Top athletes rewarded
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.
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.
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.