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Sask. athletic community suffers major blow in loss of David Dice - Sports - The Prince Albert Daily Herald
The Prince Albert Daily Herald > Sports
Sask. athletic community suffers
major blow in loss of David Dice
Published on August 28,2014
athletic community in Prince Albert and the
as a whole suffered a major blow in
loss of longtime track and field stalwart
n Wednesday, The Herald reported that the
red Carlton Comprehensive High School
teacher died while on a canoe trip in
orthern Saskatchewan after he and his wife of
2 years Enid Dice were reported missing on
ln a picture posted on his blog, longtime Prince ,,lt,s a great loss to prince Albert and
Albert track and field stalwart David Dice poses Saskaichewar.l,,' said Bob Reindl, executive
along stde fhe Wintego Raprds east of Lac
director of Saskatchewan Athletics.
Ronge Provincial Park. On Wednesday, The communities are going to suffer greagy in this
Herald reported that the retired
Comprehensive High School science teacher
died while on a canoe trip in
Dice's body was found on Tuesday near an
Saskafchewan after he and his wife of 42 yearsoverturned canoe in Kinosaskaw Lake where a
Enid Dice were reported missing on Aug.
rescue plane spotted Enid alive and well after
Photo courtesy of
she had survived in the wilderness for eight
According to a report by Jeremy Warren of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, David and Enid had
just started a trip on the Churchill River when their canoe capsized at the first set of rapids
leading to Kinosaskaw Lake. The pair were then separated as David floated downstream.
lnducted into the Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame in 2003, Dice was a key figure in the
city's track and field community.
Since returning to P.A. from his studies at the University of Saskatchewan in 1970, "the
sport of track and field has never been the same," according to his now retired induction
plaque, which once hung from the walls of the Art Hauser Centre.
Sask- athletic community suffers major blcrw in loss of David Dice - Sports - The Prince Albert Daily Herald
Dice established the Prince Albert Optimist Track Club in 1981 and served as head coach
of Carlton's track and cross-country teams before becoming an official.
Serving alongside Dice as a member of Saskatchewan Athletics' board of directors, Reindl
noted that Dice played a critical role in getting Prince Albert an all-weather surface track
installed at Prime Ministers' Park, now known as Harry Jerome Track.
While officiating at several large-scale athletic events, Dice was also the chairman for track
and field at the 1992 Saskatchewan Summer Games and the 1999 Western Canada
"Helping the city secure bids speaks volumes to the type of person that he is," Reindl said
of Dice's drive to bring major events to Prince Albert, adding that one of his biggest
highlights was officiating at the 2001 Canadian and World track and field championships.
An avid outdoorsman and amateur photographer, Dice maintained a website, digicpac.ca,
where he showcased his art and blogged about his travels throughout Canada's great
The last entry posted on the site was on Aug. 14, where Dice writes about he and Enid's
hiking adventure at Banff National Park eadier this month.
"Little compares to the beauty of Canada," wrote Dice. "There is little that can outdo the
beauty of the Canadian Rockies."
Even while pursuing his hobbies and enjoying his retirement, Dice always maintained his
dedication to the track and field community, Reindl said.
"He really wanted to give back the sport," he said. "He was always willing to give up his time
for track and field or anything for that matter. lf he was in Saskatchewan, he was
volunteering his time for the community."
An official with level five status, which Reindl said takes years to obtain, the loss of Dice will
be difficult to recover from.
"lt is a loss to the official world, I can't say enough on that," Reindl said. "When you lose
someone of David's stature, it's hard to replace."
A memorial service for Dice is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 30 at 2 p.m.at Gateway
Covenant Church. He was 66 years old.
and rew. schopp@paherald. sk.ca