SPORTS HALL OF FAME & ANNUAL ATHLETIC AWARDS UPDATE

 

Mount Pearl Annual Athletic Award Winners for 2015

 

Finalists and winners are also listed below back to the 2012 awards.

 

On January 29 the Sport Alliance presented its Annual Athletic Awards as part of the Mount Pearl Sports Hall of Fame & 2015 Athletic Awards Ceremonies.  Four new members were inducted to the Hall of Fame and awards were presented in four categories including senior Female and Male Athlete, Coach and Executive of the Year. (Note that Youth Female and Male Athlete and Team, Adult Volunteer Working with Youth, and Official of the Year are presented as part of the Mount Pearl Focus on Youth Awards in May each year).

 

Female Athlete of the Year 2015

Finalists – Lauren Humby (Rugby), Julia Kawamoto (Track & Field), Samantha Marsh (Target Shooting)

 

Award Winner - Samantha Marsh (Target Shooting)

 

Memorial University student Samantha Marsh’s biggest year yet in target shooting started when she was named Flag Bearer for Team NL for the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George.  Her double Gold Medal performance at those Games, including the Women’s Rifle Team and Women’s Individual Rifle was the beginning of an exciting year of national and international success.

 

Over the past year, Samantha won Silver at 10-metre rifle Provincial, Bronze at the North Atlantic Air Gun Championships 10-metre rifle, placed 4th in 10-metre rifle and 5th in 50-metre rifle at the Canadian Small Bore Nationals, and was a finalist at Pan Am Trials. She placed 90th at the World Cup in Fort Benning, USA; 80th in 10-metre rifle and 62nd in 50-metre rifle at ISSF Junior Cup, Suhl, Germany; and 57th in 10-metre rifle and 38th in 50-metre rifle at Universiade Gwangju, South Korea. 

 

Samantha has been selected to the 2016 Shooting Federation Canada Senior Development Shooting Team.

 

Male Athlete of the year 2015

Finalists – Daniel Kelloway (Track & Field), Matthew Murphy (Rugby), Sam Leawood (Swimming)

 

Award Winner - Sam Leawood (Swimming)

 

Sam Leawood is a great team leader and inspiration to swimmers in this province.  A Memorial University/Swim NL Entrance Scholarship winner, Sam trains 30 hours a week with the Mount Pearl Marlins and MUN SeaHawks teams, studies engineering at school, and contributes to both teams performance wise and in terms of mentorship and team spirit.  

 

Sam had an outstanding year in 2015.  He ‘medaled’ in 17 ‘free’ and ‘fly’ events at the AUS Championships, the East Coast Championships and Body Quest Invitational, including ten Gold Medals.  He competed at the Pam Am Trials placing 16th in ‘50 free.  This is the highest level of competition in the country. He also swam at Swim Canada’s Senior National.  Sam is ranked 29th in the country for 50 free, and is the fastest 100 free and 100 fly of swimmers representing NL.  

 

Thanks to this year’s performance Sam will now compete at the Olympic Trails in April.

 

Team of the Year (no entry for 2015)

 

Coach of the Year

Finalists– Andrew Murphy (Soccer), Charles Dyke (Minor Baseball), Mark Miller (Track& Field)

 

Award Winner - Mark Miller (Track & Field)

 

Mark Miller coaches his core 25 athletes year round, and it shows, dominating local, school and NLAA Age Class track & field meets and cross country.  Many of these athletes are setting provincial records and making a big impression at Atlantic and National Championships (indoor and outdoor).  Mark is also part of the Canada Games coaching team.

 

At the local Twilight Series Mark’s athletes took most top 3 spots, and consistently placed top 3 at Senior and Junior High Meets, and NLAA Age Class events.  Seven were chosen for the Provincial Legion Team, and many continued into the ‘cross country’ season, with two top spot finishes at Provincials. There were many top 3 finishes at Atlantic’s and numerous personal bests (PBs).  One of Mark’s athletes had several top 3 finishes at Acadian Games and National Championships.  Overall there were new provincial records and most athletes set new PBs. 

