Sport her­itage so­ci­ety to hon­our top ath­letes

Truro Daily News - - SPORTS - CON­TRIB­UTED

TRURO, N.S. – The Truro Sport Her­itage So­ci­ety will host its 36th an­nual awards din­ner Sun­day, March 1 at the Best Western Glen­garry in Truro.

The din­ner ac­knowl­edges ac­com­plish­ments of lo­cal ath­letes and vol­un­teers from the Town of Truro and Colch­ester County for 2019. There will be 22 awards pre­sented for a wide va­ri­ety of cat­e­gories and rang­ing in ages, from un­der 15 to over 50 years.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and din­ner be­gins at 6:30 p.m.

Bruce Rain­nie, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Nova Sco­tia Sport Hall of Fame, will em­cee the event.

To pur­chase tick­ets, or for ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion on the awards din­ner, con­tact Farida Gab­bani by email at [email protected] Tick­ets cost $40 for adults and $25 for stu­dents.

Lead­ing up to the din­ner, nom­i­nees are be­ing fea­tured in the Truro News.

OUT­STAND­ING FE­MALE ATH­LETE 16-20 Kar­lee Burgess

Kar­lee and her rink won the 2019 pro­vin­cial U21 cham­pi­onship. At na­tion­als, she won a bronze medal, this be­ing her sixth straight year at a na­tional ju­nior cham­pi­onship. She was cho­sen as top se­cond, hav­ing the week's high­est shot per­cent­age. She was awarded the Joan Mead Legacy Award for lead­er­ship, ex­cel­lence, fair play, com­mu­nity in­volve­ment, aca­demics and vol­un­teerism.

Chelsea Macis­sac

In 2019, Chelsea won gold in discus and shot-put, fin­ish­ing her school ca­reer with three firsts in discus, and two firsts and a se­cond in shot-put. She has medalled at Ath­let­ics N.S. provin­cials, at Cana­dian cham­pi­onships, and re­ceived the U23 out­stand­ing per­former award for 2019 in At­lantic Canada. She was also awarded the CEC girls' bas­ket­ball Un­sung Hero award.

Leah Adams

Leah was an in­te­gral part of a CEC soccer team that won the NSSAF Di­vi­sion 1 cham­pi­onship for the first time in 27 years. In bas­ket­ball, Leah leads as a fierce com­peti­tor and gifted ath­lete. She of­ten dom­i­nates with­out scor­ing with hus­tle, pur­suit and sac­ri­fice. Leah vol­un­teers as a coach for younger kids, fund raises, and takes part in peer men­tor­ing. OUT­STAND­ING MALE ATH­LETE - 15 AND UN­DER Ba­ley Wolfe

Ba­ley has ex­pe­ri­enced much suc­cess in sports such as bad­minton, track and field, cross­coun­try run­ning, volleyball, hockey, soccer and more. He has com­peted at the re­gional and pro­vin­cial lev­els in mul­ti­ple sports within the NSSAF. Ba­ley also plays with Truro’s bantam AA hockey team. He was rec­og­nized with the NSSAF Good Sport Award, the Coaches Award in soccer, volleyball and bas­ket­ball, and was MVP in cross-coun­try, bad­minton and track & field.

Ai­den Young

Ai­den is a com­pet­i­tive skater with the Truro Fig­ure Skat­ing Club. In 2019, he com­peted in five com­pe­ti­tions and achieved great suc­cess, nail­ing down two sec­onds, a third and two fourths. Be­cause of these ac­com­plish­ments and more,

Ai­den was named the most im­proved in­ter­me­di­ate/se­nior skater for the club. Ai­dan also plays hockey and base­ball.

Nathan Kee­ton

Nathan is a com­mit­ted swim­mer with the Truro Cen­tu­ri­ons Swim Club. Mov­ing from the club’s novice to se­nior com­pet­i­tive group has pre­sented Nathan with a se­ries of chal­lenges which he has met. As a mem­ber of the N.S. Eques­trian Fed­er­a­tion, Nathan also had a suc­cess­ful year com­pet­ing in the Sco­tia Se­ries. He earned year-end awards and a gold medal at the 2019 Sco­tia Se­ries pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships.


