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Tom Partalas
Discipline: Soccer
Years Active: 1967-Present
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  • Born in Greece, moved to Canada in 1967
  • President and Chief Executive Officer of the London Optimist Sports Centre operator of the BMO Centre
  • Attended South Secondary School, Western University
  • Named university all-star in 1973 while playing soccer for Western
  • Played professionally for London City, 1969-70
  • Along with John Henderson, in 1971, organized first youth competitive league in London. Beginning with 6 teams and 90 players there are currently more than 17,000 young people playing soccer in London
  • Minor soccer coach – 1971-1994
  • Began refereeing in 1994, is now a referee instructor and assessor for the Ontario Soccer Association
  • In 1994 became an executive member of the Southwest Optimist Indoor Soccer League
  • Venue leader for London, 2001 Canada Summer Games
  • Part of a group of members of the Southwest Optimist Club taking over an indoor soccer facility in east London, turning it into a successful indoor sports centre
  • Led the building of the $14.5 million BMO Centre which opened in 2011
  • In 2005 the London Free Press named him one of the 25 most powerful people in the London sporting community
  • Winner of a Pillar Community Award, and a 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • Named to City of London’s 2017 Honour Roll