Joy Rid­ers

Five CC Rid­ers teams cap­ture gold at pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships

Truro Daily News - - Front Page - BY JOEY SMITH

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.”

In­deed.

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.

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