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|Paul began his career
in playing horseshoes in 1966, bouncing between Vermont and New
Hampshire tournaments. Paul has two children, Mike and Deb.
He became a charter member of the Springfield Horseshoe Club in Springfield, VT in 1969, and was one of the instrumental people in putting in the first set of courts, plus adding additional courts and expanding the membership of the club.
Paul was also elected President of the Springfield Club in 1980 and held that office until 1986. During this time, Paul was the Tournament Director for several years holding and hosting the Vermont States, Vermont Open, and New England's.
Paul was an avid supporter of the "lower class" and he continually pushed for equal treatment and court conditions for all players at tournaments. He also promoted and expanded league play, in addition, taken time to explain the game to non-members plus trying to teach and encourage new players to the game.
Most of Paul's early pitching career was in the B/C Classes, making Class A during the later years. He participated in many tournaments in New England with several first place finishes, averaging between 50 - 60%. The highlight of his career was capturing the men's Class "A" State Title in 1981 in one of the wettest State Tournaments with 4 wins 1 loss and 47.6%.
Paul also played in 8 New England Tournaments. His first one was in 1967, playing in Class HH, taking 1st with a record of 5 wins 0 o loss, averaging 41.8%. In 1983, he took first in class C with a 7 wins - 0 loss, averaging 57.2%. Second place in 1981 with a 4 and 3 shooting a 58.1% in class B. His only appearance in Class A in the New England's was in 1980, finishing in 14th place out of 16, averaging 54.9%.
Merle "Bud Balargeon, who is also in the Vermont Hall of Fame, always called Paul his "Protégé".
The VT HPA is very proud and fortunate to have Paul Sylvia inducted into the Vermont Hall of Fame as a Organizer/Pitcher.