Hall of Fame Inductees
Canadian Athletic Therapists Association Hall of Fame
Roy (Sandy) Archer
A native of Regina, Sandy served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps for five and a half (5 1/2) years. He has been head trainer for the Saskatchewan Roughriders Football Club since 1950 and was also head trainer for the Regina Pats Hockey Club for 16 years. Other notable activities Sandy was associated with were the Canadian Winter Games in Saskatoon (1971), the Saskatchewan Winter Games (1974) and the Winter Games in Lethbridge (1975). He is a member of the National Athletic Trainer Association. Sandy is a founding member of the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association, holding the position of President from 1971-1973 and was also the Canadian representative in the BIKE Trainers Foundation in 1972.
Charles (Chuck) Badcock
Born in St. John's Newfoundland, Chuck served with the Royal Canadian Army
Medical Corps for 23 years including World War II and the Korean War, obtaining his physiotherapy training while with the Department of National Defence. Chuck served as a trainer with the Royal Military College (1964-1970). He became head trainer of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1970. He attended the Winter Games in Saskatoon (1971) and Lethbridge (1975) and was head trainer at the British Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand (1974). Chuck is a member of the N.A.T.A and has also been appointed to the Board of Directors of the BIKE Trainers Foundation. Chuck is a founding member of the C.A.T.A, holding the position of Secretary-Treasurer (1966-1974). In 1970 and 1973 he was voted Trainer of the Year by C.A.T.A.
Barry Bartlett, MSc., CAT(C) (inducted May 2007)
Barry Bartlett graduated from the University of Toronto in 1966 with a Bachelors of Physical Education. He later completed a Master in Arts from the University of Western Ontario in 1971. Barry became a Certified Athletic Therapist in 1973. Barry Bartlett was part of a small group who put together the first program devoted to Athletic Therapy in Canada. He was the founding Coordinator of the Sports Injury Management program at Sheridan College while still continuing his athletic career as a professional lacrosse player. An early pioneer for the profession of Athletic Therapy, Barry became the architect of the OATA introducing many policies and procedures that have remained a corner stone of the association. Barry helped introduce the Certification Examination process and acted as the Chair of Education Committee for the CATA. His legacy is seen in countless documents from the CATA, OATA, and Sheridan College as well as at the provincial level with his work on the Sports Injury Prevention and Care (SIPAC) Manual. His leadership became the integral component in developing a strong program at Sheridan College where he coordinated the program for 10 years. Under his leadership the program quickly grew and soon became one of the leaders in Athletic Therapy Education in Canada. He has consulted with the NHL Referees Association, Skate Canada, and has taught with the National Coaching Certification Program. He continues to teach at a high level at McMaster University in the Kinesiology Department. Barry was the recipient of the Special Recognition Award, Distinguished Educator and the Evert van Beek Award through the CATA.
Glen Bergeron, PhD, CAT(C) (inducted May 1997)
Glen Bergeron was born in Trail, British Columbia and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He received a Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Manitoba in 1973, a Master of Science from the University of Alberta in 1978 and a Doctoral Degree in the Department of Anatomy (Faculty of Medicine) at the University of Manitoba in 1992. He certified as an Athletic Therapist in 1975. Glen's passion has been the entrenchment of Athletic Therapy as a recognized profession from the time he joined the CATA in 1974. Glen is the only member to have served four consecutive years as President of the CATA. He was a founding member and President of the Manitoba Athletic Therapists Association and has served as President of the Interprovincial Sports Medicine Network and a Board member of the Sport Medicine Council of Canada.
Charlen Berry B.Sc., CAT(C), DO(Qc). (inducted May 2011)
Born in Alma, Québec in 1957, Charlen graduated from the Bio-Physical Education program, with a minor in Athletic Therapy from Concordia University in 1980. She was certified with the CATA in 1985 and worked at the university for 10 years as an adjunct professor, clinic co-founder and coordinator, and also head athletic therapist for the varsity athletics from 1982 to 1991. Charlen was the 5th certified athletic therapist in Quebec (1985) and co-founder of the Quebec Athletic Therapist Association for which she held the position of president for four years and then remained active and a mentor to others for many years there after.
