Cape Breton University will host the 2016 Subway AUS Women’s Soccer Championships from November 3-6, 2016. The event will bring the top six ranked teams in the Atlantic University Sport bracket to the CBU campus to battle for this year’s title.
“We’re so excited to be hosting this event,” says John Ryan, Director of CBU Athletics. “The calibre of talent is quite high so it should be excellent competition. Our goal is to provide all participating student athletes with a great experience and one they will remember for many years to come.”
This year two outstanding members of the local soccer community will serve as Honorary Event Co-chairs as recognition of their many years of service to the sport. Both Joan Poirrier of Whitney Pier and Art Timmons of New Waterford, will hold the honorary title.
“It’s a thrill for us to be able to celebrate two selfless members of the local soccer community,” says Ryan. “Both Joan and Art have played an integral role in the Cape Breton soccer community and they’ve done it very humbly and selflessly. They always go above and beyond because they’re passionate about the game and they care about the players. To be able to recognize them with the honorary title is very special.”
Joan’s journey with soccer started in 1994 when she registered her son Marcel for Whitney Pier Soccer. Within two years she obtained her Community Child and Community Youth coaching certificates and began coaching the Under 4’s in Whitney Pier. In 1997 she became Treasurer of the Whitney Pier club and she held that post for the next 16 years. During this time she has coached and or managed teams at every age level for the Pier club. In 2006 she, along with her husband David, coached four teams in one season. They spent every night that summer on a soccer field and never missed a game. She also spent two seasons coaching the Whitney Pier Memorial school team winning banners both years.
Along the way, Joan has volunteered for numerous soccer events. She was instrumental in getting the Tim Hortons Jamboree off the ground as the Whitney Pier club hosted that event for its first 10 years. She has helped out at the annual Connor Timmons Memorial Soccer Tournament and volunteered at all three of the National Championships hosted by Soccer Cape Breton. She has worked in many capacities including transportation, sales and marketing, hospitality, and field marshaling.
In 2014, a life threatening health issue forced Joan to miss the entire soccer season but by 2015 she was once again behind the bench of the Whitney Pier senior women’s team.
Art Timmons is a retired teacher from New Waterford. He has been a lifetime supporter of soccer in New Waterford and the community of Cape Breton. He has coached soccer at all levels and in 1966 he captained New Waterford Trojans to the Cape Breton championship in the inaugural Cape Breton Senior Men’s League. In 1967 he coached the first high school soccer team in Cape Breton. For the next 30 years, he coached high school soccer in New Waterford. This included numerous high school championships and three Provincial championships. This was highlighted by the 1974 Breton Education Centre Girls’ team, the first Nova Scotia championship in female soccer in Cape Breton.
In the years 1973, 1974, 1975 he coached Senior Men’s soccer. In each of these years the New Waterford team won the Cape Breton Championship and made it to Provincial finals. Over the past 30 years Art has frequently volunteered to help with local, provincial, and national tournaments being hosted by Cape Breton.
The Championship kicks off this Thursday. November 3, and carries through until Sunday. November 6. Games will be played on the CBU campus.
Thursday, November 3, 2016:
5:00 p.m. Acadia vs. Dalhousie
7.30 p.m. St.FX vs. UNB
Friday, November 4, 2016:
5:00 p.m. CAPERS vs highest remaining seed
7.30 p.m. Memorial vs lowest remaining seed
Saturday, November 5, 2016:
#ThisIsCBU Open House – on campus
Sunday, November 6, 2016:
2:00 p.m. Championship Game