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A Special Olympics pioneer, golfer, Team Canada hockey player and CFL player were inducted into the Leduc Sports Hall of Fame. The city announced on December 21 that Linda Christensen, Blair Buttar, Casson Masters and Corbin Shaun will be part of the 2021 class.

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“All inductees have made significant contributions to their sport and the communities around them at the local, provincial, national, international and professional levels,” the city said in a statement.

The 2021 Leduc Sports Hall of Fame induction gala has been canceled, therefore the 2021 inductees will be honored on November 5, 2022 along with the 2022 inductees.

Linda christensen

Christensen was inducted for her work in starting Special Olympics Leduc. She moved to Leduc in 1973 with her first son, Danny, who has Down syndrome. After years of working with Special Olympics Alberta to start a chapter in Leduc, she became chair of the board of directors of Special Olympics Leduc in 1989, when Danny was 16 years old.

“The program started small, but soon word started to spread. In the spring of 1990, they had 15 athletes registered. They first offered bowling, then they added floor hockey. Linda has worked tirelessly to meet the needs of the growing program. His leadership role has been integral to his success, ”wrote the city.

Program highlights include one athlete Leduc who won the 1992 Alberta Special Olympics Athlete of the Year award and two swimmers who competed in the 1994 Special Olympics Canadian Games in Halifax. The Leduc Special Olympics curling team won the 2017 Special Olympics Alberta Winter Games.

Christensen has retired from the management of Special Olympics after 30 years at the helm.

Blair buttar

Buttar has been an outstanding golfer at the junior, amateur and professional levels. Among his accomplishments, he won the Alberta Junior Amateur Championship in 1992, the Alberta Amateur Championship in 2000, and finished second at the Canadian Amateur Championship in 2000. That year, Buttar competed in the Open Canadian PGA Tour, won by Tiger Woods.

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Buttar was very successful in college before his breakthrough year in 2000. He won the National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship in 1995 at Midland College, and was an honorable mention of the NCAA II All American in 1997 with Texas A&M University, finishing fifth in the NCAA II National Championship the same year.

Buttar won the 2006 Edmonton Open and the 2010 PGA Championship of Alberta.

“Blair finds it very rewarding to help other golfers improve their skills and achieve their goals. He lives in Leduc with his wife and two sons and enjoys recreational hockey and camping with his family, ”Buttar’s biography reads.

Masters Casson

After growing up playing minor hockey in Leduc, Masters won the Bob Johnson Memorial Trophy in 1992-93, awarded to Alberta’s best Midget AAA player. He was a star at the Mac’s Cup international tournament that same season.

The following year, the Masters played for Junior A Olds Grizzlys, winning the 1993-94 Centennial Cup, before moving on to Princeton University. He was named to the ECAC rookie squad for the 1994-95 season.

The Masters played for Canada’s National Men’s Team in the 1998-99 season, winning gold at the 1998 Spengler Cup. Masters lives in New York City with his wife and children.

Corbin Shaun

Shaun played minor football in Leduc, and his football at Strathcona Composite High School in Edmonton. He received a scholarship to St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, where he played two seasons, before returning to Alberta and playing two more seasons with the CFJL Edmonton Wildcats.

The safety was drafted in the 2010 CFL Draft by the Edmonton Eskimos, 43rd overall. He led the team in special teams tackles in 2010 and tied the Eskimos’ season record for special teams tackles in 2011 with 25.

“Corbin retired from the CFL in 2016, and having achieved his dream of playing football professionally, he fulfilled another lifelong dream and joined the Edmonton Police Department,” said the city ​​in a statement.