Carbonear athlete named province’s top junior female athlete
Newfoundland and Labrador’s top athletes of 2008 were honoured March 28 during the annual Stars and Legends Gala held in St. John’s.
Local athlete Victoria Ralph of Carbonear was awarded the Margaret Davis Memorial Award for Junior Female Athlete of the Year.
Ralph had a very successful year in 2008. She battled for a bronze medal at the CAWA National Female Wresting Championships in Saskatoon. It was her second consecutive podium appearance at the national level.
Wrestling officials also selected her as the most outstanding female wrestler at the 2008 Atlantic Wrestling Championships where she dominated her opponents.
The Memorial Seahawks Wrestling Team added Ralph to their roster this year and she finished with gold medals at the Eastern Canadian Championships and the Atlantic University Sport Championships.
Not only is Ralph talented on a wrestling mat, she is also a very gifted distance runner.
She won gold medals for road racing in her age group at the Tely 10, the Mundy Pond 5 km, and the Aliant Centennial Cup.
She was a member of Memorial University’s Cross Country Running Team and was the squad’s top finisher in three out of four races last year.
Ralph embraces endurance events and competes in triathlons as well.
She won the St. John’s Sprint Triathlon in 2008 and is vying for a position on the province’s 2009 Canada Summer Games Triathlon Team.
School Sport Newfoundland and Labrador selected Ralph as the province’s top high school female athlete in 2008. She participated at the collegiate level in soccer, cross country running, softball, basketball, wrestling, badminton, table tennis, ball hockey, badminton, and track and field.
Volleyball’s Maura Hayes of Cupids was runner-up in the Junior Female Athlete of the Year category while wrestler Alison Rockwood of Heart’s Content was runner-up for Senior Female Athlete of the Year.
Ralph is the first local athlete to win a provincial athlete of the year title since Riverhead’s Daniel Cleary won back-to-back Junior Male Athlete of the Year honours in 1995 and 1996. Local softball legend Ray Noel of Carbonear was selected as Executive of the Year in 1992.