Peter Stanley “Pete” Weston is considered by many to be the greatest athlete to ever come out of the old Belleville Collegiate Institute and Vocational School. Under legendary coach Homer “Red” Townsend, Weston was the unquestioned leader of many football and basketball teams at BCIVS. Later, he played hockey for Queen’s University in Kingston, and junior and senior softball in Belleville.
Unfortunately for local fans, Weston’s most memorable athletic accomplishments – in hockey and fastball – occurred away from his hometown. He played Sr. hockey for the Kingston Aces when they won an OHA championship and appeared in the Eastern Canadian finals n 1967. Two years later, with the Calgary Stampeders of the old Western Canada Sr. A loop, Weston helped the Stamps reach the Allan Cup finals. Weston played for several top notch fastball teams in Alberta including the Calgary Hectors (1968 provincial finalists) and Calgary Power Chiefs (national champions). When the Power Chiefs qualified for the Summer Games in Halifax, Weston helped lead the team to first place overall. He was selected to the All-Canadian team and was voted MVP.
Back on the ice, Weston led the Banff Bisons to an Alberta Intermediate hockey title in 1973. Weston’s travels, due to his job as an executive with Canada Cement, next took him to Manitoba where he played Sr. A hockey for the St. James Flyers and fastball for the Western Canadian champion Winnipeg Colonels. Moving east, Weston played for the Nova Scotia champion and Canadian championship runner-up Brookfield Elks fastball club.
Weston was born in Campbellford on July 31, 1943. BCI is now gone, torn down in 2004 to make way for an athletic playing field, but men like Pete Weston help keep the school’s memories alive. In Weston’s case, as perhaps the finest all-round athlete in the history of the school.0