Madi­son had an ex­cel­lent year in the pool with the Truro Cen­tu­ri­ons. In 2019, Madi­son shat­tered 13 club records and broke three N.S. records. She was also se­lected to take part in Swim Nova Sco­tia’s Next Gen Pro­gram, an ini­tia­tive for ath­letes who are on track for Olympic per­for­mance.

Lau­ren Boyd

Lau­ren is a com­pet­i­tive artis­tic gym­nast. In 2019, Lau­ren com­peted at the Canada Win­ter Games in Red Deer, Alta., be­com­ing the first fe­male artis­tic gym­nast from the Cobe­quid Spar­tans to make a Canada Games team since 1999. At provin­cials, Lau­ren won the sil­ver medal to earn a berth at na­tion­als, where she fin­ished fifth on the vault. Makenna Bowser

As part of the Nova Sco­tia soccer team that won the At­lantic cham­pi­onship, Makenna was the top scorer in the tour­na­ment. She also helped the CEC Cougars win the NSSAF Di­vi­sion 1 soccer ti­tle. In bad­minton, Makenna was a NSSAF gold medal­ist in girls dou­bles and a bronze medal­ist for over­all team re­sults. She was named MVP for both cross-coun­try run­ning and girls bad­minton at BHJHS.

OUT­STAND­ING MALE ATH­LETE – 21-50 Adam San­deson

Adam played in 17 of 18 matches for the Ry­er­son Rams univer­sity men’s volleyball team and was ranked se­cond in the con­fer­ence in digs per set, third in to­tal digs and was top 10 in sets. He was hon­oured for his suc­cess by be­ing named an OUA East Di­vi­sion first-team all-star, an award voted on by coaches.

Liam Mof­fatt

Liam has been to three ju­nior world snow­board­ing cham­pi­onships. In 2019 he com­peted in more than 10 World Cup events. In 2018-19 he won the NORAM ti­tle. With a per­sonal World Cup spot earned through the NORAM ti­tle, Liam hopes to race all the World Cup events this win­ter.

Michael Field

Mike achieved a feat that less than one per cent of the peo­ple in the world have even tried to con­quer – the 140.6 mile Iron­man triathlon. He fin­ished 261st out of 2,520 com­peti­tors at the 70.3 Iron­man Con­necti­cut. In other races, he fin­ished 907/2990 at 70.3 Iron­man In­dian Wells and 1432/2935 at 140.6 Iron­man Lake Placid. Mike fin­ished the year with enough points to be con­sid­ered an Iron­man “All World Ath­lete” which means he is ranked in the top 10 per cent of Iron­man ath­letes for the 2019 rac­ing year.

OUT­STAND­ING CLUB TEAM – 21-PLUS Truro Bearcats in­ter­me­di­ate base­ball

The Truro D&D Book­keep­ing Bearcats in­ter­me­di­ate AA base­ball team had a Cin­derella fin­ish to their sea­son. As they strug­gled through parts of the sea­son with in­con­sis­tent player avail­abil­ity and on-field play, they turned it around when it mat­tered most and won the pro­vin­cial ti­tle in Amherst with an un­de­feated 5-0 record. The team peaked at the right time with all play­ers con­tribut­ing at key mo­ments to lead the Bearcats to a suc­cess­ful and mem­o­rable fin­ish.


Peter is the first to ar­rive and last to leave at events, al­ways bring­ing a smile and a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude. He not only par­tic­i­pates in events but also vol­un­teers his time and knowl­edge giv­ing many events a greater sense of or­ga­ni­za­tion and safety. One of Peter’s pas­sions is run­ning and he is al­ways of­fer­ing men­tor­ship and coach­ing to dif­fer­ent lev­els of run­ners. Peter has par­tic­i­pated in many events, in­clud­ing Truro’s stop of the Heart­land Tour, the Vic­to­ria Park (VP) Chal­lenge, pro­vin­cial moun­tain bike races in Vic­to­ria Park, run­ning with the Truro Run Tribe, Bike Week, snow­shoe hikes in Vic­to­ria Park, the an­nual “Ugly Christ­mas Sweater Run” and nu­mer­ous events in the Long John Fes­ti­val.

