CARL “BUCKY” BUCHANAN – Albert Bridge, Cape Breton, NS
Bucky has been a builder in hockey, soccer and gymnastics in Cape Breton for close to forty years. As hockey coach at UCCB he won 15 Nova Scotia College Conference championships including the national championship gold medal in 1978. He also made a mark in university sport as athletic director and coach at University of Cape Breton. As president and CEO of the 1987 Canada Winter Games held in Cape Breton, Bucky was instrumental in securing new facilities and legacy funds. He was inducted into the Cape Breton Sport Hall of Fame in coach/Athlete and Builder categories and is a life member of Hockey Nova Scotia for his contribution to the development of hockey on Cape Breton Island as a coach and administrator.
KEVIN HEISLER – Halifax, NS
Kevin Heisler of Halifax has been a track and field coach and administrator for 31 years, making a mark as a meet director, and as a coach at the club, high school, university, provincial and national team levels. On eight occasions he has served as a National team coach at international championships. Five of his athletes have achieved national team status. Kevin has been meet manager for five National Cross Country Championships and meet director for the Aileen Meagher International Track meet since 1992. His athletes have competed nationally and internationally and won AUS and CIS honours. Kevin has been organizer and meet director for high performance competitions in Atlantic Canada for the past 26 years, bringing national attention to the local track scene and its athletes.
RICK RIVERS – Halifax, NS
Rick Rivers of Halifax coached at the community, high school and provincial team levels of football from 1972 to 2008, and served in an administration capacity for Football Nova Scotia and Football Canada for over 20 years. He was named Volunteer of the Year and received several outstanding service awards from many football organizations. As an educator, Rick coached many sports and influenced many young people to improve their fitness levels and achieve personal athletic goals. He created programs in touch football for youth and adults and continues to participate as an athlete and administrator. Rick has been president of Football Nova Scotia and is currently on the executive of Football Canada.
JANICE COSSAR – Dartmouth, NS
Janice Cossar of Dartmouth was a standout in soccer, field hockey, ice hockey and ringette. In soccer, Janice was a three time all-Canadian and CIS tournament MVP in 1988 as goaltender for Acadia’s silver medal team. She was a member of the national women’s soccer team from 1987-1990 and played for Canada in China at the FIFA International Women’s soccer tournament. In field hockey Janice was a two-time AUS All-Star and scored 14 of Nova Scotia’s 16 goals at the Canada Games. In ringette, Janice was a five-time all-Canadian from 1984 to 1989, an amazing multi-sport athlete.
MIKE FORGERON – Main-a-Dieu, Cape Breton
Mike Forgeron of Main-a-Dieu, Cape Breton, was a 1992 Olympic gold medalist in rowing in Barcelona, Spain, part of the eight-man skulls crew that won by 0.13 seconds over Romania in a photo finish. He was also a gold medalist in a four-man boat at the 1994 Commonwealth Games, silver at the 1993 World Student Games, and silver and bronze at Pan-American Games in 1991. Mike, the 1993 Nova Scotia Male Athlete of the Year, was inducted to the Canadian Amateur Sport Hall of Fame in 1994.
ROBYN MEAGHER - Mulgrave, NS
Robyn Meagher of Mulgrave is one of Nova Scotia’s most decorated track and field athletes. Twice an Olympic athlete (3000 metres in Barcelona in 1992 and 5000 meters in Atlantic in 1996), Robyn was national junior champion at 1500 metres in 1984 and 1985, Canadian Indoor Champion at 1,500 metres in 1990, won gold in 3000 at the 1992 Canadian Olympic Trials, and a gold at the 1992 World Cross Country Trials. A member of the University of Victoria Sport Hall of Fame, Robyn was a three-time all-Canadian, helped the Vikes win two CIS Cross Country Championships, and was on a 4x800 relay team that set a CIS record (8:41) in 1988 that still stands today. She still holds the Nova Scotia senior girls high school 500 metre record that she set in 1984 and the National Legion 800 mark set in 1982.
GARY SABEAN – Weymouth, NS
Gary is one of the most successful Karate athletes in Nova Scotia history. He is a two time Grand Champion. At the World Chito-Ryu Karate Championships he won gold in 2001 and 2004. He is a Nine Time National Champion winning seven consecutive gold medals (1997-2003), a Canadian Record. In 1999 he won the gold medal at the Nationals in both his weight class (under 75kg) and the open weight class. He is a 4th degree black belt. He has been a member of the Canadian National Karate Association (NKA) team for 12 years.
CINDY TYE – Truro, NS
One of the finest soccer players in university and senior play during two decades Cindy was a member of the CIS 1990 national championship team at Acadia, won 6 national senior medals while also playing for Canada’s national women’s teams in 2001 and 2002. An AUS all-star from 1991-95, all-Canadian in 1994 and 1995, Acadia athlete of the year in 1994 and 1995, AUS MVP in 1995, and numerous senior all-star awards including an MVP. Cindy Tye won at all levels and continues to give back to the game of soccer in Nova Scotia.
ROSS WEBB – Portsmouth, England
Ross Webb was born in Portsmouth, England but made his mark from 1976-1992 as the most successful goal scorer ever in Nova Scotia soccer. In 1978, the Saint Mary’s University standout scored six goals in his first university game among 37 in his freshman year, still a CIS record for one-season scoring that may never be broken, a year in which he was named CIS Rookie of the Year. He won five AUAA scoring titles in five years, was a four time CIS All Canadian, and scored 72 goals in a five-year CIAU career. He also led the Nova Scotia Senior Soccer League in scoring 10 times.