Crossfield, 30 miles north of Calgary, his thirst for knowledge got the best of him. He quit his teaching post and attended the University of Southern California, receiving his Masters of Science and Education degree. With a solid background in the educational field, he came to Lethbridge to accept a. teaching post at Hamilton Junior High School. After a year he transferred to LCI. PHYSICAL EDUCATION The LCI administration at that time couldn't have conceived of the magnitude of the contribution that he was to make in the school's physical education and athletics programs. In his initial year at LCI, he faced the arduous task of developing a well rounded physical education program to suit all his students' needs. "When I started teaching here, the students seemed determined to play basketball and basketball only. And if it weren't for my personal philosophy of education, I think I would have let them have their he said. "I believed at that time, and still do, in the development of a well-rounded individual. I have firm convictions that an individual should be diversified and should not focus his attention in one specific area, at least in his early years." With this in mind, he introduced football into his program. "It wasn't easy to change the students' views on being a well-rounded individual and I didn't do it overnight. "As a teacher, I was in an excellent position to change what I thought was wrong. I introduced touch football into the program, which led to a change in attitudes." Throughout the years, he has stuck to his personal philosophy of education, developing a program that encompasses both the recreational and team aspects of sports. Recreational activities would include golf, bowling, swimming, fishing, learning of strategies and first aid, while team sports would include basketball, touch football, volleyball, hockey and soccer, to name a few. When it comes to physical education, Jim would be one of the first to agree that this part of the educational program has not received the attention it deserves compared to academic courses. "I feel I'm a pragmatist that is, I believe in using what I have he said. "I feel there is too much emphasis on academic subjects and it seems a waste because we never really use it after we get out of school. "I also believe that we only pay lip service to the area of physical education.. "It is a common belief that we should prepare ourselves for the coming leisure age and concentrate on physical fitness, but then we turn around and only provide one or two days of physical education instruction during each week of school. "Both the public and educators feel that the cost would be too great to allow more physical education but what's money in terms of the welfare of the ATHLETICS In the realm of athletics, it could be safely said that there has not been a more successful high school coach in Southern Alberta than Jim Whitelaw. The LCI's football and basketball teams' records speak for themselves and for Jim Whitelaw. The Rams have captured the Southern Alberta High School Football League championship 19 times in the last 22 years, while the basketball squad has won four provincial titles in 10 playoff berths. No other Southern Alberta high school team, with the exception of the Raymond Comets, can say they have JIM WHITELAW really dominated a sport at one time or another. The Comets were once the powerhouse of Alberta high school basketball, as they captured five provincial titles in eight years. To what does Jim credit his successful coaching career? "It's really hard to say so many things are involved and they play equally important he observed. "Generally speaking, I'm a perfectionist, to a certain degree I'm meticulous and I require discipline on the part of the players. "As a coach, you need to instill this into your players so that you have full command of the situation." There has been some criticism that he only thinks about winning and doesn't care about the welfare of his players or how he wins. "Yes, I believe in winning in competitive sports, but not in winning at all costs contrary to what many people he explained. "For one thing, I'd never jeopardize any player's physical health just to win, and I also believe that if a player gives an honest effort and loses the game, he really hasn't lost. I'd rather lose playing well than win by playing poorly." Jim knows what it's like to win and lose since he, himself, competes in competitive sports. As a winner, Jim has captured five golf titles which include the Southern Alberta Invitational in 1956 and '58, the 1965 City Open and Country Club Invitational. He also teamed with Don Tillptson of Lethbridge to win the CHEC best ball tourney in 1970. As a loser, if you could call it that, he has placed runner up three consecutive years in the Shelby Oilmen's golf tourney. FUTURE GOALS Jim never feels satisfied with his accomplishments but continually strives for perfection in all facets of life. "I really haven't got a specific goal in life since new goals pop up every he added. "It's like climbing a mountain, only to find another we must scale before we reach our destination. "We must keep looking for new adventures and not become stagnant or complacent in life." If this is what Jim Whitelaw believes, then why didn't he move on to a different field after so many successful years in teaching and coaching? "Well, this may sound egotistical, but 10 or 12 years ago, I had thought of quitting teaching to go into some other field of work where I could have been of more use to the he said. "For example, some people would ask me why I didn't go to the United States and go into advanced coaching? "Well, coaching professionals has never intrigued me and I feel I can help high school athletes as much as the professionals. "Besides, I enjoy what I am doing, and if that's the case, why not stick with it until the feeling is In the past 22 years, he has been an asset not only to LCI, but to the whole of Southern Alberta, and we can only hope that he will continue in this role for many more years. LOOKIRG FOR A FUTURE? A career with Niagara Companies offers you: Rewarding Management opportunities with an ever expanding company. Practical experience in mortgaging, leas- ing, financing, etc. An above average starting salary and an excellent future progress dependent solely on your ability and how you use it. Security with one of nation's largest all-Canadian financial institutions. Business experience preferred but not essential. Self motivation and ambition are the only pre- requisites to a successful career. Apply in writing or phone Pertonnel FINANCE COMPANY LIMITED Branch Manager: R. M. (Murray) Bond 816 4th Avanua South, Lathbrldga, Alberta ________Phona 328.7714________________ Bruins triumph By THE CANADIAN PRESS New Westminster Bruins found home ice to their liking Tuesday night as they battled back into contention in the Western Canada Hockey League Western Division final by downing the Calgary Centennials 5-3. Calgary leads the best-of- seven series 2-1 with the fourth game in New Westminster Thursday. Meanwhile, Regina Pats bombed the Broncos 4-1 in Swift Current to take a 2-1 lead in Eastern Division final. The fourth game will be played in Swift Current Thursday. The Bruins took a 3-0 lead in the first period, extended it to 4-0 in the second and made it 5-0 early in the third. Then came a parade of New Westminster penalties, and the Centennials scored three power-play goals. Emil deMoissac led the New Westminster attack with two goals. Reg Duncombe, Syd Prysunka and Ron Greschner added singles. GRANT SCORES TWO Grant Mulvey scored two of Calgary's goals and picked up an assist on the third, scored by Dennis McLean. Mistakes by Calgary goalie Garth Malarchuk led to three later New Westminster goals., The Bruins outshot the Centennials 43-26. After a scoreless first period, the Pats took a 2-1 second-period lead and then blanked the Broncos 2-0 in the final 20 minutes. Harris predicted his winner MONTREAL (CP) Ron Harris, the sturdy right winger with New York Rangers, was having a chat with his wife Carol Tuesday afternoon prior to his fifth game of the Stanley Cap quarter-final series with Montreal Canadiens. "I told my wife that if we went into overtime, I would score the winning said Harris. "She laughed. After all, I only had two goals during the regular season." Tuesday's game went into an extra session forced by Bruce MacGregor's second goal of the game, and fifth of the series, with 16 seconds remaining in regulation time. And Harris got the game- winning goal with gone in the overtime when Pete Stemkowski snapped a faceoff back to him and he blazed 35-foot shot past Montreal goaltender Michel Larocque. The 3-2 victory gave the Rangers a 3-2 lead in the best- of-seven series which resumes Thursday night in New York. The winner of the set will meet Philadelphia Flyers in the semi-finals. "Stemmer got the puck right back on my Harris said. "It was half a slap shot and half a wrist shot. I just let it go. I wanted to get it on the net.... "I still can't believe it. I heard the crowd roaring. That's how I knew it was in." LAFLEUR APPROACHED Montreal right winger Guy Lafleur may have helped screen goalie Larocque from the Harris drive. "Lafleur was going out to meet said Montreal coach Scotty Bowman. "Stemkowski got the puck right back to him from the faceoff. Stemkowski has been good on faceoffs all year for them." Bowman was obviously upset about the loss but he said he could not be disappointed with the way his club had played over-all during the contest watched by fans. Montreal had several chances after Murray Wilson N.V. RANGERS 3, MONTREAL 2 Flrit Period 1. Montreal, Richard 1 (Larose. Shutt) 0.49; 2. NY Hangers. MacGregor 4 (Ratelle) 1243 Penalties Bouchard 1-19. Rangers too many men served by Gilbert 6-12, Roberts 15-04 Second Period No scoring. Penalties Tkaczuk Shut! 7-07. Third Period 3. Montreal, Wilson 1 (P. MahOvlich) 4. NY Rangers, MacGregor 5 (Stemkowski Park) Penalty Rolfe Flrit Overtime 5 NY Rangers, Harris 2 (Stemkowski) Penalties None. Shoti on goel by NY 14 7 16 Montreal 10 7 10 had put them ahead 2-1 with five minutes gone in the third period but could not score against Eddie Giacomin, who turned aside 25 of 27 Montreal shots during the game. "We couldn't have played a better third Bowman said. "I thought we played our best in the third period but we just couldn't get another goal after we took the lead. "When you have a one-goal lead like that, anything can happen. With the chances we were having, we could have had another couple of goals." Kings must have dislike for Hawks' Tony Esposito CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Black Hawks and goalie Tony Esposito, having eliminated the surprisingly tough Los Angeles Kings, now go up against Phil Esposito and the rest of the Boston Bruins' scoring machine in the semi- final round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Hawks, with Tony posting his second shutout in a row, disposed of the Kings 1-0 Tuesday night to wrap up their National Hockey League quarter-final series four games to one. The semi-final opens Thurs- day in Boston. Esposito was in the nets in all four victories for the Hawks and allowed the Kings a total of two goals. Los Angeles' only victory came in a 5-1 decision Sunday night when Mike Veisor was in the nets while Esposito was resting. As it was throughout the series, the Hawks found the Kings to be a formidable foe and didn't clinch the series until Jim Pappin's deflected shot went past Los Angeles goalie Rogatien Vachon with left in the game. "It hit their defenceman (Sheldon Kannegeiser) and then went in like a said Pappin. "Really, it was a desperation shot. You know, when in doubt, shoot." Los Angeles coach Bob Pul- ford said, "I never really be- lieved the Hawks were that good defensively. But we never stopped trying. I think the turning point came Saturday night when we held them to 10 shots on goal and still lost 1-0." Esposito, who had to turn back only 18 shots because of Chicago's unyielding defence, said he was concerned throughout the series. "They have a good skating club and they can shoot. We got a couple of breaks; otherwise this series could have gone a lot longer. "When you are tied or win- ning by only one goal, the team works harder. We kept it tight and waited for a break. I thought we had control of the game tonight. "I'd rather play tight than open he continued. "When we play tight, we seem to win." Esposito said "No" when asked if he would have to psyche himself up in going against his brother and Boston Bruins who thrive on offence. "We're going to Boston and have to play extra hard. We know they're The Bruins, who swept'past Toronto in four games, have been resting but it doesn't make any difference to the Hawks and coach Billy Reay. "It's a new season against said Reay, whose Black Hawks had two victories and three ties in their five-game series. "I'm glad we're going against them Thursday. I'd rather continue playing than have a rest since we're in a good groove right now." CHICAGO 1, LOS ANGELES 0 Period No scoring. Penalties Carr. Russell minors, majors Jarrett Kozak minor, major misconduct, Pappin minor, major Long 17.54. 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