Charlen was awarded the CATA ‘’Distinguished Educator Award ‘’ in 1993, and a SECURITAS by ``La Régie de la Sécurité dans les Sports du Québec`` (1994) in recognition for her contributions to the safety in sports and recreation in the province of Quebec. As an inductee to the Concordia University, Athletic Therapy Hall of fame in 2000, for her involvement within the sports medicine and athletic therapy community, Charlen was also recognised for her efforts in the promotion and advancement of athletic therapy in Quebec.
Charlen’s strength’s as a passionate and devoted teacher, pioneer, entrepreneur and a visionary, lead to the creation of many opportunities for athletic therapists over the years. As author and teacher of many courses offered to the community and to health care professionals, Charlen also became a major contributor to the National Health and Safety Program for Hockey Canada. Charlen was co-author of the course manual and head instructor for the province of Quebec from 1992 to 2000. Her expertise was also recognised through her selection to the medical teams of many major games including Pan Am, Commonwealth, Francophonie as head therapist, Paralympics and Canada games.
Always looking to improve her skills, Charlen was the first athletic therapist to complete her Osteopathy degree in 1995. She now teaches at her college and has supported many athletic therapists who chose to study in osteopathy. Her interest was always to promote our profession and to allow athletic therapists to attain the highest level of expertise and excellence.
Today Charlen is president, Director General and co-owner of the Sports Medicine Clinic, Stadium PhysiOsteo located in the Olympic Park in Montreal.
Dale J. Butterwick, MSc, CAT(C) (inducted May 2005)
Dale Butterwick grew up in a small town in southern Alberta, Foremost. He received a Bachelor of Arts (Physical Education) from the University of Lethbridge in 1972, and a Master of Science from Indiana University in 1974. Dale has been a member of the CATA since 1974. He began working at Red Deer College in 1974, moved onto Bishop's University from 1975-1984, and then moved to the University of Calgary, where he still works today. Dale has dedicated a great deal of his energy to the profession, and volunteered with the Board of Directors (BoD) for 10 straight years (1977-87). He was the president of the CATA in 1996. Some of his accomplishments include being the Chief Therapist for the Calgary (1988) and Nagano (1998) Winter Olympics, as well as the president of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Sport Medicine Team. Dale has recently celebrated 20 years of service to professional rodeo athletes. He also has completed numerous publications, abstracts and presentations in the field of Athletic Therapy. Today, Dale has focussed his academic role at the University of Calgary by completing research and teaching in his areas of passion: rodeo and athletic therapy.
Dave Campbell (inducted May 2011)
Dave graduated from the Bio Physical Education program at Concordia University in 1978, and became a Certified Athletic Therapist in1981. In 1997 Dave completed his thesis studies in Osteopathy from the Collège d’Études Osteopathiques du Montreal. He started his professional career in the Department of Athletics at Concordia University. In 1981 Dave was named the athletic therapist for the Montreal Manic Soccer Team, a member of the North American Soccer League.
In 1983 Dave started a series of private clinics in Montreal and has treated as a clinical therapist since then. He has represented Canada as an Athletic Therapist at several international competitions. He was a member of the medical team at the 1985 World Gymnastics Championships in Montreal, the Commonwealth Games in 1986 in Edinburgh and the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland. In 1996 he was selected as the Head Therapist for the Canadian Medical Team for the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.
He has served as a member of the Ethics Committee and as the Ethics Committee Chair with the CATA, and has served on the Board of Directors of both the CTSQ and the CATA.
Dave has been a part time faculty member in the Department of Exercise Science at Concordia University since 2000. While working in private practice in Montreal, Dave is also a consultant with the Montreal Candiens Hockey Club and is a service provider for B2ten, a privately funded organization that provides support training and value added services to Canada’s elite amateur athletes.
