Fred Batley: 40 years of service

Over the last four decades, Fred Batley has seen a lot of change at Fleming College.

Fred, Athletics Coordinator, recently celebrated 40 years of service at Fleming. Starting out at McDonnell Street as a program assistant in the Recreation Department in 1977, Fred recalls there were only about 800-1,000 students at the time.

Today, Sutherland Campus has 4,800 students and is highly ranked in the college system for the quality of its athletics programs and facilities.

And along with Fleming’s evolution, has come Fred’s personal and professional growth over the years. He moved on from his initial position to become intramural coordinator in 1980 and since then has held various roles.

“I was fortunate to work in many different areas throughout my time: teaching, different roles in the Athletic Department, and coaching Fleming varsity teams. I was able to challenge myself and grow over the 40 years.”

While the College has grown immensely since its early days, Fred says that some things remain the same.

“One thing that has not changed is the student-centered focus in which the student is a name and not a number. Fleming remains a caring institution, which is always prevalent… to this day.”

In his current role, Fred says he truly enjoys working with the students and student athletes on a daily basis. And reflecting on his many years of service, Fred says he is most proud of Fleming’s progression to become ranked #7 in the OCAA for overall medals – impressive for a small college. Other career highlights include the construction of the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre and the Fleming Sport Complex as well as his time served as a two-time OCAA and CCAA president.

“I feel this has helped Fleming College become well known and respected in Ontario and Canada,” he says.

Born and raised in Peterborough, Fred says he was always involved in sports growing up and initially wanted to become a physical education teacher. He came to Fleming after attending Western and Trent universities.

He has been married to his wife Judy for 35 years and has two daughters – Sarah, a chiropractor in Toronto, and Stacey, a teacher in Red Deer, AB – and a two-year-old granddaughter, Sophie.

And while he is still passionate about athletics, he spends a lot of his time away from work volunteering with the St. James Players.

“When I was younger I played a lot of sports. But most of my time now is spent with the St. James Players, over the past 25 years. It is a local community theater group, which puts on two musicals a year for youth and adults. And I am currently the Chair of the Board for the St James Players.”

(In fact, Fred was in the recent St. James Players staging of Mary Poppins at Showplace Peterborough.)

As he moves into his 41st year at Fleming, Fred is enthusiastic and emphatic about his time at the College.

“I have really enjoyed working at Fleming with the students, staff and faculty – because it is a great place to work!”

Congratulations Fred!

Fred celebrated his 40-year anniversary last month with his Fleming friends and colleagues in Athletics and Student Services.

Story written by: The Fleming Zone 

Fleming Knights to Host the Seneca Sting, Welcoming PYBA with Appreciation Night

Fleming Knights Men's Basketball

Peterborough, Ont. – On November 25 the Fleming Knights Men’s Basketball team is celebrating the Peterborough Youth Basketball Association (PYBA) Appreciation Night while hosting the Seneca Sting at 7 pm at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre.

The Fleming Knights will be expressing their appreciation for the many years of PYBA’s commitment to growing the game of basketball in the City of Peterborough. This event will coincide with an exciting game of OCAA college basketball as the Knights host the Seneca Sting. The Fleming Knights will also be conducting a food drive for the Student Administrative Counsel (SAC) Emergency Food Bank.

All are encouraged to attend this free event! There will be free popcorn, a raffle prize, shoot-for-cash, post-game meet and greet with the Fleming Knights, and giveaways to the PYBA players. PYBA players are encouraged to wear their uniforms and/or PYBA swag to the game.

Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food goods. All collected non-perishable food goods will be donated to the SAC Emergency food bank.

Big Win for Fleming Knights Men’s Cricket Team Becoming Tournament Champions

Men's Cricket Humber Champions

October 27, 2017, Peterborough, Ont. – Fleming Knights Men’s Cricket team crowned Tournament Champions at their first tournament of the season. This win marks a strong start to the cricket season.

Although this is merely the second year that Fleming has had an extramural cricket team, the Fleming Knights Men’s cricket team is off to a strong start by winning their first tournament of their season. On October 27, the Fleming Knights Men’s Cricket team travelled to Humber North to participate in the Humber’s home extramural tournament. The Knights started the day off to a rough start losing their first match; however, they made a quick recovery going undefeated for the rest of the day.

The Knights were victorious over Laurier University, and Humber Lakeshore moving into the playoffs. In the quart finals the Knights faced off against recent adversary Laurier University. Following their win in the quarter finals, the Knights moved on to face Centennial College in the semi-finals. The Knights did not lose momentum furthering their winning streak and defeating Centennial College allowing them to move onto the Finals. In the Final match of the day the Fleming Knights faced off against Sheridan College. Despite being a close match, the Fleming Knights were once again victorious and earned the spot of Tournament Champions.

Men's Cricket Action Shot

The next Tournament for the Fleming Knights Men’s Cricket team will be held on November 28 where they travel to Georgian College, Barrie campus.


Knights Men’s Rugby GO 5-1 In Season Play and Lead the East

PETERBOROUGH, ON: Fleming Knights men’s rugby ended its regular season on top, going 5-1 and leading in the East Division. The final game of the season was close all the way through, with the St. Lawrence (K) Vikings coming out on top. 

