Five CC Riders teams capture gold at provincial championships
The CC Riders enjoyed great success at the provincial level, however, that’s not the only reason the club’s president is bursting with pride.
Winning aside, the CC Riders soccer program has given club president Steve Lindsay another reason to be proud.
“The winning is great; that’s really great, but after provincials I received emails from other coaches, managers and even parents from other clubs in the province saying how respectful our players are and their good sportsmanship, and that makes a person even more proud,” said Lindsay. “The wins are great, but when you hear that, that says something about the CC Riders organization.”
The Riders’ success on the pitch this summer speaks for itself. All eight competitive teams qualified for provincial tournaments with U13 boys, U15 boys and girls, U17 boys and U21 women winning Nova Scotia titles.
Also, the U21 men captured silver and the U17 girls nabbed bronze.
“It speaks pretty highly of the talent of athletes that we have here in Truro,” said Lindsay.
Almost 700 athletes played in the association this summer. Lindsay, along with other dedicated board members, took the organization in a new direction and focused on instilling “Rider pride” in players. The result was friendships made and successes shared.
“The camaraderie is great; it’s awesome,” said Lindsay. “The kids love playing together. We have a lot of players here who could leave to go and play at the triple-a level but they chose to stay here, play with their friends and they all get along great. It’s really fun to watch right from our U12s, U10, right up through.”
Lindsay also credits the grassroots program in the Truro area for the club’s success.
“Our mini program, you see the fields every night of the week – there’s 100 kids running around; that’s where it starts,” he said. “It’s those volunteer coaches, and better training for our coaches. All of our competitive coaches have training, they’re all certified coaches and we’re trying to get as many as we can in the mini pro-
gram. It’s better coaching, which in turn gives better teaching on field.”
Lindsay, himself, previously coached in the association, but this season focused on overseeing the organization on a fulltime basis.
He spent time at soccer fields nearly every day of the week this summer and had the opportunity to see every team in the club in game action.
“It’s just a lot of fun; you go and you see the smiles on the kids’ faces and the helpful volunteers and it was great. On the field it was awesome, getting out and seeing everybody play … pretty proud.”
Lindsay said a small, but dedi-
cated group of eight board members made it all possible.
“They did yeoman’s work and without them this wouldn’t have happened,” he said. “Anything that was asked of them, they went above and beyond. I just can’t speak highly enough of them. They did it all, they did it without complaining – from ordering uniforms, from doing the year-end jamboree, I just can’t say enough; they did great.”
The CC Riders Soccer Club enjoyed success on the pitch this season with five local squads winning Nova Scotia championships. During a closing banquet the Riders honoured their top teams and players.
Bailey Lynds of the U17 girls was named the CC Riders female player of the year. Presenting Bailey with her award is Mark Hingley, vice-president of operations for the CC Riders Soccer Club. RIGHT: Deandre Paris of the U15 team was named male player of the year. Chris Lindsay, Riders club director of coach and player development, presented Deandre with his award.
Chloe Hart of the CC Riders U15 girls team was the recipient of the Golden Boot Award. Making the presentation is Truro soccer player Chad Mcnally, who led the Nova Scotia Soccer League U13 division with 34 goals this season as a member of Halifax Dunbrack.on.
The President’s Award was presented to the U15 girls.
Darren Wheeler and Craig Maceachern of the U21 men’s team were named CC Riders cocoaches of the year. Angela Leedham, member at large, makes the presentation.
The U21 women were named CC Riders team of the year.
Sierra Barley of the U15 girls squad was the recipient of the Sam Riddell Memorial Character Award. Sam’s wife Betty and family friend Peter Steele make the presentation..
Riders club director of coach and player development Chris Lindsay presents Adam Canning of the U13 boys with the male Shining Star Award.
Riders club station co-ordinator Olivia Krzywonos presents Morgane Moore of the U12 girls team with the female Shining Star Award.