TRURO NEWS MERIT AWARD Town of Truro & Cald­well Roach – Civic Square Out­door Rink

The Civic Square out­door ice rink is one of the best de­vel­op­ments in Truro in a long time. This cool new space was made avail­able when Truro town coun­cil de­cided to pre­serve the Old Nor­mal Col­lege build­ing and con­vert it to be­come the new re­gional li­brary. The old li­brary was de­mol­ished and then the lo­cally de­signed, multi-pur­pose Town square was cre­ated in this cen­trally lo­cated space. The space has hosted sev­eral ma­jor con­certs, pub­lic events, com­mu­nity gath­er­ings, the open­ing cer­e­monies for the Down Syn­drome world swim­ming cham­pi­onships, and Roger’s Hometown Hockey. The Cald­well Roach/kings Mu­tual In­sur­ance ice sur­face was in­stalled in 2017. The re­frig­er­ated ice sur­face has been an ex­cit­ing ad­di­tion to the Civic Square and has in­vig­o­rated the Down­town core dur­ing the win­ter months.

SPORTS LEGACY AWARD Cobe­quid Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre Sports Wall Of Fame com­mit­tee

About 14 years ago, the Cobe­quid Ed­u­ca­tional Cen­tre Sports Wall of Fame was cre­ated by found­ing com­mit­tee mem­bers Bob Piers and Scott An­nand. They rec­og­nized an op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate the school’s his­tory through the ac­com­plish­ments of CEC'S ath­letes, builders and coaches dur­ing their time at CEC, and their feats in their sport­ing ca­reers beyond the school. Nevin Jack­son and David Higgins were added to the com­mit­tee, and with the sup­port of CEC ath­letic di­rec­tor Marc Roberts and prin­ci­pal Bill Kaulbach, we now have a well-es­tab­lished an­nual tra­di­tion in the school and com­mu­nity. Each com­mit­tee mem­ber is a re­tired for­mer teacher or ad­min­is­tra­tor from CEC, hav­ing al­most 150 years of com­bined com­mit­ment to the school and its sport­ing legacy.


Noel achieved suc­cess at his first sum­mer games for bocce, as he won a bronze medal and was crowned the first-ever ‘Bocce King’ for his great at­ti­tude and out­stand­ing sports­man­ship. Noel has con­tin­ued to im­prove year af­ter year and this past sum­mer it showed when he won a gold medal at the pro­vin­cial games. With his new-found con­fi­dence, Noel has ex­panded to win­ter sports this past year by tak­ing on curl­ing.


Ibel spends four hours a day ev­ery week­day morn­ing at the RECC tak­ing fit­ness classes, and also takes daily walks in the park. She is a lo­cal leader for Volks­march and is busy on week­ends or­ga­niz­ing or par­tic­i­pat­ing in 5/10 km hikes. She is also a mem­ber of the Hal­i­fax Meet-up Club and the Hal­i­fax Out­door Ad­ven­tur­ers, which are ac­tive in hik­ing, cy­cling and trail run­ning.

TSHS CHAIR AWARD John Guinan and the Truro Heart At­tacks

John is one of the founders of Heart & Stroke Hockey He­roes week­end. This event has raised over $3 mil­lion for Heart & Stroke since it be­gan in 2011. John’s per­sonal fundrais­ing ef­forts have ex­ceeded $90,000 over the past nine years. In 2013, John formed his own team – the Truro Heart At­tacks – and in just four years, they have raised over $265,000 to help the foun­da­tion fund life-sav­ing re­search. John has also played an in­te­gral role in the re­cruit­ment of other teams from the Truro area, who have par­tic­i­pated in re­cent years.


In Colch­ester County, there are two Mathe­son fam­i­lies that are fa­mous for their past suc­cess in ball – the Brook­field Mathe­son/hen­der­son fam­ily for fast­ball, and the Truro base­ball Mathe­son fam­ily. This year, the Truro base­ball Mathesons will be rec­og­nized for their con­tri­bu­tions to the game and their suc­cess over the years.

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