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Kevin Sirois

Cycling, Speed Skating Athlete - Inducted 1993

Kevin Sirois was on his way to becoming one of the few Canadians to compete in both the Winter and Summer Olympics in the same year. He competed at the 1971 Pan American Cycling Competition and toured Italy with the Canadian Cycling Team. At the 1972 Winter Olympics, he placed 14th in the 10,000m speed skating event and set a Canadian record that would not be broken until 1982. He set over 20 Canadian speed skating records at both junior and senior levels, in races from 500m to five miles. He was the first recipient of the Canadian Amateur Speed Skating Association's Skater of the Year Award in 1968, named Red Deer's Athlete of the Year in both 1966 and 1971, and, received the City of Edmonton Award for his outstanding contribution to both community and sport. Kevin Sirois was training for a spot on the 1972 Canadian Olympic Cycling team when in May of 1972, he was killed in a cycling accident near Ponoka. The Kevin Sirois Centre at Red Deer College is named in his honour.