PICTOU — Two inductees into the Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame in the builder category are offering their thoughts as the date approaches.
Alvin Sinclair and Roger Swarbrick are two of the six being inducted during ceremonies on Oct. 19 starting at 2 p.m. in Westville. The other four are Barry Wisener, Eben MacIsaac, Pat Carty and Lloyd Sutherland.
“What can I say … thank you, thank you,” Sinclair said. “I may not be one to be recognized, but I appreciate it.”
Sinclair is being honoured for his work in school sports and golf. He was a long-time educator that included his time as coach, teacher and principal at New Glasgow High School.
He was an avid golfer in his own right at Abercrombie Country Club. Although he had to give up the sport two years ago due to his current physical issues, part of his contributions included operating the local Future Links program.
“If you help the kids, that’s important,” he said.
Sinclair is a past-president of the Abercrombie club and marvelled at how it remains a highly-regarded test for golfers of all skill levels.
“Abercrombie is a super golf course,” he said. “It’s a very competitive golf course, and it’s extremely well looked after.”
Sinclair was philosophical about how age and infirmity has visited him. “Life moves on,” he said. “Things change and you have to make the best of it.”
Swarbrick is being honoured for his contributions to rugby. He coached the Pictou County Senior Rugby Club during part of its dominance in provincial and Maritime playoff runs.
He praised the players’ talent and dedication to get fit and stay fit to wear down opposing sides.
“I emphasized that you had to be fit to play rugby,” he said. “It was easy in a sense. There were so many good players in the county. I moulded them and directed them and they did the job. They were a good bunch of boys. The culture of rugby was already ingrained in them, but one of the big things was their spirit and togetherness as a team.”
Swarbrick later refereed rugby and started coaching women’s rugby in 1986. After a long time officiating instructing and assigning referees, Swarbrick returned in 2005 to coach the girls team at Northumberland Regional High School.
“It’s good that I helped in some way to encourage girls’ and women’s rugby in the county and the province,” he said. “It’s good to see rugby have more profile.”
Roger Swarbrick, left, and Alvin Sinclair are being inducted into the Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame in the builder category on Oct. 19. (Goodwin photo)