Marieka Chaplin Joins the NB Sports Hall of Fame Staff
That old silver trophy your grandfather won in the 1930’s could find its way to a new museum exhibit at the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame.
The NB Sports Hall of Fame is launching an exhibit on silver trophies and its Executive Director, Jamie Wolverton, is asking New Brunswickers to consider loaning their antique silver sports trophies to be featured in a mini-exhibit within the larger installation.
“Glorious Victory! Trophies from the NB Sports Hall of Fame” highlights seven of the museum’s most emblematic trophies including the Trojan Cup (1902), the St. John City Skating Championship Trophy (1909), the NB Tennis Association Trophy (1913), the Fowler Cup (1924), the St. Croix League Trophy (1928), the Ganong Cup (1929), and the Marven Cup (1948).
The trophies represent seven different sports, from curling and hockey to baseball, golf, speedskating, track and field and tennis. Wolverton says the trophies cover nearly a century of New Brunswick’s sports heritage from 1902 to 1980, and “speak to the importance of recreation as part of the cultural history of New Brunswick.”
He says they also show the diversity of competition and the level of excellence that has been achieved by New Brunswickers, “not only in our province, but across Canada and around the world.”
He says all the trophies in the exhibit have a story to tell and some of them are “works of art,” showing a level of silver craftsmanship that has all but disappeared from sports competition since the introduction of plastics after the Second World War.
He points to the silver Trojan Cup as an example of “trophy art.”
“The Trojan Cup is, in one word ‘beautiful’,” says Wolverton. “It’s in perfect condition and it has a great story about the beginning of organized hockey in New Brunswick that most people aren’t aware of. We want to see if there are any more Trojan Cups out there, tucked away in attics or hidden in closets around the province.”
Wolverton says guest curator, Beth Biggs of the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, brings a unique perspective to the trophy exhibit. Biggs designed the famous Clarkson Cup, the Womens’ hockey equivalent to the Stanley Cup.
“As a trophy maker myself, I know of the blood sweat and tears that went into constructing these beautiful pieces. But I also know the thrill and excitement that winning one represents. Trophies are a place where sport and art connect. The exhibition, Glorious Victory, attempts to give insight into the enchantment of being the winner, the best of the best,” says Biggs.
Wolverton explains that the Hall is looking for silver trophies with a New Brunswick story.
“We’re most interested in trophies that reflect the history of our Honoured Members or the development of sport in New Brunswick,” he said.
“But we’d also like to showcase rare or unique trophies that tell a story with a strong New Brunswick connection.”
Anyone who is interested in the museum’s new exhibit should contact Melynda Jarratt, Curator and Outreach Officer, at the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame at 453-6405 or by email at email@example.com