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Gene Pereira

Gene Pereira

Gene started his journalism career in the sports department at the Oakville Beaver, before coming to Barrie as a sports reporter in 1991. He joined the city's daily newspaper, the Barrie Examiner, as a sports reporter in 1995 and was soon promoted to sports editor, a position he held until 2009. An award-winning journalist, over the years Gene has also had his byline appear in the Hockey News, as well as several newspapers, and is the longtime colour analyst of the OHL Barrie Colts on Rogers TV. While at the Examiner, Gene was also the driving force behind the very successful Thursday Night Lights high school football showcase that drew thousands of fans and helped raise money for local football programs

Recent Work by Gene

'Always moving': Teacher behind Monsignor Clair Cup retiring

'Always moving': Teacher behind Monsignor Clair Cup retiring

'He brings that spark when he gets an idea in his head. He’s got the enthusiasm, and the kids pick up on that, too,' fellow teacher says of Tim Hasenack
'Big passion' for hockey takes Brassard from Texas to The Rock

'Big passion' for hockey takes Brassard from Texas to The Rock

'The places that the game of hockey takes you, it’s incredible,' says Barrie native Matt Brassard, who's now playing for ECHL's Newfoundland Growlers
Grizzlies rebound from 'draining' season to set school records

Grizzlies rebound from 'draining' season to set school records

Georgian women's basketball squad had to forfeit last year due to injuries, but they've come back with a vengeance and are among OCAA's top-ranked teams
Amidovski, Barrie U16 AAA squad trying to sidestep distractions

Amidovski, Barrie U16 AAA squad trying to sidestep distractions

'More than half our team is new. We have a great group of guys,' says big forward Nathan Amidovski, expected to be high pick in OHL draft
Eldridge signs PWHL deal, forges path for young girls to follow

Eldridge signs PWHL deal, forges path for young girls to follow

'Watching the Sharks organization develop, it’s been awesome for me being a role model for those girls,' says Barrie native Jessie Eldridge, drafted 16th overall by New York
Barrie athlete in the zone, named top pitcher in two leagues

Barrie athlete in the zone, named top pitcher in two leagues

William Fleming finished season with 5-0 record and sparkling 1.07 ERA, not to mention recently topping 70 mph on the radar gun
Despite pandemic, Barrie athletes and organizations still managed to make their mark in 2020

Despite pandemic, Barrie athletes and organizations still managed to make their mark in 2020

Many local athletes still found ways to persevere amid challenging conditions in 2020
YEAR IN REVIEW: Barrie native becomes OHL's first female scout: 'She's everywhere,' says Erie GM

YEAR IN REVIEW: Barrie native becomes OHL's first female scout: 'She's everywhere,' says Erie GM

Barrie Sharks alumnus Kiana Scott turned a lot of heads with her 'incredible work ethic'
Mariposa School of Skating duo wins Polish gold medal in silent Sadlon Arena

Mariposa School of Skating duo wins Polish gold medal in silent Sadlon Arena

Olivia Rybicka-Oliver and Joshua Andari shine at Polish Junior National Championship... on home ice in Barrie; 'When there was no one there in the stands, we always had each other'
Loss of grandfather inspires Blandisi to 'make a difference'

Loss of grandfather inspires Blandisi to 'make a difference'

'He didn't really come from much, but he just willed his way to do everything,' former Colt says of grandfather. 'So, I think part of that is in me as well'
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