Bathurst Sports Hall Of Fame
Inductees for year 1999
Kenneth "Ken" Frenette
After retiring as a gifted hockey and baseball player, Ken Frenette devoted the next 25 years to the youth of Bathurst as a coach in the minor baseball and hockey programs. He started and developed the Bathurst pre-season hockey school and was one of the founders of the Bathurst Sports Hall Of Fame. As a member of city council, Frenette was instrumental in the upgrading of Coronation Park and the installation of lights for baseball and softball. He was also mayor at the time it was announced Bathurst would be getting a new Civic Center. It was Frenette's dedication to his teams that made him stand out. He never missed a game or practice in more than 20 years of coaching in the Bathurst Minor Hockey System.
The trophy cases at both the former J. Gordon Chalmers Junior High School and Bathurst High are crammed with trophies from teams coached by Charlie Leblanc. Described as a builder of character, self-esteem and spirit, Leblanc produces winners without stressing winning. Although he excelled as a volleyball coach, he also coached soccer, basketball and badminton teams at both the school and club level. Many of the more than 100 boys’ and girls' teams he has coached have brought home regional, provincial and maritime titles. In a coaching career that began when he was just 11 years old, Leblanc has distinguished himself as a gifted teacher and a positive role model to hundreds of Bathurst's young athletes, many of whom have gone on to represent the City at Jeux d'Acadie, Canada Games and at the University Level.
Bathurst Amateur Boxing Club 1967-1976
Led by the Chiasson brothers, the Bathurst Amateur Boxing Club brought honor and recognition to the city along with many championships. Gilbert, Cletus and Bill Chiasson are the only brothers ever to each win a Maritime championship in the same tournament. The other members of the club, Edward (Eddie) Duguay and Fidelin Godin, also won championships in their respective weight classes in the same tournament. The list of titles won by the five fighters is a long one including several provincials, Maritime and Eastern Canadian Championships. All five athletes also competed in the city's minor hockey and baseball programs.