In Aid of
Spinal Cord Research

July 10th & 11th, 2018

Manitoba Paraplegia Foundation:
D.E. Finkbeiner

E.A. Braid, C.M., Q.C.

J.A. Richardson

Administrative Assistant
Ron Burky

Dr. Jan Brown
Dr. Kristine Cowley
Dr. L. Nicolle
Leonard Steingarten
John Wallis

Golf Committee:

Russ Saladin

Dr. Jan Brown
Bill Gould
Gerry Hagglund
Gerry Hodson
George Howell
Grant Johnson
Fred Johnston
Russ Saladin

July, 2018

The inaugural Will to Win Classic (W2W), in aid of spinal cord research, was held in 1984. The initial five year commitment, thanks to the monies raised by our participants and sponsors, provided the opening for a group of research scientists to acquire matching funds. In 1987 this led to the establishment of the Spinal Cord Research Centre (SCRC) at the Bannatyne Campus of the University of Manitoba.

Through these 35 years your participation has created the opportunity for the SCRC to enlarge its research endeavours. Many “Will to Win Scholars” have been attracted, from around the world, to work at the SCRC with the backing of the dollars amassed by the tournament. In 2018 Dr. Kristine Cowley, a valued scientist at the SCRC, became a tenured professor in the Physiology department in the Rady School of Medicine as a result of the “Gifted Professorship” program which the W2W funded for five years.

2018 will be the second year of the Will to Win Studentship. Through our financial support, two students studying to achieve their PhD will receive funding. The goal is to create an environment where young talented researchers can contribute to the current research and be an integral part of the succession planning as changeover occurs at the SCRC.

With the commitment of our major sponsors and our Premiere sponsor, the funds provided by the W2W allowed the SCRC to obtain matching funding. This led to the creation of a new Human Spinal Cord Research Laboratory within the SCRC. Under the leadership of Dr. Cowley and Dr. Katinka Stecina, both past W2W scholars, this initiative will take the research provided by the SCRC to another level. The SCRC has a worldwide reputation for study of spinal cord regeneration at the cellular level. The human research lab will marry this basic science research with the study of how neurons within the human spinal cord contribute to movement and improved function after spinal cord injury. The goal is to develop new training strategies that can be used when people are going through rehabilitation so they can regain more function after injury.

Without your involvement throughout these years none of this could possibly have been accomplished. As in the 1980’s, the W2W funds are the “seed money” for exciting advances in our endeavours to aid spinal cord research at the SCRC.

Thank you, once again. Your participation is the reason that the Will to Win Classic has lasted for all these years. Our tournament is a wonderful way to enjoy the fellowship of friends, both old and new, and support a compelling cause. We know that you have many options for your charitable giving. We are thrilled that you have chosen the Will to Win and spinal cord research these past 35 years.

The Will to Win Committee

2018 Sponsors

Past Sponsors:
2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999.

Will-to-Win Classic History

Video Presentation on Will-to-Win Classic
(13 minutes, MP4)

Photo of 2018 Winners

Past Sponsors and Winners’ Photos:
2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999.

Will-to-Win Classic
Past Champions

Scholarship Recipients -
past and present

2017 Awardee
2018-2019 PhD Competition

Will-to-Win Dedication Ceremony
May 16, 2018

Will-to-Win Symposium
May 13-14, 2013

Past Symposium: 2004

Web pages courtesy of SCRC
Will to Win Classic:
c/o Russ Saladin,
6 Kuypers Lane,
Headingley, MB. R4H 1K3
The Director and Members of the SCRC wish to gratefully acknowledge the continuing support of the Will to Win Classic Committee since its inception in 1984.