SSHoF logoChuck Sebestyen

Builder (1986)


Chuck SebestyenChuck began his gymnastic coaching career in 1958. He has spent many hours working with champion and amateur gymnasts. When Sao Paulo, Brazil hosted the Pan-American Games in 1963, Chuck was on the coaching staff of the Canadian team. He also coached Canadian teams at the North American Championships and the Tokyo Olympics in 1964.

Closer to home, he coached the Saskatchewan men's gym team when Saskatoon hosted the Canada Winter Games in 1971. Sebestyen coached both the men's and women's teams at the University of Saskatchewan. One of his prime pupils, Gail Daley of Saskatoon was a member of the Canadian team that went to Tokyo. She was the only Canadian to gain a "9" or more in each event. As a nationally rated judge, Chuck has conducted many coaching and officiating clinics.

Chuck was named Kinsmen Sportsman of the Year in 1962 and inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1977.

** Deceased

" We always ask them if they want to come to the gym. I never tell them they must. " -- Chuck Sebeysten coached daughters Glenna, Patti and Jan in gymnastics