Event History: 2011 Ricoh Sport Awards

The 2011 RICOH Sport Awards took place on Saturday, June 4th, 2011.

RICOH Sport Awards

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

The winners of the Ricoh Sport Awards were unveiled by Sport Nova Scotia tonight. Among them, a fifteen-year-old crowd thriller from North Preston, the best curlers on the planet, and a coaches dream who took MVP at Worlds. There are stories of Olympic hopefuls and Olympic veterans, a wheelchair basketball dynamo from Donkin, Cape Breton, and a Bridgewater coach who has two athletes qualifying for Worlds in completely different disciplines.

Over 500 members of the Nova Scotia sport community gathered at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel to see Sport Nova Scotia present the 15th annual Ricoh Sport Awards. The prestigious sport recognition event recognized the achievements of more than 180 athletes, coaches, officials, sponsors and volunteers from across the province.

“This event is so heartening for all of us at Sport Nova Scotia. We work each day to help increase grassroots participation in sport so that all Nova Scotians can reap the broad benefits of sport,” says Jamie Ferguson, CEO, Sport Nova Scotia. “These individuals – many of them still teenagers – represent the best of the best, not only provincially but nationally and internationally. Every single nominee is a role model for the rest of us.”

Ferguson adds, “For the past 15 years, Ricoh has partnered with us so that we can continue to recognize these Nova Scotians for their greatness, all the while enhancing the sport system in this province.”

Vincent Gauthier, Director of Atlantic Canada for Ricoh says, “Ricoh is honoured to be part of this event. Each of the nominees represent what our company believes in – hard work, dedication and excellence.”

The Ricoh award winners of the night are:

The Ricoh Team of the Year: Team Colleen Pinkney - Curling (picture)

The Ricoh Female Individual Athlete of the Year: Adrienne Power – Athletics (no picture available)

The Ricoh Male Individual Athlete of the Year: Richard Dalton - CanoeKayak (no picture available)

The Ricoh Female Team Athlete of the Year: Jamey Jewells – Wheelchair basketball (picture)

The Ricoh Male Team Athlete of the Year: Andrew Russell - CanoeKayak (picture)

The Ricoh Coach of the Year: Tanya Daniels - Athletics (no picture available)

The Ricoh Official of the Year: Joe Fisher – Table tennis (picture)

The Ricoh Association of the Year Awards (two winners): New Glasgow Kinsmen Minor Ball Association and South Shore District Soccer Association (picture)

The Ricoh Sport Makes a Difference Award: Paul Mason, Michael Rumsby and the Cole Harbour Bantam AA Boys Hockey Team (picture)

Sport Nova Scotia Chair Award: Bob Piers (picture

Sport Nova Scotia members (the Provincial Sport Organizations) submit one nominee per category. These are the “PSO winners”. Over 180 PSO winners were submitted. Except the Sport Nova Scotia Chair Award, all overall winners (above) were chosen from this field. Two committees reviewed all the nominations. These volunteer committees were comprised of leaders of the Provincial Sport Organizations, representatives from the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic, members of the media, and community stakeholders. The first committee looked at the nominee’s most outstanding performance of the past year. This is worth 60% of the nominee’s overall score. The top five candidates in each category advanced to the second committee. Members of the second selection committee were charged with looking at “the whole picture” - the overall year, past successes, obstacles, the competitive field, and any other outstanding considerations. This mark was worth 40% of the nominee’s overall score.

For more information about the 2011 RICOH Sport Awards, please contact Carolyn Townsend at communications@sportnovascotia.ca or 425-5450 ext. 321.



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