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And the finalists are . . .

Sport Nova Scotia announces Support4Sport Awards Finalists

Halifax, NS (May 22, 2018) – The best in sport will be recognized this Saturday, May 26 as Sport Nova Scotia hosts the 2018 Support4Sport Awards. Among them are world champions, elite officials, Olympic coaches and game-changing volunteers.  

 
“We have an impressive list of contenders this year,” said Jamie Ferguson, CEO of Sport Nova Scotia. “From an NBA hopeful and the most decorated gymnast in Canada to an underdog badminton player, a snowboard cross titleholder and a couple of new Olympians, we’re guaranteed to have an exciting evening.” 
 
The Support4Sport Awards recognize the achievements of Nova Scotia’s greatest athletes, teams, coaches, officials, and volunteers in amateur sport over the past year. 

Each of the finalists were nominated by their provincial sport organization as the best in their sport. “Every single nominee should be proud of their accomplishments in sport,” says Bob MacKinnon, President & CEO of the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation. “As Nova Scotians, we’re proud to celebrate your hard work, dedication and excellence at these awards, and to support your passion throughout the year with the Support4Sport program.” All of these individual sport winners then went through a multi-level judging process to determine the overall winner for each category across all sports. 
 
The overall finalists are: 
 
Team of the Year 
Cape Breton West Islanders-Hockey
Team Kaitlyn Jones- Curling 
Team Georgia Lewin-LaFrance & Madeline Gillis 
 
Female Individual Athlete of the Year
Michelle Russell- Canoe Kayak
Sarah Mitton- Athletics
Ellie Black- Gymnastics 
 
Male Individual Athlete of the Year
Miklos Kanyasi- Badminton 
Alex Scott- Canoe Kayak
Liam Moffatt- Snowboarding 

Female Team Athlete of the Year
Kristin Clarke- Curling
Blayre Turnbull-Hockey
Teni Akindoju- Soccer

Male Team Athlete of the Year 
Lindell Wigginton- Basketball
Justin Schofield- Softball
Drake Batherson- Hockey

Coach of the Year
Troy Ryan-Hockey
David Kikuchi-Gymnastics
Andrew Atherton- Curling 
 
Official of the Year
Mark Penfound-Canoe Kayak
Erica Ans- Table Tennis
Clinton Harvey-Softball
 
The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony commencing at 6pm on May 26, 2018 at the Halifax Convention Centre.  Additional awards to be announced on May 26th include the Sport Makes a Difference Award and the Chair Award. Sport Nova Scotia and Support4Sport will also recognize the Volunteer of the Year and Sponsor of the Year from each of the Provincial Sport Organizations.
 
About Support4Sport
Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation first introduced Support4Sport in 2006. Funds are raised through the sale of designated lottery products. Each time one of those products are sold, 100 per cent of the proceeds help Nova Scotians get in the game. Since its inception, the program has helped raise over $34 million. Support4Sport is now the largest source of funding for amateur sport in Nova Scotia.
 
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 than 160,000 member Nova Scotians.  
 

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For more information please contact:
Kate Trask
Communications Coordinator
Sport Nova Scotia
(902) 292-0037
ktrask@sportnovascotia.ca


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