Unsung he­roes

Sport P.E.I. to rec­og­nize Hale, Walker, James next week

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - Com­piled by Sport P.E.I.’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Nick Mur­ray.

Sport P.E.I. will be rec­og­niz­ing three hard-work­ing in­di­vid­u­als when it holds its an­nual awards pre­sen­ta­tions Wed­nes­day, Feb. 3, at the Rodd Char­lot­te­town Ho­tel.

The P.E.I. Mu­tual coach of the year award will be pre­sented to Judy Hale of biathlon, base­ball um­pire Kent Walker will re­ceive the of­fi­cial of the year hon­our, while the ADL vol­un­teer ad­min­is­tra­tor of the year is ringette’s Mike James.

Hale, of Char­lot­te­town, has been the driv­ing force be­hind biathlon’s in­cred­i­ble suc­cess in the past num­ber of years, and the two-time Biathlon Canada coach of the year has seen her ath­letes do some great things re­cently.

In De­cem­ber two of her ath­letes, Caitlin Camp­bell and Lu­cas Boudreau, were se­lected to the Cana­dian ju­nior team com­pet­ing at the worlds in Ro­ma­nia, while she has over­seen the ca­reers of other fine biath­letes such as Carsen Camp­bell and Menno Arendz. She coached the P.E.I. team to best ever fin­ishes at the 2015 Canada Games, and is for­ever look­ing to upgrade her skills and is con­stantly look­ing to de­velop. P.E.I. biathlon is one of the strong­est in the re­gion, and the credit for that rightly goes to Hale.

Walker can be seen be­hind the plate at all of the big base­ball games in the prov­ince, and the level 5 um­pire and Char­lot­te­town res­i­dent has gained a con­sid­er­able rep­u­ta­tion for the way he han­dles the balls and strikes.

Kent will um­pire up to 100 games a sum­mer at all lev­els from mi­nor ball to the New Brunswick se­nior league, and such is his stand­ing within the game he will of­ten get the call for na­tional and int e rna t i ona l com­pe­ti­tions. He sits on the Ba seba l l Canada Um­pires Coun­cil and is the su­per­vi­sor of um­pires for the P.E.I. Base­ball Um­pires As­so­ci­a­tion, where his or­ga­ni­za­tion, ad­min­is­tra­tion, de­vel­op­ment and train­ing of young of­fi­cials is cru­cial for the suc­cess of the sport mov­ing for­ward.James has made a won­der­ful con­tri­bu­tion to the sport since he first joined the board in 2009. The Char­lot­te­town res­i­dent has over­seen a stag­ger­ing 50 per cent in­crease in par­tic­i­pa­tion across the prov­ince. New pro­grams have evolved dur­ing his ten­ure, par­tic­u­larly on the player and coach­ing de­vel­op­ment side, and a re­sult of this has been some ex­cel­lent per­for­mances by Is­land teams and play­ers com­pet­ing at higher lev­els.

.James him­self is a high per­for­mance coach, but his con­tri­bu­tion spreads to all aspects of the sport. The Ringette P.E.I. pres­i­dent chairs tour­na­ments, looks for in­no­va­tive ways to im­prove the game and con­tin­u­ally tries to find ways to make the ringette ex­pe­ri­ence as plea­sur­able as pos­si­ble for all those in­volved. ex­pe­ri­ence as plea­sur­able as pos­si­ble for all those in­volved.




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