Re­mark­able ac­com­plish­ments

Bridgetown Area Sports Hall of Fame hon­ours de­serv­ing in­ductees at gala event

Annapolis Valley Register - - NEWS - BY JOHN A. MONT­GOMERIE SPE­CIAL TO THE REG­IS­TER BRIDGETOWN, N.S. B2 John A. Mont­gomerie is a Bridgetown res­i­dent and re­tired ed­u­ca­tor who writes pe­ri­od­i­cally for this news­pa­per.

For the ninth con­sec­u­tive year, the cit­i­zens of Bridgetown came to­gether in the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion build­ing to hon­our their ath­letes, hav­ing hon­oured BRHS the in­sti­tu­tion last year.

The in­ductees into the Bridgetown Area Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 17 were pa­raded into the au­di­to­rium to the skirl of Andy Kerr’s bag­pipes. Past chair­man Dick Camp­bell gave open­ing re­marks and in­tro­duc­tions, which were fol­lowed by a pork din­ner catered by Bonny Light­foot, served by the O2 class at BRCS and the boys’ bas­ket­ball team.

The first or­der of busi­ness was the read­ing of the hon­our roll by Margie Chip­man. Each year the ac­com­plish­ments of ath­letes who have won a cham­pi­onship at the pro­vin­cial level or com­peted beyond that level be­tween Oct. 1 of the pre­vi­ous year and Sept. 30 of the cur­rent year are rec­og­nized. This year’s roll con­tained 43 as­tound­ing achieve­ments, of which 35 were gold. The var­i­ous ac­com­plish­ments came in lawn bowl­ing, archery, bad­minton, body­build­ing, soc­cer, track and field, hockey, ball hockey, darts and arm wrestling. Such en­deav­ours show the tenac­ity of Bridgeto­ni­ans in keep­ing fit and bring­ing hon­ours to their com­mu­nity.

A re­cur­ring theme of the evening was the ap­pre­ci­a­tion shown by the in­ductees for par­ents, coaches and friends who have sup­ported the ath­letic en­deav­ours of the present gen­er­a­tion. Mem­o­ries of Harry Ver­ran (a 2012 in­ductee), Eve­lyn Jack­son, John Lawrence, Jim Saun­ders (a 2010 in­ductee), Theresa McNeil, “Doc’ Scan­lan (a 2010 in­ductee) were all pub­licly rec­og­nized. A mo­ment of si­lence was ob­served in mem­ory of Jack McNeil (a 2011 in­ductee) who passed away since the last in­duc­tion cer­e­mony. The Bridgetown com­mu­nity is noted for the depth of its humanity: as one 2018 re­cip­i­ent re­marked, “it is the peo­ple, not the ac­com­plish­ments, I re­mem­ber tonight.” and 1500-meter events all on the same day. He con­tin­ued his win­ning ways in 1976, 1977 and 1978. In 1981 he won sil­ver and bronze at the high school pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships, also win­ning a sil­ver with the 4x400 meter re­lay team. Two other sports com­manded his at­ten­tion: as cap­tain of the Bridgetown Ban­tam C Pro­vin­cial Hockey Cham­pi­ons in 1978 he was cho­sen MVP; he was also a mem­ber of the BRHS Pro­vin­cial Soc­cer Cham­pi­ons in 1980. Like many vic­to­ri­ous ath­letes, he is will­ing to coach younger ath­letes as head coach of the Kings County Academy track team, head coach of the An­napo­lis Val­ley Run­ning Club, head track coach for North Kings Ed­u­ca­tional Cen­tre.

