Acton Boxborough Colonial Club

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Acton Boxborough Colonial Club

Adele Poirier Vinal

Class of 1960

In 1960, as part of the first class to attend the Acton-Boxboro Regional High School, Adele helped build the foundation of what is now is one of the most successful girls athletic programs in Massachusetts. Again, it's hard for us to glean statistical evidence of teams and athletes that played of 50 years ago. So like the American Indian, we rely on first-hand accounts, folklore and memory of those in the know. Legendary Hall of Fame Coach Issy Stearns (before her passing) insisted that Adele Poirier was one of the finest female athletes of her period. A Three-sport Captain in Field Hockey, Basketball and Softball, she was a twelve time letter winner, playing varsity sports all four years, and captaining all three sports her senior year. To quote Adele, "I love being part of a team. All of the sports were an important part of my growing up. Sports involves hard work, physical and mental challenges; I know it helped to shape the person I am today." With that said, Adele, certainly loves challenges. Sport and physical activity is still important to her. She keeps active by running 5K races, roller blading and going to the gym. She had hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and The Great Wall of China. Her travels have also taken her to many European countries. Adele currently works part-time at Emerson Hospital, she has previously worked for a sports consulting firm and is currently an accomplished woodworker making many pieces of quality furniture and designs. To again quote Adele, "maybe I didn't realize it when I played for ABRHS, but sports gave me much more than trophies and letters. Sports gave me the confidence to take risks and face challenges throughout my life. It also instilled in me a drive to keep moving, at any age. Adele is most proud of being a mother to her two children, Pamela and Bruce Jr., and her four grandchildren who bring so much joy to her life sharing their adventures with her as they grow up.

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