Relive old glories at the Central Manitoulin Sports Reunion

One of Don Cooper’s many photos from his sports collection. From left, Ted Taylor, Ronnie Tann and Don Cooper pose for an on-ice photo in Mindemoya in 1954.

MINDEMOYA—Relive your past sports glories at the Central Manitoulin Sports Reunion coming Saturday, June 25 at the Mindemoya Community Centre.

Spearheaded by sportsman Don Cooper and the Central Manitoulin Historical Society, the Sports Reunion Day is seeking those involved with sports of all kinds, or fans, from the 1940s to the 1970s to come and share their stories, photos and memorabilia from that era.

A slideshow presentation has been created by Norma Hughson of the Historical Society and many old photos and items will be on display.

Mr. Cooper explained that he and Ms. Hughson spent four days poring over old Expositor articles from those decades at the Assiginack Museum, where many articles were scanned for use—a task he found very distracting, to which anyone who has scanned historical Expositor articles can attest.

Mr. Cooper said he and brother Burt had been discussing the idea for a couple of years, spurred on by the successful Sheg Bears and Gore Bay sports reunions, and people are coming from far and wide, including Manitoba and Coburg.

“Some of these guys I haven’t seen in 60 years,” Mr. Cooper said.

“We hope people will contribute their memorabilia to the display,” he urged.

The Central Manitoulin Sports Reunion will take place at the Mindemoya Community Centre on Saturday, June 25 from 10 am to 4 pm. Refreshments will be served.

For more information or to contribute something sporty, contact Mr. Cooper at 705-368-3195 or the Central Manitoulin Historical Society at 705-377-4994.