Bathurst Sports Hall Of Fame
Inductees for year 2014
From 1948-1974 Hector Fournier was a key ingredient to the success of first the Minor Hockey Program in East Bathurst and then the Bathurst Minor Hockey Program. Respected by all the young athletes he came in touch with, Hector did everything from providing hockey gear, to coaching, to becoming a successful manager of the 1971 Junior B Papermakers who won the right to represent New Brunswick in the Canada Winter Games in Saskatoon, SK. That year they also won the New Brunswick Junior B crown under his leadership
Donald was a true professional in his role as a coach of various cross-country ski teams and his dedication to preparation and organization led to many great successes of both his athletes and teams. The highlights of Donald’s coaching career include being selected as the head Coach for the Canadian Cross-Country Ski Team for the 2013 Special Olympic Winter Games in South Korea and his selection as the National Special Olympic Male Coach of the Year in 2000. Thanks to Donald’s leadership, his athletes were able to have experiences of a lifetime and in addition to striving for excellence, they were able to demonstrate the best values of sport on a local, provincial, Canadian and global stage.
A teacher, an athlete, a coach, a mentor, a builder, a truly compassionate man for sports in Bathurst. As an athlete he was a leader, a fighter, an inspiration for every teammate as he was as captain with the Bathurst Mutuals who went on to win Bronze at the Nationals. As a coach of 100+ teams, from minor to junior to senior, he was the ultimate motivator, organizer and role model. His winning teams speak nothing to the many lives he touched, many youth he has encouraged to be the best they can be. In his role as President of Bathurst Minor Baseball, the quantity and quality of athletes grew immensely. He will always be remembered as a true “believer” in the athletes and people of Bathurst.