Longtime volunteer Curt Waldner was enveloped by Hampton Little League players Sunday afternoon on the baseball diamond named in his honour. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Field named for longtime Hampton Little League volunteer

‘Curt Waldner Field’ recognizes years of dedication put in by former little league dad

There was a surprise on the diamond for a longtime Hampton Little League volunteer on Sunday.

After 13 years of volunteer work with the Hampton Little League, Curt Waldner can proudly stand in a baseball field named just for him. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

Curt Waldner had no idea who Saanich acting mayor Colin Plant was talking about when he took to the field during the league’s end-of-year ceremony.

READ ALSO: Senior level Victoria Little League back after two decades

“In today’s world, people don’t have as much time for volunteering. So it’s important to recognize that on many occasions, this person dedicates 30-40 hours a week here while still holding down a full-time job,” Plant said.

“There is no one more deserving of this recognition…And if you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m speaking about coach Curt.”

Before there was time to register his surprise, Waldner was handed a plaque designating one of the Hampton Park baseball diamonds the Curt Waldner Field. The 13-year volunteer said afterwards that he was “speechless.”

“I did not see it coming but…it’s lovely,” he said, explaining that even though his son graduated out of Little League in 2010, Curt himself, “never did.”

“My driving force is, I love baseball,” he said. “Everytime I do something, I’m excited to see the park get better. We have a vision for the park and we’re kind of, halfway there.”

READ ALSO: Gallery: Hundreds gather for Robin Carey memorial at Hampton Park

That vision includes hours of painting and repairs – something Waldner happily takes on, said Michelle Peterson, president of the Hampton Little League board of directors.

“This last winter there was a really big project with all the siding on our building was rotten, so he was here a lot,” she said. “When he’s not working, he’s at the park. He is the one that does all the grounds work, he paints all the signs, all the memorials…He is just such a gentle, unassuming guy. He just loves to work at our park, he wants our park to be the best park in the District. He just works tirelessly and never expects anything.”



nina.grossman@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Residents around Sidney’s Reay Creek Pond welcome federal remediation efforts

It is not clear yet whether Sidney will renovate nearby dam at the same time

Camp fun still offered in Greater Victoria

Easter Seals offers day camp options to replace cancelled overnight camps

Public to weigh in on Colwood Royal Bay development Monday

Application to rezone lands north of Latoria Boulevard submitted to council

Loss of UVic dog park deals a blow to socially anxious pets

Owners of non-socialized dogs seek safe space following closure of Cedar Hill Corner

Swim advisory issued at Cadboro Bay beach due to high bacteria levels

Island Health advises against water activities, swimming

B.C. Ferries increasing passenger capacity after COVID-19 restrictions

Transport Canada 50-per-cent limit being phased out, no current plans to provide masks

Shellfish industry get funds to clean up at Island sites and beyond

Businesses can apply to cover half of costs to clean up so-called ‘ghost gear’

Amber Alert for two Quebec girls cancelled after bodies found

Romy Carpentier, 6, Norah Carpentier, 11, and their father, Martin Carpentier, missing since Wednesday

B.C. man prepares to be first to receive double-hand transplant in Canada

After the surgery, transplant patients face a long recovery

Grocers appear before MPs to explain decision to cut pandemic pay

Executives from three of Canada’s largest grocery chains have defended their decision to end temporary wage increases

Bringing support to Indigenous students and communities, while fulfilling a dream

Mitacs is a nonprofit organization that operates research and training programs

RCMP ‘disappointed’ by talk that race a factor in quiet Rideau Hall arrest

Corey Hurren, who is from Manitoba, is facing 22 charges

NHL’s Canadian hubs offer little economic benefit, but morale boost is valuable: experts

Games are slated to start Aug. 1 with six Canadian teams qualifying for the 24-team resumption of play

Most Read