Halifax, NS (May 26, 2015) – Nova Scotian athletes, coaches, officials and teams who achieved global greatness this past year were highlighted today, as Sport Nova Scotia announced the overall finalists for the 19th annual Ricoh Sport Awards.
“This year Nova Scotians had more world championship appearances and better results than we’ve had in many years,” said Jamie Ferguson, CEO of Sport Nova Scotia. “Our finalists include the Canadian Record holder for the Shot Put, Discuss and Javelin Throw; a snowboarder on track for a third appearance at the World Cup, this time as a coach; a kid from Dartmouth who was the first goalie picked in the 2014 NHL draft; a referee in the North American Soccer League; and an 18 year-old from Halifax who won the Canadian Cycling Championships then, seven months later, competed at the Canada Games in a completely different sport.”
The Ricoh Sport Awards recognize the achievements of Nova Scotia’s greatest athletes, teams, coaches, officials, and volunteers in amateur sport based on their best achievement of the past season, in addition to their overall performance throughout the year.
“We know that participation in sport is one of the greatest ingredients for success on many, many levels - social, economic, health, community, and so on...”, said Ferguson. “So these are Nova Scotians who are maximizing their potential and performing at their best - not only in their sport, but in their communities and in their lives. The very best role models.”
The finalists were announced in seven of the eleven categories. They are:
The RICOH Team of the Year
Team Fay (Curling)
Genevieve Orton & Una Lounder - Women K2 - 2014 Senior Worlds (CanoeKayak)
Erin Rafuse & Danielle Boyd (Sailing)