Jeffrey Langdon – 1991 – Athlete of the Year

Jeff Langdon is a member of the Barrie Mariposa School of Skating and the Canadian Junior Figure Skating Team. The 1991 year¬† was an outstanding competitive season for him. Langdon won every major Canadian competition in which he competed including the Eastern Ontario Section novice¬† division, the Eastern Canadian Championships novice title, the men’s division of the Canada Winter Games and the 1991 Canadian Championships novice crown. He capped the year with his selection by the Canadian Figure Skating Association as the lone Canadian male to compete in the 1991 World Junior Figure Skating Championships. Langdon was selected over several eligible junior skaters, marking him as an up-and-comer in the junior ranks. When he stepped onto the ice in Hull in December, he was competing in his first international competition and against skaters up to three years older than himself. The 16 year old opened the competition with a fall during a triple jump in his original program, causing a mandatory reduction of marks which left him in 16th place heading into the free skate. Langdon was able to compose himself before the free skate and went out and performed a superb program, completing six triples and 10 jumps in all. His performance placed him fifth in the free skate and moved him up into ninth place overall. Due to Langdon’s top ten placing. the Canadian Figure Skating Association, were able to send two Canadian men to the world juniors the next year. To say Jeff was dedicated to his sport is an understatement. He has attended many training seminars over the years and also worked as an amateur coach. He has partnered many young skaters for dance tests and spent time with them practicing to achieve the tests. He has been involved in judging club competitions and is interested in pursuing judging in the future.

Other Nominees for the 1991 Athlete of the year were:

Joe Fairbairn a member of the Ontario Junior Rugby Team, was also an outstanding football player with the Barrie North Collegiate Senior Vikings. During the 1991 season, Fairbairn moved up from the Ontario Under 17 Rugby Team to become a member of the Under 19 squad. He joined the team for a successful tour of England and Wales during which the club won two of its five games against several of the top British and Welsh sides. Fairbairn also helped the Ontario team win a silver medal at the Canadian championships. Locally, Fairbairn competed with the Barrie Rugby Club senior men’s team as well as its junior entry in the Toronto and District League. On the football grid, Fairbairn played at offensive tackle and defensive end for the Vikings. Fairbairn was named MVP of the 1990 championship team during North’s annual athletic banquet in June of 1991, a rare honor for a member of the offensive line. During the 1991 season, Fairbairn amassed defensive totals of 38 tackles and 20 assists to lead his team in tackling.

Martin Bojesen, a multi talented Athlete, competed in cross country skiing, mountain bike racing, tennis, and track and field. In cross-country skiing, Martin competed in the Canadian championships at Prince George, B.C., winning two medals and a fifth place finish in his three races. At the Ontario Winter Games, Bojesen won the 5-km free technique and was second in the 7.5-km classic technique race. He competed in four Ontario inter-divisional races and placed in the top-3 in each of those events. He competed locally for the Chinguacousy Ski Club, which had a branch of racers based in Barrie. Bojesen, was named the 1990-91 juvenile skier-of-the-year by the Southern Ontario Division. A member of the lnnisdale cross-country ski team, Bojesen helped lead the junior boys to a gold medal in the team relay event at the OFSSA championships. In track and field, Bojesen reached the Ontario regional high school championships, placing fifth in the 3,000 m run. In the Georgian Bay championships, he was third in both the 1,500 and 3,000m races. As a mountain bike racer, Bojesen began his racing career in 1991 and won his very first event, a Canada Cup series race in London. He topped the cadet division for racers aged 15-and-under. In the Eastern Canadian Championships in Quebec he won bronze in the downhill event, On the tennis courts, Bojesen and his partner reached the Barrie City Championship and finished as runners-up.

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