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William "Pete" Potter was a versatile, local athlete of Niagara Falls. His multi-talents were performed in many sports: basketball, football, baseball, track and field.
His athletic career began at N.F.C.V.I. where he excelled in all sports. He was a member of the basketball team that captured All-Ontario High School Championships in 1950 and 1951 serving as Captain in the latter year. Pete also enjoyed playing football during his high school years. After the basketball season ended, Pete continued his athletic achievements with success in track and field events such as the triple jump, long jump and several sprint races. This success would continue on at the University of Toronto.
In the summer months, Pete enjoyed an athletic career in baseball where he played on several local successful teams such as the Niagara Falls Shoemakers of 1954, the Niagara Falls Kerrio's of 1957, and the Niagara Falls Cataracts.
Pete entered the University of Toronto in 1952. During his athletic career, Pete collected eleven first colours for his participation on eight senior basketball teams, two intercollegiate track teams, and one senior football team. The pinnacle of Pete's athletic career was reached in 1959-60 when he won the George M. Biggs trophy as the undergraduate contributing the most to University athletics and W.A. Potter trophy as the most valuable member of the basketball team.
Pete Potter was honoured in 1992 when he was inducted into the University of Toronto's Hall of Fame for his contribution to the university's athletic program.
Basketball was Pete's favourite sport. His basketball career ranged from an All-Ontario Championship in 1951-52 to being a member of the Canadian Olympic Basketball finals in 1956 in Vancouver. He also played for the Nortown Tri Bills team which won an Ontario Championship, an Eastern Canadian Senior Championship, and was a finalist in the Dominion Seniors.
Pete Potter had a successful athletic career. His multi-talents and love for sports made Pete Potter an exceptional athlete and a goodwill ambassador that Niagara Falls should be proud of.
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