Har­bour Grace hands out ath­letic awards

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER JUS­TICE nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

PHOTOS BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER/THE COM­PASS

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.

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