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Lakehead University Magazine Fall/Winter 2007


Honoring Lakehead's Finest

By Tom Warden, Director of Athletics

Top l-r: Kerri Rock (née Skilling) and Kelly Breutigam. Bottom: Lakehead NorWesters Hockey Team 1968-69
Another year of Athletics is now under way and students, alumni, and fans can expect to see some shining performances by the Lakehead University Thunderwolves. The season began in the fall with two special events - the John Zanatta Memorial Games and the 2007 Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

The Wall of Fame Ceremony is a biannual event where we honor alumni athletes who have made significant contributions to Lakehead University. During the weekend of September 29, 2007, we inducted in the Athletes category Murray Smith, Dwight Stirrett, and Dave Siciliano from men’s hockey; Frank Abdou of men’s wrestling; Kelly Wilkins (née Breutigan) of women’s volleyball; and Kerri Rock (née Skilling) of women's swimming. In the Builders category we inducted former wrestling Head Coach Bob Thayer (who led the men’s team to Lakehead’s only CIAU national championship in 1979-80) and in the Team category, we honored the 1974-75 women’s swim team, and the golf teams from 1967-68 to 1970-71 that won four consecutive OIAA Golf championships.

All of our varsity teams are now in action and I am expecting strong performances from each one.

Dwight Stirrett, Dave Siciliano, and Murray Smith
Many exciting varsity events are planned for the year including one at the Orillia Campus, a Wrestling Duals Meet in November in Thunder Bay, and the TBayTel Varsity Cup men’s hockey tournament at the Fort William Gardens during the December holiday break. As well during the holidays, our women's basketball team is making a historic trip to Cuba to play against three top Cuban squads and to soak up some of the culture of this fascinating Caribbean country.

Of course, we will have our regular campus recreation leagues for students and staff, in addition to all of the excellent facilities which give all our students, staff, and members the opportunity to keep up an active and healthy lifestyle. So, I hope to see you soon — either supporting the Thunderwolves this year in Orillia or Thunder Bay, or perhaps even running around the Hangar track!
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