The Town of Harbour Grace took time recently to honour sport success stories, past and present, for the Harbour Grace Sports Museum Hall of Fame awards ceremony.
Held May 23 at the Danny Cleary Harbour Grace Community Centre, the event featured two inductions into the hall of fame and the presentation of seven awards.
Hall of Fame (Athlete-Builder)
• Lenny Williams Jr.
Williams involvement in rowing stretches back to 1974. He has served as both rower and coxswain over the years for teams that have competed at the historic Harbour Grace Regatta and at others on the island, most notably the Placentia Regatta and the Royal St. John's Regatta. When not in a boat, he's also been known to help out around the boathouse in Harbour Grace.
Hall of Fame (Athlete)
• Pine Grove Lounge-Stage Head Pub Ladies Rowing Crew
This women's crew claimed championships at the Harbour Grace Regatta two years in a row in 1985 and 1986, featuring a lot of the same members each year. Inducted as part of the team were coxswain Lenny Williams Jr., Joanne Barnes, Phyllis Collins, Beverly French, Rosalie King, Sandy Lewis, Korena Osmond, Brenda Sheppard, Sherry Snow, Sonia Williams and Jacqui French Hafermehl.
Paul Moriarity Memorial Sport Volunteer Award
• Wendy Haynes
A long-time volunteer for Cee Bees Minor Hockey, Haynes has most recently served as the association's fundraising director. Her efforts in that role have aided in offsetting the cost of registration for young players. She also volunteers at St. Francis School and helps with fundraising for local soccer and ball hockey.
Dick Power Memorial Award (Team of the Year)
• Cee Bees Minor Hockey Association Bantam Rep 1
The Bantam Rep 1 team had an exceptional 2018. The team collected three gold medals and two silvers at invitational tournaments and capped that off by earning the title of Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial C Champions. Off the ice, the young Cee Bees squad helped the community, volunteering for the local St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank.
1992 Summer Games Scholarship
• Samantha Pike
An honour roll student through levels one, two and three in high school, Pike is also a former junior and senior female athlete of the year in Harbour Grace. She's known to be a strong competitor in hockey, ball hockey, softball and soccer, with lots of medals to show for her hard work. At Carbonear Collegiate, Pike served on student council and volunteered with the Pa-Moja Club and Relay for Life.
Sonia Williams Award (Junior Female Athlete of the Year)
• Maggie Shute
Shute was very busy in 2018, lacing up her skates for the under-15 Cee Bees and the Tri-Pen Ice AAA Bantam female teams. At St. Francis School, she was a member of the basketball, soccer and volleyball teams. She won an MVP award as a member of the CBN soccer team at provincials, where her team placed second. Shute had a first-place finish for Grade 8 girls at the Blueberry Harvest Run and also won a gold medal in rowing at the Harbour Grace Regatta.
Jamie Korab Award (Junior Male Athlete of the Year)
• Cameron Byrne
Byrne is a multi-sport athlete who plays hockey, softball, volleyball, basketball, soccer, badminton and cross-country. He also excelled in ball hockey. When an injury prevented him from playing in a pair of spring tournaments, Byrne managed to stay involved and support his teammates as a coach. He earned player-of-the-game honours in ice hockey and helped his teams earn medals in multiple tournaments.
Doris Murcell Memorial Award (Senior Female Athlete of the Year)
• Abigail Reynolds
Reynolds is another busy young athlete. She's played for multiple teams in ice hockey and rowed at regatta in Harbour Grace and St. John's in 2018, helping her crew collect a silver medal at the former event. She was part of the Cee Bees under-20 female and the Cee Bees Midget Rep 2 teams that won gold medals at All Newfoundland tournaments. She competed on male and female teams for CBN Minor Soccer and also suited up for the St. John's Soccer Women's League.
S.W. Moores Memorial Award (Senior Male Athlete of the Year)
• Reilly Meadus
As a member of Cee Bees Midget A hockey team, Meadus helped his team capture a silver medal at the All Newfoundland B Championship. They also won an invitational tournament hosted by Bay Arena in 2018. At Carbonear Collegiate, Meadus competed in hockey, ball hockey, wrestling and soccer. Meadus was also a member of the Tri-Pen Ice Midget team that claimed a silver medal in 2018. When not using a stick, Meadus is still known for putting on skates as a local referee for hockey games.