Sport heritage society to honour top athletes
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] gmail.com. 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.
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 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 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 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.
OUTSTANDING FEMALE ATHLETE – 15 AND UNDER Madison Bond
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 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 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.
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.
OUTSTANDING SENIOR MALE ATHLETE – OVER 50 Peter Marshall
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.
SPECIAL OLYMPIAN Noel Smith
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.
VERONICA MACMILLAN MEMORIAL AWARD Ibel Scammell
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.
DAVE ARMSTRONG FAMILY AWARD Matheson family
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.