We Tell You Just A Little About Nick & Vicky Klym

SHUFFLER CITIZEN OF MERIT

In Memoriam:  Vicky Klym

Vicky and Nick

On June 25th at Thames Horizon Shuffleboard Club, Nick Klym sponsored a “for cancer” tournament in memory of his late wife, Vicky.  To say that Vicky was an avid competitor was an understatement.  Whether it was lawn bowling or shuffling, she gave her all.  And her “all” was quite good enough to establish a record for many others to aspire.  In Shuffleboard, her winnings earned her a membership in the FSA Hall of Fame; the National Hall of Fame; and the ISA (International) Hall of Fame.  Vicky won the coveted “Florida Masters” twice!!   She did not “just play”.  Vicky was tournament director for the FSA at the District and State Level.  In the CNSA (Canadian National Shuffleboard Association), Vicky was the 1st VP for 3 successive presidents.  In that capacity she provided the continuity  of office so necessary to the success of any organization.  She was one of the leaders in accessing funds from the “New Horizon Programme”,  a federal government “grant” programme which assisted in the construction of her Home Club, Thames Horizon—Chatham, ON.  Vicky was also a “prime mover” in the hosting of the ISA tournament in Lindsay, ON.  Nick and Vicky made their home in Leamington, ON.  For the past 20 years, 6 months of every year had been spent in Lakeland, FL.  All who read this tribute to Vicky will realize that her passing has left a void in the lives of those she touched.   Donations to the Thames Horizon Club for the Cancer Fund amounted to $630.00.  This amount will be given by the Club in memory of Vicky.  “Nick” Klym expresses his appreciation to all who participated.

Stan McCormack of THE SHUFFLER. 

INDUCTION INTO CNSA HALL OF FAME: VICKY KLYM

This posthumous award placing Vicky Klym into the CNSA (Canadian National Shuffleboard Association) Hall of Fame, Players Division, is an opportunity to celebrate both Vicky’s contribution to the sport of shuffleboard and her life. 

Vicky was one of those rare players who could give her all on the courts while at the same time contributing in an administrative way to make an equally important impact on the success of Canadian Shuffling. 

In the administrative endeavour, Vicky served as 1st Vice President to Frank Willson and Catherine McCreery at a critical time in the development of the sport.  She was instrumental in accessing funds from the “New Horizon Programme”, a federal government “grant” programme, which made possible the construction of her Home Club, Thames Horizon in Chatham, ON.  The experience gained in this venture was drawn on when the decision was made to host an International Event in Lindsay, ON. The President at that time, Mr. Frank Willson spoke highly of her enthusiasm and guidance in accessing the required funds.

Notwithstanding the significant achievements enumerated above, Vicky is being recognized to-day for her success on the Courts both in her role as Team Captain and Player. She competed in 16 International Competitions, frequently as Team Captain.  Outstanding was the word most often used when describing her skill and ability on the courts whether it was executing a particular play or discussing and explaining game strategy.  Her playing skills and on-court triumphs have not gone unnoticed or unrecognized.  Vicky has been inducted into the Florida Shuffleboard Assn. Hall of Fame, the US National Hall of Fame, and the International Shuffleboard Hall of Fame. 

It is with quiet humility and solemnity that we honour the memory of Vicky Klym through this Induction into the Canadian National Shuffleboard Hall of Fame. 

The Award will be presented to husband Nick Klym at the Annual General Meeting of the CNSA on May 29th, 2007   in Blackstock, ON. 

                                   Max Tate                                      CNSA Pres

NICK KLYM WAS INDUCTED INTO THE HALL OF FAME IN 1998: 

We believe Nick has a Canadian Record vis-à-vis participating in ISA Events!!! If it is not a record, someone will tell us!!

Nick Klym was nominated for the ISA Hall of Fame by then Canadian President Roy Norman; he represented Canada Sixteen (16) times at ISA

Tournaments.  Roy advises that no one was more willing to assist in these formative years of the ISA, describing Nick as the hard working man behind the scenes. Nick served as Team Captain for Canada and also participated in Team Selection.

It should be noted that Nick was not the Canadian President and accordingly his induction is especially noteworthy.

Stan McCormack.  2010 12 12.   

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