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A Look Into The Past

New Waterford's Coal Bowl Classic was established in 1982 to recognise the close historical association in New Waterford between coal mining and basketball. Basketball has had a long tradition in the town and that tradition was exemplified and recognised during induction ceremonies of the N.S Sports Hall of Fame in 1981. At that time, four basketball teams were inducted into the Hall of Fame, three of which were from the Town of New Waterford. The Strands Intermediate Team was honoured during the Coal Bowl '82 Banquet and the St. Agnes Juvenile Team was honoured in 1983. The Central Juvenile Team was honoured during Coal Bowl '84.

The tournament is planned so that participating students will not only compete on the basketball court, but will participate in school-sponsored educational, social and cultural activities as well. The Board of Directors place great importance on the related activities of the tournament week.

Team members will participate in scheduled tours relating to the mining industry. In addition, the tournament week will include the Coal Bowl Dance, Coal Bowl Concert, Banquet and Socials.

Shining Star Wall of Recognition

To mark the 25th Anniversary of Coal Bowl in 2006, the Coal Bowl Board of Directors established a Wall of Recognition to honour those who, over the years, had made an outstanding contribution to the New Waterford Coal Bowl Classic.

This Wall is located in the gymnasia entrance and is designed to house the prestigious «Shining Star Awards», one of which has been awarded each year, beginning with Coal Bowl 2006. The following are the recipients to date:

  • 2006 Saint Anthony Daniel Council 3209 Knights of Columbus
  • 2007 New Waterford Credit Union
  • 2008 Nova Scotia Power Inc
  • 2009 Gerard Ferguson and Manulife Financial
  • 2010 Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board
  • 2011 New Waterford Coal Bowl Classic Volunteers
  • 2012 Lorraine Sheppard
  • 2013 Lloyd MacLeod and CBRM East Division Parks and Grounds New Waterford
  • 2014 New Waterford Coal Bowl Classic Referees
  • 2015 Ray J. MacLellan-Crew Productions
  • 2016 The Community of New Waterford
  • 2018 Bell Aliant
  • 2019 Rotary Club of New Waterford
  • 2020 Jacqueline Poirier

Coal Bowl 2020 marks the 38th year of this outstanding, one of a kind, national event. The New Waterford Coal Bowl Classic Board of Directors is very proud to announce that the 2020 recipient of the “Shining Star Award” will be announced at the Opening Ceremonies.

Words Of Encouragement

“Words just can’t describe it. I can think of nothing to compare with the experience anywhere. It’s the biggest treat you can give a kid. Basketball-wise, hospitality-wise and organisational-wise, there’s just nothing like it. It just doesn’t get any better. We were treated like kings: the people were great, the hospitality was great. It’s a lot more than just winning some basketball games. I’d go every year."

"The Coal Bowl is the epitome of what we strive for in interscholastic athletics." -Ron O'Flaherty, Executive Director of the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation

"We at Alderwood pride oursleves in our school and community spirit, however in New Waterford, NS, at Breton Education Centre we met our equal. The staff and students of the school and the residents of New Waterford are the most friendly, most unselfish people we have ever met." -This announcement was put in the school paper at Alderwood Collegiate Institute in Toronto.

Coal Bowl Alumni