USask Kinesiology alumnus heading to the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame

College of Kinesiology graduate Ron Friesen (BAPE’71) is having his name called to be inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame.

“It is such a great honour to be inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame.  Looking back over the 50 years since my competitive days, I have come to recognize the critical importance of the support I received from so many people in my life and in particular from those from Saskatoon, USask, and Saskatchewan,” said Friesen. 

Friesen enjoyed doing back somersaults off the board as a lifeguard and swim instructor in Moose Jaw, SK during the summer of 1967. From there, he began training as a competitive diver during his first-year enrolled in physical education at the University of Saskatchewan.

Fast forward one year, he was a Canadian university champion on the one- and three-metre diving boards. During his university experience, he won six national university titles and was named the Canadian university diver of the year three times.

Although his diving career was short, totalling five years, he made a big splash competing at the 1970 World University Games in Turin, Italy, the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland where he won bronze performing before the Queen, the 1971 Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia, and the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany. 

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