The 2018 East Coast Games start on June 22nd and the organizing committee is pleased to announce that Debbie Cooper and John Doyle have been selected as Honorary Chairs for the 2018 Games. Both Debbie and John have been very active in the New Brunswick athletics community throughout the course of their careers.

With a diverse history that includes participating in 9 Canadian National Fast Pitch Championships along with a second-place performance at the NB Scott’s Tournament of Hearts, Debbie Cooper has committed more than five decades to being an athlete, coach and leader in the Saint John sports community. Apart from being a curler, softball, hockey, volleyball and basketball player, she’s also taken on many administrative and leadership positions with countless local sport associations. Debbie was an Organizer and Past-President of the Saint John Women’s Volleyball League as well as having been a Co-Founder of the Saint John Women’s Hockey League.

John Doyle’s dedication to athletics has been felt as player, coach and manager. His interest in the sport of basketball started at the YMCA and the Rotary Boys and Girls Club and culminated in his being a member of the Assumption Canadian Juvenile Championship Boys’ Basketball Team. He later was a great supporter and fan of his son Greg’s high school and university basketball teams. John and his late friend, Rip Seeley, were named “Honorary Saints” for their support of St. Malachy’s basketball program. John was also awarded the Honorary #1 Fan Award from UNBSJ’s Men’s & Women’s Basketball Teams in 2005. More recently John has become a familiar face at the Saint John Sea Dogs and Rip Tide games.

Both of this year’s Honorary Chairs are well rounded having not only been athletes but having been active in the broader community. Among other awards, Debbie has been honored with a Duke of Edinburgh Award, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award as well as being inducted into the Softball NB Sports Hall of Fame. John on the other hand has been the recipient of the Mel Osborne Award for Outstanding Contribution & the 2012-2013 Human & Spiritual Value Award from the Kiwanis Club of Saint John, along with the Canada 125 Award, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal along with a host of other recognitions.

“Part of the East Coast Games mission is to celebrate the spirit of sport in Greater Saint John. The committee is very proud to have these two talented individuals as our honorary chairs for 2018,” said co-chair Keith Raynes.

For more information on our Honorary Chairs as well as the 2018 East Coast Games, please email or visit our website

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Keith Raynes: 506.333.3218

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