Ryon Wil­liams wins sec­ond con­sec­u­tive ath­lete of year award

Long-time player hop­ing for a fu­ture in hockey

The Compass - - Sports - BY LINDA SKINNER

Ryon Wil­liams is the Town of Har­bour Grace’s Senior Male Ath­lete of the Year, claim­ing the S.W. Moores Memo­rial Award for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year.

Ryon, 17, has been play­ing hockey for 14 years and has no plans to stop – his name is in the Mar­itime Ju­nior A draft for next year, “so I’ll be go­ing away for that if I get put on a team,” he told the Compass.

“Hope­fully, I’ll take it as far as I can.”

Be­ing rec­og­nized for his ac­com­plish­ments in sports by the same home­town that pro­duced hockey star Danny Cleary – the first player from New­found­land and Labrador to win a Stan­ley Cup – is an hon­our, said Ryon.

“It feels good to be no­ticed like Danny Cleary did, when you look at some of the things

he did in life,” he said. “It’s a step for­ward.”

Hockey runs in Ryon’s fam­ily. His fa­ther, Trevor, has been in­ducted into the Har­bour Grace Sports Hall of Fame twice, as a for­mer mem­ber of the Bud­weiser Men’s Hockey Team, and a mem­ber of the Ban­ner­man Lak­ers ball hockey team.

“Pretty much my whole fam­ily has played hockey,” said Ryon.

Trevor is ob­vi­ously proud of his son’s achieve­ments, and knows how hard he’s worked for them. Ev­ery Wed­nes­day for the last four years, Ryon has trav­eled from Har­bour Grace to Whit­bourne to at­tend prac­tices, an ef­fort that re­quired co­or­di­nat­ing trans­porta­tion with friends and fam­ily.

“There’s been a lot of work to it,” said Trevor. “It’s been a big com­mit­ment all around for ev­ery­one, but it’s been worth it.”

After Ryon grad­u­ates in June, he could have a tough choice to make. He has reg­is­tered for post-sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion, but de­pend­ing on what hap­pens with the Ju­nior A draft, he could be head­ing fur­ther afield, his fa­ther said.

“It de­pends on how that pans out,” said Trevor. “If he gets picked, it will be up to him if he wants to go.

Ryon’s com­mit­ment to the sport he loves is clear.

“I love play­ing hockey,” he said. “It just takes every­thing off my mind when I play, and I’ve been do­ing it since I was a kid – ball hockey, ice hockey, I just fell in love with it all. It clears your mind.”

“Hope­fully, I’ll take it as far as I can.” Ryon Wil­liams, Har­bour Grace Senior Male Ath­lete of the Year

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Ryon Wil­liams is the Town of Har­bour Grace’s Senior Male Ath­lete of the Year, claim­ing the S.W. Moores Memo­rial Award for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year.

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