St. George's College
Good & True ...issue# 41...Oct., 2004
Jamaica Victorious in Women's 4 X 100 Relay (2004 Olympics)
If you are like me, you have been thinking that it was just a matter of time before Jamaica regains supremacy in the sprint relays. If you are like every other Jamaican, you must have been elated when four fleet-footed young ladies from Jamaica won the 4 X 100 sprint relay in the recently conclude Olympic Games in Athens.
Sherone Simpson, Veronica Campbell, Aleen Bailey and Tanya Lawrence have given Jamaicans, at home and abroad, another reason to celebrate.
Jamaica has a very rich history in the discipline of sprinting and these ladies, three of whom were actually in the 100 meter final, have done much to preserve the island's sprinting legacy.
The highly-touted American team ran into trouble with its baton passes, but even before that juncture, the Jamaicans had served notice that they were quite serious about winning the race.
This one-lap encounter was also contested by some of the finest sprinting teams in the world, including France, Russia and the Bahamas.
The Jamaicans sped to victory in 41.73, erasing their previous best of 41.94. Russia took second in 42.27, France got third in 42.54, and the Bahamas, who were champions in Sydney four years ago, finished fourth in 42.69.
Our Football Season
Though the 2004 soccer season was laborious and sometimes filled with obstacles, I believe that I speak for all the players in saying that our victory over the two leagues was sweet.
There were times when our lacklustre play led some to give us up for dead while at times we were simply brilliant in our passes and finishing.
Through it all, I believe that our players bought into the George's spirit and it was discipline, team chemistry and George's support that won the day for us.
After our first game I could tell that no team was going to just let us roll over them. No, we had to fight teeth and nails; I will argue that we are reaping the rewards of some tremendously hard work.
When a team is comprised of people with families and full-time jobs, it is not easy to get everyone out to play on a Sunday morning/afternoon. I give full marks to our guys who sacrificed so much to be a part of the team.
Many thanks to the George's organization for its support throughout this season and accolades are due to Chad Chin who was a great motivating force in getting the guys to come out on Sundays.
Our team lifted the Champion of Champions trophy along with the St. Mike's league trophy on Sunday September 26, 2004. The Champion of Champions contest pitted the winning Markham Team (that's us) against the winning Scarborough team.
In unprecedented fashion, George's won consecutive league and Champion of Champions titles.
We won the league title by outlasting Sporting Markham by a score of 1-0. The Champion of Champions game ended in a 5-3 George's win.
My goal is to keep the nucleus of Georgians (Chad Chin, Garth Chin, Aaron Sani, Danny Garel, Chad Garel and Dale Chung) intact while adding more Georgians to the team.
I am, by no means, disrespecting the non-Georgians who toiled with us in achieving victory. They have bought into the George's philosophy and are quite amazed that so much emphasis is placed on a single school in the tiny country of Jamaica.
I always knew that together we could row this boat ashore.
St. George's Heads to Miami
The all-conquering Toronto-based St. George's soccer team heads to Miami on Thursday, October 7, 2004 to challenge the vaunted Miami-based "Good and True" team.
Coming off a winning season, a league trophy and a Champion of Champions trophy, the men from Toronto are eager to gauge their skills against the Georgians south of the border.
While this game promises to be a very interesting and well-contested match-up, this inaugural contest should set the stage for greater interaction between the two George's chapters. There is undoubtedly great benefit in making this an annual tournament with the winning team gaining bragging rights for a year.
This story is about the rightful honour bestowed on a Canadian in August 2004, and the unprecedented way in which it was done.
Let me begin at the top by telling you who that man is: he is 91 year old Robert Carl 'Moose' Fumerton who resides in Huntsville, Ontario. Carl is also a legendary World War II fighter pilot known to his peers as "Moose." Back in his time, Moose was the top-scoring night fighter pilot in the RCAF, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in July 1942 and the Air Force Cross in January 1946. Between 1941 and 1944, the former wing commander shot down 14 enemy planes, damaging one other aircraft. He was shot down twice and survived due to his own skillful experience as a pilot. On one of those occasions his leg stopped one of the bullets that brought his plane down.
