Carbonear ath­lete named prov­ince’s top ju­nior fe­male ath­lete

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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.

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