Pat Clayton (inducted May 2009)
Pat has a very long and committed history with the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association. He has been a member of the CATA since 1967 (the second year of the Association) and a Certified Athletic Therapist since the inception of certification status in 1975. Pat served the CATA as Chair of the Certification Committee, Chair of the Education Committee, Editor of the CATA Newsletter, and finally as the President of the CATA in 1977. Prior to his appointment as President he was also responsible for introducing what are possibly the two most important decisions made by the CATA. The first was the decision to change the name from the Canadian Athletic Trainers Association to the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association. The second was the installation of the certification requirement and certification exam. Both of these changes occurred in 1975.
Pat was responsible for the legacy of the CATA Newsletter as the first editor. “The education component including the first journals were printed by the Royal Military College and assembled by my wife and I on our kitchen table. It wasn’t all that great but it was a start to the current publication.”
Professionally, Pat has a long and impressive career:
1970-79 – Head Athletic Therapist Royal Military College of Canada
1979-1984 – Head Athletic Therapist Winnipeg Blue Bombers
1985-Present – Head Athletic Therapist Calgary Stampeders (23 years)
In 2003, he qualified as an Orthopedic Physician’s Assistant.
His participation as an Athletic Therapist in Major Games includes:
1972 Canadian Wheelchair Games, 1973 World University Games Moscow, Russia, 1974 CFL All-Star game, 1976 Olympic Games Montreal/Kingston, 1983 CFL All-Star Game, 1988 Winter Olympic Games Calgary, 1995 Pan American Games Argentina, 2001 Spengler Cup Switzerland, 2001 World Championship Men’s Hockey Germany, 2002 Spengler Cup Switzerland, 2003 LOto Cup Slovakia, 2003 World Championship Men’s Hockey Prague, 2004 Loto Cup Slovakia, 2008 World Hockey Championships Berne, Switzerland.
Professionally, Pat has been on five Grey Cup teams, 1984, 1992, 1998, 2001 and most recently as part of the 2008 Grey Cup Champion Calgary Stampeders.
Fred Dunbar (inducted 1988)
Fred Dunbar was born in Woodstock, New Brunswick, and raised in Brantford and Hamilton, Ontario. As an athlete, he played football at Pauline Johnson Collegiate & Vocational School in Brantford, and later in Hamilton at Central Secondary School. After playing with the Burlington Braves Junior Football team, his next stop was the Oakville Black Knights Senior Football Team.
Fred was one of the founding members of the Hamilton Hurricanes Junior Football team in 1963. From 1963 to 1968 he worked with many teams in and around the Hamilton area. He was the trainer for the Hamilton Hurricanes, the Hamilton Mountain Junior Bees Hockey Team, the Hamilton Midget Lacrosse Team and the Hamilton Red Wings Junior “A” Hockey Team, along with the Oakville Black Knights Senior Football and the St. Catharines Rams Football teams.
Fred has been a member of the CATA since 1967. While living in Hamilton, before Athletic Therapy courses were available in Canada, he would travel to the United States to participate in various courses and seminars.
In November 1968, he was appointed as head of the Athletic Therapy Staff at the University of Guelph’s Department of Athletics where, along with the students, he initiated the first University of Guelph Symposium on Human Kinetics and Sports Medicine.
Fred, in 1972, along with a committee of CATA members, ran a very successful CATA Conference at the University of Guelph and was involved with five others that were held in Ontario from 1974 through to 1988.
Fred won the 1974 Johnson & Johnson “Trainer of the Year” Award, an accolade that was given to one person a year in Canada, as selected by their peers.
In August 1976, he was appointed head of the Toronto Argonauts Football Club training staff, a position he held for 14 years. In the off season Fred taught an accredited academic course at Sheridan College. In addition to teaching at Sheridan, Fred has been part of the College’s Standards and Practices for Program Advisory Committee for many years.
Fred was inducted into the University of Guelph’s Hall of Fame in 1987 and into the Hamilton Hurricanes’ Hall of Fame in 1988. He was one of the founding members and the first president of the Ontario Athletic Therapist Association, where he introduced many policies such as the name change from the Ontario Athletic Trainers Association to the Ontario Athletic Therapist Association. The following year the CATA followed suit and changed their name also.
Fred’s work and innovative techniques were used by Dr Robert Jackson in an article for The Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine where Dr Jackson examines professional football knee injuries, evaluates risk factors, types of injuries, and the value of prophylactic knee bracing at the time.
