The class of 2011 for the Sports Wall of Fame was unveiled Thursday. Saluted were, from left: Terry McIntyre (Wall of Fame); Kim Hepditch ( William MacGillivray Award for volunteer work); Cheryl Mantha-Richard (representing the Ecole Sainte-Anne girls volleyball teams of 1980-83); Steve O'Rourke (Wall of Fame), Joanne Levison (representing son Dan McCullough who was named Fredericton's top athlete of the year) and Gerry McBride (representing Wall of Famer, Brian McKenna). Formal induction is scheduled for May 7 at the Delta Fredericton.

McCullough success attributable in part to Fredericton Wall of Famer
Class of 2011: 6 members added to Wall; top athlete, volunteer to be saluted May 7

By Bill Hunt

The fruits of Terry McIntyre's labour will become evident on Saturday, May 7 at the Delta Inn.

That's when six-foot-three, 240-pound professional football player Dan McCullough will step forward to accept the Myer and Jack Budovitch Award as Fredericton's athlete of the year.

At least a small piece of it will belong to McIntyre, the veteran volunteer who has worn many helmets in his career as president, coach, official, publicity co-ordinator and jack of all trades within the Capital Area Minor Football Association, an organization that has grown from six teams and 125 players when he first got involved to 46 teams and 908 players under his stewardship.

One of the players he coached as a pee wee was McCullough, a 13-year-old pee wee player at the time.

"I'm very pleased that Dan is going to be there the same night," said McIntyre, who will reluctantly take a bow of his own that evening as one of the six inductees onto the Fredericton Sports Wall of Fame.

McIntyre, former Fredericton High School basketball coach Steve O'Rourke, Fredericton native and current commissioner of hockey's ECHL Brian McKenna, the late Roy "Hammy" Kitchen, who managed championship softball and hockey teams in the 1950s, '60s and '70's, multi-sport athlete Pat Dobie, inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame last year and so an automatic selection to the shrine in her hometown, and the Ecole Sainte-Anne Castors high school girls volleyball teams which won consecutive A, AA and AAA high school championships from 1980-81 through 1982-83 will be inducted that evening.

In addition, Kim Hepditch was named winner of the William MacGillvary Award as Fredericton's outstanding volunteer and community worker for her long career as a volunteer in minor hockey, in community organizations, and now as a volleyball coach at Nashwaaksis Middle School.

McIntyre remembers McCullough, now a veteran with the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League, as a youngster.

"Right from the start, he was always 'yes sir, no sir' and anything you did for him was 'Thank you, sir.' That kind of hits you in the nose, because sadly, it's not common," said McIntyre.

"He was always a character kind of player, a character kid right from the start. If you had told me back then that he would play in the CFL, I never would have said that, because I had a heck of a time teaching him how to contain. But he came a long way. Whenever I see him, I tell him 'You've got to tell everybody that I taught you everything you know.' He kind of grins, I'm going to get him up there on the stage on May 7 and get him to come clean."

McCullough's mom, Joanne Levinson was on hand to acknowledge McCullough's selection as Fredericton's top athlete.

"He was very surprised and honoured," she said. "I reached him the other night and he said 'I'm coming home May 7.' So it's a bonus for me."

She said McIntyre told her that her son "took to football like a fish took to water. So, Terry," she said. "Thank you for helping out all the fishes."

O'Rourke, who will retire from teaching at the end of the school year, called his selection to the sports shrine "a very close second" among the highlights of a coaching career that spanned 34 years, included 22 provincial championships and 1,125 wins.

"No. 1 for me would have to be winning championships with both my daughters," said O'Rourke. "That was really, really neat. I would put this right there. It's the closest second you could possibly get."

O'Rourke has taken up refereeing volleyball to replace his coaching vice. He was in the Ecole Sainte-Anne gym in that capacity as recently as Tuesday night. Cheryl Mantha-Richard was also there, cheering on her 14-year-old daughter Claire, who is continuing the tradition of excellence first established by her mom and her teammates 30 years ago.

There were 14 players on coach Mike LeBlanc's teams through those dominating days.

"It's an honour to have our coach still around with us and still in our lives," said Mantha-Richard, the captain and setter on those teams. "We were a good team. We played hard. And we were a family too."

Ecole Sainte-Anne had a student population of just 82 at the time.

Mantha-Richard is an ardent supporter of the current Castors, following the team everywhere they go. But the team will be at a prestigious tournament in Sherbrooke, Que. May 7. Mantha-Richard and her mates will be here.

"We just loved doing what we were doing," she said. "We were there (Wednesday) night, and I said to one of the parents, 'I've spent my life in this gym, and in every other gym in New Brunswick."

Mantha-Richard went on to a post-secondary career at the University of Ottawa and represented the province at the Canada Winter Games.

"It's brought me to great places," she said. "It's humbling for our whole team,"

McKenna sent an e-mail saying he was "honoured to have been selected for the Sports Wall of Fame. I still consider Fredericton to be my home town. I appreciate the opportunities that I was given to play and coach in Fredericton...I look forward to May 7 for the opportunity to say thank you in person."

Hepditch called winning the MacGillivary Award, "an extreme honour. I'm thrilled to accept an award in honour of a man who so dedicated his life to sport in many different manners."

Hepditch continues to volunteer -- she's among the army of volunteers working at the Cavendish Farms University Cup tournament. Son Josh, of course, is a member of the host UNB Varsity Reds.

Hepditch doesn't plan to slow down any time soon.

"There's lots of time to be still when you're not here," she said. "So I'd rather be out there and active when I have the opportunity."

Tickets for the dinner and induction ceremony cost $75 and are available at the Fredericton Recreation Office, MacTavish for Sport or from any member of Fredericton Sports Investments Ltd. For ticket inquiries, call Scott Walker after 5 p.m. at 472-2118 or Tim Gillies at 458-3180 during the day.



                                                            Terry McIntyre
       When Terry, his wife Marion and their brown Volkswagen van first got involved with the Capital Area Minor Football Association in 1995, the organization consisted of 6 teams in 2 age groups and 125 players in all. By 2010 CAMFA had grown to include 936 players, 55 teams and 15 different programs; the largest in N.B. During the first 25 years of its existence (1973-1998) CAMFA did not win a single provincial minor football championship. In the period 1999-2010 CAMFA teams won twelve titles, including a sweep of the PeeWee and Bantam championships in 2008, 2009, 2010.
        McIntyre started the Maritime Football League in 2001. MFL teams play for the Terry McIntyre Cup. In 2004 he was the driving force behind the creation of the Maritime Women’s Football League, the first such league in Canada. This was followed up by startup of a tackle football program for high school age girls in 2008 and a flag league for middle school age girls in 2010. He was one of the key people in the group that revived football at UNB as a club sport in 2009 after it had last operated in 1980. 
       Terry coached at all levels, officiated as many as 11 games a week, organized training for coaches and officials, solicited sponsorships and raised money for equipment. He operated websites for CAMFA, FNB, MFL, MWFL and NBHSFL. McIntyre started minor football in Oromocto in 1996. In 2005 he received that town’s Mayor’s Award. He was awarded Football Canada’s Bill Leveridge Memorial Award for outstanding service to football in 2001. Terry served as president of CAMFA from 1996-2005, president of FNB in 2002-2003 and as commissioner of the MFL from 2001-2005. In 2010 he was head coach of the Capital Area Gladiators of the MFL and defensive backs coach for the UNB Red Bombers of the Atlantic Football League.