Jamie Mayer – Nominated by Harvey Stevens,
In March of 1998, this 11 year old bowler from Knight Haven Lanes in Penetanguishene advanced to the Ontario Provincial Bantam Boys Singles tournament in Waterloo where he captured the gold medal, defeating his closest rival from Markham by a close five point victory.
Then, he headed to the Canadian Championships in Surrey, British Columbia, where he bowled against the 11 best Bantam boys in Canada. The grueling event had Jamie bowling a total of 22 games over three days. Going into the final day of competition, Jamie was tied for first place with the champion from British Columbia - with six games left to go.
Jamie won all six games of his final matches to capture the Canadian Bantam Boy’s title. His hot streak would see him win 19 of his 22 matches with a 225 average, a record amongst all age divisions.
Alvin Robillard - Nominated by Michael Dubeau,
This gifted athlete and hockey player played for Junior and Intermediate “C” with the Penetang Hurons, and later with the Midland Flyers, Penetang Brulé Garrisons, and the Penetang Memory Oldtimers.
Suiting up with the Midland Flyers in 1969-70, the team competed in two leagues, losing the Intermediate “A” All Ontario Final to Port Colbourne but winning the All-Ontario Senior “B” title against Lampton. Alvin would eventually play in an All Ontario finals 3 times in his career.
During his Intermediate and Senior playing days, Alvin would garner fifteen individual awards which included six team scoring titles, four league scoring crowns and would be awarded five Team Most Valuable Player awards.
An integral part of any team in which he was involved, he was instrumental in forming the Penetang Brule Garrisons in 1972 and the Penetanguishene Oldtimers in 1979, a team that is still going strong!
Mate Lichtenberg -Nominated by Rob Newburn & Claude Quesnelle,
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Mate was hired as the Athletic Director of the newly built Penetanguishene Secondary School in 1966, a position he held for 22 years until his retirement in 1988.
Thorpe “Mate” Lichtenberg was instrumental in establishing a powerful Athletic Program, at the fledgling school. Under his tutelage, the school produced immediately powerful football, basketball and badminton teams that saw numerous GBSSA Zone, Northern Regional and provincial finalists and Champions.
A mentor and father figure to all his athletes, he volunteered thousands of extra hours to teach and espouse discipline, fair play, and achievement through hard work, a trait his students and players fondly remembered. Later, many became involved in various sports as coaches, officials and organizers, all inspired by his great example.
Reg McConkey – Nominated Kevin McConkey,
In 1970, while watching his kids play hockey, Reg was asked and became involved with the town’s minor hockey system. He jumped into the task with all his energy. He spent fourteen years and countless hours involved in the Penetang Minor Hockey Association.
From 1974-1983 Reg was on the Penetanguishene Minor Hockey Executive in one capacity or another as a Director, General Manager, and was also involved in one of the teams directly as either a coach or manager.
He was Chairman of the Winterama Hockey Tournament for six years, making it one of the most popular tournaments to participate in. He was also instrumental in Penetanguishene Minor Hockey officially adopting red, yellow and white as its colours and the flaming “P” as its logo
In recognition of his hard work and unselfish dedication to the boys, Reg won the G. Therrien Award as minor hockey’s Executive Member of the Year three years in a row.
Ken St.Amant - Nominated by Jamie Robillard,
Born into the sports minded family of Francis and Dick St. Amant, Ken became a Physical Education teacher and stayed in the area. He founded the Penetang-Midland Referee Association in 1974 and went on to form the Penetang-Midland Gymnastics Club in 1979. He has officiated at all levels of hockey from the local minor hockey house league, to Major Jr. ‘A’, Provincial Jr. ‘A’, and Senior ‘A’ of the Ontario Hockey Association from 1972 until 1995. He has also refereed at the international level.
He has been a referee in, and the Referee-in chief of the Penetang-Midland Ball Hockey Association from 1979 until today - an amazing 28 years and counting!
As an Ontario Ball Hockey Association Referee’s Instructor and Technical Consultant for many years, he was chosen the OBHA “Official of the Year” in 1994 and was elected in into the OBHA “Builders” Hall of Fame” in 2006.