Bathurst Sports Hall Of Fame
Inductees for year 2022
Three words come to mind to describe the athlete Jackie Roy: grit, determination and leader. Jack started his baseball career in the late 1960’s and went on to be a leader for every team he played with, including the 1973 Chaleur Mutuals Junior baseball team, which he won a bronze medal in the Canadian Championships held in Fredericton, NB. He was a rock-solid and incredibly consistent ball player with the in the Bay of Chaleur Intermediate A Baseball League, holding the captaincy for the Bathurst team from 1976-1981. This team captured the 1979 Intermediate A baseball championship. Jackie was not only standout in baseball, he demonstrated similar abilities with the sport of hockey. At 17 years of age, Jackie finished second in league scoring playing with the Sussex Royals of the New Brunswick Junior A Hockey League. He was named captain of this team the following year. He went on to play hockey with the Bathurst Alpine Hockey Club until 1984 and he consistently finished as one of the highest ranked and most valuable players on the ice. Jackie was first chosen to the North/South Intermediate A All Star team in 1974 and was selected to this team each year until 1984. Jack was the ultimate teammate, captain, coach, leader and friend to all.
Diane Guignard has been a pillar in the competitive swimming community of Atlantic Canada since the 1980s. She has been involved in 7 Canada Games (1985, 1989, 1993, 1997, 2003, 2009, 2013) throughout an extensive competitive coaching career that spans over 42 years. She has led athletes to national podiums and has been awarded provincially as High-Performance Coach of the Year multiple times. Since becoming a chartered professional coach, she has taken athletes to national competitions across Canada and has seen her athletes go on to have successful varsity swimming careers in both the US and Canada. Diane has built a successful competitive swimming program in our area and has worked tirelessly to put Bathurst on the map with the quality of competitive swimmers being produced by her programs. She has helped to establish competitive swim teams in our neighbouring cities and has provided coaching education as well as ethics and technical training to hundreds of coaches in New Brunswick and Canada. Her work on provincial and national technical committees has helped contribute to the overall growth of the sport of swimming across Canada, New Brunswick and most certainly here in Bathurst, NB.
Bathurst High School Female/Femelles AAA Volleyball,1988-1991
Success with young athletic teams is not always measured by championships, but with the development of the team members both on and off the court. The young ladies who competed on these championship teams were certainly afforded this opportunity by coaches Don McKay and Alice Mann. In this occasion, these teammates also had the opportunity to achieve championship success. This development of the athletes as people also includes an unprecedented three consecutive provincial “AAA” NBIAA volleyball championships against powerhouses of the southern part of the province, simply a remarkable accomplishment. Their 95% match victory record is a feat that was achieved by hard work, determination, athleticism and terrific coaching. These teams were the catalyst of the volleyball program in Bathurst, which still goes on to this day. Many of these players continued to perform afterwards at the university and senior level. To add to this, many of these athletes gave back to the sport by coaching the next generation of players. Certainly, a well-deserved entry into the Bathurst Sports Hall of Fame.