Tuesday, August 17, 2010

100th Anniversary Update

Hi Folks,

With summer winding down, we are gearing up for another season of Queen's Basketball.  In concert with the upcoming season, the Athletics department will be launching an exciting, re-vamped www.gogaelsgo.com   web site.  In addition to absorbing all the information currently stored on the www.queensbasketball.net site, it will allow me to post game reports directly to this site.  The changeover should be seamless, taking place sometime in the next couple of weeks.

Exciting news on the 100th Anniversary weekend event -- Anne Turnbull, who coached for 13 years from 1956 to 1969 will be joining us as a special guest for the weekend.  Anne, of course, continued on at Queen's as the Women's Coordinator of Athletics, eventually hiring me in 1981 to take the reigns of the women's basketball program.

Tim Orpin, having sat for 23 years on the women's bench (1 yr. as head coach and 22 yrs. as an assistant), has agreed to serve as the Master of Ceremony for the dinner/banquet at the Ambassador Conference Resort.  In addition to being an outstanding coach, Tim is well known for his humour and razor sharp memory --- think of the stories!

No question the "buzz" is gaining momentum around the weekend.  I have now had contact from players (and coaches) from seven different decades -- as far back as the 1930s!  I have also had parents of former players contact me, seeing this as an opportunity to have another "Parent's Night" -- a tradition the women's basketball program started over 20 years ago. 

Over the course of the weekend, we will be recognizing the Championship teams including: 34-35, 47-48, 51-52, 60-61, 69-70*, 70-71+, 73-74+, 00-01. (*denotes both Senior & Intermediate Champions, +denotes Intermediate Champions).

Please find below the link to a great article and photos in the Alumni Review promoting the event. A link to register is also included.


Please feel free to spread the word about this historic event as I do not have contacts for everyone.  Please let people know they are free to contact me (by email or phone) to ensure they receive future communications.

That's it for now.  Enjoy the rest of your summer.

All the best.