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Who is Orillia's Greatest Athlete?

Orillia | by Ken Hashizume  

8 people will debate over who is best from Sunshine City in a televised event.

A full house is expected on June 16th at the Orillia Council Chambers.

But the discussion won't be on the ongoing recreational facility.
It will instead be on who is Orillia's greatest athlete.
A special debate will be taking place that evening as part of Doors Open Orillia.
Organizer Dave Town says there is a tremendous sports history in Orillia that not many people know about.
He says he thought it would be a good idea to have a debate.
Town says there will be 8 people in the debate -- including Bayshore Broadcasting News' Ken Hashizume -- and each will represent an athlete and their sport.
He says each will make their case and will be able to challenge others.
Town says they will be able to ask questions and get an opportunity to defend their athlete if any challenges come their way.
He says we may end revealing skeletons in the closet but also find out how amazing the athletes were.
Town says there have been a number of championship caliber athletes in Orillia prior to World War 1.
He says there hasn't been much since then until the 70s when it started to boom again.
Here are the 8 people participating in the debate and the athlete they are representing:
Bob Wink -  Jake Gaudaur, rowing
Mike Davenport -  Lovering Jupp, hockey
Ian MacMillan -  Harry Gill, track and field
Ken Hashizume-  Walter Knox, track and field
Tim Payne -  Toyin Olupona, sprinting
Bill Watters -  Rick Ley, hockey
Rob Kloostra -  Walter Henry, boxing
Mary-Kay Orser-Melnyk -  Brian Orser, skating
Broadcaster Jiggs McDonald will be moderating the debate and former NHL referee Ron Hoggarth will be the timekeeper.
The debate will begin at 6:30 PM and it will also be televised on Rogers TV and online.

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