This year's recipient of the Clark P. Read Mentor Award is Dr. Sherwin S. Desser. But, just who is Sherwin S. Desser? Dr. Desser (as he was known even then) was born in Winterpeg, Manitoba on 2 September 1937. The temperature was −40 F at Portage and Main, which is to say it was balmy for that time of year. Perhaps never knowing that there were warmer places further south, such as, perhaps, Fargo, North Dakota, Dr. Desser remained in Manitoba through his educational years and on into University, where he excelled and was awarded a B.Sc. in 1959 from the University of Manitoba.

Many of you know that Dr. Desser is rather athletically inclined. But this was not always the case. Around the time he finished his undergraduate career, Dr. Desser refocused his energies toward weightlifting, winning the light-heavyweight Canadian Junior Weightlifting championship in...

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