Sackville to honour outstanding athletes
This community has become widely recognized for its development of elite-type athletes, many of whom go on to leave their mark at the provincial, national and international level in a variety of sports.
And many of these folks will be singled out for their commitment and diligence in reaching the top when the 14th annual Sports Recognition Night is held on Jan. 22 in the Tantramar Veterans Memorial Civic Centre. Opening ceremonies set for 6 p.m.
Since its inception, several athletes, coaches, officials and administrators have been presented with tokens of appreciation, usually by the incumbent mayor or a councillor to the applause of large turnouts.
Unfortunately, several wellqualified individuals have been excluded for one reason only – friends or relatives of those deserving individuals have neglected to submit their nomination.
The procedure is simple and nomination forms are available either at town hall or online at www.sackville.com.
Completion of such forms is a simple matter and takes very little time and effort, so we at The Write Call urge folks to put on their “thinking hats” and do a favour by nominating some deserving individual prior to the deadline of Jan. 11.
There is no question that Sackville could have a most imposing lineup when qualification covers a variety of requirements. In other words, any athletes who have performed on any national team or provincial team or as an individual athlete qualifies. Game officials and administrators who have served at the provincial level or higher are also to be recognized.
One only needs to think of the vast number of young men and women who meet these standards.
At the team level during the past 12 months we have the hockey Titans, the football Titans and the atom football Titans winning major championships.
Individually, members of the Titan football team dominated the various provincial teams with two members gaining MVP recognition on defense and offense.
Several young athletes played for N.B. basketball last season and the number of hockey players reaching the next level is amazing. For example, Ethan Crossman was a leading figure on the Acadie-bahurst Titan, winners of the Memorial Cup national championship.
We also have Tantramar graduates playing on various university teams, including soccer and football as they continue to develop.
The special night is hosted by the Town of Sackville and the board of directors of the Sports Wall of Fame, who cover all costs.
Local athletes and others first began to receive certificates of appreciation from the town many years ago, during the time the late Hazel Steeves served as chair of the local recreation department. She would scan newspapers to learn of their exploits but the program has reached the point where it is no longer possible for Deanna Cadman to cover the entire gamut. And so, it falls to the public to get on board to ensure those who have brought recognition to their hometown be honoured for it.
So, while other communities look with envy the manner which our community celebrates its best and brightest, Sackville will be leading the way in which it pays tribute to those who have really brought recognition and joy to the community.
The Tantramar football Titans were honoured during last year’s Sackville Sports Recognition Night.