Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 19, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
Prohibition of nationally-ranked athletes to extend Games-wide By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer All nationally ranked athletes will be ineligi- ble for future Canada Games competition, a member of the Canada Games Council said Tuesday. Tom Bedecki, federal government represen- tative on the Games organizing body, said elimination of national team members will balance the level of competition between provinces in some Games sports. Many events in the Summer and Winter Games have regulations ruling out participation by national team members or competitors. The council's ruling will effect all sports. National bodies of each sport are given the task, before each Games, to make eligibility rules for participants in the sports they represent. The nine-member Games Council then approves those rules of eligibility if they promise to keep the level of competition high yet not allow any group to dominate play, Dr. Bedecki said. While sports such as judo, figure skating and table tennis forbid play by nationally ranked competitors, sports such as basketball and fenc- ing have no such rules. Dr. Bedecki said the new ruling will have little effect on overall play in the Games but if im- plemented during the current Games could have caused closer competition in basketball action. STEAMROLLED The Quebec and British Columbia basketball teams carried national team members into ac- tion here and steamrolled over most opponents. Dr. Bedecki admits elimination of international-class competitors could be looked on as "taking action away from spectators." But the purpose of the Games is not to duplicate national sporting competitions, but to promote a high level of play from each province and get each province to send athletes. If "seasoned athletes of 24 to 27-years-old" were to compete, many provinces wouldn't bother to send teams, he said. "One thing I think people miss is that a 16 to 21-year-old athlete is a pretty good calibre of he added. "These kids are on the threshold of being national and international competitors. "Soon, Canadian international and national athletes will have gone through Canada Games." Dr. Bedecki added the ruling will only effect about 100 athletes in Olympic sports in Canada. The government is classifying athletes and there are only about 100 in the class that will be eliminated from Games action. BALANCE While the ruling could balance some com- petition, domination by certain provinces in some sports is likely to continue. "This problem is a tough Dr. Bedecki said of provincial all-star teams that have topped play by single teams entered in events. "But most provinces are not in that bad of shape and their results depend on the priority they set on a he explained. "It would concern us if we had stacked powerhouse teams but the problem isn't that serious here." Teams in sports such as basketball can be .provincial all-star representatives or the top ju- nior team in the province. Whereas some provinces have accumulated the top junior players from across their respective provinces, Alberta decided on sending the Mount Royal College team. But, Dr. Bedecki said, in hockey Ontario and Quebec are represented by a single Junior B club and Alberta has a "strengthened" Junior B team. "It's all balanced he said. ON UPSWING Also the Games may see a strong performance by one province because of increased emphasis on sport in that province. "We are catching Quebec on the upswing in these he said. "They are placing a new emphasis on sport because of things such as the Olympics and they seem to be getting back on the Games map." The lethbrtdge Herald Secorid Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, February 19, 1975 Pages 13-20 BILL GROENEN photo COACH HOWIE YANOSIK AND ALBERTA TEAM THRIVE ON CHEERS OF SPORTSPLEX CROWD Native Sons step from Broncos9 shadow By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer The Native Sons have arrived. After coming from behind twice in Pincher'Creek to win their first two Winter Games matches, Alber- ta's representatives arrived here Tuesday night to win their first home game .before a boisterous, partisan horde of And Lethbridge loved it. For many, the Native Sons' Sportsplex debut brought the joyful revelation that the pro Broncos don't have a monopoly on exciting hockey. "Our team has been playing in the says "Our shadow of the Alberta coach Howie Yanosik boys have never played before crowds this big." Although the Lethbridge Junior B team has racked up a lopsided 31-2 win-loss record since it began Central Alberta League play Oct. 26, crowds in Henderson Ice Arena have averaged a meagre 300, says coach Yanosik, a former pro with three western league teams and for 10 years defenseman with the Hershey, Penn., Bears. More importantly, its decisive victory over a disorganized but scrappy Prince Edward Island team made local fans realize that Alber- ta's squad players are literally "native sons." With the exception of goalie Gary Clark, 15, of Hegina, every member of Alberta's team is a product of Lethbridge minor hockey. Until now, that did little to boost Native Sons' attendance. Until now, that is. The former coach of the Lethbridge Sugar Kings, and local real estate agent Yanosik says his team's gate makes it impossible, at a crack, to play the Sportsplex. Until now, that is. Yanosik does admit that it's doubly tough for a hometown team to please its crowd. Tuesday's reception at the Sportsplex in- dicates Lethbridge fans are over- joyed that 17 local boys are in the Games. But they were doubly over- joyed at the final score. "If we can perform to the top of our ability, people here are going to recognize us all the he says. "They realize the local fans are behind them. "But it does put more pressure on." Yanosik is pleased with his team's performance against competition, which he rates "close to Tier 2." But he's thrilled that Lethbridge has suddenly discovered and welcomed one adopted and 16 native sons. Lethbridge snowfall half that of normal season POWER LINE HEARING EYED OVER CROWSNEST Lethbridge snowfall to the end of January was less than half of the normal amount for the winter, the Kenyon Field weather office reports. The monthly weather sum- mary says January snowfall was about 40 per cent lighter than normal. For the October to January period, precipita- tion was 48 per cent of nor- mal, it says. The month was warm and windy, the mean temperature 19.4 degrees, compared with the normal 15 degrees. The average wind speed was 14 mph, compared Cardston to finish ag building CARDSTON (HNS) Town council Tuesday night authorized the Cardston Multi-Purpose Agricultural Building committee to spend to get the building operating. The building is finished except plumbing. Council announced the winners of the Canada Winter Games ice sculpturing contest here. Winners are: Group sculp- turing, Grant Jensen's art class, Cardston High School, Grade 5 class, Lee Creek Educational Centre, Individual sculpturing: Keith Russell, Neldon Hatch, and John Denton, with