Top ath­letes re­warded

The Compass - - S22, -

Three ath­letes from the Con­cep­tion Bay North re­gion were hon­oured as a part of the 2012 Premier’s Ath­letic Awards dur­ing a cer­e­mony at the Bat­tery Ho­tel in St. John’s, May 16.

Ni­cholas His­cock of Clarke’s Beach, Gar­rett Mercer of Bay Roberts and Vic­to­ria Ralph of Car­bon­ear were three of 97 pro­vin­cial ath­letes who re­ceived a to­tal of $71,000.

“We hon­our our out­stand­ing ath­letes not only for what they have ac­com­plished, but for their drive, hard work and ded­i­ca­tion to their cho­sen sport,” said New­found­land and Labrador Premier Kathy Dun­derdale in a re­lease. “I com­mend all the re­cip­i­ents and wish them the best of luck for their fu­ture suc­cess.”

The Premier’s Ath­letic Awards pro­gram rec­og­nizes and sup­ports the ath­letic achieve­ments of the prov­ince’s top young ath­letes.

Grants come in $500, $1,000 and $5,000 in­stall­ments to help off­set the costs of train­ing and com­pe­ti­tion at the elite level. The size of grant each re­cip­i­ent re­ceives de­pends on the level of com­pe­ti­tion and train­ing re­quire­ments.

His­cock was hon­oured for his ac­com­plish­ments in ta­ble ten­nis, Mercer for bowl­ing and Ralph for her ex­ploits on the wrestling mats.

The Premier’s Ath­letic Awards Pro­gram was es­tab­lished in 2005 and has pro­vided al­most $600,000 to sup­port ath­letic ex­cel­lence in New­found­land and Labrador.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/the Com­pass

GRAD­U­A­TION TIME – Nine grad­u­at­ing midget-aged play­ers at­tended their final mi­nor hockey ban­quet last week at the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts. It served as the final event in their mi­nor hockey ca­reers. The grad­u­at­ing midgets are, from left, Ni­cole Ban­nis­ter, Bradley Par­sons, Cody Bat­ten, An­thony Nip­pard, Nick Peach, Kyle Rodgers, Mark An­stey, Tyler Bar­rett and Alex Moore.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/the Com­pass

Grad­u­at­ing midget player Cody Bat­ten was the se­lected re­cip­i­ent of the Wes­ley Gosse Me­mo­rial Schol­ar­ship, which is pre­sented an­nu­ally in hon­our of the for­mer ed­u­ca­tor and high school hockey coach. The award, along with $500, is given to a grad­u­at­ing midget from the as­so­ci­a­tion who has been nom­i­nated. This year Bat­ten was se­lected unan­i­mously. Here, Bat­ten (left) is given the award by Bay Arena board chair­man Ed Neil and Paul Gosse (right), the son of Wes Gosse.

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