John Holash has been involved in the Prince Albert and Saskatchewan sporting world for more than half a century.
Born in Regina, he participated in school sports as a player and then later as a coach. His coaching credentials include eight city championships with the senior and junior women’s basketball teams for Sacred Heart Academy.
His involvement in sports in Regina later included leadership roles in tennis, the first Canadian five-pin bowling championship, the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and, of course, football: high school, junior – the Regina Rams – and the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.
Holash moved to Prince Albert in 1973 and his heavy involvement with the sporting community did not lessen. In fact, it increased.
Both as a volunteer and through his work with Molson Breweries, Holash could be found with a role in most of the major sporting activities in Prince Albert and area. The very long list of involvement includes: the 1997 Canadian Junior Golf Championships; the 1984 Canadian Mixed Curling Championships; Prince Albert chairman when the 1991 World Junior Hockey Championships were staged in the province; founding director of the Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame; and the 1998 Air Canada Cup midget hockey championship. In 1997, he was named the Prince Albert Sportsman of the Year.
Holash has been involved with the Lobstick Golf Tournaments in Waskesiu since the 1970s and earlier this year was named the first life member of the Lobstick Golf Club in Waskesiu.
A list of involvement does not provide justice to what John Holash has contributed to sports and the community. He is recognized as a modest, conscientious worker who has raised the level of every sporting event in which he has been involved.
The Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to induct John Holash in the builder category. Inducted into the Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.