From a wheelchair athlete in track and field, basketball, volleyball and weight lifting during the 1970’s, Bob Hollett moved quickly and confidently into coaching and organizing after he returned to the Burin Peninsula in the 1980’s and began an athletic career that was very worthwhile to a large number of individuals, especially in Marystown and on the Burin Peninsula.
His track and field coaching career began at the high school level in 1985 with the Pearce Panthers and he became involved with the NLAA training camps where he coached throws for more than a decade.
He coached at the Royal Canadian Legion National Championship in Victoria B.C. (1989), St. John’s, (1990), Sudbury, (1999) and Calgary, (2000). He coached at the 2001 Canada Summer Games in London, and he served as archery coach at the 1980 Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games in Marystown. He was Burin Regional Athletics Coach at the 1988, 1992, 1996, and 2000 Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games.
As a builder, he was involved with the Mariners Athletics Club for more than 20 years as he organized many regional and provincial track and field meets, the largest being the track and field meet for the 2004 Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games in Marystown. Under his leadership, the athletes achieved success at the high school, provincial and national levels with several winning medals at the national level.
His involvement extended into cross-country and road racing. He was the meet director for many regional and provincial cross country championships and served as the director for the CHCM Road Race.
He served as the Burin Peninsula Regional Director for the NLAA and as president of the Mariners Athletics Club. He coached athletes from St. Joseph’s Academy in Lamaline, Marystown Central High School and Pearce Regional High School.
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