Today, Fred is focussed on Dunbar Medical, a proudly Canadian company that sells to the retail trade across Canada. He also continues to lecture on Sports Medicine, Physical Fitness and Health at many universities, colleges and secondary schools through out Ontario. Fred also conducts seminars for the retail Home Health Care industry. Most importantly, he proudly sells to and continues to support athletic therapists in Canada.
Ken (Tab) Gow
Ken is a lifetime native of Kingston, Ontario where in younger years he participated in several sports, holding major awards in swimming and lifesaving. Ken prepared for his years in Athletic training with four (4) years in the Medical Corps plus anatomy courses at the Queen's University. He was assistant trainer to the late Stew Langdon at Queen's University until 1966, at which time he became head trainer. He is one of the founding members of the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association.
Robert B. (Bob) Haggert
Born in Sudbury, Ontario, Bob was raised and educated in Toronto. He became trainer for the Toronto Marlborough Junior Hockey Club in 1950, staying with them until winning the Memorial cup in 1955. Leaving the Junior Marlboroughs he became assistant trainer for the Toronto Maple Leafs until 1959 at which time he became their head trainer. During his term as head trainer, 1959-1968, the Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup four (4) times. Bob was selected as the trainer for five N.H.L All Star Games. He has been a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association for many years and on its Board of Directors for two years. One of the founding members of the Canadian Athletic Therapists' Association, Bob was 2nd president of the Association succeeding Mert Prophet in 1967.
Anne Hartley graduated from the University of Toronto in 1973 and earned the Tait McKenzie Honour Roll. Anne was part of the first graduating class at Sheridan College’s Athletic Training and Management program where she graduated with honours. Ann became a Certified Athletic Therapist in 1975. She was the first female ever to hold the certification at that time. Her career continued at Sheridan College where she ran the sports injury clinic while attending to the football team as the head athletic therapist. She was later hired as a full time Professor and spent the next 30 years teaching at Sheridan College as well as lecturing across North America. She participated in the 2002 FISU Games, 2000 Paralympic Games, 1999 Pan American Games and the 1976 Olympic Games. Anne was a key figure in Sheridan College’s first accreditation process granted by the CATA in 1994. Anne’s commitment to the profession of Athletic Therapy continued as a member of the CATA’s Certification Committee where she helped revamp and improve the practical portion of the certification exam. Anne received the OATA special Recognition Award, CAAT Outstanding Educator and the CATA Special Recognition Award. Never having enough knowledge and a keen interest in education she completed her Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice from the CCO in 1999. She continues to maintain a clinical practice while teaching. She has become a favorite speaker both in Oakville and abroad. She has published numerous books and manuals in the area of therapeutic modalities and assessment. Anne was also nominated for the Premiers Award of Ontario in 1998.
1939-1945 Canadian Army
1939-1942 Canadian Army Medical Corp, Member of St. John's Ambulance
1947 Trainer - Canadian Legion Hockey, Basketball and Fastball
1951-1954 Head Trainer - St. Catherine's Senior Lacrosse Team
1953 Trainer - St. Catherine's Celtic Basketball Team (DominionChamps)
1968 Trainer - St. Catherine's Senior Fastball Team (Dominion Champs)
Trainer - Brock University (Part-time)
1973 St. Catherine's Sportsman of the Year
1975-1978 Head Trainer - Brock University
1976 Medical Training Staff Olympics - Montreal
1975 - 1976 President of C.A.T.A
Tom Kearney was dedicated to his profession and a tireless worker as a member and past-president of C.A.T.A.
Raymond A. Kelly
Raymond Kelly was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1931. He attended high school in Edmonton and was a special student at the University of Alberta Faculty of Rehabilitation and Ohio State University. Post-graduate courses, Department of Continuing Education and Faculty of Medicine University of Alberta.
He dedicated thirty-one years as athletic and head therapist at University of Alberta. Worked many local, national and international tournaments and events including Pan American Games in Cali, Columbia 1971; World University Winter Games at Lake Placid, New York, 1972; Canadian Medical Team for Cuba Tour, 1974 and Head therapist, Paramedical clinic Commonwealth Games, 1978, Edmonton, Alberta. A highly respected lecturer in Sports Medicine, has written and published many papers over the years.
