Sackville to hon­our out­stand­ing ath­letes

Sackville Tribune - - SPORTS - Wal­lie Sears Write Call

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

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.

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