Bathurst Sports Hall Of Fame
Inductees for year 2004
When it comes to Martial Arts in Bathurst, one name immediately comes to mind- Wayne Thibodeau. After taking up Karate roughly 30 years ago, Wayne switched to Ju-Jitsu and was awarded his 5 Dan black belt in 1995. Awarded the title of Shiban, he is the founder of his own style of martial art called Jukaijutsu which is recognized by the World Kobuda Federation. Known throughout the world for his contributions to martial arts Wayne continues to train and teach young and old alike at his "Dojo" in St. Anne.
Since moving back to Bathurst in the early 1980's, Don Mckay has spent countless hours in the gym helping "kids do the best they can". In addition to coaching girls' volleyball at the Bathurst High School, he also runs a summer volleyball camp in the city each year and coaches the Bathurst Midget Girls Volleyball team. The V.P. of Sports with the 2003 Canada Winter Games, Don has also coached basketball and baseball and tirelessly given of his time to a number of volunteer efforts, As a further testament to his skills, several of his former players have gone on to play university sports and a number are now coaches themselves.
1950 BHS Track Team
In a sport that doesn't always get much recognition in this area, the 1950 BHS Track Team stood out amongst the best in the province. Coached by Gordon W. Mosher, the team was made up of Bob Maher, Paul Kenny, Don Buttimer, Brian Clanan, Lawrence Frigault and Ralph Watson. Not only did they win the provincial class B' championships, for schools with a student population of less than 100, they bettered the times and distances of the 'A' class schools in several instances. The relay team won the mile in a time of 3:48.8, while Kenny himself ran the mile in a winning time of 4:49.2 and Maher ran the 100-yard dash in a record-breaking time of 10.3 seconds.