Jeffrey Buttle was born in Smooth Rock Falls. He began his skating career when he was two years old. When he was 12, Jeffrey and his family moved to Barrie so that he could train with the Mariposa Club under Doug Leigh and Lee Barkell. 1n1998, he finished 2nd in the Canadian Juniors held in Hamilton. At the Senior Level of competition he placed 6th in 2000 and 9th in 2001 in the Canadian Nationals. In 2002, Jeffrey finished a strong 3rd at the Nationals. Two weeks later he competed in the Four Continents Championships in Korea and won this event. Jeffrey was selected to represent Canada at the World Championships in Nagano, Japan. In this his first appearance, Jeffrey finished in 8th place which is remarkable for a first time competitor. Jeffery has a unique perspective when assessing his performances. He is one of very few active skaters who is also a skating judge. Jeffrey has his sights set on the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy. ( Jeffrey Buttle was inducted into the Barrie Sports Hall of Fame in 2005)
David Schulze began competitive swimming at 7 years of age and was a member of the Barrie Trojan Swim Club for 12 years. With the Trojans, David won many awards including the Most Outstanding Swimmer Award in 1998. He holds numerous Huronia Region Swimming records and was a four-time Ontario Champion and Ontario Record holder. David was the 1997 Canadian Swimming Nationals Silver Medallist in the 200 breaststroke in 1997 and as a Canadian Junior National Team member he won a gold medal in 1998. Currently David is a senior at Indiana University where he is the Captain of their Swim Team. He is now regarded as one of the top breaststroke swimmers in the NCAA. As well as being an outstanding swimmer, David was a 4-time Academic All-Big Ten recipient. This summer David will continue his training with a goal to swim for Canada at the 2004 Athens Olympics. His Indiana swim coach Ray Looze said that “If you had a child and you wanted him to grow up and be somebody, Dave would be the poster child.”
Other nominee for the 2002 Athlete of the Year was:
Rob Ashwood: In 2002, Rob captained the undefeated Barrie Central Senior Boys Rugby team to an OFSAA gold medal. He led his team in points with 170 and tries scored with 22. Ashwood was the assistant Captain of the Canadian Under 19 Rugby team that competed in the 2002 World Championship in Italy. His team won the ‘B’ pool championship. Graduating from Central, he commenced his studies at McMaster University where he was a starting member of the Rugby team that won the OUAA Championship. In addition to his 2002 success at McMaster, Rob was a starting member with both the Ontario and Canadian Under 21 teams.