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Basketball all-star returns home to build high school sports

Chris Fisher was a national collegiate basketball all-star and is now a supportive coach.
Chris Fisher played national collegiate basketball and won several awards in his sports career. He now coaches high school basketball in his hometown of Collingwood. Contributed photo

Among this year's inductees into the Collingwood Collegiate Institute (CCI) Black and Gold Society is Chris Fisher, who became a national collegiate basketball all-star and supportive coach.

The Black and Gold Society started in 1998 as a way to recognize graduates who had exceptional high school athletic careers and went on to achieve great things in sports after high school. The society also honours those who have worked to pioneer and build CCI athletics in their careers as athletes, coaches and teachers at CCI.

An early product of the Collingwood Trailblazers Basketball, Fisher dominated the league while at CCI, winning Georgian Bay Secondary School Association (GBSSA) championships in basketball and volleyball. He also was team captain of two provincial gold medal teams. This boy’s junior and senior athlete of the year went on to Laurentian University where he became a first-team Ontario University Athletics All-Star. He returned home to teach and coach at the Pretty River Academy where he has coached several GBSSA championship teams, becoming a fixture at the Ontario Federation of Secondary School Athletics championships (OFSSA) and winning the OFSSA gold in 2012. This got the team featured in the Sportsnet National Magazine as “Canada’s Hoosiers Team,” as the school only had seven high school boys.

Chris has received the 2011 OFSSA Leadership in Sport award. He has also given back to the Trailblazers acting as their head coach for boys and, currently, girls programs.

Fisher, 10 other athletes, and three builders will be inducted into the Black and Gold Society during a ceremony on Sept. 21 as part of the CCI 160th anniversary reunion.