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Duwors, Dr. Richard


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Inducted: 1994

Dr. Richard "Dick" DuWors, a native of Boston, Massachusetts, graduated from Bates College in Maine and Harvard University in Cambridge.

He joined the University of Saskatchewan in 1957 as head of sociology department. A former runner, and an outstanding track & field and cross country coach, he developed many student athletes who went on to become leaders in sport. Among the group were Lyle Sanderson, Doug Knott and Dale Yellowlees.

Dick started the U of S indoor track & field program with little equipment and limited training facilities. His vision and drive led to the construction of an indoor wooden oval in 1965, an innovation which was key to the development of track & field in the province during the winter. He also introduced training corners so athletes could run in the gym at the U of S.

Dick was a driving force behind the Knights of Columbus Saskatchewan Indoor Games and launched the first Canada West track & field championship in 1968. He was also instrumental in bringing the first indoor national championships to Saskatoon in 1969 and played a prominent role in bringing national outdoor championships to Saskatoon, including the 1960 Olympic trials and the 1967 Pan-American Games trials.

His knowledge and work in track & field led to his appointment to the National Fitness and Amateur Sport advisory board.

His vision of a field house for Saskatoon became a reality when the Field House opened in 1979 for the Western Canada Summer Games.

Dick was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.

The men's team trophy in Canada West track & field is named in his honour.

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