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John M. (Gunner) Lynch

John M. (Gunner) Lynch

For more than 40 years, John Matthew (Gunner) Lynch was trainer of almost every major sports team in the City. Before, during and following World War II, the Gunner was “Mr. Everything” to these teams – driving the bus, handling equipment, treating players’ injuries in hockey, lacrosse and baseball. Lynch was born in Manchester, England, […]

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Pansy Forbes

Pansy E. L. Forbes

The name Pansy Forbes is a legend, and as such is indelibly etched into the archives of the Peterborough Sports Hall of Fame. She was known by anyone and everyone involved in competitive swimming, particularly synchronized swimming. Pansy led Peterborough Ornamental Swim Club members to world fame as a coach in the 1940s, 50s and […]

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Robert Abbott

Bob Abbott could be called Peterborough’s most outstanding amateur golfer ever.  He won the Peterborough Golf & Country Club championship an incredible 13 times and was runner up 9 times from 1920 to 1945 (his last title at age 59).  He held the PG&CC course record of 30 strokes for 9 holes and 66 for […]

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Patricia P. (Pat) Bronson

Patricia P. (Pat) Bronson

A natural leader, Pat Bronson used speed, agility and talent to excel in sports. As a player and coach, her achievements were numerous. She was a founding member of the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association and a member of six provincial championship teams, including the 1992 Senior A Ontario winners. In softball, she won five city […]

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Jean (Millard) Burns

Jean (Millard) Burns

Jean Millard, a city native, joined the Peterborough Ornamental Swim Club shortly after it was formed in 1942, when the sport of synchronized swimming was just becoming known in Canada. She not so wistfully recalls the daily 5:30 a.m. practice sessions at the ‘Y’ pool, with coach Pansy Forbes, in preparation for the 1948 AAU […]

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Albert Blondin

Albert (Ab) Blondin

Ab Blondin’s weightlifting career began innocently enough — with a letter to world renowned bodybuilder Charles Atlas, in 1940, asking advice on exercises. That inauspicious beginning led to this Peterborough native becoming one of Canada’s top weightlifters for the next 2 decades, in both lightweight and middleweight classes. While no official championships were held at […]

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R.J. (Bobby) Allan

R.J. (Bobby) Allan

In his heyday, Bobby Allan was in a class by himself, the finest lacrosse player in Canada. His consummate skill, agility and adroitness in faking a move made him one-of-a-kind. His backhand shot was a prototype move. Allan won three scoring titles, three league MVP awards, and the Mike Kelly Award. His record of 89 […]

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