1995 Humber Jumpers Eastern Canadian Silver Medalists.
The Humber Jumpers were a 16U team put together by coaches Finton Gaudette and current Hall of Fame member Henry Hounsell in 1995. They went on to have a standout year in the province and at the national level.
Within Newfoundland, the Jumpers went undefeated with a perfect 5-0 match record without losing a set in the provincial 16U championships. Team members Pat Lake, Richard Butt and Ken White received all star awards at this tournament for their performance.
The team also competed in the provincial 18U B championships, winning a silver medal, going 5-1 in the tournament. The young team only lost a total of 3 sets the entire tournament. Team members Ken White and Pat Lake were named to the all star team.
At the national level, the Humber Jumpers competed at the Eastern Canadian Championship where they lost in the final match to St. Alexander Lasers of Quebec, earnings themselves a silver medal. With an overall 6-1 match record, the team went undefeated in the round robin, dropping only two sets.
Chad Keats and Jimmy O’Toole were named first team all stars.
5 members from this team returned the following year in 1996 to win a bronze medal. Richard Butt was selected as a first team all star at this tournament.
In 1995, members of the Humber Jumpers were recognized by the NLVA, and received the following awards:
Chad Keats 1995 player of the year
Finton Guadette and Henry Hounsell 1995 co-coaches of the year.
1995 Team of the year award
Community development award
Finton Guadette 1995 Reg Soper Memorial Award
The Jumpers team continued for two more seasons, winning a silver medal at the 18U Provincial Juvenile Championships in 1996. A gold medal at the 18U Provincial Juvenile Championships in 1997, and represented Newfoundland in the 1997 national juvenile championships.
Many of the Jumpers athletes went on to represent the province at a national and varsity level. The following members represented Newfoundland at the 1997 Canada Summer Games in Manitoba; Pat Lake, Richard Butt, Jimmy O’Toole, Chad Keats, and Ken White.
Four of the teams members played at the varsity level. Chad Keats and Pat Lake played at Memorial University. Jason Hickey played for Kings College, and Richard Butt played for the University of New Brunswick and named rookie of the year.