Sport Nova Scotia announces 2022 Support4Sport Awards Winners
Halifax (Saturday May 28, 2022) – The greatest in the Nova Scotia amateur sport sector were recognized tonight as Sport Nova Scotia revealed the winners of the 2022 Support4Sport Awards at the Halifax Convention Centre. Over 150 awards were given to the province’s top athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, and community sport organizations.
The Support4Sport Awards recognize the achievements of Nova Scotia’s top 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. Their achievements were judged through a multi-level selection process that considers their complete athletic performance throughout the year, as well as their top achievement of the season.
Overall winners (across all sports)
Sport Makes a Difference
Soccer – We all play
TaeKwonDo – Rick Fraser 7 Island Martial Arts
Wrestling – Wrestling Nova Scotia’s Tribal Boxing Initiative
Official of the Year
Shauna Neary (Herring Cove)
Coach of the Year
Troy Ryan (Hubbards)
Team of the Year
Georgia Lewin & Antonia LaFrance
Junior Male Athlete of the Year
Ian Gaudet (Dartmouth)
Junior Female Athlete of the Year
Annika Leslie (Halifax)
Senior Male Athlete of the Year
Liam Moffatt (Londonderry)
Senior Female Athlete of the Year
Blayre Turnbull (Stellarton)
Ness Timmons (Cape Breton University Women’s Soccer Coach)
“Sport Nova Scotia is honoured to partner with the NSGC and all our amazing sponsors to once again host this prestigious event in person. We are extremely proud of all the athletes and members of the amateur sport sector being recognized at the event. We look forward to celebrating all the hard work and dedication to sport in Nova Scotia as well as the sports themselves.”
-Jamie Ferguson, Sport Nova Scotia CEO
“Congratulations to each and every award recipient this year. These winners represent the best of the best in Nova Scotia amateur sport and they all should be very proud of their accomplishments. This will be a wonderful evening to remember.”
-Bob MacKinnon, President & CEO, Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation
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 $51 million. Support4Sport is the largest source of funding for amateur sport in Nova Scotia.
Manager of Public Relations & Communications, Sport Nova Scotia