the normal 15.4 mph. The highest temperature for the month was 52.1 on Jan. 19, and the lowest 16.9 below on Jan. 10. The record high for the month is 64, set Jan. The record low is 45.4 below, set Jan. 7, 1909. The highest wind speed over a minute was 44 mph., on both Jan. 1 and 12, with a max- imum gust speed of 59 mph. Jan. 12. The city received 89.2 hours of bright sunshine in the month, compared with a nor- mal 100.9 hours. The most snow in one day fell Jan. 20, with 1.7 inches out of 5.9 for the month. There were nine days with precipitation, including a trace of rain Jan. 18. A special public hearing may be held to hear objections to an application by Calgary Power Ltd. for a permit to construct an electric .trans- mission line in the Tent Moun- tain and Crowsnest Pass The Energy Resources Conservation Board is to make a decision this week on whether to hold the hearing, board senior technician John Beamer said today in a telephone interview from Calgary. A public meeting is being considered because of the number of written objections the board has received, he ex- plained. Most of the objections were or from societies associations. The' transmission line is be- ing proposed to serve the Tent Mountain Mine operated by Coleman Collieries Ltd., south of the Crowsnest Pass. Travel staff may take jobs back Special session set to examine action By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer A special meeting to ex- amine the internal problems that resulted in the resignations of the entire Southern Alberta Travel and Convention Association staff in January is to be held in Lethbridge Feb. 26. A vote of confidence in the former four member staff is expected to be asked for at the meeting. The more than 50 signatures of association members on a petition calling for the special meeting represent a heavy backlash to the actions of association president Steve Koteh in calling a special meeting of some of the organization's directors Jan. It was during that meeting the resignations of the staff were submitted to protest the treatment they were receiv- ing under the Kotch presiden- cy. Mr. Kotch was elected association president in Oc- tober. Membership is about 300. BYLAWS The petition, still being cir- culated by association direc- tors, calls for a special meeting to examine the ac- tions of the president and the city vice president Rick Kratz that may have damaged the reputation of the associa- tion by causing the resigna- tion of. the association professional staff, seriously jeopardizing the activities of the association. The meeting is also to ex- amine "the alleged failure of the president of the associa- tion to comply with specific duty requirements as specified in the bylaws." Those signing the petition also support a review of the special January meeting call- ed by Mr. Kotch to outline His concerns about the associa- tion staff to the board of direc- tors. They are concerned with the irregularity of the calling of the meeting, the establish- ment of a quorum and the failure of the executive to provide minutes of the meeting to members of the association or to the board of directors. QUORUM While Mr. Kotch says 17 or 18 directors attended the meeting, other directors who attended the meeting claim only 15 members were in attendance and a quorum was not achieved. To hold a special meeting of the association board of direc- tors, at least seven rural and seven city directors, plus the president or vice president, must be in attendance. Some association directors have informed The Herald the majority of directors at the meeting were from the city. They also say no minutes of the meeting were taken. The illegality of the meeting, they continue, means any business con- ducted during the January meeting was out of order, in- cluding the acceptance of the resignations of the staff members. It is expected a motion will be presented from the floor of the Feb. 26 meeting in- structing the association ex- ecutive to ask the staff to reconsider its resignation. Another motion expressing a vote of confidence in the three directors who resigned in protest of the internal problems that prompted the staff resignations is also ex- pected. While former executive vice president Frank Smith will not commit himself to returning to head tourism promotion in Southern Alber- ta, former co nrdinator Kitty Dunlop says she would definitely reconsider if the internal problems are solved. The .other two staff members .are expected to do likewise. RECONSIDER Directors John Neal and Befnice Costanzo informed The Herald they too would reconsider their resignations. One director behind the cir- culation of the petition says the meeting is not being called to remove Mr. Kotch from of- fice. "It is up to him. If.he is will- ing to adjust to cope with the duties of his position, his resignation would not be ex- the director says. County enrolments may drop A slight drop in enrolment at Lethbridge County schools next fall was predicted in a report to the county school committee Tuesday. It put the estimated September, 1975, enrolment at down 10 from actual enrolment Sept. 30, 1974, of The estimate is based on January enrolment figures in county schools of and a survey by principals of school beginners next fall. County schools superinten- dent Chick Burge presented the figures to the committee to allow it to consider possible changes to staff numbers for next fall. Among changes suggested by Mr. Burge to "equalize the teaching load among the various schools" were: reducing the staff at Huntsville School from three teachers to the equivalent of reducing the elementary staff at McNally School from five to four teachers; removing the teacher aide from the staff of Noble Central School; not replacing retiring Pic- ture Butte High School Vice- Principal Marion Court; reducing the staff of Sun- nyside School from the equivalent of 5V2 to 4Vz teachers; and reducing the .staff at Turin School from three teachers to the equivalent of School plans near completion Plans for million in additions and renovations to the Coalhurst High School and Noble Central School in Mobleford should be completed by the end of March, architect George Robins told the Lethbridge County School Com- mittee Tuesday. In a report to the committee's regular monthly meeting, Mr. Robins also said most of the changes suggested to the Coalhurst High School plans by the school's principal and staff would be incorporated as a matter of course or could easily be put into the plan. "We felt most of the suggestions were quite he said. Coalhurst High Principal Herman Com earlier complained in a letter to the school committee that he and his staff had not been adequately consulted in planning of the addition. He sent along a list of 27 suggested changes to details of the plan. Net prof it Is this what happens to a victorious tennis player who takes up hockey? Or is Lethbridge In for a plague of giant mosquitoes? Mike Pietramala, 15, of 331 28th St. S., Is headed home 'from a game of pick-up hockey on Henderson Lake. Bringing your own net has advantages you can threaten to go home if they won't let you play.