Ja­son Law­ton

Ja­son Law­ton was in­ducted as a builder for his work in triathlons. As a mem­ber of the Cana­dian Forces, he and his wife Jen­nifer founded the Navy Tri­dents Triathlon Club, be­com­ing mem­bers of the Triathlon Nova Sco­tia board. Their work with a pro­gram for youth in the 2009 Canada Games gar­nered a fourth place fin­ish for the men’s triathlon team. He had been ap­pointed in 2008 as na­tional team man­ager of the Cana­dian Forces Mil­i­tary Triathlon team; in 2013 he was in­ducted into the Cana­dian Forces Sports Hon­our Roll as a builder for pro­mot­ing the Mil­i­tary Triathlon team. As a mem­ber of the World Mil­i­tary Sports Com­mit­tee, he over­saw the 2017 cham­pi­onships in Ger­many, the 2018 cham­pi­onships in Swe­den: he is now pre­par­ing for the 2019 com­pe­ti­tion in Wuhan, China. Not to be for­got­ten is his work in es­tab­lish­ing the Bridgetown Triathlon. Un­der Ja­son and Jen­nifer’s lead­er­ship as race di­rec­tors, the triathlon achieved new heights, draw­ing upon the com­mit­ment and in­ter­est of the com­mu­nity, gain­ing pro­vin­cial grants and lo­cal spon­sor­ships. The Bridgetown Triathlon, held in Au­gust, is es­ti­mated to pro­duce an in­come of $40,000 to the lo­cal com­mu­nity each sum­mer. girls’ bas­ket­ball teams and boys’ vol­ley­ball teams to nu­mer­ous re­gional ban­ners: his A boys’ vol­ley­ball team won a pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship in 1966. For many years, he or­ga­nized the Neil Hed­ding­ton Vol­ley­ball Tour­rna­ment. For the com­mu­nity, Art was in­volved in the Bridgetown Recre­ation As­so­ci­a­tion as pres­i­dent, rais­ing money for the pool and rink. He coached mi­nor hockey; he was on the board of di­rec­tors of the Eden Golf and Coun­try Club. For many years he was the of­fi­cial starter of the district and re­gional high school meets, and des­ig­nated starter of the Aca­dia Re­lays. He was in­ducted in the Aca­dia Uni­ver­sity Sports Hall of Fame as a mem­ber of the Mar­itime In­ter­col­le­giate Track and Field Team. He was a found­ing board mem­ber of the Bridgetown Area Sports Hall of Fame, serv­ing a term as pres­i­dent.

Jim Ver­ran

Jim Ver­ran, in­ducted as a coach, be­gan his sports ca­reer as an ath­lete, play­ing for mi­nor hockey and the BRHS hockey team. In ju­nior hockey he played for the Wind­sor Roy­als and Hal­i­fax Li­ons, help­ing the Li­ons to win both Val­ley and Nova Sco­tia cham­pi­onships. With the Bridgetown and District Recre­ational League for many years, he won ma­jor scor­ing and MVP awards. His 35-year coach­ing ca­reer be­gan in 1983 with a league cham­pi­onship for the Bridgetown Ban­tam “C” team. He and his brother John ran hockey schools for many years; he has coached at all lev­els of the game in the area in­clud­ing high school, ju­nior hockey, and Nova Sco­tia Com­mu­nity Col­lege (win­ning the NSCC cham­pi­onship in 2009 and 2018). Jim has re­ceived the An­napo­lis County Vol­un­teer Award and Coach of the Year Award from Mid­dle­ton District Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion. He coached the BRHS team to a pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship in 2006: as as­sis­tant coach, the team won again in 2009. In soc­cer, he started the Bridgetown Youth Soc­cer sum­mer pro­gram, which grew from 30 to 150 play­ers in 10 years. The soc­cer teams he has coached have won many tour­na­ments. In 1996, his co-ed U-15 soc­cer team won the pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship. A high­light for him was Bridgetown’s first Me­mo­rial Hockey Tour­na­ment when Jim, his three sons and many neph­ews won the ti­tle as Harry’s Tribe, in mem­ory of his dad Harry Ver­ran.

Chris Jack­son

Chris Jack­son, in­ducted as an ath­lete, joins his brother Howie (2010 in­ductee). At BRHS he ex­celled in track and field, par­tic­u­larly javelin as well as shot put, dis­cus and ham­mer throw. In his grad­u­a­tion year 1972, at the pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships, he placed first in javelin and dis­cus, sec­ond in shot put, sec­ond in long jump, sec­ond in ham­mer throw. At the East­ern Canada Track Cham­pi­onships, he placed third in javelin: at an in­ter­na­tional meet in Maine he placed sec­ond. He was a mem­ber of the BRHS soc­cer team which won two pro­vin­cial ti­tles and the BRHS vol­ley­ball team which also won two pro­vin­cial ti­tles. At grad­u­a­tion he was awarded both the Bruce Tro­phy and the Gary Cook Award. At Dal­housie Uni­ver­sity he was a mem­ber of the track and field team which won two Mar­itime uni­ver­sity ti­tles as well as the var­sity bas­ket­ball team. In New­found­land work­ing with deaf stu­dents, he has ac­cu­mu­lated many hon­ours: mem­ber of se­nior men’s bas­ket­ball team (four pro­vin­cial ti­tles), coach of se­nior women’s bas­ket­ball team (five pro­vin­cial ti­tles), coach for wheel­chair bas­ket­ball, coach of deaf team at Foresters Games for the Dis­abled in Van­cou­ver, 2000 Wheel­chair Bas­ket­ball Cana­dian Vol­un­teer of the Year, coach of Cana­dian Women’s Youth Na­tional Team at the Deaf Pan Amer­i­can Games 2000 (plac­ing sec­ond), 2006 Coach of the Year at Bishops Col­lege.

