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Shanelle Rioux joins Estevan’s football Wall of Fame

Shanelle Rioux is the first player to be enshrined in the Wall of Fame.
Penta Completions Estevan Minor Football president Kevin Mortenson, left, recognizes Wall of Fame inductee Shanelle Rioux.

ESTEVAN - The accomplishments have been saluted for one of Estevan’s long-time football players and contributors.

Shanelle Rioux has been inducted into the Estevan Football Family Wall of Fame for all she has done with both minor and high school football. She is listed as a 2022 inductee, but couldn’t make the enshrinement ceremony in December and was recognized on Saturday.

Rioux entered Penta Completions Estevan Minor Football once she was old enough to play with the U10 Miners in 2011. From there, she progressed through the U12 Chargers, U14 Steelers/Oilers and then the Estevan Comprehensive School Elecs.

Her Grade 12 year also saw her join the Regina Riot women’s football team. She also assisted minor football in forming the Estevan Kinette Club U18 Viragos female football team. Rioux was the team’s first head coach.

In 2019, she was one of the first athletes chosen for the All-Canadian Titan team for the Grey Cup festival in Calgary, and in 2022, she competed with Team Canada for the women’s football International Cup in Finland.

The Wall of Fame started in 2021. Rioux is the first inductee as a player. The previous inductees were builders, coaches and sponsors.

“Shanelle is still inspiring young women that football is no longer a male-dominated sport, and even when you think odds are against you, you can keep grinding your way and find success,” minor football said in a Facebook post.