Holder of black belt, coached University of Alberta Judo Team from 1953-1970.
National counsellor, referee and judge from 1955-1970. Western vice-president
C.A.T.A. 1977-78. Chairman Education Committee C.A.T.A. 1976-78. Awards
committee member C.A.T.A. 1978-84. Became a lifetime honorary member at
University of Alberta 1986 Block “A” awards for distinguished athletic
achievement and contribution during his years as an athletic therapist.
Born in 1912, Stew Langdon served four (4) years in the Royal Canadian Armed
Forces in World War II. He began as assistant trainer at Queen's University and later became head trainer and remained in this capacity until his death in 1966. He conducted training seminars at Queen's University and also designed a football helmet with safety padding. During his life, Stew was very active in the community and was a member of the choir in his church. A member of the National Athletic Therapists Association, Stew was the 1st Secretary-Treasurer of the C.A.T.A. and a founding member in 1965.
Norman “Pinky” Lewis
Born in Hamilton, Ontario 1898. Gained his training experience while active as a
player, coach or manager with many local teams that he served. Attributes his
knowledge of athletic therapy to Dr. William Heddle, his long time associate.
Travelled to many centers to fulfill his great love of hockey as a trainer, coach
and scout from 1923-52. Worked with the Hamilton Tiger Cats Football Team as
a trainer from 1953-61. From 1961-72 worked as Head Trainer at McMaster
University. In 1970 travelled as a Canadian team trainer to Yugoslavia for the
World Amateur Basketball Championships. In 1970 was chosen as Hamilton's
Citizen of the Year
|1949 ||Graduate - Physiotherapy, D.V.A.|
|1950||Post Graduate Studies, Chicago|
|1950-1960||Owned and operated “St. Boniface Health Club” and “Madison Boxing and Wrestling Club”.|
|1951-1952||Physical Instructor, St. Paul's College, Winnipeg|
|1953-1954||Assistant Trainer, West Point Military Academy|
|1954||Coach, Canadian Boxing Team for British Empire Games|
|1955-1958||Summers - Trainer, Winnipeg Goldeyes (Pro. Baseball Team)|
Winter - Trainer, Winnipeg Warriors (Pro. Hockey Team)
|1959||Trainer - Saints Hockey Club, St. Paul, Minnesota|
|1959-1970||Trainer - Winnipeg Blue Bombers Football Club|
|1960-1970||Private physiotherapy practice, Westbrook Medical|
|1970||Trainer - Canadian Team at World Student Games,|
Trainer - Canadian Davis Cup Team (tennis)
Trainer - Canadian College Indoor Track & Field, Championships Winnipeg, Manitoba
|1971||Trainer -Canadian Team, Pan American Games, Cali, Columbia|
Trainer - Canadian Track & Field Championships, Winnipeg, Manitoba
|1972||Trainer - C.F.L. All-Stars (Calgary)|
Member of Medical Staff at Munich Olympics
|1973||Trainer - C.F.L. All-Stars (Hamilton)|
Trainer - Canadian Aquatics Team, World Championships in Yugoslavia
|1974||Trainer - Team Canadal74 (Russia)|
|1975||Trainer - World Swimming Championships, Cali, Columbia|
|1976||Medical Training Staff- Olympics, Montreal|
|1977||Trainer - C.F.L. All-Stars (Toronto)|
|1978||Trainer - Commonwealth Games (Edmonton)|
Certified member of N.A.T.A
Certified member and past President of C.A.T.A.
Trainer Physiotherapist and lecturer at the University of Manitoba
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers awarded Gordon for outstanding services in 1974
for eleven years as a trainer and contribution to Canadian Professional Football,
and also by the University of Manitoba for his contribution to Amateur Football.
