Former NSAC athletic director to enter CCAA Hall of Fame

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Ken Marchant being recognized for contributions to national collegiate athletics

BIBLE HILL – The former athletic director of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College will be recognized by the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association in June.

Truro’s Ken Marchant, a fixture at the NSAC for 20 years, will be inducted into the new CCAA Hall of Fame during the organization’s 40-year anniversary celebrations in June in Banff, Alta.

Ken Marchant, who was a founding member of the CCAA executive, will be inducted into the organization’s new Hall of Fame in the builder category during a ceremony June 10 in Banff, Alta.

Marchant, a Truro resident, attended his first CCAA meeting in 1973 as a representative of the Nova Scotia College Conference, now known as the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association. From then on he continually served the national organization in various capacities until his retirement in 1994.

As treasurer for six years from 1974 to 1980, Marchant oversaw an evolving budget and was responsible for purchasing airline tickets for all national championship participants. He served a total of seven years as a regional representative (1981-84, 1990-94), as well as men’s soccer convenor (1983-86), and men’s hockey convenor (1985-90), where he used his expertise to establish national championship rules and oversee disciplinary hearings.  

Marchant held the post of athletic director at NSAC (now the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus) from 1964 to 1994. He served as host chairman of four CCAA national championships during his 30-year career, and NSAC has the distinction of having hosted 14 overall, more than any other member institution.

“Because of my own background as an athlete, I wanted to provide the opportunity to do your best and give it your all, whatever the level,” said Marchant, a former All-Canadian hockey player at UNB. “To give athletes the opportunity to compete at the highest level and further test their skills against other member conferences across this great country, to travel and meet other athletes; they were the reason we did this."

Marchant’s other highlights include attending the first CCAA hockey championship in Sydney in 1975 and hosting the NSAC’s first CCAA men’s soccer championship on its newly refurbished field in 1990.

“As far as being a part of the CCAA, it was a great ride, and I enjoyed the whole experience,” Marchant said. “I did the best I could for the national body, and I always felt satisfied about what I did for the athletes.”

Founded in conjunction with the CCAA’s 40th anniversary, the new CCAA Hall of Fame will recognize, honour and distinguish individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Canadian collegiate athletics, either by virtue of their performance on an athletic team, or by meritorious efforts on behalf of the CCAA.

In addition to Marchant, nine other builders will be enshrined into the hall this year.   

Organizations: Nova Scotia College, Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association

Geographic location: Banff, Truro, Sydney

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