University of Regina Sports Hall of Fame adds two members

Posted: April 10, 2015 11:15 a.m.

Dick White (left) and Joell Fiddler are the newest members of the U of R Sports Hall of Fame.
Dick White (left) and Joell Fiddler are the newest members of the U of R Sports Hall of Fame. Photo: Courtesy of Arthur Ward

The University of Regina honours outstanding contributions to athletics, by induction into the University’s Sports Hall of Fame.

The newest members of the Hall are Joell Fiddler and Dick White, who were honoured at a ceremony on April 9.

Fiddler played five seasons with the Cougars women’s hockey team, from 1999 to 2004. She was a Canada West first-team All-Star each year. During her career, she earned 87 points. That’s more than double the person who sits second on the list, Carleen Meszaros, who currently plays for the Cougars and has 41 career points.

"Joell put up phenomenal numbers and her accomplishments at her position have been unparalleled," Cougars head coach Sarah Hodges said. "She was a critical element to our success during an era when we were consistently a top-five team in the nation. Joell's induction into the University of Regina Sports Hall of Fame is truly a well-deserved honour."

Fiddler, who graduated in 2005 with a degree in justice and works as a guard at the Regina Correctional Centre, is the 18th person to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in the player category.

Dick White was inducted in the builder category. White spent 34 years at the University of Regina, including 20 as Director of Athletics. White graduated with a Bachelor of Education from the U of R in 1974, and worked as a physical education teacher in Arcola and Moosomin. He returned to the University and was an administrative assistant and athletics coordinator from 1981 to ’88. Then from 1988 to ’95 he was the University’s Manager of Cooperative Education and Student Employment, before becoming Director of Athletics.

"For close to three decades, Dick White was instrumental in the extraordinary development of the athletics programs at the University of Regina," said President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons. "He showed tremendous commitment to our University and to our students, and played a major role in the academic and athletic success of countless students."

Under White’s leadership, the athletics department increased the number of inter-university teams from six to 16, and the University hosted five national championships. White retired last year.