J. E. (Jim) Macleod, PhD, CAT(C) (inducted May 2005)
Dr. Jim MacLeod has been a certified member since 1977. He continues to contribute to his profession and the CATA as a professor of Kinesiology at Acadia University, and as a member of the CATA Program Accreditation Committee (PAC). Jim is a past chair of the CATA Education Committee ('85-'87), and he has twice chaired the CATA National Conference Committees (‘82, ‘98). Jim was the president of the CATA in 1988. In every instance of committee membership, he has shown evidence of outstanding service and leadership. During his time with the PAC, Jim put together the Senior Advisory Committee (SAC) which has facilitated the communication between the committee chairs and the Executive. He was also instrumental in developing a scholarship in the name of Diane Webster. Dr. Jim MacLeod has been a liaison within the Association of Accrediting Agencies of Canada, which has improved the CATA Accreditation process, and has served on the Tenure Committee of the Faculty of Professional Studies.
Dr. William Melvin
Receiving his education in Kingston and Toronto, Dr. Melvin entered the Navy after his graduation from Medicine in 1943. When the war ended he began a period of postgraduate training, after which he returned to Kingston to become Associate Professor of Surgery (Orthopaedics) at Queen's University (1952-65), Team Physician for Queen's football and hockey (1952-67), and chairman of the Athletic Board of Control (1958-68), among many other involvements. A member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the Canadian Athletic Trainers Association, Dr. Melvin is a Founding President of the Canadian Academy of Sports Medicine. He provided a great deal of support/input as a member of the Medical Advisory Committee for the initial Athletic Therapy courses at Sheridan College.
Bill attended University of Windsor in 1963 part-time in Windsor, Ontario and from 1965 to present full-time, earning his University Degree. He was the head Trainer and Equipment Manager to Football, Hockey, Basketball, Swimming, Wrestling, Track & Field, Lacrosse, Soccer and Rugby teams. Bill was also trainer of Handicapped Sports Tournaments and involved in sports outside the university including Minor Hockey in the winter and both Senior and Junior Teams of Lacrosse in the summer. Prior to 1963, Bill served 16 years as an orderly Supervisor in a local hospital and during this time was the Trainer for the Windsor Bulldogs Hockey Team, Allen Cup winners. He also accompanied the team to Russia. Bill's interests include athletics, sports medicine and learning the latest methods and treatments concerning injuries. Bill Mitchell is an efficient dedicated therapist who for many years has been a great credit to our association.
John was one of the pioneers in the development of the C.A.T.A. and one of its original members. He was also a pioneer of the athletic therapy profession. John was hired by Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in 1967 after spending three years at York University where he developed a training and health clinic. During the war years John played service hockey in England and turned professional after the war for Eddy Shore's Springfield team in the American hockey league. After retiring from hockey as a player he started his athletic therapy with the Toronto Rifles football team and the Brantford Warriors professional lacrosse team.
John was known around Ryerson for his gruff, barking manner, but underneath it as a kind person and a good friend to athletes. In 1974, John hosted the C.A.T.A. Annual Symposium at the Ryerson Institute and was the Convention Chairman organizing an excellent program. John Moore passed away in November 1981 after a period of poor health and we would like to remember him as a tireless worker dedicated to his athletes.
Tommy Naylor was born in West Bramwich, Stafford, England in 1904. He started his career sharpened skates for the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club at the age of fourteen (14) under the direction of “Hap” Day. Since that time he served Maple Leaf Gardens as Equipment Manager and skate sharpener to all teams. Instrumental as a designer of protective hockey equipment, Tommy pioneered articles such as the skate guard, the ankle protectors for defenseman and the portable skate sharpener. He was selected to travel with Team Canada 1972 in the first professional series with the USSR. He received special recognition from the Canadian Athletic Trainers Association for forty years' service at the 1973 Convention.
Dexter Nelson, M.Sc, C.A.T.(C) (inducted May 1997)
Dexter was born in Calgary, Alberta on October 05, 1949. He received his Bachelor of Physical Education Degree from the University of Calgary in 1971and subsequently received his Master of Science Degree in Physical Education from Brigham Young University in 1977. He completed his course work and comprehensives for an Ed.D from BYU in 1982. He began his teaching career at the University of Calgary in 1975. He has been a member of the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association since December 12, 1972 and achieved Certification status in 1977.
