RBC Wall of Distinction
Four Former Bishop’s Greats to be Inducted into RBC Wall of Distinction
Lennoxville, September 24th,
2004 - The Bishop's University Department of Athletics is please to announce the induction of Nick Arakgi ’79, Warren Lynch ’56, John Milligan ’63 and Lynn Polson ’84 into the RBC Wall of Distinction this Saturday, September 25th, 2004.
The recipients will have their permanent plaques unveiled at a ceremony in the John H. Price Sports Center this Saturday morning at 11:30 am. They will be introduced to a large Homecoming crowd at halftime of the Bishop’s – Mount Allison football game. Finally, they will be a formal super for the inductees, their families and friends at the Cleghorn Common Room on campus Saturday night.
Nick was a two sport athlete during his two year tenure at Bishop’s. It
was on the gridiron, however, where he made his mark. In his second year
the tight end experienced a remarkable year as Nick was selected as the
Gaiters’ Most Valuable Player as well as receiving the Sid Hart Trophy
as the top Male Athlete of the Year at Bishop’s. That same year he was
selected to the CIAU All-Canadian team and represented Team Canada in the
1979 Can-Am Bowl in Tampa, Florida.
Nick’s size and strength was a valuable addittion to the basketball team
where Nick distinguished himself as a rebounder. Nick was a member of the
1977-78 QUAA conference championship team that participated at the
National Championship in Halifax, N.S.
After graduation from Bishop’s Nick enjoyed an exceptional nine year
career in the Canadian Football League, eight of them with his hometown
Montreal Alouettes. He was the team’s Special Team Player of the Year on
two occasions in 1979 and 1980. Nick was selected to the Eastern Division
all-star team in 1982,1984 and 1985.
In 1984 he was selected to the CFL all-star team and was the recipient of
the Eastern Division Outstanding Canadian Award. He capped off an
extraordinary year by being named the Schenley Award winner as the CFL’s
Outstanding Canadian Player. In 1987 he added the Tom Pate Memorial Award
for Outstanding Sportsmanship to his long list of achievements.
Statistically, Nick finished his illustrious pro career with 370
receptions, 27 touchdowns and 4,865 receiving yards.
B. A. '56
Warren “Wally” Lynch will always be remembered for his fantastic speed
and skill on the football field. As a freshman running back in 1953,
Warren was chosen Most Valuable Player for the football team – an honor
he would attain all three years he played at Bishop’s. In 1954, Warren
led his team to the Ottawa-St. Lawrence Conference championship.
Warren also made his mark on the varsity basketball team. Described by his
peers as an
” indispensable guard,” Warren made the first team as a freshman and
served as a valuable member each season.
An outstanding student, Warren graduated from a four year program at
Bishop’s in just three years. He moved on to McGill University where he
received a degree in Law. Warren returned to the Townships and established
a private Law practise in Sherbrooke and was eventually appointed as a
Judge in Rock Island. He and his wife Cairene had three children. Warren
met an early death in 1975.
B.SC. '63, DED ‘ 64
John was an outstanding two sport star with the Gaiters. From 1959-63,
John quarterbacked the Football team with distinction. John’s leadership
skills earned him the team’s captaincy from 1961 to 1963. His ability as
a quarterback was recognized with him being chosen as an Ottawa-St.
Lawrence Conference All Star in in 1962. John was also selected as the
team Most Valuable Player in 1962 and 1963. The Edmonton Eskimos selected
John in the fifth round of the Canadian Football League draft in 1963.
John earned a letter with the varsity Hockey team for four seasons as a
stalwart defenseman. Once again his leadership skills enabled John to be
named assistant captain in 1962-63 and Captain of the team in 1961-62. In
1963, John was selected the University’s Athlete of the Year award
receiving the Hart Trophy.
Upon graduation from Bishop’s, John remained involved with sports
coaching football and hockey at Bishop’s College School and Lakefield
College for over twenty seven years.
John and his wife Bid reside in Lakefield, Ontario.
Lynn made her mark not only as an outstanding university basketball player
but was also a cornerstone of the Canadian National Team programme for
eight years. Her extensive internal experience included having
participated in two World Championships and the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
She was one of the most exciting players to ever don a Bishop’s uniform
as she led the Gaiters to four league championships and two Canadian
Interuniversity Athletic Union titles in her illustrious four year career.
Arriving on campus in 1980, Lynn earned a starting spot right away on a
Gaiter team that finished second in the country.
Lynn was chosen to the Quebec University all star team on four occasions
and had the honor of being selected All Canadian three years in a row.
Lynn finished her university career guiding the team to two consecutive
National Championships and was chosen co-MVP of the Nationals in 1983.
Lynn’s career with the Canadian National Team was equally impressive.
She was a key member of the ’84 Olympic team that finished fourth and
was the co-captain and starting point guard for the ’86 team that won
the bronze medal at the Moscow World Championships.
Lynn retired from international competition in 1988 to raise a family with
her husband Doug Hamilton, an Olympic rower. They now reside in Toronto
with their children Frederick and Douglas.
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