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Event History: 2014 Ricoh Sport Awards

The 2014 RICOH Sport Awards took place on Saturday, May 31st, 2014.


Halifax (Saturday, May 31) – The winners of the Ricoh Sport Awards were unveiled tonight by Sport Nova Scotia. Among them, a coach from Westville whose team gave Canadian hockey fans a thrill of a lifetime, a comedic role model who went from Kingsburg to Sochi on a snowboard, a sought-after trampoline official from Lunenburg, a retired coal miner from Glace Bay, and girl from East Preston who has been dubbed the best university women’s basketball player in Canadian history.

“Nova Scotians were punching above their weight this year in many different sports,” said Jamie Ferguson, CEO of Sport Nova Scotia. “Our results and our depth just keep getting stronger. Many of the award winners are still teenagers and it’s humbling to see what they’ve already achieved.”

Over 500 members of the Nova Scotia sport community gathered at the World Trade & Convention Centre to see Sport Nova Scotia present the 18th annual Ricoh Sport Awards. The marquee celebration of amateur sport excellence honoured the achievements of over 200 athletes, coaches, officials, sponsors, sport associations, and volunteers from across the province.

“Sport is a force for good,” says Ferguson. “It can have a terrific impact on community development, economic development and social development. If we can continue building quality sport programs for all ages and abilities, Nova Scotia will be a stronger province.”

Paul Murray, Director of Atlantic Canada for Ricoh Canada, the event’s Title Sponsor, says, “Ricoh is honoured to be part of this event. It fits well with our philosophy and other partnerships across Canada and around the world. Each of the nominees represent what our company believes in – hard work, dedication and excellence.”

The biggest award winners of the night are (bios at end):

The RICOH Team of the Year – Junior World Championships Womens K2 (Ailish
McNulty & Anna Hetzler)

The RICOH Female Individual Athlete of the Year – Alex Duckworth from Kingsburg
(Snowboarding)
 
The RICOH Male Individual Athlete of the Year - Mark de Jonge from Halifax
(CanoeKayak)

The RICOH Female Team Athlete of the Year – Justine Colley from East Preston
(Basketball)

The RICOH Male Team Athlete of the Year – Sidney Crosby from Cole Harbour (Hockey) 

Coach of the Year - Lisa Haley from Westville (Hockey)

The RICOH Official of the Year – Thorne Sutherland from Lunenburg (Gymnastics)

The Ricoh Association of the Year Award (three winners): the Mount Uniacke Mustangs (softball), the Provincial Taekwondo Society of Nova Scotia, and the Winter Multisports Race Series Society (Triathlon)

The Ricoh Sport Makes a Difference Awards (two winners): Go Truro (Triathlon) and the
Youth Running Series

Sport Nova Scotia Chair Award: Richie Warren from Glace Bay



Sport Nova Scotia members (the Provincial Sport Organizations) submit one nominee per category based on achievements over the past year (April 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014). These are the sport-specific winners or “PSO winners”. Forty two different sports submitted 210

PSO winners. Except the Sport Nova Scotia Chair Award, all overall winners (as above) were then selected 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 sport 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 tasked 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.


About Ricoh Canada

Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in more than 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2012, Ricoh Group had worldwide sales of 1,903 billion yen (approx. 23 billion USD).

The majority of the company's revenue comes from products, solutions and services that improve the interaction between people and information. It is known for the quality of its technology, the exceptional standard of its customer service and sustainability initiatives.

Ricoh Canada Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ricoh Americas Corporation with its head
 
office located in Toronto, employing over 2,100 employees nation-wide. We are pioneers in the development of office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services.

Under its corporate tagline, imagine. change. Ricoh helps companies transform the way they work and harness the collective imagination of their employees.

About Sport Nova Scotia

Sport Nova Scotia is a voice for amateur sport that promotes the benefits of health, personal development and achievement of all participants. Sport Nova Scotia is a non-profit, non- government federation representing over 55 Provincial Sport Organizations and more then 160,000 member Nova Scotians.

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For photos or more information, please contact:

Carolyn Townsend
Director, Communications and Public Relations
Sport Nova Scotia
Phone: 902-425-5454 ext.321
Cell: 902-830-7227 

ctownsend@sportnovascotia.ca
 

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