Moose honed his flying skills as a civilian bush pilot before joining the RCAF. He joined the air force in 1939, and flew everything - Beaufighters, Hurricanes and Mosquitoes. In August 1943, he was given command of the 406 Squadron, a post he held until July 1944. At the end of the war, Fumerton took a post with an operational training unit in Canada. Later, he went to Hankow, China to operate a Mosquito training unit for the Chinese Air Force. He met his wife Madeleine, a WAF officer, moved to Canada, and together they had five children.
Ok! So where is the George's connection here you say?
Well, Maureen Shipton and her husband Michael are very good friends of Louise and mine. Maureen, one of Moose's daughters, also lives in a beautiful home on Pen Lake in Huntsville, Ontario. While on a visit to the USA earlier this year, Maureen and Michael asked Louise and me to “house sit” for five days. The answer was yes without any hesitation.
One day while we were there, the phone rang. It was Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Newton, CEO, 406 Helicopter Squadron in Nova Scotia. He said the squadron wanted to make a special presentation to Moose for his dedication as a war hero, that a squadron Sea King helicopter would be bringing some officers to Huntsville for the presentation in a few weeks. He wanted to know if there was anywhere big enough to land the massive aircraft near where Moose lived. I told him no, but that the helicopter could land in Maureen and Michael's back yard, as it was big enough for a Sea King. However, I thought that he had to make the necessary arrangements with Moose's daughter when she returned as I was only a houseguest. The short of it is that arrangements were eventually made, and I returned September 8 to Huntsville for the occasion.
Now as a former safety technician in the Canadian navy back in 1965, it was part of my job to marshal various aircraft landing at Shearwater Naval base. It was my privilege to dust off the helicopter signals, which I had not used in so many years, and be the grey metal monster's landing marshal, guiding it to the ground amidst the tall birch trees that were in back of the house.
After some tea and cake prepared for the crew on board, Moose, himself a former CEO of the 406 Squadron, was presented with the Squadron's crest, baseball cap, and an inscribed break drum from the first ever Sea King helicopter. Family and friends were moved to tears as the presenting officer respectfully snapped to attention and saluted him after presenting him with these trophies. In that split second, to see the pride in Mr. Fumerton's eyes was worth the six-hour return drive to Huntsville.
Then the crew shook hands with just about all 30 spectators present, and climbed aboard the grey beast. The engines then roared to life. We watched hypnotized as the aircraft's massive blades whirled, causing bushes and trees in the area to bow. An officer, who remained on the ground, then turned, came to attention, and gave a crisp goodbye salute to Mr. Fumerton, and boarded the aircraft quickly. The engines roared louder, cracking the peaceful Muskoka afternoon silence, and gently lifted the 8-ton beast into the sky above. The pilot did a very low fly by, swaying the aircraft back and forth in a goodbye gesture, and turned his aircraft into the east, headed for home.
Now I began by saying that this was an unprecedented event. It was so, because aircraft from the armed forces no longer are permitted to simply land wherever they feel in Canada. But when you are a Squadron CEO, when the occasion is deemed a worthy one, who will dare question it?
This very unique and touching story made headlines in the local Huntsville newspaper the following week, because it was the biggest thing to happen to that town since the Skins Golf Classic held there some three years ago.
I wouldn't have missed being a part of it for anything
Our annual picnic with our sister schools Alpha and Immaculate took place at Milne Conservation Park in Markham on Sunday, August 15. It was a beautiful day and things got started about 10:00 a.m.
The alumnae of these three institutions enjoy an excellent relationship in Canada while assisting each other greatly in their individual fundraising efforts. The coming together and orchestration of this annual picnic demonstrates so well that as a team, for them the sky is the limit.
As in prior years, lunch was the first order of the day and this year there certainly seemed to be a lot of sharing as many families combined their lunches and offered others to join in. Josie's (Danny's wife) pepper-pot soup made the day absolutely memorable (moreso for some than others).
As usual thanks to Karen Yee and Yvonne Lew for making this a success. And thanks to Patrick Haddad, Uncle P and Milton Hart for their help. Last but not least thanks to Robbie Vernon for helping to make the games a success. And lastly, this year we had the shame of all shames... the women beat the men at tug of war.
It was good to see the kids enjoying themselves and getting to know their other Georgian peers.
It was good as well to welcome special out of town Georgians, Norman Hill Q.C, from Florida and Cayman and Clem McCalla and his family from New Jersey.
For those who couldn't make it- capture the fun with the photos and see what you and your family missed out on.
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