During his career as an Athletic Therapist/Athletic Therapy Educator, he has served as the President of the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA), the Alberta Athletic Therapists Association and the Sports Medicine Council of Alberta. He has chaired the Awards Committee of the C.A.T.A in addition to serving on the Education Committee, and Program Accreditation Committee and has acted as an Examiner for the Certification Committee.
He has served as a Canadian Core Medical Team Member on the 1975 Pan American Games Team, the 1978 Commonwealth Games Team and the 1979 Pan American Games Team. In 1988 he served as Chief Therapist for the Canadian Core Medical Team at the Calgary Winter Olympic Games.
In 1982, after leaving the University of Calgary and moving to Mount Royal College in Calgary, he initiated the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association - Sport Medicine Team. This multidisciplinary team provided not only Athletic Therapy services, but integrated care provided by Physicians, Chiropractors, and Massage Therapists. He coordinated this service until 1995. He has attended and cared for rodeo athletes at 14 consecutive Canadian Finals Rodeo Championships. In addition, he initiated the Mount Royal College Sport Therapy Service which, although moving to the University of Calgary, continues to serve the needs of the Calgary sport community.
J. J. Piccininni, Ed.D., CAT(C), OCT (inducted May 2008)
Merton (Mert) Edward Prophet
Mert's early life was spent as a hockey player. His career as a goaltender took him to such cities as Washington, Providence, Fort Worth, Verdun, Boston and Indianapolis. He started his training career in Indianapolis in 1951 and was trainer with the American Baseball Association Indianapolis Indians when they went to the Little World Series in 1956. From that time until 1964 Mert was head athletic trainer at Butler University. Since 1964, Mert has acted as head trainer with the Toronto Argonaut Football Club. He did take two years away from football 1969-70 when he joined the staff at York University as head athletic trainer. Mert is a member and past president District 10 of the National Athletic Therapists Association, Mert was chosen as Trainer of the Year in 1971.
Phil Rizzuto, CAT(C) (inducted May 2004)
Phil Rizzuto was certified with the CATA in 1983. He has spent time assisting his profession as a member of the CATA Education Committee, the CATA Marketing Committee, the CATA Board of Director's, as well as being a past president with the Manitoba Athletic Therapists Association. Phil's professional highlights include working as an assistant Athletic Therapist with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL) ('83-'84), as a Strength Training Consultant with the Winnipeg Jets (NHL) ('87-'90), and as an Instructor at the University of Winnipeg ('83) and Manitoba ('98). Phil was the director of the Pan Am Sports Medicine Centre in Winnipeg from 1983-1998. In 1998, Phil Rizzuto accepted a role in the pharmaceutical industry and made a career change. His success in his current endeavours is due to his experiences as an Athletic Therapist. Phil continues today as a certified member of the CATA.
David M. Ross, MSc, CAT(C) (inducted May 2005)
David Ross graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Arts (Physical Education) in 1975 and then from Indiana University with a Masters of Science (Physical Education) in Athletic Injuries in 1977. He attained certification in the CATA in 1978. Since then he has worked as the Head Therapist for the Hamilton Tiger-cats (CFL) in 1978-79, and is currently the Coordinator of Athletic Therapy Services at Queen's University. Dave has served on the CATA Education Committee ('82-'89), the chair for the CATA Certification Committee ('89-'92), the chair for the CATA Certification Exam Review Committee ('93-'96) and the CATA Ethics Committee (2004). Dave was a Site Visitor with the CATA Accreditation process and continues to volunteer his services to the success of his association and profession.
Born and educated in England, Art spent six (6) years in active duty with the Royal Air Force in World War II before coming to Canada in 1947. From 1952-1957 he was head trainer for the Balmy Beachies Football Club of Toronto and from 1958-59 he was head trainer for the Toronto Argonaut Football Club. In1960, he accepted the head trainer position with the Ottawa Rough Riders, the year they won the Grey Cup, and remained with the Club until his death in 1968. He also lectured clinics, on the care and prevention of athletic injuries and was also available to College and High School athletes who needed treatment. Art was one of the founding members of the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association in 1965.