Local athletes honoured at Premier's Athletic Awards ceremony

Nicholas Mercer nmercer@cbncompass.ca
Published on May 29, 2014

A trio of Trinity-Conception-Placentia athletes has been recognized with Premier Athletic Awards during a ceremony at the Holiday Inn in St. John’s on May 28.

Bay Roberts brothers Nick and Michael Hiscock, as well as Bareneed figure skater Jenna Efford were three of 127 athletes who were recognized through the 2014 awards.

Established in 2005, the Premier’s Athletic Awards Programs provide grants in the amounts of $500, $1,000 and $1,500 to young athletes to help offset the cost of training and competing at the highest levels. Some $85,000 in scholarships were handed out.

“I congratulate each and every one of the recipients honoured at the Premier’s Athletic Awards,” said Premier Tom Marshall. “They have distinguished themselves through their accomplishments as athletes and as individuals.”

This recognition caps an impressive year for Nick and Michael Hiscock. The two earned their awards through their work in the sport of table tennis.

Earlier this year, they were a part of the gold medal winning Avalon team from the 2014 NL Winter Games in Clarenville. Nick also captured gold in the under-17 event, while Michael grabbed top spot in the under-13 event at the Games.

The pair also competed at the recent Atlantic Table Tennis Championships in Prince Edward Island.

Meanwhile, Jenna is being recognized for her work on the ice. A noted figure skater, she is preparing for a move to Montreal, Que. to train with noted skating coach Josee Picard.

The Amalgamated Academy student also captured a bronze medal at the Games.

“The hard work and passion for sport exhibited by these outstanding young men and women is inspirational and speaks to their drive and determination,” said Marshall.

The awards ceremony also saw the presentation of the Team Gushue Scholarship awards to Benjamin Taylor of St. John’s and Jillian Forsey of Kippens. These awards are valued at $5,000 and are available through the application to the Athletic Excellence Fund Program.