Taylor “Tay” Paris is a Barrie Central Collegiate teenage rugby star playing beyond his years. As an underage player, in 2009, he competed with the Ontario Under-18 team that won Gold at the Canada Summer Games in Summerside, PEI. He became the youngest Canadian to play on the Canadian Men’s 7’s team in the International 7’s World Series, with stops in New Zealand and Las Vegas. Paris was a member of the Ontario Under-18 team that won gold at the National Championships. Paris became an “A Carded” athlete for Rugby Canada. He was invited to join the Canadian Men’s 7’s Team to participate in the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. He was invited to join the Canadian Men’s 15’s team on their European Tour, where he became the youngest Canadian to play international Men’s 15’s – he had just turned 18. The Northampton Saints Academy in England invited Paris to a four month trial. The Academy is the development arm of the Northampton Saints professional rugby club, located in England. Paris is the first Barrie player to get an invitation to a professional English Academy. In 2011, Taylor was a member of the Canadian team that competed at the Pan-Am games in Mexico. At the ripe old age of 19, he was a contributing member on a team of men and seasoned veterans for the Rugby 7’s, a much faster game than the regular rugby game of 15’s. The team concluded the Games by winning gold and positioning themselves to be favourites when the game is introduced at the 2016 Olympics in Argentina. In August 2011, Paris was selected to Canada’s senior national side for the 2012 Rugby World Cup.
Other Nominees for the 2010 Athlete of the year were:
Ocian Archer. Over the course of her high school career, Ocian has accumulated 8 OFSAA in track and field and was named Athlete of The Year in each of her 4 years at Innisdale Secondary School. During this time, she was a strong contributor to the Innisdale Basketball program, and through all her success remained a role model and mentor to others in the program. Archer finished her high school career by winning 3 OFSSA medals, including gold in her signature event the 400m. She was a silver medalist in the 400m at the Canadian Junior Track and Field championships, a bronze medalist in the 4x100m at the Pan-American Junior Championships, held in Florida. She was named to the Junior National Team and the 2016 Olympic development program. Currently Archer is attending Mississippi State University on a full Track and Field scholarship, and has made a solid contribution in her freshman year. She is entering the summer with an opportunity of making the Canadian Olympic 4x400m relay team.
Carl Haworth. Growing up, Carl was on the smaller side, but this didn’t deter the talented Barrie Central Collegiate graduate from becoming one of the best soccer players to be developed through the Barrie Soccer Club. This determination earned him a full scholarship at Niagara University. In 2011, Playing for the Niagara University Purple Eagles, Carl had 11 goals and 26 points in his junior season, earning him a spot on the All-MAAC First team and the NSCAA All-Region Second Team. Although Carl never made a provincial team, his hard work and successful season with Niagara earned him a look with the Canadian U23 National team. After 4 tryouts, he was asked to join the team that competed for the 2 CONCACAF Olympic qualifying positions. He is the only player from Barrie to ever compete at the National level in Soccer.