Car­bon­ear rec­og­nizes ath­letes, vol­un­teers

The Compass - - OPINION -

The Town of Car­bon­ear hosted its an­nual award cer­e­monies June 13 at the Car­bon­ear Recre­ation Com­plex where some 60 ath­letes, vol­un­teers and sup­port­ers gath­ered to con­grat­u­late this year’s re­cip­i­ents.

The past year demon­strated ex­cep­tional tal­ent in the ath­letic cat­e­gories since the town was co­host of the 2012 New­found­land and Labrador Sum­mer Games. As a re­sult, the team of the year was awarded to ev­ery Car­bon­ear par­tic­i­pant for the Sum­mer Games team.

Other awards in­cluded male and fe­male ath­lete of the year, male and fe­male vol­un­teer of the year, the 1992 Sum­mer Games schol­ar­ship award and an in­duc­tion into the town’s sports hall of fame.

The fol­low­ing are the 2012 award re­cip­i­ents:

Un­avail­able photo for Dy­lan Hoben, ju­nior male ath­lete of the year. Hoben was a star swim­mer with Po­sei­don Swim Club. He com­peted at the Gan­der Lak­ers provin­cial de­vel­op­ment meet in 2012 and cap­tured a first place fin­ish in all eight of his events. He also won a bronze medal at the Sum­mer Games for swim­ming in the 100 me­tre in­di­vid­ual med­ley com­pe­ti­tion.

Car­bon­ear ath­letes from the 2012 Sum­mer Games team were hon­oured with the Team of the Year award for the ded­i­ca­tion and de­ter­mi­na­tion to ath­let­ics and for their pro­fes­sion­al­ism dur­ing the games. Cameron King (hold­ing plaque on right) ac­cepted the award on be­half of the team.

Melvin Gar­land (right) is a long-term vol­un­teer fire­fighter with the town’s fire bri­gade. He also has given his time to or­ga­ni­za­tions like The An­gel Fund and the Car­bon­ear Recre­ation Com­mis­sion. Gar­land is the 2012 male vol­un­teer of the year. Town coun­cil­lor and recre­ation com­mis­sion mem­ber Ed Goff pre­sented the award.

Chair­per­son of the Recre­ation Com­mis­sion, Jimmy South­well (right) was hon­oured with an in­duc­tion into the Sports Hall of Fame. South­well was a for­mer mem­ber of both bas­ket­ball and soft­ball teams in the town and still plays hockey with the “Old­stars” in Har­bour grace. Com­mit­tee mem­ber Randy Har­ris pre­sented the award.

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