HARBOUR GRACE, N.L. — Harbour Grace recognized the shining lights of its sports community for 2017 on Thursday, May 10, at its annual Sports Hall of Fame and Town Awards reception.
Held at the Danny Cleary Community Centre, where the town is preparing to set up a display case for its Sports Hall of Fame, the event honoured teams, athletes and volunteers who made a difference last year.
The evening started off with the induction of the Harbour Grace Volunteer Fire Brigade Curling Team of 1994-2003 into the Sports Hall of Fame. This team won nine provincial firefighter championships during that timeframe and represented Newfoundland and Labrador at the Canadian Firefighters Curling Championships.
On hand for the induction were Paul Ash, Randell Babb, Don Coombs, P. J. Coombs, Hubert Pike, Gerard Quinlan and Sonia Williams. The late Bill Martin was represented Thursday by his daughter, Leanne Martin.
The Paul Moriarity Memorial Award for Sports Volunteer of the Year went to Amy Durnford. She initially became involved in rowing at Lady Lake as an athlete and coxswain, but in recent years her biggest contribution to the annual Regatta in Harbour Grace has been though her involvement with the fundraising committee, which she now co-chairs.
The Harbour Grace Ocean Enterprises CeeBee Stars claimed the Dick Power Memorial Award for Team of the Year, recognizing the team’s dramatic turnaround from the year before to capture both the Avalon East Senior Hockey League championship and the Herder Memorial Trophy in 2017.
The 1992 Summer Games Scholarship went to Kelsey Shute, a local hockey player now pursuing a post-secondary education at Memorial University. She was an honour roll student for levels I, II and III at Carbonear Collegiate. Shute also plays soccer, ball hockey and softball.
The Sonia Williams Award for Junior Female Athlete of the Year was awarded to Sammi Jo Haire, a young athlete who plays hockey, soccer and volleyball, rows and also excels in cross-country running.
The Jamie Korab Award for Junior Male Athlete of the Year was awarded to Jordan Baker. Baker played hockey with the CeeBees Peewee 1 team, has rowed in multiple regattas, and also competed in softball, cross-country running, soccer, basketball and biathlon.
Abigail Reynolds claimed the Doris Murcell Memorial Award as the Senior Female Athlete of the Year. Reynolds excelled in hockey, soccer, rowing and cross-country running. She has also refereed in hockey and soccer and volunteered as a coach in both sports as well.
The S.W. Moores Memorial Award for Senior Male Athlete of the Year went to Lucas Lynch. Lynch played for the CeeBees minor midget A hockey team and captained the Tri Pen AAA Ice squad. He’s a hockey referee who has also done well with rowing and cross-country running.