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2005 Sports Hall of Fame Inductees
James BrewsterJames Brewster – Pioneer
After arriving in Banff in 1887, Jim supported many major Banff sporting events including the May Day regatta, the Banff Indian Days and the Winter Carnival. Jim then went on to pioneer an achievement that so many of us enjoy to this day, as he helped finance the development of a ski area at Mt. Norquay. In 1935 Jim began construction of a ski lodge near the Continental Divide which he called Sunshine, the beginning of what we know today as Sunshine Village.

Elected Western VP of the Canadian Amateur Ski Association in 1936 and instrumental in putting Mt. Norquay on the map by bringing the Canadian Amateur Ski Association Dominion Championship ski races to Banff, Jim Brewster was truly one of the pioneers of this community, and our identity is tied to his vision and hard work.

For many years Jim provided funding and transportation to countless young Banff skiers for competitions across western Canada. He was tireless in his promotion of skiing and skiers of the Banff area until his death in 1947. 

Rob CrosbyRob Crosby – Athlete Achievement
For a long time Banff resident, this award honours a lifetime of athletic achievement. Rob Crosby competed in every sport that passed him by. From 1933-40, Rob was the Alberta Indoor and Outdoor Speed skating Champion in every age category where he competed in. Many of his provincial records stood for years. He placed second at the North American Outdoor Speed Skating Championships in St. Paul, Minnesota and won many races throughout Western Canada.

From skating to skiing, Rob won Gold at the 1939 Canadian Amateur Ski Association championships in the senior Downhill and won Silver in the Slalom, while Gold in the Slalom and Silver in the Senior Downhill followed in 1940. In 1972 he was the Chairman of the organizing committee for the Bank of Montreal World Cup races at Mt. Norquay. An example of health and longevity for us all, Rob still, at the age of 84 continues to compete and win at both skiing and golf.

D. Scott HollandD. Scott Holland – Athletic Achievement
In May 2005, Scotty not only accomplished the amazing feat of golfing 221 holes in 11 hours 56 minutes, he did it both walking and running without the benefit of a caddy and only a “Ping” seven iron to make all of his shots.

More amazing was that Scotty had accomplished the feat for the third time, falling just short of the Guinness Book of World records in his previous two attempts, a record which he has since been awarded. 

Throughout all of his attempts, Scotty has raised over $30,000 for the Banff Mineral Springs Hospital and has been of instrumental value to the Banff Springs Junior Golf program.

He has been a resident of Banff since 1978, working at the Banff Springs Golf Course since 1989 and as a Golf Teaching Professional since 1997.

Brian Skrine
Brian Skrine – Builder
Arriving in Banff in 1955, Brian spent over 30 years rising to prominence in the world of Alpine Ski officiating.

Described as wanting to “learn everything he could to find out what it takes to help young ski racers be the best that they could be,” Brian started his journey coaching the Banff Ski Runners. 
He learned and studied the craft of officiating, rising to become an International Ski Federation technical delegate at the Calgary and Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games and the Chief of Race at many World Cup races all over the globe. He also took an active role in contributing to the development of Disabled Skiing in Canada, earning the Karl Hilzinger award for these contributions.

In 1998 Brian received an ‘Honourary Diploma’ from the International Ski Federation “in recognition of outstanding services to the sport of Alpine Skiing worldwide.”

Brian Skrine is a proud example of tireless work, selfless giving and international success. 

Jack MacAulayJohn (Jack) MacAulay – Builder

Jack was one of the chief architects behind the success of Banff Minor Hockey that many children and families enjoy today. From 1939-85, for an incredible 46 years, Jack coached some level of minor hockey in Banff.

He was the President of the Banff Figure Skating Club from 1970-74, the Chairman of the Banff Recreation Board from 1970-76 and the Chair of the Alberta Winter Games Committee in 1976. Jack was also awarded the prestigious 1965 Rotary Sportsman of the Year Award.

A long time owner and operator of Mac’s Sports Store in Banff, Jack was a kind and generous soul who assisted many Banff families who needed a little bit of help in getting equipped. A better and kinder man most people will never meet, and we are proud that Jack was a native son, building a legacy in sport and in life that continues to this day. 

Karen PercyKaren Percy – Athlete
One of Banff’s most successful athletes gave us one of our community’s proudest moments.

Raised on the ski hills surrounding Banff, Karen Percy captured Canada's first medals at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympic Games, bringing Banff two Olympic Medals. Winning Bronze in the Women's Downhill, Bronze in the Women’s Super Giant Slalom and fourth in the Combined event, Karen excited Canada and electrified Banff.

Also skiing to a Silver medal in the Downhill at the World Championships at Vail, Colorado, in total during her prestigious skiing career, Karen achieved five World Cup podiums, 32 career World Cup Top Tens and at the peak of her career was ranked 9th overall in the World Cup ranking. Karen has inspired countless generations of young Banff athletes to pursue dreams of Olympic glory. For them it is now possible.


Maria HawkinsMaria Hawkins – Athlete
A four year member of the Canadian National Road Cycling Team from 1989-92, Maria Hawkins has pedaled her way to international athletic success.

Competing for Canada in the 1992 Summer Olympic Games after placing first at the Canadian Olympic trials, Maria made her mark on the cycling world. A member of Team Canada at two World Championships in 1990 and 1991, second at the National Road Racing championships in 1988, 1989 and 1990, and a third place finish in 1991 are some of her most memorable accomplishments.

Maria has been a resident of Banff since 1974, graduating from Banff Community High School in 1980. Also an accomplished cross country skier and mountain biker, Maria can still be seen in the hills and valleys training, competing and enjoying the valley she calls home.