HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

With Dave Makela

 

For Release: April 6th, 2000

 

Each year a few deserving individuals from across the province receive recognition from O.F.S.A.A. (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations) for outstanding contributions to athletics at the secondary level.

The award is known as the O.F.S.A.A. Leadership in Sport Award, and over the years, the S.D.S.S.A.A. has had members selected to this elite group. These include, but are not limited to: Rae and Ted Beynon (Lively DSS - Swimming), Linda MacKenzie (Marymount Academy - Soccer), Barb Parker (Confederation - Girls' Basketball), Jim Hann (Lasalle - Boys' Basketball), Peter Hocking (Lasalle - Track and Field) and earlier this year Paul Brunelle (Lockerby - Nordic Skiing).

All these individuals were and still are an absolute joy to work with, their devotion and hard work a model for us all to emulate. Some whom have long since retired, are as involved as ever with their sport.

And after O.F.S.A.A. Hockey 2000, there's one more name to add to the list: Brian Ceppetelli - St. Charles College - Hockey (my thanks to Herb Petras at St. Charles for much of the following).

Brian has been involved in hockey most of his life. He was a member of the Copper Cliff High School team that won the All-Ontario Championship in 1966. He went on to play varsity hockey at Laurentian University, where he received an athletic letter for his outstanding play.

He become a teacher and moved to St. Charles College in 1974 from elementary school. He coached a number of sports including hockey, and was appointed Athletic Director in 1979. In hockey, he has achieved an enviable number of accomplishments, including:

- 7 Junior Hockey City Championships

- 7 Senior League, and 6 Senior City Championships

- 3 N.O.S.S.A. Championships

- 1 O.F.S.A.A. Silver Medal

As an organizer, he was the S.D.S.S.A.A. and N.O.S.S.A. Hockey Convener between 1994 and 1998 and worked on the 1985 O.F.S.A.A. Championship Organizing Committee, and most recently the 2000 event hosted here in Sudbury in late March.

Behind the bench, Brian is a fierce competitor who has the rare knack of getting the most out of his players. He's the man opposing coaches love to hate.

In addition to his coaching success, Brian has spent a great deal of time fundraising. This ensured that all teams got quality equipment and opportunities to participate in tournaments. Brian is also a great motivator and has always had a full slate of teachers and volunteers willing to coach.

Who was on hand to make the presentation of this year's award? None other than Bert McClelland, the man who coached Brian the year he won the O.F.S.A.A. gold medal in 1966.

Way to go Cep - well deserved!

 


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