Lo­cal ath­letes re­ceive Pre­mier’s Ath­letic Awards

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NICHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

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.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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