Welcome to the Gould Academy Athletic Hall of Fame.
The Gould Academy Athletic Hall of Fame was started in 2007 to recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions in the area of athletics by Gould’s students and coaches. That first group of inductees included six graduates, one coach, and one graduate/coach. There are now 53 members in the Athletic Hall of Fame.
Congratulations to the 2016 Inductees
The committee is now seeking nominations for 2017 inductees.
The next class of inductees will be honored during Alumni Weekend, September 2017. The deadline for nominations is June 1, 2017.
Please contact Ken Remsen ’67 if you have any questions: email@example.com or 802-434-3988
The Gould Athletic Hall of Fame committee consists of 5 – 10 members, both alumni and Gould staff members. Current Gould Academy Athletic Hall of Fame Committee Members and contact emails: Don Angevine, Susan Gardner, Lauren Head, Rob Manning, Alec Newell, Charlie Newell, Bonnie Pooley, Kristina Stevens | Chair: Ken Remsen
Christopher “Skip” Chandler ’76
At age 11, Skip moved with his family to Bethel for his father, Steve Chandler’s, new position as Assistant Headmaster and Instructor of Mathematics at Gould Academy. During the four years Skip attended Gould, he became recognized for his athletic prowess, his natural leadership, and his exuberant school spirit on the playing fields, tennis courts, and slopes.
In four years, Skip played five sports and earned twelve varsity letters. He competed in football, soccer, skiing, baseball, and tennis, and he served on the Gould Athletic Committee.
Skip was Co-captain of the Gould tennis team for the 1975 and 1976 seasons, and Gould’s 1976 team qualified for the New England Prep High School Championships. Gould’s Chandler Courts are named in honor of his family.
Under Paul McGuire’s coaching, Skip was the last Gould Ski Meister, competing in all four ski events: slalom, giant slalom, jumping, and cross country. He was Captain of the ski team his junior and senior years.
St. Lawrence University recruited Skip for their Division I Ski Jumping team in 1976, and became a two-year Captain. He was a top finisher for St. Lawrence and qualified for the 1980 US Olympic ski jumping tryouts.
Today, Skip remains an avid downhill skier, tennis player, and mountain biker. Deeply committed to the Warrior 100 and associated events, Skip dedicates weekends each year to mountain biking with our wounded veterans, encouraging and physically helping them ride through the rugged terrain at President George W. Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas.
Fred Sanborn “Freddie” Judkins II ’62
Fred Judkins was a Gould Academy cross country and track star who shattered records in the one mile, two mile, and 880-yard races. He also won the Class M Maine State Cross Country Meet.
His accomplishments continued at the University of Maine-Orono, where he set the University’s cross country course record (13:52) and the one and two mile indoor and outdoor records (two mile indoor: 9:25.6; one mile indoor 4:27.2; two mile outdoor 9:23.4; one mile outdoor 4:17.4). He was the winner of the College Division IC4A Cross Country Championships and served as Captain of cross country and track teams.
In July of 1970, Fred went to Vietnam as an Assault Combat Helicopter Pilot. After Vietnam, he returned to college to work on his third undergraduate degree before being hired by the VA. He worked in the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Office as the only “Combat Vietnam Veteran” in the country to hold the chief position.
In the late 70’s early 80’s, Fred ran a lot of road races. In April of 1978, he was the first Maine finisher in the Boston Marathon with a time 2:28:32. He was elected to the Maine Running Hall of Fame in 1992.
Luba Lowery ’06
Luba Lowery spent the first four years of her life in an orphanage outside of Moscow, Russia, before being adopted and joining her family in Cumberland, Maine. Despite being born without hip sockets, she began skiing in the Maine Handicapped Skiing (Maine Adaptive Sports) program at Sunday River at age five. At age eight, she lost a leg to that congenital bone defect but continued skiing as a sit skier.
Her accomplishments began to pile up during her time at Gould Academy. Luba was a two time Junior National Disabled Champion, and many of her races ended with her on the podium.
She matched that success after Gould by competing against the finest disabled skiers in the world, finishing seventh in the slalom and ninth in the giant slalom with the US Paralympic Team at the 2010 Winter Paralympics in Vancouver.
Through her career as a disabled ski racer, Luba has won numerous awards, including the 2006 Headmaster’s Bowl at Gould Academy and the Stephen Ricci Award for Leadership in 2010 from the National Sports Center for the Disabled. She was a finalist for the Pioneer Award for Leadership at the University of Denver in 2010.
After the Paralympics and completion of college at the University of Denver, Luba returned to New England to earn her master’s degree in social work at Boston College. In 2015, she returned to Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation as a race coach and member of the Board of Directors.
Martha Newell Maier ’91
Martha Newell Maier’s athletic career at Gould Academy started in the 5th grade when she was enlisted as a “ball boy” for the women’s soccer team. As a Gould student, she was an accomplished three-season athlete competing in field hockey, soccer, Nordic skiing, and softball.
In addition to being a senior proctor at Gould, Martha was a three sport, varsity letter athlete, winning many awards, including the Golden Glove Award, several sportsmanship awards, the Hi Berry Award and the Headmaster’s Bowl. She served as Captain of the softball team for two years.
During her college years at Middlebury, Martha played intramural and club sports, soccer, skiing, and softball. She was part of a group of women who started a softball club that traveled around New England playing any team that would have them. Within three years, the athletic department began an official varsity women’s softball team. Middlebury softball is now one of the top programs in New England.
Martha regularly returns to Gould to share her passion for healthy food and cooking with the sophomore class during the Four Point Program.
Kaitlyn McElroy ’03
Kaitlyn McElroy was born in Northhampton, MA, and started Nordic skiing at age three. Despite living with chronic pain as the result of a congenital back condition, Kaitlyn skied competitively at Gould Academy and Bates College. During her time at Gould, she earned a spot on the New England Junior Olympic Team four times, the Maine State Team twice, and took first and second place at the NEPSAC Championships.
At Bates, she continued competing in skiing as well as track and field. During her four years there, her Nordic skiing took her to the NCAA Division I Team, the US Junior World Team, and a fourth place finish at the Junior Olympics. In 2005, she had an accident that ended her career in Nordic racing. Although no longer able to ski competitively, Kaitlyn moved from the woods to the water and began a new career in whitewater kayaking. Within her first year of picking up the sport, she made the US National Team. She went on to make the US National Team eight more times, took the podium five times at the World Cup with silver and bronze medals, was a two-time medalist at the Pan American Games, a three-time silver medalist at the World Dragon Boat Racing Championships, and a twelve-time US National Champion. She has continued her professional athletic career, competing in four sports and winning over 25 international medals.