Ken Giles, a sports writer in Brampton for over 30 years, has served as sports editor of the Peel Gazette, Brampton Conservator, Times and Conservator Daily Times and Brampton Guardian.
His sports writing career began while a Brampton High School teenager. During his teens, he also directed the Brampton minor lacrosse program in 1952 and 1953.
Before and even after sports writing became his fulltime employment, Ken refereed lacrosse and basketball and umpired softball. He was a lacrosse official for both the OLA and OMLA between 1953 and 1965.
In 1975, the OLA honored Ken with its first Media Recognition Award.
Ken was associated with the Brampton Lions Atom Hockey Tournament from its inaugural in 1960 until its 25th tournament in 1985.
He was named to the Board of Governors of the Brampton Sports Hall of Fame in 1980 and was elected the Board’s first chairman, a position he still holds.
During his 16year career as a sports editor, The Guardian’s sports section has won both Ontario and Canadian awards. Canadian firstplace finishes were won by The Guardian in 1972, 1975, 1977 and 1985.
Brampton honored Ken’s contribution to sport in the City with the naming of the Ken Giles Recreation Centre in 1980, as his contribution to sport in Brampton went beyond sports writing in the town, now city, in which he was born.
Inducted November 19, 1986