Harbour Grace hands out athletic awards
There were plenty of family connections honoured at last week’s Harbour Grace annual Sports Hall of Fame and Town Awards reception.
Held at the Masonic Lodge Thursday evening, town officials, inductees and award recipients and their families were on hand to witness the town’s best get recognition for their contributions to the sporting landscape in Harbour Grace.
There were members of the Chafe clan, the Shutes, Downings and others inducted into the Hall of Fame as members of the Harbour Grace Budweiser hockey team. They were recognized for their impressive run of championships in leagues in the 70s and 80s.
A part of that team was Derek Edwards. While he was not attending the event, his family connection came in way of his grandson, Dylan Whelan and son-in-law Dean Whelan.
It’s nice to be recognized and I had no idea I was getting it. It’s an honour. Dean Whalen
Dean received the Paul Moriarity Memorial Award as volunteer of the year for his work as president of CeeBees minor hockey, a well-respected coach in both baseball and baseball.
“It’s nice to be recognized and I had no idea I was getting it,” said Dean. “It’s an honour.”
The town also debuted a pair of new awards at the event. First up was the Sonia Williams Athletic Award as the town’s top junior female athlete. It’s named in honour of Harbour Grace’s deputy mayor and her long list of sporting accomplishments in a variety of venues.
Honoured for her work on the ice with CeeBees minor hockey and on the diamond as a member of the CBN Bulldogs minor baseball program, Samantha Pike was named the first ever recipient.
“I was just amazed. I was really excited because I worked hard all year,” said Pike. “It’s amazing because I’m the first person to get the award, for one, and two, to get recognized for the things you do and all the hard work you put in.”
The other first time award was the Jamie Korab Athletic Award for the top junior male athlete in Harbour Grace. It’s named after the town’s famed curler.
Dylan Whelan received that honour. He was a key member of the both his CeeBees minor hockey team and CBN baseball team.
“It’s pretty cool to be recognized for what you do,” said Dylan. “It was awesome getting an award alongside my dad.”
Not be outdone, the town also handed out its senior male and female athletic awards. Goaltender Kelsey Shute was awarded the Doris Murcell Memorial Award.
Alongside her successful exploits in other sports, chief amongst her achievements in 2015 was representing Newfoundland and Labrador at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in British Columbia.
Receiving the S.W. Moores Memorial Award as the top male athlete was Ryon Williams.
A sturdy forward, Williams was a key piece of the CeeBees midget team that captured provincial gold last season, as well as playing a hand in the CBN Shannon’s gold medal victory in soccer last summer.
Dean and Dylan were not done with the awards however. They were both an instrumental part in the impressive summer had by the CBN Bulldogs mosquito AA baseball team. They represented the province at the Atlantic tournament and brought home seven medals in seven tries.
Members of the team are Dylan, Darrien Meadus, Christian Reardon, Jayden Mercer, Alex Vokey, Caitlin Mercer, Kylie Drover, Carly Crane, Sara Smith, Jesse Donovan, Zachary Legge and Owen Sparkes.
The coaching staff was Dean, Josh Mercer, Cailey Drover and Nicholas Mercer. Also recognized were manager Charlene Smith and Darren Mercer.
Regan Reynolds was presented with the 1992 Summer Games Scholarship, while Don Coombs, Anne Coombs, Mary Pynn, Albert Pynn and Ross Butt were presented with awards of recognition for their work for soccer in the area.
St. Francis principal Gary Barrett, Dean Shute, Herman Harris and Marina Harris were given the award of recognition. Meanwhile, David Murphy, Dave Bishop and Bill Little received a beautification award.
Samantha Pike (left) and Dylan Whelan were the first ever female and male junior athletes of the year for the town.
For his work on the ice and the pitch, Ryon Williams (left) was awarded the S.W. Moores Memorial Award as Harbour Grace’s senior male athlete of the year. Zoe Anderson presented him with his award.
Harbour Grace’s Kelsey Shute (left) was given the Doris Murcell Award for senior female athlete of the year in Harbour Grace. Presenting the award was Harbour Grace-Port de Grave MHA Pam Parsons.
Dean Whelan and his son Dylan were honoured as volunteer and junior male athlete of the year award.
Presented by Coun. Kathy Tetford, Marina (centre) and Herman Harris were given awards of recognition.