Local athletes receive Premier’s Athletic Awards
Three athletes from the Conception Bay North region have been recognized for their athletic exploits with the Premier’s Athletic Awards.
Another athlete with strong ties to the region also received recognition.
Sara Kennedy of South River was recognized for her work in bowling, while Nick Hiscock and Adam Drover, both of Bay Roberts, received the award based on their exploits in the world of table tennis.
Drover is headed to Russia for the 2013 World University Games in the summer where he will compete with Team Canada, while Hiscock will represent his province at the upcoming table tennis Atlantic championships.
Carbonear native Victoria Ralph received her award for wrestling.
The 2013 Premier’s Athletic Awards were presented to 125 athletes in the province during the awards ceremony held at the Delta Hotel in St. John’s on May 15.
Some $91,000 was presented to these athletes.
“The level of excellence that exists in Newfoundland and Labrador is renowned nationally and internationally, and the annual Premier’s Athletic Awards Program recognizes the achievements of our top young athletes,” said Premier Kathy Dunderdale in a release.
The awards provide grants in the amounts of $500, $1,000 and $1,500 in order to help young athletes with the costs of training and competing at an elite level. The amount received depends on the level of competition each face, as well as training requirements.
“Support for our provincial athletes remains a priority for our government, and programs such as the Premier’s Athletic Awards help our athletes attain those goals,” said Dunderdale.
Also presented at the ceremony were the Team Gushue Scholarship Awards, which went to softball player Shane Boland of Kilbride and swimmer Katarina Roxon of Stephenville. Each scholarship is valued at $5,000.
The Premier’s Athletic Awards Program was established in 2005 and has provided approximately $700,000 to support athletic excellence in Newfoundland and Labrador.