Ron Blommers (1958 – )

Sport: Basketball
Position: Forward
Year of Induction: 2010

About

Ron was born in Chatham in 1958, attended Ste-Catherine Separate School in Pain Court and then Chatham-Kent Secondary School from 1972 to 1977. While at CKSS he excelled in volleyball, track and field, and particularly basketball. After graduation Ron attended St. Mary’s University in Halifax where he won individual and team honours during his 4 years of basketball. Along the way, he represented his province and his country as a member of provincial and national basketball teams.

Career Highlights

Chatham-Kent Secondary School 1972 – 1977

  • 3 time team most valuable player (1975, 1976 & 1977) – twice league leading scorer (1976 & 1977) – received numerous All-star and MVP honours including Chatham Jaycee Blue & White Tournament, Strathroy Collegiate Tournament, and Brock University Tournament – member of OFSSA Basketball Champions (1977) – for long time was Kent record holder in triple jump with a jump of 41 feet and was 2-time Kent high hurdle champion
  • 1976 – 1977 named CKSS Athlete of the Year
  • 1976 – Ontario Junior Basketball Team member for Canada Games
  • 1976 – Canadian Junior Team member for tournament in Providence, RI
  • 1979 – inducted into CKSS Hall of Fame

St. Mary’s University 1977 – 1982  

  • 1978 & 1979 – Twice member of Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union (CIAU) National Championship teams
  • 1982 – once CIAU Finalist () after winning first 32 games of the year and losing in the National final game to University of Victoria 
  • 1980 & 1981 – twice Atlantic University Athletic Association (AUAA) All-Star
  • 1980 – Tournament MVP Husson, Maine
  • 1981 – Concordia Invitational MVP
  • 1982 – CIAU Tournament All-Star
  • 1982 – St. Mary’s Team Captain
  • 1982 – St. Mary’s Basketball MVP 
  • Still holds 2 CIAU records, one-game field goal percentage at 100% (13 for 13 attempts) against Mt. Allison and career field goal percentage at 62.9%

Canadian National Team & Other

  • 1976 – Canadian National Team member in Montreal Pre-Olympic Tournament
  • 1978 – Canadian National Team member with Coach Jack Donahue and teammates Leo Rautins and Jay Triano in South America Cristol Ball Tournament in Argentina
  • 1983 – 1988 – Nova Scotia Provincial All-Star Team member
  • 1983 & 1984 – Canadian Sr. Men’s Tournament All-Star
  • 2003 inducted, with the 1978 National Championship team, into the St. Mary’s University Sports Hall of Fame
  • 2009 inducted, with the 1979 National Championship team, into the St. Mary’s University Sports Hall of Fame

In addition Ron is an accomplished artist, showing and selling his paintings throughout North America. After living and working in radio in Honolulu, Hawaii for 14 years, he has recently moved back to Chatham where he lives with his wife, Beth, and their two children, Marley and Hunter.

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