Gutheridge in­ducted into Sports Hall of Fame

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There are few peo­ple in the his­tory of Moose Jaw who ded­i­cated more of their life to de­vel­op­ing and im­prov­ing the sport­ing com­mu­nity than Stan­ley ‘Hub’ Gutheridge. Gutheridge was one of six ath­letes and builders hon­oured by the Hall for 2018 and was en­shrined on the Wall of Fame in Mo­saic Place dur­ing this year’s in­duc­tion cer­e­monies.

Jeff Lott rep­re­sented his grand­fa­ther and fam­ily at the event and said the hon­our would have meant a lot to Gutheridge.

“I know he’d be hum­bled and hon­oured to be named to the Hall of Fame, and I have to thank the com­mit­tee on be­half of our fam­ily,” Lott said. “It’s al­ways nice to come home; I lived here un­til I left for school in 1968 and we’ve been a very close fam­ily and al­ways kept in touch. Grandpa was al­ways just such a great man and set such a high morale stan­dard for the fam­ily.”

Born in Lon­don, Eng­land in 1905, Gutheridge moved to Moose Jaw in 1913 and even­tu­ally be­came heav­ily in­volved in high school sports and with the YMCA, hold­ing a wide va­ri­ety of po­si­tions with both or­ga­ni­za­tions for over 60 years un­til 1978.

Gutheridge’s con­stant in­volve­ment in the lo­cal sports scene was some­thing his fam­ily al­ways no­ticed, with Lott do­ing so in a rather unique way.

“I’d go and stay with him and it didn’t mat­ter what day of the week, he al­ways had a shirt and tie on,” he ex­plained. “And I al­ways thought ‘this is very for­mal’, I was a young man and very im­pres­sion­able and I thought that was maybe the stan­dard, a British tra­di­tion. But no, it was be­cause he al­ways had meet­ings; it didn’t mat­ter which day of the week, and then on Sun­day he went to church. So he was a very busy man and he en­joyed every as­pect he was in­volved in.”

As the Moose Jaw Pub­lic Schools phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion su­per­vi­sor, Gutheridge or­ga­nized the school sports and swim­ming pro­grams and was the driv­ing force be­hind the con­struc­tion of a foot­ball field and track fa­cil­ity on a tract of land next to Riverview Col­le­giate.

That com­plex was of­fi­cially named Gutheridge Field dur­ing the open­ing of the 1972 Sum­mer Games. It con­tin­ues to be a hub of ac­tiv­ity all through the warm weather months, as school and recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties see the fa­cil­i­ties be­ing put to con­stant use. “When­ever I come back, some­times by co­in­ci­dence and some­times by plan­ning, I come back dur­ing foot­ball sea­son,” Lott said. “I played foot­ball and when I played he was an of­fi­cial; he was a timer on the side­lines, and then af­ter be­ing away for awhile my par­ents told me they’d ac­tu­ally named the field af­ter him. So, every time I come back, I have to drive by and see what’s go­ing on. And friends have come here and heard the story and vis­ited the field, too. So it’s a tremen­dous recog­ni­tion for him and the work he did for sports in the com­mu­nity.” Gutheridge was also heav­ily in­volved in the Moose Jaw Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion and spent many hours in the pool with the Cana­dian Red Cross Wa­ter Safety pro­gram and the Royal Life Sav­ing So­ci­ety, hold­ing ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tions with the groups and in­struct­ing, coach­ing and of­fi­ci­at­ing in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties over the years.

The num­ber of awards Gutheridge has re­ceived over the years re­flects his stature as a com­mu­nity builder: he re­ceived the City of Moose Jaw Medal of Merit in 1972 and the Govern­ment of Saskatchewan award that same year to go along with the Canada Fit­ness & Am­a­teur Sport Award in 1977. He was named a YMCA Hon­orary Life Mem­ber in 1972 and Saskatchewan Parks and Recre­ation Life Mem­ber in 1978.

Stan­ley ‘Hub’ Gutheridge was in­ducted into the Hall of Fame on Oct. 20 along­side for­mer NHL stand­out Doug Smail, for­mer na­tional cham­pion fig­ure skater Su­san Humphreys, base­ball coach and builder Jim Baba, base­ball and curl­ing coach Roger An­holt and base­ball and hockey stand­out Ge­orge Hunchuk.

Stan­ley ‘Hub’ Gutheridge was re­cently in­ducted into the Moose Jaw and Dis­trict Sports Hall of Fame.

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