Dougie Petrie is one of the New Waterford Area's finest all around athletes. The Lingan native was an outstanding hockey and baseball player. He starred on New Waterford's "Kid Line" with Leo Fahey and Mel Gadd as New Waterford ousted the Sydney Millionaires to win the 1945-46, Cape Breton Senior Hockey Championship. Dougie was also an outstanding centerfielder for the New Waterford Dodgers in the Cape Breton Colliery League. Click on the video link to watch Dougie's induction into the New Waterford & District Sports Hall of Fame.
Robert "Red Bob" MacDonald
Robert "Red Bob" MacDonald ranks with Marshall Desveaux and Jack MacKenzie as New Waterford's most accomplished basketball coach. Bob led Central High School to six provincial championships. The small school was a power on the provincial high school scene, often having to arrange games against the New Waterford Senior Strands in order to get competitive games. The highlight of Bob's coaching career came as the team captured the Canadian Juvenile Championship in 1961. Bob developed top-notch players at Central High School, with players such as Richie Spears, Dave MacDonald, George Hughes and Donnie MacAulay furthering their careers at the university and national levels. Click on the video link to watch Bob's induction into the New Waterford & District's Sports Hall of Fame.
Art Timmons was an all-around athlete in his younger years, excelling in soccer and hockey. As a builder, Art distinguished himself in the sport of soccer. He led the Mount Carmel Parish Senior team to the provincial challenge cup championship in 1973. Art, along with John Gillis, started the first girls soccer programs in Cape Breton. Art led his St. Agnes squad to the provincial championship game in their first season of play. Art became the girls soccer coach at Breton Education Centre in 1970, leading the squad to a provincial championship in 1974. Click the video link to watch Art's induction into the New Waterford & Districts Sports Hall of Fame.
George Lewis was one of New Waterford's most prominent harness racing drivers. He raced all over Canada and even ventured into the state of Maine. George won numerous driver of the year awards. One year he had an amazing 553 driving percentage. Click the video link below to watch George's induction into the New Waterford & District Sports Hall of Fame.
Mary Ann Corbett
Mary Ann Corbett was a championship walker. The highlight of her walking endeavours was when she won a race from Glace Bay to Sydney at the age of 69. Her walking exploits were highlighted by local journalist Paul MacDougall in a feature published in the Cape Breton Post. Recently, the CBRM named a walking trail in Mary Ann's honor. Click the video link below to watch the presentation of a special recognition award to Mary Ann's family.
The late Jacqueline Poirier was a much loved teacher and community volunteer. Jacqueline spent much of her volunteer time as Co-Chair of the New Waterford Coal Bowl Classic. Jacqueline's outgoing and friendly disposition endeared her to hundreds of coaches and players across the country. Her strong organization skills and attention to detail helped establish Coal Bowl as Canada's most prestigious high school basketball tournament. Click the video link to watch the presentation of a special recognition award to Jacqueline's family.
1968-69 New Waterford Giants Juvenile Baseball Team
The Giants were a powerhouse aggregation of 17 and 18 year-old baseball players. The Lowell Cormier, Gary McDonald coached squad rode great pitching, stellar defense and powerful hitting to capture the 1968 Nova Scotia and Maritime Titles. The 69 edition of the Giants captured the NS title, but fell to a strong Bathurst squad in the Maritime final. Click the video link to watch their induction into the New Waterford & District Sports Hall of Fame.