 

 

The Peter Halliday Memorial Award for Executive of the Year

Finalists – Christine Young (Summit Synchro), Chris Fowler (Mount Pearl-Paradise Youth Bowling Council), Stephen Pike (Pearlgate Track & Field)

 

Award Winner - Christine Young (Summit Synchro)

 

Christine Young was a key force in saving the local synchro swim program from collapse last year.  

 

Christine first came forward when the Club hosted the Atlantics last winter – the raffle table, donations, sponsors and more.  When a 50% drop in club participation mid-year left the club unable to finance program costs, and no volunteers to respond Christine jumped in, organizing a parent’s meeting to address the problems.  The net result was a dedicated group of volunteers, a plan to attract new swimmers and more fundraising.  Numbers are up and the financials are positive.  Christine continues to dedicate herself to fundraising – ‘chocolate sales’, Sport Alliance tickets, bingo, finding volunteers for fundraising dances, etc; recruiting more swimmers; helping to organize a Christmas party for athletes; and much more.  Thanks to her tireless fundraising, promotion and volunteer team building efforts the new Summit Synchro Club is a going concern. 

 

 

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Sports Hall of Fame

 

Four new members inducted to the Sports Hall of Fame...

 

Jennifer Andrews, Athlete

Dave LeGrow, Builder

Davel Randell, Builder

Wince Taylor, Athlete

 

For profiles of the new inductees, and a complete list of all Sports Hall of Fame members and Honour Roll Teams please go to Sports Hall of Fame in the Programs section of this website.

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2014 Annual Athletic Awards

Here are the finalists and winners....

 

Female Athlete of the Year

  • Hannah Noseworthy, Soccer (winner)

  • Kelly Adams, Special Olympics

  • Samantha Marsh, Olympics Target Shooting

 

Male Athlete of the Year

  • Daniel Kelloway, Track & Field (winner)

  • Ryan Drover, Special Olympics

  • Travis Sceviour, Special Olympics

 

Team of the Year

  • Mount Pearl Men`s Bowling Team

  • Special Olympics Soccer Team (winner)

 

Coach of the Year

  • Gerry O`Brien, Soccer

  • Travis Maher, Special Olympics (winner)

  • Walt Mavin, Soccer

 

'Peter Halliday' Executive of the Year Award

  • Gonzo Bennett, Minor Hockey 

  • Melanie Hallett, Campia Gymnastics (winner)

  • Ron O'Neil, Soccer

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2013 Annual Athletic Awards

Finalists and winners...

 

Female Athlete of the Year

  • Hannah Jardine, Basketball

  • Malorie Harris, Soccer (winner)

  • Meghan Earle, Soccer

 

Male Athlete of the Year

  • Danuiel Kelloway,Track & Field

  • Patrick O'Keefe, Hockey/Ball Hockey (winner)

  • Ryan Drover, Special Olympics

 

Team of the Year

  • Mount Pearl Masters Soccer Team (winner)

 

Coach of the Year

  • Doug Halliday, Track & Field (winner)
  • Ellis Coles, Soccer

 

'Peter Halliday' Executive of the Year Award

  • Beth Robson, Special Olympics

  • Gayle Cave, Youth Bowling

  • Ron O'Neil, Mount Pearl Soccer (winner)

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2012 Annual Athletic Awards

Finalists and winners...

 

Female Athlete of the Year

  • Charlene Barter, Rugby (winner)

  • Lauren Windsor, Soccer

 

Male Athlete of the Year

  • Bob Rogers, Rugby

  • Jason Kearley, Baseball

  • Patrick O'Keefe, Ball & Ice Hockey (winner)

 

Team of the Year

  • No entries for 2012

 

Coach of the Year

  • Doug Halliday, Track & Field

  • Scott Gordon, Hockey (winner)

  • Wayne Upshall, Youth Bowling

 

'Peter Halliday' Executive of the Year Award

  • Jim Bulger, Program Director, Mount Pearl Youth Bowling (winner)

  • Keith Smith, President, MP Soccer

  • Wally O'Neil, President, NL Major Midget Hockey

 

 

Congratulations everyone!  You do us proud! 

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