SUDBURY, Ont. - Laurentian's pride and tradition definitely stole the show as another gifted group of blue and gold talent was welcomed into the Laurentian Voyageurs Hall of Fame on Friday Night.
Laurentian welcomed two athletes, one coach and one team to their alumni on Friday night in what was an emotional and enjoyable night for all who attended. Swimmer Brad Johnson, Lady Vees basketball player Joy McNichol
, Voyageurs basketball coach Peter Campbell
and 1990-1991 Lady Vees basketball team.
Johnson, qualified for the Canadian University Championships in each of his five years at Laurentian University. In OUA competition Brad collected an amazing five gold medals, five silver medals and five bronze medals. Three Gold medals were won in 1997 and two were collected in 1998. In 1998 Johnson set two OUA records - these records stood until 2006. In 1998 Brad Johnson was rewarded for all of his hard work, leadership and dedication to Voyageur Swimming and Laurentian University and was presented the Voyageur Award.
In her first season with the Lady Vees, McNichol (1993/1994)was named an Ontario All-Star and captured the National Rookie of the Year Award. Joy is exactly what the Alumni Voyageur Hall of Fame is all about. It stands for working hard, having a positive attitude and influencing others enthusiastically through words or actions. Joy was never interested in self-promotion or individual recognition - recognition was just a by-product of being a contributing member of a successful program. While Joy was a member of the Lady Vees Basketball program they captured National bronze twice and two Ontario Championships.
During his term as coach of the men's basketball team, Campbell compiled a 155 and 57 record in OUA competition, six OUA East Championships and two Wilson Cups. An uncanny knack for transforming a group of young individuals into one cohesive unit propelled Coach Campbell to be named OUA East Coach of the Year 6 times. In 1996-97 after leading a talented Voyageur squad to a 19-1 league record he was named CIS Coach of the Year. One of the more remarkable statistics that Peter Campbell
influenced is the fact that currently five of his former players are heading up basketball programs at the post secondary level. Rod Gilpin is the head coach of the Men's Basketball program at Bishops University, PAUL FALCO
is the head coach the Wilfrid Laurier University Women's program, his son John Campbell is the bench boss for the Dalhousie University Tigers, Brad Hann runs the Cambrian College Golden Shield Men's Basketball program and Shawn Swords is the head coach of your Laurentian Voyageurs.
The 1990-1991 Lady Vees basketball was a prime example of what hard work and determination was all about. With the goal of becoming only the second team to repeat as the National Championship in OUA history. The Lady Vees would achieve their goal on the campus of Laval University in Ste. Foy, Quebec by defeating the University of Regina Cougars 79-72 in a tightly contested match that was decided in overtime. It is just over 20 years since the Lady Vees Basketball program accomplished their implausible feat of back to back National Championships. A closer look into the individuals that made up this Hall of Fame.
The 1990-1991 Lady Vees basketball roster included; Head Coach, Peter Ennis, Assistant Coaches, Angie MacDonald and Shirlene MacLean and players Sue Stewart, Diane Norman, Chantal St. Martin, Martha Sandilands, Tracy Phelps, Carolyn 'Gully' Swords, Christine Stapleton, Tricia Stewart, Nana Robinson, Louise Boulanger, Sue Foy, Laurie Lovell and Jen Leahy.
Congratulations to the inductees of the 2010 Laurentian Voyageurs Hall of Fame. Thank you to the countless hours and hard work you put in to make Laurentian's athletic programs what they are today.