Ted Jaleta has defied adversity to achieve athletic success and inspire community. He escaped from imprisonment and torture during the Civil War era in Ethiopia and immigrated to Canada in 1982 as a refugee. By 1985 he became a Canadian citizen, which he recognizes as one of the proudest experiences in his life. Jaleta’s journey underscores the message of adapting to change.
From a war refugee to an internationally ranked elite athlete, he uses his commitment to fitness and coaching to demonstrate how sport can enable people to confront their challenges and achieve their goals. His attitude resonates and inspires people to recognize the positivity and lessons that exists in every situation, and that a positive attitude combined with perseverance can enable people to prevail. Ted’s compelling story is told in the award-winning biography, Never Give Up: Ted Jaleta’s Inspiring Story, written by Deana Driver.
Jaleta’s accomplishments include:
- Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame inductee-Athlete (running), 2005
- SaskSport Master Athlete of the Year, 1997
- Ranked seventh in the world by Runner’s World Magazine, 1997
- Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal recipient, 2002
- Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Award of Excellence, 2006
- Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree, University of Regina, 2014
- Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Torch Bearer
- In February 2017, the City of Regina added the “Jaleta” name to the list of future street names in Regina