David Dice – Builder
The term “Builder” has never been more defined then when used in association with David Dice.
The high school science teacher was born in Prince Albert in 1948 and after obtaining several degrees and beginning his teaching career elsewhere, he returned to his hometown in the late 1970s and the sport of track and field has never been the same.
David’s first move was to form the Prince Albert Optimist Track Club in 1981 and for the next 18 years he was the head coach of that group. David was also the head coach of the Carlton Comprehensive High School track and cross-country teams during this time, but he still managed to find time to become an official and serve on the board of directors for Saskatchewan Athletics.
With the interest in track and field growing in Prince Albert, David decided there were some areas that needed fine tuning so in his spare time he developed a software program known as Hy-Tec which was used to easily gather results at meets. This software package is now used province wide and also allows for easier registration of athletes.
To complete the setting for the sport, David was instrumental in getting Prince Albert an all-weather surface and electronic eyes for the Harry Jerome Track. The finished product has made Prince Albert the preferred site for many major competitions.
Naturally, whenever Prince Albert hosted a major event David was the only choice for the athletics competitions. David has been the chairman for track and field at the 1992 Saskatchewan Summer Games, 1999 Western Canada Summer Games and 2002 Canadian Special Olympics. He has also officiated at the 2001 Canadian and World track and field championships.
David’s intelligence, foresight and dedication have made the sport of track and field more attractive for countless athletes and his organizational skills have been a main reason why track events are always a huge success. The Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame is very proud to include David Dice in its builder category.
Inducted into the Prince Albert Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.