Elena is also an International Brevet Judge and is PHD in sport science. In May 2007, she was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. However, it is for her work as a coach and builder that has earned her recognition in Oshawa, where she has called home since 1991.
As a Gemini coach for the past 25 years, and the head coach since 1999, she has amassed an astounding list of achievements and guided numerous athletes into elite level competitions and toward exciting post-secondary school opportunities. Under Elena’s leadership Gemini has produced 22 All Around Canadian Champions, 10 AA Elite Canada Champions, 21 Eastern Canadian AA Champions, and 113 AA Provincial Champions.
Elena is recognized as one of the most successful Canadian coaches, placing athletes on the Canadian Team for major games and Championships since 1995. Gymnastics Canada and Gymnastics Ontario named Elena the high performance coach of the year in 1997, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013. In addition to the 2012 Olympics, leading the team to an historical 5th place, Elena coached the Canadian team at six World Championships, the Commonwealth Games, and Pan American Games. International Gymnastics Federation has invited her as an Expert for several International Academy coaching courses.
As an International Category 1 Brevet Judge (highest international judging category) Elena has officiated at international competitions on four continents, including World Cups, major Games and World Championships. In 2005, she achieved the highest score of all Canadian Brevet judges on the international exam and in 2007 became the only Canadian to hold both Brevet coach and judge status for women’s artistic gymnastics. Elena has been invited by the International Gymnastics Federation as the only Canadian representative to judge Women artistic gymnastics at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Gemini Gymnastics has become an internationally renowned club under Elena’s leadership and has been recognized by Gymnastics Canada with its Club of Excellence award each year since its inception in 2003.
One of the most talented riders ever to race a motorcycle, Ron Keys went straight out of the gate to excel at his chosen sport. Unlike some child prodigies, Ron’s first ride on a motorcycle was at age nineteen. A few weeks after buying his first bike in 1965, he raced all comers at a local track and won. The following year Ron obtained a racing licence and, racing this same ill-prepared street bike, won the Junior Class at the Annual Canada/USA Challenge Race. In 1967, riding a proper racing motorcycle, he won all six of his first races but then had an accident that sidelined him for the year.
In 1968 Ron was promoted to the Expert Class, leapfrogging the Senior Class altogether, and in August of the same year, riding a borrowed bike, won his first Expert Class race. In 1969, leading from start to finish, he won his first Canadian National Championship.
From there Ron was fully sponsored on a proper racing bike and spent winters racing in California and summers in Canada. Over his short career, Ron won five National Motocross Championships, three Provincial Dirt Track Championships, one National Dirt Track Championship and a Silver Medal in the Olympics of motorcycling—the International Six Days Enduro. For Yamaha, he won their first National Motocross Championships in Canada in all three classes, beating an American and a World Champion to do so.
Retiring in 1974, Ron was inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2008.
Gord Garrison, was a broadcasting pioneer who lived in Oshawa from 1948 until the time of his death in May, 2009.
Born July 31, 1924 in Manitoba, Gord settled in Oshawa in the late- 1940s and soon became a familiar voice on the airways, bringing local, national and international sports coverage to southern Ontario. In 1958, he became the owner and operator of CKLB AM and FM, where he continued to ensure Durham sports fans were made aware of the excellence in the community.
He was the voice of the Oshawa Generals from 1948 through the mid-60s and now has the press gondola at the General Motors Centre named in his honour. His work went far beyond that, however, as he was also the ring announcer for professional wrestling in the 1940s and 50s at Oshawa’s Hambly Arena and other local venues, the stock car race announcer at James Park in north Oshawa, a periodic announcer for the Oshawa Green Gaels lacrosse team in the 1960s, and the play-by-play voice across Canada for the 1958 world hockey championships in Oslo, Norway, where the Whitby Dunlops won gold.
Gord was innovative and entrepreneurial, as evidenced by hiring an aircraft and pilot to enable him to report live, Marilyn Bell’s famous swim across Lake Ontario in 1954, and obtaining the exclusive rights in Southern Ontario to broadcast the Montreal Expos when Major League Baseball expanded to Canada in 1967.
Eric Lindros was one of the most dominant players to ever wear an Oshawa Generals jersey.
Born Feb. 28, 1973 in London, Ont., Eric came to Oshawa in 1990, at the age of 16. Physically well beyond most players his age, he proved to be an invaluable piece for a Generals team that went on to win its first Memorial Cup national title since 1944. He racked up 18 goals and 36 points in 17 playoff games and was named a Memorial Cup all-star.
Lindros spent parts of three seasons with the Generals amassing 180 goals, 200 assists, 380 points and 437 penalty minutes in just 157 games. In 1991, although the Generals were upset in a spirited OHL final by the Greyhounds, Eric was named the junior player of the year for both Ontario and Canada. He also twice won gold with Canada at the world junior hockey championships, in 1990 and 1991.
His dominance carried into the NHL, where he became a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. He ended up playing 760 games over an injury-plagued NHL career with the Flyers, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Dallas Stars, scoring 372 goals and 865 points, and winning the Hart Trophy as MVP in 1995.
Eric played on 3 Canadian teams at the Olympics winning gold and silver medals. He was also a member of Team Canada for over a decade during his playing career.
In 2006, became just the third player to have his number 88, retired by the Generals.
Peter Stephenson was born in Oshawa on Feb. 17, 1944.
Although a strong player, Peter’s major impact on the sport would be as builder, where he has served as a coach, official and administrator. he was a coach at the 1974 Canada Winter Games, received a certificate of recognition for achievement in amateur sport in Ontario in 1986, won the Ontario Badminton president’s award in 1987, 2004 and 2008, earned a Celebration ‘88’ certificate of merit from the Canadian government in 1988, became a Badminton Canada life member in 2003 and won the Syl Apps special achievement award in 2007.
He is a certified Level 2 coach, has been a national referee for more than 15 years, a national umpire for over 30 years and has officiated at all levels, including provincial and national championships and the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria. Peter started and coached a badminton program at Durham College and has served as president at the Oshawa YMCA, district president for Ontario’s Central Region, and a director for the Ontario Badminton Association.
Also prominent in the Boys Scouts of Canada for more than 35 years, Peter was recognized with the Silver Acorn award, one of scouting’s highest volunteer honours, in 1999.