Bartle’s four decades of determination recognized

Brantford’s Paul Bartle is the Investor’s Group Volunteer Sport Administration Award winner.

Paul has dedicated his life to football in Ontario for more than four decades. He has held administrative positions at the club, conference and league level as well as playing the sport up to the level of the Senior Ontario Rugby Football Union.

What makes Paul’s football career even more outstanding is that he overcame polio that struck him at an early age. Paul was hospitalized for considerable time fighting the disease and managed to survive it. This caused him to miss a lot of school but his efforts and determination made it possible for him to complete his high school education at Pauline Johnson Collegiate and Vocational School in Brantford.

While at Pauline Johnson, Paul became a fine football player in spite of a polio-damaged leg, which might have deterred a less determined individual. After high school, Paul took his considerable football skills to the local Brantford Bisons team in the Junior ORFU in 1967. A highlight of his junior career was an appearance in the 1968 Eastern Canadian football final against the Ottawa Sooners.

After his junior career, Paul went on to further education at London’s Fanshawe College in Civil Engineering and continued playing football in the Senior ORFU with the K-W Guelph Oaks.

In 1974, at the conclusion of his playing career, Paul became involved in the volunteer aspect of the sport. Among the positions he has held during his volunteer career are president of the Bisons, Canadian Junior Football League Deputy Commissioner, twice Ontario Football Conference president and currently the OFC past-president. Paul was also a founding member of the Brantford Bisons Alumni Association following the demise of the Bisons franchise in the OFC in 1982.

Over the years that organization has donated considerable sums of money to the youth of Brantford in a variety of areas. Due to his dedication to volunteering at these various levels, Paul has been made a member of the Brantford and District Hall of Recognition, granted a life-membership in the CJFL and is one of only a handful of individuals to receive the prestigious Ed Henick Meritorious Service Award from the CJFL. The late Ed Henick is a CJFL legend and a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

Paul is married to Diane, an Early Childhood educator, and they have two children. Their eldest, Beth, is a graduate of the theatre program at Memorial University in Newfoundland while their son, John Paul, is a graduate of Fanshawe College in the landscape architecture program.

Football Canada is proud to announce the Investors Group as a sponsor of the 2011 Football Canada Coaching Association (FCCA) Convention which will be held April 2-3 in Burlington at Corpus Christi Secondary School.