CEC welcomes new inductees to Wall of Fame
TRURO - Cobequid Educational Centre added two athletes, a coach and a team to its Wall of Fame on Tuesday night during a special ceremony at the Truro high school.
Athletes Ken Poole and Lori Ann (Moore) Andrews, along with coach Jon Davison and the 1979-80 girls curling team were recognized for their achievements in sport.
"It's nice to be recognized but also it's a good motivating tool for kids that are going to school now to look at this and see that there's other people before them that have worked hard and gone on and done well, and give them hope to pursue their dreams," said Poole, who excelled in badminton while attending CEC.
A crowd of more than 200 attended last night's ceremony, which was held between annual girls and boys alumni basketball games. Following introductions and speeches, Wall of Fame co-ordinator Scott Annand unveiled the newest entries on the Wall of Fame just outside the school's gymnasium.
"It is special," said Krista (Gatchell) Baker, a member of the 1979-80 CEC girls curling team. "When I first thought about it, I thought, 'Oh my goodness it's been 29 years' … it brings back a lot of memories that you've kind of forgotten about and it's quite an honour to know that people appreciate what you did and that it will be on the wall for other people to see."
Poole, who has lived in Calgary for the past 20 years, won six straight NSSAF singles titles and led CEC to a second-place finish at the Canadian team championship in 1980.
Andrews was a multi-sport athlete who excelled in field hockey, basketball and track and field. Andrews really made her mark in field hockey. She was leading scorer and MVP in all three of her years at CEC, leading the Cougars to the provincial final in 1975 and back-to-back championships in 1976 and 1977.
Davison, a teacher at CEC for 31 years, was a longtime coach at the school and a favourite of both staff and students. He coached the girls soccer team at CEC in 1971 and took over the field hockey team in 1973, where under his guidance the squad dominated at the provincial high school level for six years. With interest in field hockey dwindling in the early 1980s, Davison returned to coaching soccer.
The girls curling team, which consisted of skip Kay (Smith) Zinck, third Baker, second Cathy (Caudle) Walter, lead Peggy Wilson and coach Bill Gatchell, won the 1979 NSSAF championship and Nova Scotia Youthspiel. The team's greatest shining moment, however, came a year later when the Truro foursome became the first Nova Scotia team to win a national junior women's title in