KAWARTHA LAKES-For the first time ever a hockey championship banner will hang from the rafters of the gym at I E Weldon Secondary School in Lindsay.
“It’s huge,” Coach Dave Chambers told Kawartha 411 news on Monday. “We’ve never had any success in varsity boys hockey since the school’s inauguration in 1971. This school has never won a hockey banner in anything, never won a championship, it’s really had nothing to brag about in terms of varsity hockey so for us to win a major tournament is a really big deal for the community and the school.”
The St. Peters Classic took place in Peterborough last Wednesday. It features 38 teams with 5 divisions. Chambers says it is one of the biggest tournaments in Canada. The team was in the B division against 6 other teams from much larger communities such as Bowmanville and Courtice.
Chambers has been coaching the team for three years and says it’s all about setting goals.
“Our first meeting at the beginning of the year I had written five goals on the board and the first goal was to win the St Peters Classic and they went out and did it!” exclaims Chambers. “The other goals that we wrote on the board have to do with bringing the school its first Kawartha and COSSA championship banners. I take them into the gym and show them all the banners and the only sport that’s not represented there yet is varsity hockey.”
That first banner will now go up in the gym with their eyes set on the next challenge.
Congratulations to all involved!