The Larry Archibald success story is heartwarming.
Born in Truro in 1946, Archibald would be the first to tell you he had to overcome his share of adversity during his youth.
Inducted into the Colchester County Sport Hall of Fame last Friday, the former basketball MVP at both Dalhousie University and the University of Western Ontario, shared some thoughts on how sports impacted his life.
"I had no expectations for anything like this when I started out. Athletics and extensions through playing sports have meant so much. Physical activity was my outlet, competing through athletics had a positive effect on my life," he said.
"I didn't know what to expect at the Colchester County sport induction night but I thought it was marvelous. I was blown away with the ceremony. I was tickled pink."
Archibald complimented the other athletes and the team inducted on the evening before explaining how he got involved in competitive sports.
"I have great memories of playing three-hour pickup games at St. Andrew's church gymnasium in Truro on Friday nights. During Grade 8, I played for Truro junior high and coach Lloyd Sutherland," he said.
"The next year, while still a junior high student, I began playing for Blenis Nicholson and Truro senior high. I was fortunate in getting to play four years of high school basketball."
Smiling, Archibald named several Truro teammates including his longtime friend Bob Piers, Gary Nelson, David Allan and Dick Jones.
A remarkable athlete during his youth, Archibald was a champion diver in provincial swimming, an outstanding sprinter in track and was excellent at volleyball, while also competing provincially in tennis.
Sought after by several universities during the 1960s, he was recruited by Dalhousie University. His former coach with the Dalhousie Tigers, Al Jarr (a Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame inductee himself and winner of 13 national basketball championships) was the presenter during Archibald's induction.
"Larry, almost single-handedly turned Dal into a basketball contender," Jarr told an attentive audience.
"Larry was male athlete of the year in 1970 and also the basketball MVP. Larry is the most creative basketball player I ever coached and all in a five-foot, six-inch package."
Career-wise, Archibald spent two years as a biochemical technologist at St. Joseph's Hospital in London before accepting a teaching job in Bracebridge, Ont.
He taught physical education and science at Bracebridge for 21 years. A further 12 years followed in administration before his career took him to Muskoka and Ottawa. He retired as superintendent of schools for the city of Ottawa about two years ago. Larry and his wife Evelyn reside in Bracebridge. They have three children and two grandchildren.
Sports Scene commends Truro's native son, Larry Archibald, for running such a good race.
When presenter Bob Piers had completed his words on Chris (Matheson) Bernard during the recent hall of fame induction night, the audience quickly rose to its feet to give the Brookfield native a deserving standing ovation and a moving applause.
As Bernard's sports background, and her contributions to her home community, as well as the Truro area, were touched on beautifully by Piers, it was a real challenge to digest all that this phenomenal individual has accomplished.
Bernard played fastball, basketball and golf at the national level. It was during 1982 that she was named the female athlete of the year at CEC for her play in basketball, soccer, field hockey and badminton.
This was followed by playing four years of university basketball for the University of New Brunswick. Bernard was a member of three AUAA championship teams with the Varsity Red.
Canada Games success, national fastball honours and winning 18 Brookfield Golf Club ladies' championships in 20 years are only a small part of what this athlete did on the playing field.
For the past 23 years, Bernard has been a physical education teacher at CEC.
Besides teaching, she continues to coach and volunteer thus touching thousands of young people's lives.
When she was called to the microphone, following her induction, Bernard was humble.
She credited her parents Hugh and Judy Matheson and others. She thanked Piers and other staff members at CEC. Not once did she talk about herself or mention what she had accomplished. But this is exactly what you would expect from this classy and outstanding athlete, coach and teacher.
Congratulations also goes out to Steve Morrisey, John Mentis and the 1945-46 Truro Midget Bearcats on their deserving inductions. It was a memorable and touching occasion.
Everyone we talked to applauded the induction ceremony and the reception put on by the Truro Sport Heritage Society.
Lyle Carter is a Brookfield resident and former NHL hockey player
The Larry Archibald success story is heartwarming.
Organizations: Dalhousie University, Colchester County Sport Hall, University of Western Ontario CEC Dalhousie Tigers St. Joseph's Hospital in London University of New Brunswick Brookfield Golf Club Truro Sport Heritage Society NHLTop of page