Tuesday, May 26, 2015

And the finalists are . . .

Sport Nova Scotia announces Finalists for the 2015 Ricoh Sport Awards

Halifax, NS (May 26, 2015) – Nova Scotian athletes, coaches, officials and teams who achieved global greatness this past year were highlighted today, as Sport Nova Scotia announced the overall finalists for the 19th annual Ricoh Sport Awards.

“This year Nova Scotians had more world championship appearances and better results than we’ve had in many years,” said Jamie Ferguson, CEO of Sport Nova Scotia. “Our finalists include the Canadian Record holder for the Shot Put, Discuss and Javelin Throw; a snowboarder on track for a third appearance at the World Cup, this time as a coach; a kid from Dartmouth who was the first goalie picked in the 2014 NHL draft; a referee in the North American Soccer League; and an 18 year-old from Halifax who won the Canadian Cycling Championships then, seven months later, competed at the Canada Games in a completely different sport.”

The Ricoh Sport Awards recognize the achievements of Nova Scotia’s greatest athletes, teams, coaches, officials, and volunteers in amateur sport based on their best achievement of the past season, in addition to their overall performance throughout the year.

“We know that participation in sport is one of the greatest ingredients for success on many, many levels - social, economic, health, community, and so on...”, said Ferguson. “So these are Nova Scotians who are maximizing their potential and performing at their best - not only in their sport, but in their communities and in their lives. The very best role models.”

The finalists were announced in seven of the eleven categories. They are:

The RICOH Team of the Year

Team Fay (Curling)

Genevieve Orton & Una Lounder - Women K2 - 2014 Senior Worlds (CanoeKayak) 

Erin Rafuse & Danielle Boyd (Sailing)


The RICOH Female Individual Athlete of the Year

Ellie Black (Gymnastics) 

Pamela LeJean (Para Athletics) 

Michelle Russell (CanoeKayak)


The Ricoh Male Individual Athlete of the Year

Edward Walsh (Cycling) 

Mark de Jonge (CanoeKayak) 

Hugh Smith (Gymnastics)


The Ricoh Female Team Athlete of the Year

Jamey Jewells (Wheelchair basketball) 

Jill Saulnier (Hockey)

Hannah Vaughan (CanoeKayak)


The RICOH Male Team Athlete of the Year

Mason McDonald (Hockey) 

Benjamin Russell (CanoeKayak) 

Paul Tingley (Sailing)


Coach of the Year

Kristin d’Eon (Snowboarding) 

Jim Midgley (Hockey) David Kikuchi (Gymnastics)


The RICOH Official of the Year

John Gray (Soccer)

Marie-Claude Gregoire (Triathlon) 

Susan Rickard (CanoeKayak)


The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Saturday May 30, 2015 at the World Trade & Convention Centre. Approximately 215 awards selected by 42 different provincial sport organizations will be presented. Today’s short-list is a result of those sports’ top selections then going through another rigorous selection process across all sports.

Additional categories to be announced on Saturday include Ricoh Association of the Year and the Ricoh Sport Makes a Difference Award. Sport Nova Scotia and Ricoh will also recognize the Volunteers of the Year and Sponsors of the Year from each of the Provincial Sport Organizations. The evening is capped with the Sport Nova Scotia Chair’s Award, given to an individual who has had a significant impact on sport in Nova Scotia.

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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.


For more information, biographies and photos please contact: 

Carolyn Townsend
Director, Public Relations & Communications
Sport Nova Scotia
5516 Spring Garden Rd, 4th floor
Halifax, NS B3J 1G6
Tel: (902) 425-5450 ext 321
Cell: (902 830-7227


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