St. Lawrence (K) 38 – Fleming 34

Duncan White #4, 1 try – 5 points

Levi Konecny #5, 1 try – 5 points

Zach Bignell #7, 1 try – 5 points

Corey Finch #8, 1 try – 5 points

Alessandro (AJ) Geraldo #10, 1 try and 2 converts – 9 points

Alex Sicker #15, 1 try – 5 points

Knights Basketball Season Home Opener, A Fast Paced Game to Start the Season

PETERBOROUGH, ON: Fleming Knights men’s basketball started its season with a fast paced game versus the Canadore Panthers. The game was close all the way through; however, Canadore came out on top. 

Canadore 82 – Fleming 70

High Scorers:     #2, Lavar Williams, 28 points

                                #10, Nate Scott, 16 points

                                #15, Santiago Maynard, 10 points

3 Point Shots:    #2, Lavar Williams, 1 x 3 points

                                #8, Mark Pereira, 1 x 3 points

                                #10, Nate Scott, 2 x 3 points

                                #15, Santiago Maynard, 2 x 3 points

                                #42, Tristan Rienstra, 1 x 3 points

Fleming Knights Host Cross Country Invitational

Fleming Knights Host Cross Country Invitational: Athletes Persevere Running Through the September Heat

Peterborough, ON: 

On September 24th, the Fleming Knights hosted the second cross country invitational meet of the OCAA season. Both the heat and the rugged terrain of Fleming’s course made it quite the challenge for all runners. First place in the women’s 6k went to Jannelle Hanna of Fanshawe College with the leading time of 26:48. In the men’s 8k, Andrew Brown of St. Lawrence Kingston took first place with a fast time of 30:00.

While temperatures rose to a sweltering 30 degrees Celsius and despite the heat, runners did not hold anything back. Pushing themselves through the race, Fleming’s men’s team placed 4th overall in their 8k race with Justin Jakeman placing 14th with a time of 32:21 and Luis Curry placing 18th with a time of 33:02. The Fleming women’s team was lead solely by Amy Corcoran who placed 15th overall with a 6k time of 31:34.

Top ranking schools for the women’s 6k race were Fanshawe College in first overall, Humber College in second overall, and George Brown College placing third overall. In the men’s 8k race, Fanshawe College swept the race placing first overall, followed by Sheridan College in second, and Humber College in third.

 The next cross country invitational meet for the Fleming Knights will be held on Saturday, September 30th at Seneca College.

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3rd Annual 5km Fun Run & Walk

On Tuesday, September 19th at 4:30 pm Fleming College will be hosting its 3rd Annual 5 km Fun Run and Walk. This is a free event taking place on Fleming’s beautiful nature trails. All are welcome to participate.

Participants must register prior to the race at or click here to register

2017-5K Fun Run

Fleming Knights Rugby Player Plays for Ontario Winning National Silver

Port Hope native, Reece Honey, of Fleming’s men’s rugby team made the Ontario Blues U19 Rugby team this summer, which placed silver at the Canadian Rugby Championships. The U19 Canadian Rugby Championship took place July 17 – 22 in Truro, NS.

Honey played as a lock for Fleming College in the fall of 2016. During this season, Honey and the Fleming Knights won silver in the OCAA Championship.


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Knight’s Head Coach Inducted into OCAA Hall of Fame

Men’s Basketball Head Coach, Inducted into OCAA Hall of Fame

Congratulations goes out to Jovain Wilson, Fleming Men’s Basketball Head Coach, who was inducted into the OCAA Hall of Fame Class of 2017. Jovain was among 1 of 18 new inductees, including fellow athletes and coaches, to be included in the OCAA ceremony that took place in St. Catharines last week. Jovain’s induction originates from his years of playing in the OCAA, prior to the start of his coaching career with the Fleming Knights.

Jovain was a varsity athlete at Fleming College from 2007-2010. He was named OCAA Rookie of the Year and East Division Second-Team All-Star in his rookie year, and captured an East Division First-Team All-Star title in his second season as a Fleming Knight. In his last season at Fleming, Jovain was named OCAA Player of the Year, CCAA All-Canadian, and led the East Division in scoring. After leaving Fleming, Jovain attended school at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie for 2 years, and was, once again named OCAA Player of the Year, CCAA All-Canadian and named West Division First-Team All-Star. Jovain’s career points have secured his spot as second all-time scorer in the OCAA, at 1,702 career points.

Jovain is currently entering his 4th year as the Fleming Knights Men’s Basketball Head Coach.


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Fleming’s Varsity Basketball Player to Play at NAIG 2017

Fleming’s Varsity Basketball Player Makes Aboriginal Team Ontario’s U19 Men’s Basketball Team

Recognition and congratulations goes out to Mkons Stone-Debassige. Mkons finished his first year at Fleming College where he studied Customs and Border Services, while playing Varsity Basketball with the Fleming Knights. This summer Mkons, who is Anishinaabe from Aamjiwnaang First Nation, has been accepted to play for Aboriginal Team Ontario’s U19 Men’s Basketball team for the 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG).

The North American Indigenous Games are scheduled for July 16-23.

Best of luck goes Mkons!


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