Few men have given more to sports in Belleville, especially track and field, than Bruce Faulds. A gifted athlete himself, he went on to a superb career as a coach, fundraiser, convener and organizer. Faulds was born in Forest, Ontario on November 26, 1940. He is married to Diana and they have three children: Allan, Scott and Michael. A graduate of both McMaster University in Hamilton and Queen’s University in Kingston, he was a long-time educator in Belleville. As a youngster Faulds competed in soccer, cross country running, track and basketball in high school. He went to East Texas State University on a track scholarship in 1960 and ran for the McMaster University cross country and track teams in 1963, winning a bronze medal and lettering in track. He also played volleyball, basketball and badminton in Quinte for many years.
Faulds’ coaching career would be even more impressive. He coached high school soccer, volleyball, cross country, badminton, basketball and track and field while a teacher at Centennial Secondary School. He was noted for his coaching both cross country and track and field with the Quinte Legion Track Club. He was assistant Ontario coach at the National Legion championships in Newfoundland in 1997, Ontario’s head coach at the national track and field championships in 1999 as well, as East Regional coach at the Ontario Summer Games in Sudbury in 1984. Faulds also coached minor soccer in Quinte for several years. As an administrator he was president and head coach of the Quinte Knights Track Club for many years; president of the Bay of Quinte division of COSSA on several occasions as well as a convener. Faulds was one of the three founders of the Quinte Knights along with Ken How and John Chapman in 1982. He was co-founder of the Quinte Men’s Recreational Basketball League with Jim Murray and worked extensively to raise funds to build the track and field facility in Belleville now known as Mary-Anne Sills Park.
The list of athletes Faulds coached to Ontario and national medals is too long to mention in the area of cross country and track and includes sons Allan, Scott and Mike. Other notables he guided include Liam Revel, Michelle Foley, Tammy Staple, Ken Frennette and Anne Marie Farnell. He coached OFSAA, National Legion, National Juniors and Pan Am Games medalists. Nominator Vic Alyea attached a passage to Fauld’s nomination form that speaks volumes about the man: “The man who, without courting applause, is loved by all noble-minded men, respected by his superiors, and revered by his subordinates; the man who never proclaims what he has done, will do, can do, but where the need is, will lay hold with dispassionate courage, circumspect resolution, indefatigable exertion, and a rare power of mind, and who will not cease until he has accomplished his work, but who then, without pretension, will retire into the multitude, because he did the good act, not for himself, but for the cause of good.” Faulds now lives in Strathroy, Ontario.0