Berwick Curling Team
For many years, Rod Bethune was a valuable member of the Berwick Curling Club.
In addition to being a talented icemaker and general handyman around the club, Rod was also a good curler. He was competitive at the club level, but wanted more.
In the early 1970s, he asked his son Brian, best known at the time as a talented fastball pitcher, to join him on a curling team. Brian took to the sport naturally, and with the same dedication as his father.
Growing up in Dartmouth, NS, David Fairfax played a number of sports including volleyball, basketball and football. Although David continued as a multisport athlete through high school, in 1974 he turned his attention to officiating. At the young age of 15, David began refereeing flat water canoeing at Lake Banook in Dartmouth, and at the same time started officiating volleyball and basketball. When asked why he chose to begin refereeing instead of pursuing further success as an athlete, David’s response was simple, “I was too short.”
A couple of years later, in 1976, as a grade 12 student, David added coaching to his sports resume. He coached volleyball until moving to Calgary in 1980. Back in Nova Scotia, he coached volleyball at Central Kings for over 10 years, and has attained NCCP level III as a volleyball coach.
A long and varied career in sport has earned Donald Hall recognition as one of Berwick's top all-round athletes of his era.
Born in South Berwick Oct. 22, 1931, Don began his athletic career as a young man. While a student at the then Berwick High School, Don excelled both at hockey and baseball.
He played defence for the Berwick school team from 1945 to 1948, and also starred for the Berwick juniors and juveniles in 1947 and 1948.
Following his high school graduation, in the fall of 1948 Don moved on to Dalhousie University, where he played the 1948-1949 hockey season with the Tigers varsity team.
Born in Welsford, Kings Co. Feb. 17, 1931, Fred Clarke forged a long and successful coaching career in both hockey and baseball, and was also a leader for many years in Berwick recreation circles.
In 1961, Fred began coaching Berwick minor hockey teams. By the time he finished coaching in 1978, he had coached teams at every level from novice to midget.
One of the best all-round female athletes Berwick has produced, for a six-year stretch between 1996-2001, Laura Hubbert forged an impressive record, including multiple provincial championships, in a variety of sports.
Born in Berwick in December of 1982, Laura first gained athletic prominence as a junior high school student at Berwick and District School.
In 1996, the first year she competed in school sport, she won the junior girls' javelin at districts, regionals and provincials, setting new district and regional records. She was also the district and regional champion in junior girls' discus, and captured silver at provincials.
1997 Berwick White Sox – Provincial Midget 'c' Baseball Champions
In the spring of 1997, coach Steve Greenwood was aware he had some outstanding midget-aged baseball players at his disposal, including a handful of players who had won the 1995 bantam provincials.
Moreover, the group featured several players capable of playing multiple positions, including pitcher and catcher.
While Greenwood had talented players, his problem was there weren't quite enough of them to fill out a roster for the provincial playdowns. He solved the problem by asking the Berwick bantam team to affiliate with them.