Kas Vidruk made a contribution to amateur sport in Manitoba that will not be forgotten. An avid supporter of amateur sport, Vidruk was always there to make sure the amateur athletes got the recognition they deserved and made sure his disapproval was shown to anyone who referred to it as “minor sport”.
Prior to his involvement in amateur sport, Vidruk was an accomplished football player, signing with Winnipeg of the Western Rugby Union in 1942 for $50.00 a season. He played with them in 1943 and from 1945-47. From 1948 to 1951 he played with the Montreal Alouettes and rejoined the Bombers in 1952 where he remained until his retirement in 1956. Most of these years were spent as a linesman.
He was active as an official from 1957 to 1974, and continued this involvement with the Manitoba Amateur Football Officials Association until 1976.
It was Vidruk’s involvement in amateur sport where he made his biggest contribution. After teaching high school for three years, he was appointed the Phys. Ed. Supervisor for the Norwood School Division. From 1954-55 he lectured at the University of Manitoba and in 1955 became the Assistant Director for the Winnipeg School Division Physical Education Program. He later became the Director. From 1975-81 Vidruk was a consultant for Inter-Scholastic Activities. He retired in 1986 as co-ordinator of Physical Education Winnipeg School Division # 1.
Vidruk was a very energetic and enthusiastic man, serving on countless volunteer committees including the 1967 Pan Am Games Society Facilities Board, Chairman of the Manitoba Sports Federation’s Board of Directors, Chairman and founding member of the Manitoba High School Athletics Association and Vice Chairman of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.
Kas Vidruk’s dedication and devotion to amateur sport is something that will not be forgotten.
b. October 5, 1925
d. October 21, 1986