Up­lift­ing sto­ries

Ni­cholls, Char­lot­te­town base­ball Is­lan­ders to be rec­og­nized at awards ban­quet

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - The an­nual awards pre­sented by Sport P.E.I. at its gala ban­quet. Feb. 3. Rodd Char­lot­te­town Ho­tel. Tick­ets for the awards re­cep­tion and pre­sen­ta­tions are $25 and avail­able by con­tact­ing Nick Mur­ray at Sport P.E.I. at 368-4547. Com­piled by Sport P.E.I.’s

Two of the best sports good news sto­ries from 2015 will be cel­e­brated on Feb. 3 when Sport P.E.I. holds its an­nual am­a­teur sports awards at the Rodd Char­lot­te­town Ho­tel.

Tom Ni­cholls, who suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries in a race car crash in 2012, came back to win three ma­jor powerlifting ti­tles will be rec­og­nized with the ADL masters ath­lete award.

The Char­lot­te­town Gaudet’s Auto Body Is­lan­ders will be pre­sented with the SCORE! team of the year hon­our, af­ter their ros­ter of home­grown tal­ent took home the New Brunswick Se­nior Base­ball League (NBSBL) ti­tle, the first ever by a se­nior Is­land team.

Ni­cholls re­turn to the powerlifting stage was re­mark­able. Af­ter months of in­ten­sive re­hab and phys­io­ther­apy, Ni­cholls re­turned to top-level com­pe­ti­tion at the na­tion­als in St. John’s, N.L., and won his 15th Cana­dian ti­tle, tak­ing gold in the mas­ter 2 120plus kilo­gram class.

In June, Ni­cholls trav­elled to Fin­land as part of the Cana­dian con­tin­gent to com­pete at the world cham­pi­onships, and his 745-kg to­tal lift gave him his third world ti­tle.

In De­cem­ber in Van­cou­ver, he rounded off an out­stand­ing year by to­talling 751 ki­los, for his se­cond Com­mon­wealth suc­cess.

In ad­di­tion to his three ti­tles, Tom set a re­mark­able seven world, nine Com­mon­wealth and four na­tional records.

The Is­lan­ders gave base­ball fans in the prov­ince lots to cheer about in 2015.

Un­der first-year head coach Keith Craswell the team fin­ished in third place in the five-team NBSBL, but they were just warm­ing for the play­offs.

Af­ter de­feat­ing Chatham in six games, they met the Fredericton Roy­als in the league fi­nal.

In a see-saw se­ries, which saw the lead change back and forth, the Is­lan­ders even­tu­ally tri­umphed, win­ning the de­cid­ing game of the se­ries 7-2 in Fredericton, cour­tesy of a grand slam by league all-star Dil­lon Doucette and a com­plete game by the pitcher-of-the-year Jor­dan Steven­son.

The Is­lan­ders had many no­table stand­outs through­out the sea­son, in­clud­ing re­li­able all­star catcher Mor­gan Ma­cLean, and Brody MacDon­ald, named best left-handed pitcher in the league.

BRIAN RICHARD

The Char­lot­te­town Gaudet’s Auto Body Is­lan­ders won the New Brunswick Se­nior Base­ball League ti­tle in 2015.

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Tom Ni­cholls com­petes in the dead­lift com­pe­ti­tion at the world cham­pi­onships.

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