The local sports scene is alive and well in Waterloo Region
The sports teams and organizations here in Waterloo Region are an integral part of what makes the Region such a great community.
Over the years, a number of top-flight athletes have gone on to tremendous amateur and professional careers in their respective sports, including:
MOE NORMAN – born in Kitchener, was considered by many to be “one of the best ball strikers who ever lived.” He is enshrined in the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.
TESSA VIRTUE AND SCOTT MOIR – trained in Waterloo Region, and won Olympic gold at the 2010 Games in Vancouver.
LENNOX LEWIS – moved to Kitchener at the age of 12, went on to win gold at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. He is also the last undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World.
SCOTT STEVENS – was born in Kitchener and played junior hockey with the Rangers before playing 22 years in the NHL with the Capitals, Blues and Devils.
PAUL COFFEY – played one season for the Rangers before his illustrious NHL career during which he amassed over 1,500 points and won 3 Norris Trophies.
LARRY ROBINSON – played the 1970-71 season with the Rangers and when he finally arrived in the NHL he stayed for over 1,300 games and won the Norris Trophy as the league’s best defenceman – twice.
DARRYL SITTLER – born in Kitchener and played for the Elmira Sugar Kings. Eventually became captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs and collected over 1,100 points in his NHL career.
JEFF SKINNER – played 2 seasons with the Kitchener Rangers before the Carolina Hurricanes selected him with the 7th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Won the Calder Trophy in 2010 as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year.
KELLY VANDERBEEK – honed her tremendous ski skills at the Chicopee Ski Club in Kitchener and has since become an Olympian and a World Cup medallist for Canada.
BOBBY KUNTZ – played high school football in Kitchener, and went on to win 2 Grey Cups with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
MANDY BUJOLD – Kitchener native and Canadian National boxing Champion.
CHERYL POUNDER – an Athlete of the Year winner at Wilfrid Laurier University, she went on to win 5 World Championships with the Canadian Women’s Hockey Team along with 2 Olympic Gold Medals.
If you are a fan of the tremendous amount of local sports going on in Waterloo Region, 570 News is your best source for all the information you need. Follow the links below for your favourite sport – We’ve got it all right here…