2024 Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Inductee – Shelley Vettese-Baert

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(Red Deer, AB) – Shelley Vettese-Baert is being inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame due to her groundbreaking contributions to the sport. She is the first Taekwondo athlete inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, as well at the first female Taekwondo athlete to receive this honour, marking a historic achievement.  

Shelley has dedicated four decades to Taekwondo, starting her journey at the age of 25. Her passion for challenges and sports led her to excel in Taekwondo, having reached the highest levels in both areas (sparring and Poomsae). Beyond her competitive endeavors, she has contributed significantly to her sport. Shelley has coached national Taekwondo athletes, served on provincial committees, and conducted numerous workshops and classes for Taekwondo conferences. 

Throughout her incredible career, Shelley has achieved remarkable feats, including winning Bronze at the World Cup in Spain in 1990 and silver at the World Cup in Yugoslavia in 1991. Her achievements also include a Bronze at the Olympic Games in Spain in 1992 and Gold at prestigious events like the Moscow Open, the U.S Open, and the Canadian National Championships. Notably, she won a Bronze at the 1st Pan Am Poomsae Championship in Mexico in 2010 and gold at the Canadian National Poomsae Championships in 2011. 

About Induction Ceremony 
The induction ceremony will take place on May 24 at the Red Deer Polytechnic Cenovus Energy Common. The event will start at 5:30pm and tickets are available at albertasportshall.ca. 


Media contact: 
Tracey Kinsella 
Executive Director, Alberta Sports Hall of Fame 
(403) 341-8614 


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