Multisport Builder - Inducted 2011
Ken Newans is an icon in Canadian Sports broadcasting. As Sports Director for CFCN TV & Radio from 1968 until his retirement in 1996, he covered countless sporting events including seven Olympic Games, five Vanier Cups and thirty Grey Cup Games. Ken Newans was also the voice of the CFL Calgary Stampeders, a CTV National Football broadcaster and feature reporter for CTV’s Wide World of Sports. His enthusiasm and commitment are apparent through his work and his involvement with the University of Calgary Athletics, numerous organizations and countless athletes as he helped raise their profile. Ken Newans has served on the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors for more than twenty-five years and has been inducted into the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame, Canadian Football Reporters Hall of Fame and was admitted as a member of the Order of the University of Calgary in 2011.
Ken Newans is the only person to receive the Fred Sgambatti Award twice for his coverage of Canadian Interuniversity Sport Athletics. He received the University of Calgary’s Athletic Department Distinguished Service Award in 1992, the Peter Connellan Award for his unwavering support of Dinos Football. He was the only non-team member to be presented with a 1995 Vanier Cup Championship ring. Ken Newans has also been named to the Rural Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.
Ken was a strong supporter of the 2026 Olympic Bid committee and their hope to go forward and try to bring the Olympic Games back to Calgary in 2026. The process of going forward with a bid was taken to a plebiscite, and a no vote was the response from Calgary voters.
2013 – Ken was an honorary chairperson of the 55 Plus Winter Games held in Calgary.