Nova Scotia’s top athletes honoured a little differently this year
Halifax (Saturday June 27, 2020) – Nova Scotia’s largest amateur sport recognition night looked a little different this year. Sport Nova Scotia’s Support4Sport Awards were announced virtually on social media Saturday night with the support of Bell Media and The Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation. Over 200 awards were given to the province’s top athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, and community sport organizations.
The finalists were announced by Sport Nova Scotia last Wednesday, June 22 on social media.
A complete list of provincial spot organization recipients, Support4Sport finalists and overall winners can be found on the Sport Nova Scotia website.
Overall winners (across all sports)
Community Sport Organization
Alpine- Martock Ski Race Club
Rugby- Metro Intro to Contact Program
Sailing- Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club
Surfing- Surfing Association of Nova Scotia
Sport Makes a Difference
Hockey- Oliver Smith, Ollie Bots (Antigonish)
Soccer- The W-Inspire Conference hosted by UDFC (Dartmouth)
Tennis- Kelly Rideout, Susie Oxner and Cindy Wheeler (Halifax)
Official of the Year
Soccer- Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (Halifax)
Coach of the Year
Gymnastics-David Kikuchi (Fall River)
Team of the Year
Baseball-Nova Scotia 17U Selects
Junior Male Athlete of the Year
Canoe Kayak-Andrew Billard (Hammonds Plains)
Junior Female Athlete of the Year
Canoe Kayak-Julia Lilley Osende (Dartmouth)
Senior Male Athlete of the Year
Rowing- Andrew Todd (Dartmouth)
Senior Female Athlete of the Year
Gymnastics- Ellie Black (Halifax)
“We missed seeing everyone on stage, but I’m happy that we found a safe alternative that allowed us to continue to recognize the outstanding achievements of the people who mean so much to the Nova Scotia sport system. Each of them is an inspiration to all Nova Scotians. We announced over 200 awards tonight, and I’d like to take the time to thank all of our provincial sport organization members for continuing to nominate during these challenging times.”
- Jamie Ferguson, Sport Nova Scotia CEO
“All nominees should be proud of their accomplishments in sport. As Nova Scotians, we’re proud to celebrate the hard work, dedication and excellence of these athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers.”
- Bob MacKinnon, President & CEO, Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation
Quick Facts Support4Sport Awards judging process
• Provincial sport organizations submit one nominee per category. These are the provincial sport organization winner. Winners for each sport can then go forward for the overall award in the same category (across all sports). There were two committees who reviewed all of the selections.
• The volunteer judging committees are 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-worth 60% of the nominee’s overall score. The top five candidates in each category advanced to the second
committee. Members of the second committee looked at the whole picture, the year overall, past successes, obstacles, the competitive field and any other outstanding considerations. The second
committees mark was worth the other 40% of the nominee’s overall score.
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.
• 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 $42 million. Support4Sport is the largest source of funding for amateur sport in Nova Scotia.
- Associated Links
Manager of Public Relations & Communications, Sport Nova Scotia