Kyoko (Kay) Aoyama served for more than 30 years as coach, supervisor and instructor with the Ryerson Fencing Club and was instrumental in making it the longest active fencing club in Ontario. The first woman coach in the Ontario Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Association, she produced world-class champions and was herself a Canadian fencing champion, a Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and a competitor in the Pan American Games. In recognition of Kay's achievements, the OUA Women's Fencing Trophy is named in her honour.An enthusiastic advocate of Ryerson sports and recreation programs, she raised more than $50,000 over the years in support of the Recreation and Athletics Centre.
Dave Manara, Builder
Dave Manara (Industrial Engineering '74) returned to the campus to serve as president, supervisor and chief instructor of the Ryerson Karate Club for 30 years, while holding senior corporate management positions and establishing more than 40 of his own karate clubs in the Greater Toronto Area. He has trained more than 300 black belts since he began teaching in 1969. Honoured with 1973 Sports Canada Award, Dave received an 8th degree black belt in 1994 from Sensei Shintani, the first to receive this honour in both karate and shindo - the highest rank held by a non-oriental and one of the highest ranks in the world today. The Karate Club continues with significant contributions to Ryerson's athletic activities and achievements.
J. Campbell Martin, Leader
J. Campbell Martin (Applied Computer Science '86) played on many intramural teams and was head convener for intramural sports in his graduating year, supervising conveners for 31 different leagues with more than 3,000 participants. He was the main student organizer for a 1985 student referendum that led to construction of the Ryerson Recreation and Athletics Centre. Campbell also designed the first computerized intramural program in Canada, which served the University for 16 years, saving many hours of scheduling time. These achievements earned Campbell the Edwin Genge Memorial Scholarship for the greatest contribution to student life, the D. H. Craighead Award for the greatest contribution to athletics in his graduating year, and the Brian Segal Medal.
Brian O'Reilly, Leader
Brian O'Reilly (Social Work '84) was associated with the men's Interuniversity volleyball team for a decade-first as a student-athlete, then as player-coach, and finally as head coach. While playing for the men's team, he also served for a year as assistant coach for women's Interuniversity volleyball. As a student, Brian became head instructor for the Ryercise aerobics program and its 500 participants for four years, hiring and training all the other instructors. He was also instrumental in creating the men's intramural volleyball league; taught fitness in the Ryerson seniors' program; and served four years as head instructor at the Summer Day Camp, training counsellors and instructors.
Sandy Duncan, Leader
Sandy Duncan (Secretarial Science '78) was the first convener for co-ed intramural sports, supervising six new co-ed leagues never before run at Ryerson-basketball, badminton, touch football, inner tube water polo, and regular and elite volleyball. By 1974, she had added nine co-ed leagues to the original three men's leagues and doubled intramural participation to 600 students. Sandy ran the new leagues by working three nights a week for $2 an hour, phoning players to remind them of games, officiating most games herself, and ensuring equipment was put up and taken down. In 1975, Sandy received the G. L. Dobson Award for the greatest contribution to Ryerson athletics.
Kim E. Publicover, Leader
Kim Publicover (Film and Photography '89) contributed to both intramural and Interuniversity Teams as a player, organizer and coach. As goalkeeper for the intercollegiate women's soccer team she was nominated for the IWAA Eastern all-star team. After graduation she continued with the team as assistant coach for a year and then as head coach for three years. As a student, she participated in all intramural sports, served as intramural soccer convener for a year and then as convener for all intramural sports in her graduating year. She received the Intramural Cup for outstanding contribution to athletics in 1988, and the G.L. Dobson Award for outstanding contribution to athletics and recreation in 1989.
Gillian Esson, Athlete
Gillian Esson (Early Childhood Education '88) was an alpine skiing champion and Interuniversity soccer player, whose abilities earned her selection as Female Athlete of the Year three times in her four years at Ryerson. In 1984/85 she was an OWIAA gold medallist, winning the giant slalom and finishing third in slalom, and was the recipient of the greatest contribution to Ryerson athletics for the year. She was an OWIAA Alpine silver medallist in both 1986/87 and 1987/88 and was chosen team MVP both years. Gillian also coached the Alpine ski team from 1985-88, was a member of Canada's World Student team in 1985 and 1989, and was University Can Am champion in 1985 and 1986.
Darcel Wright, Athlete
Darcel Wright (Business '95) starred for four years on the Ryerson interuniversity women's basketball team, winning CIAU rookie-of-the-year honours in 1990/91 and all-star recognition three times. She finished third in league scoring in 1993/94 with a 20.8 points-per-game average, scoring a personal high 56 points in a CIAU exhibition game that year. She was Ryerson's Female Athlete of the Year in both 1990/91 and 1993/94, receiving additional recognition the latter year for the greatest contribution to Ryerson athletics. Darcel was also voted her team's most valuable player in her final two years of competition and was honoured six times as the University's athlete of the week.
Joe Dell'Aquila, Athlete
Joe Dell'Aquila (Business '75) was named Male Athlete of the Year in each of his three years at Ryerson, in recognition of the wrestling skills that earned him both intercollegiate and international acclaim. His honours included three straight Canadian intercollegiate championships in his weight category, two firsts in international competitions in Tel Aviv and New York, two Canadian Senior Freestyle titles, two Canadian Senior Greco Roman national victories, the Keegan Trophy as outstanding wrestler in the OUAA in 1975, and selection as Canadian Wrestler of the Year in 1977. Joe was also a top-three finisher in two World Cup competitions and was a 1976 Olympic team alternate.
C. Julian Smith, Athlete
Julian Smith (Printing Management '52) served as coach of the Ryerson Rams hockey team in 1950-51 and, the following year, captained the team to the championship of the Minor College Hockey League, as the Rams lost just three games all season. In recognition of his athletic abilities, Julian received a gold RIT crest, Ryerson's highest athletic award, and in '98 a gold alumni "R". He won the Ryerson Gold Medal as top graduating student in 1952 for his combined academic and athletics excellence. Julian also played for the Regina Pats and Quebec Aces and attained a Level 4 ranking in the National Coaching Certification Program.