Bryan Taylor was a star athlete at Barrie Central Collegiate where he excelled in many sports including tennis and swimming and was the school’s male athlete of the year in 1999. In rugby, Bryan was the captain and the MVP of the undefeated Central Collegiate’s Senior Rugby team that won the GBSSA Championship and the “AAA” OFSAA gold medal in 1999. Bryan was selected as a member and a starter of the Canadian Under 19 Rugby team that competed in the Junior World Cup held in France in March, 1998 and he again represented Canada in the 1999 Junior World Cup of Rugby in Wales. Bryan has earned nine Canadian caps. The caps are presented to competitors that play in an international competition. As a basketball player, Bryan was the captain of Central’s Senior Boys Basketball team that won a silver medal at OFSAA this season He led all scorers in the tournament. In 1998 Bryan was selected to join the Ontario Under 19 team to compete at the National Championships. He has ranked in the Toronto Star’s Top 30 provincial players for the 1998 and 1999 seasons.
Other nominees for the 1999 Athlete of the Year were:
Katie Armatage: Was An athlete at Barrie North were she played Basketball, Volleyball, Track and Field and Rugby. Katie was the MVP in Junior Basketball, Senior Volleyball and Rugby. Katie went to McMaster University. In the 1998/99 season, the McMaster team finished second in the Canadian University Championships and Katie was selected to the Canadian University All Star Team. Katie was a member of the Ontario Women’s Rugby Team winning the Canadian Rugby Championship in 1997, 1998 and 1999. In 1999, Katie Armatage was selected to the Canadian Women’s Rugby Team.
David Killam: A Grade 12 student at Barrie Eastview Collegiate. At 6’5″, David competed with Brampton’s “West Side” Volleyball Club finishing 4th at the National Championship in Newfoundland. He was then chosen for Ontario’s Provincial Team and later was selected to Canada’s National Youth Team. After a summer training with the National program, David returned to Eastview and captained the volleyball team to an OFSAA bronze medal in 1999.