An outstanding all-around athlete, Rob excelled in both hockey and baseball in 1985. He spent the 1984-85 hockey season with the Barrie Colts of the Central Ontario Jr. “B” league. His season appeared headed for disaster when Roy sustained stretched knee ligaments while playing for the Ontario Jr.”A” Richmond Hill Dynes in December. He was leading the league in scoring at the time with 20 goals and 40 assists in 22 games. High-scoring line mate Bruce Stanley had counted 30 goals before Roy’s injury, but managed only 13 in his final 18 games without Roy as his centre man. Despite missing these 18 games, Roy still finished 8th in the league scoring race. The Colts won their first league championship in nine years, and Roy returned for the playoffs. Barrie’s top playoff scorer, he helped lead Barrie past Georgetown, Mimico and Streetsville to the Central Ontario Championship. In the summer of 1985 Rob Roy played shortstop for the Barrie Marrow-Wismer Marauders of the Metro Junior Baseball League. A fine fielder who also hit for both average and power, Roy was a member of the Ontario Junior Selects Baseball Team which won the Gold Medal at the 1985 Canada Games in Moncton, New Brunswick. Roy played the 1985-86 hockey campaign with the Georgian College Grizzlies of the Ontario College Athletic Association’s Tier I league. He led the Grizzlies in scoring with 16 goals and 26 assists, as Georgian finished in third place. He was a dominant player as Georgian eliminated defending champion Seneca Braves in two straight playoff games, before being themselves eliminated by Humber Hawks. Rob Roy was selected to the OCAA Tier I First All-Star Team, and to the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association All-Star Team.
Other nominees for the 1985 Athlete of the Year were:
Gar Dickenson played both football and rugby at competitive levels in 1985. Just completing his fourth (graduating) year at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Dickenson was the starting middle linebacker on the Acadia Axemen defence in 1985. He was voted the team’s most valuable player, and was selected to the Atlantic Conference All-Star Team. Dickenson was also a member of the Barrie Senior Rugby Club, which made it to the finals of the Ontario 7’s, the provincial Senior “A” championships
Paul Nastasiuk: Among the 1985 crop of graduating college and university football players, Nastasiuk ranked in the top nine of all Canadian-born grid stars. The 1985 starting tailback for the Wilfred Laurier University Golden Hawks, he was selected to the Ontario Universities Athletic Association All-Star Team. A versatile back who both runs and catches well, Nastasiuk scored high in the recent C.F.L. pre-draft tests. The defending Grey Cup Champion British Columbia Lions saw fit to make him their first round draft pick, #9 overall.
In the summer of 1985, Paul Nastasiuk played Slow-Pitch for the Queen’s Hotel team. (Nastasiuk was inducted into the Barrie Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.)