In 1986, Rob Crossan was a member of both the Ontario Alpine Ski Team and the Canadian National Development Group. He was the 1986 Sealtest Cup Ontario Alpine Overall Champion, winning three of five races and finishing second in another. He finished second overall in the Canadian Alpine Ski Series “Best Ever Cup,” winning a slalom event, and placing second in a giant slalom, two downhill and two super giant slaloms. In February, he won both the Junior and Senior Combined Titles at the Canadian Alpine Championships in Rossland, B.C., finishing 4th in slalom, 16th in downhill and 4th in giant slalom, defeating some national team members. In March, Crossan skied in the American Junior Invitational National Championships in Colorado, for all North American skiers 18 and under, finishing 6th in downhill, 11th in. super giant slalom and 7th in giant slalom. He fared well in eight races in the North American Spring Series in Utah and Idaho, and finished the season with a 2nd in giant slalom and 7th in slalom at F.I.S. races in Quebec. In December, he competed in the Eastern Nor-Am Series for Canadian, American and European skiers, as well as the Western Nor-Ams at Mt. Allan. In the latter series, his three top-twenty finishes, including a 6th in super giant slalom, earned him a spot competing with the national team in Europe. He has been recognized with an Achievement Award Certificate under the Ontario Government Sports Award Program for his 1986 accomplishments. A member of the Huronia Cycling Club, Rob won the Junior Division of the 1986 Collingwood Summerfest 30 km race. (Rob Crossan was inducted into the Barrie Hall of Fame in 2003)
Other nominees for the 1986 Athlete of the Year were:
Bill Maguire was a member of the York University Yeomen hockey team. In his rookie season with the club, 1985-86, he was chosen team captain. Although a defenseman, he was the club’s second leading scorer, and he helped lead the Yeomen to OUAA (Ontario Universities) and CIAU Regional Championships. He was selected to the National Student Team which competed in a tournament against a similar American squad, and was honoured as an OUAA Second Team All-Star. During the 1986-87 season, Maguire helped the Yeomen to another Ontario Universities Championship, and was again selected to the OUAA Second All-Star Team. He was further honoured by being named to the OUAA All-Star Team selected for a series of games against the Canadian Olympic Team.
Patti Johnston was the 1986 Innisdale Secondary School Female Athlete of the Year.
She was a member of the Irinisdale Senior volleyball team, winners of the Redskin (Central Collegiate) Invitational Tournament. The team finished third with a league record of 7-2.
The sport for which she is chiefly recognized is basketball. A 5’11” guard/forward, she was a member in 1986 of both the Ontario Under-21 team, and the Canadian National Junior Girls’ team. Johnston was the leading scorer on the Innisdale Senior team, averaging 15.2 points per game in league and tournament play. The Invaders won invitational tournaments at the University of Toronto and Laurentian University, as well as their own tournament. Johnston was selected to the Tournament All- Star Team at each of these events, and was chosen Most Valuable Player of the Laurentian Invitational. In the OFSAA (All-Ontario) ‘AAA’ Championships, Innisdale defeated teams from the much larger centres of Kitchener, Sudbury, Hamilton, Chatham and St. Catherines to capture the Gold Medal. Patti Johnston led her team in scoring in all five games, and averaged 21 points per game for the tournament.