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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Nova Scotia's top athlete's honoured at the 2018 Support4Sport Awards

Halifax (Saturday, May 26) – Over 400 members of the Nova Scotia sport community congregated at the Halifax convention Centre tonight as Sport Nova Scotia revealed the winners of the 2018 Support4Sport Awards. The prominent annual event honoured the achievements of over 150 athletes, coaches, officials, sponsors, and volunteers from 37 different sports.

“The sport world is as chaotic as it is cherished. Demanding practice schedules and travelling for games doesn’t leave much time for leisure. This is a unique opportunity to take a night off, relax and reflect. The people here tonight have dedicated so much of their lives to sport and we are humbled to honour them,” said Jamie Ferguson, CEO of Sport Nova Scotia.

“Every single nominee should be proud of their accomplishments in sport,” said Bob MacKinnon, President & CEO of the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation. “As Nova Scotians, we’re proud to celebrate your hard work, dedication and excellence, and to support your passion throughout the year with the Support4Sport program.”

The process of two-fold. First, Provincial Sport Organizations (“PSOs”) submit one nominee per category. These are the “PSO winners”. These winners for each sport then go forward for the overall award in the same category – across all sports. There are two committees reviewed all the selections. These volunteer committees were comprised of leaders of the Provincial Sport Organizations, representatives from the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic, members of the media, Sport Nova Scotia’s board of directors, 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 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.

The overall winners (across all sports) of the night are:
  • The Support4Sport Team of the Year – Team Kaitlyn Jones, Curling 
  • The Support4Sport Female Individual Athlete of the Year – Ellie Black, Gymnastics
  • The Support4Sport Male Individual Athlete of the Year – Liam Moffatt, Snowboarding
  • The Support4Sport Female Team Athlete of the Year – Blayre Turnbull, Hockey
  • The Support4Sport Male Team Athlete of the Year –Drake Batherson, Hockey 
  • The Support4Sport Coach of the Year (tie)- Andrew Atherton, Curling and David Kikuchi, Gymnastics 
  • The Support4Sport Official of the Year – Mark Penfound, Canoe Kayak 
  • The Support4Sport Sport Makes a Difference Awards (three winners)-Halifax Para Multisport Program (Athletics), Jeff Houser (Canoe Kayak), ISANS New Canadians Hockey Program (Hockey) 
  • Sport Nova Scotia Chair's Award - The Burgess Family, Curling 

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, nongovernment federation representing over 55 Provincial Sport Organizations and more than 160,000 member Nova Scotians.

About Support4Sport
The Support4Sport Awards are made possible by the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation’s Support4Sport program, which was introduced 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.

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

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

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