Bad­minton Dou­bles

The first team to be in­ducted was the Bad­minton Dou­bles Pro­vin­cial Cham­pi­ons com­posed of Jen­nifer Ward, Mary Lon­g­ley, and Cindy Keith. Var­i­ous com­bi­na­tions of these three women would win four con­sec­u­tive high school pro­vin­cial ti­tles in ladies dou­bles. In 197980, Cindy and Mary would en­ter a num­ber of ladies dou­ble com­peti- tions with great suc­cess, even­tu­ally win­ning the pro­vin­cial high school in­ter­me­di­ate girls’ dou­bles cham­pi­onship. In 1980-81, Cindy and Mary would have another suc­cess­ful sea­son, win­ning the se­nior ladies’ dou­bles pro­vin­cial ti­tle. In 1981-82, Cindy and Mary once again dom­i­nated ladies’ dou­bles, win­ning a hard-fought bat­tle against a Truro team (18-17, 18-14) to win their third straight pro­vin­cial dou­bles ti­tle. Jen­nifer would join Cindy in 1982-83 to cre­ate another pow­er­ful dou­bles team. In the se­nior ladies’ divi­sion, they would de­feat An­napo­lis Royal (15-6, 15-8) to win the se­nior ladies’ high school pro­vin­cial ti­tle.

Bas­ket­ball Champs

The sec­ond team in­ductee was the 1988 and 1989 BRHS Se­nior Boys’ High School Pro­vin­cial Bas­ket­ball Cham­pi­ons, coached by Den­nis “Doc” Scan­lan. Most of the play­ers had played to­gether from Grade 6 to grad­u­a­tion, win­ning two pro­vin­cial bas­ket­ball ti­tles in con­sec­u­tive years, 1988 and 1989; a re­mark­able feat. In 1987, although the team lost in the first round at provin­cials, the loss pro­vided the team con­fi­dence to im­prove their game, post­ing a 29 win and 5 loss sea­son in 1988. De­spite play­ing against many schools with larger pop­u­la­tions, the team hosted the pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships, win­ning the ti­tle against Hantsport 74-71. In 1989, the team would com­plete the sea­son with 25 wins and 4 losses: it capped off the year by win­ning their sec­ond high school pro­vin­cial ti­tle with a vic­tory over KCA 70-64. Mem­bers of the 1988 team were: John Boyd, Scott Cald­well, Eddie Con­nell, Kevin Cor­bett, Mike Head, Mike Langille, John Ray Lawrence, Wally Lewis, Mark Mar­shall, An­drew McNeil, An­thony McNeil, Robin McNeil, and Tim Pet­tit. Mem­bers of the 1989 team were: John Boyd, Eddie Con­nell, Kevin Durl­ing, David Joudrey, Mike Langille, John Ray Lawrence, Mark Mar­shall, An­drew McNeil, An­thony McNeil, Tim Pet­tit, Brad Poole, and Mur­ray Tay­lor.

Nom­i­na­tion forms for next year’s in­ductees can be down­loaded from the hall’s web­site at www.bridgetown­sporthallof­ Com­plete story and pho­tos can be viewed at­napolis­coun­tyspec­ta­ The per­ma­nent lo­ca­tion for the Hall of Fame is the Tro­jan Sports Cen­tre, where any­one may drop in to see its his­tory.


The 1988 and 1989 BRHS Se­nior Boys’ High School Pro­vin­cial Bas­ket­ball champs were in­ducted into the Bridgetown Area Sports Hall of Fame un­der the team cat­e­gory.


Tim Jack­son speaks at the ninth an­nual in­duc­tion cer­e­mony held at the Bridgetown Le­gion on Nov. 17.


Jim Ver­ran.


Chris Jack­son.


Jen­nifer Ward.

Penalty-filled Aca­dia ac­tion.

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