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Sport Nova Scotia announces RICOH Sport Award Finalists

HALIFAX, NS (May 31, 2011) –
National greats, provincial record-smashers and homegrown international champions were highlighted today, as Sport Nova Scotia announced the names of the finalists for the 15th annual Ricoh Sport Awards.

“We have a terrific group of finalists this year,” said Jamie Ferguson, CEO of Sport Nova Scotia. “Among them, we have a fifteen-year-old crowd thriller from the Canada Games, the best curlers on the planet, and a wheelchair basketball dynamo from Donkin, Cape Breton. There are stories of Olympic hopefuls and Olympic veterans, a Bridgewater coach who has two athletes qualifying for Worlds in completely different disciplines, and a national champion who is a coaches dream.”

The Ricoh Sport Awards recognize the achievements of Nova Scotia’s greatest athletes, teams, coaches, officials, and volunteers in amateur sport over the past year.

“Each of these nominees has come through a rigorous selection process and they represent the best in their respective categories, not only locally but regionally, nationally and internationally,” says Ferguson. “They are the types of people who inspire others to get involved in sport, which helps build our sport system and spread the benefits of sport participation across the province.  Nova Scotians can be very proud of this group.”

Over 180 nominations were submitted by Provincial Sport Organizations. Finalists were selected based on their best achievement of the season, in addition to their overall performance throughout the year.

The finalists were announced in seven of the eleven categories. They are:

The RICOH Team of the Year
Team Pinkney /Team Canada - Curling - (click for picture)
Halifax Dunbrack Rooms Plus - Soccer - (click for picture)
Orenda Canoe Club Juvenile Men’s War Canoe - CanoeKayak
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The RICOH Female Individual Athlete of the Year
Olivia Feschuk - Swimming
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Adrienne Power - Athletics - (click for picture)
Whitney Lohnes - Judo - (click for picture)

The RICOH Male Individual Athlete of the Year

Richard Dalton - CanoeKayak
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Mattias Wolter - Athletics - (click for picture)
Jason Downey - Boxing - (click for picture)

The RICOH Female Team Athlete of the Year
Jamey Jewells - Wheelchair Basketball
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Genevieve Orton - CanoeKayak - (click for picture)
Danielle Parsons - Curling - (click for picture)

The RICOH Male Team Athlete of the Year
Andrew Russell - CanoeKayak
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John Mattatall - Figure Skating - (click for picture)
Jason Bailey - Football - (click for picture)

The RICOH Coach of the Year
Tanya Daniels - Athletics
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Wayne Gordon - Boxing - (click for picture)
Scott Tanner - Judo - (click for picture)

The RICOH Official of the Year
Joe Fisher - Table Tennis
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Zal Davar - Squash - (click for picture)
John Gray - Soccer - (click for picture)

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on June 4, 2011 at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel.  Additional categories to be announced on June 4th include Ricoh Association of the Year and Ricoh Sport Makes a Difference. Sport Nova Scotia and Ricoh will also recognize the Volunteers of the Year and Sponsors of the Year from each of the Provincial Sport Organizations. The evening is capped with the Sport Nova Scotia Chair’s Award, given to an individual who has had a significant impact on sport in Nova Scotia.

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About Sport Nova Scotia

Sport Nova Scotia is a voice for amateur sport that promotes the benefits of health, personal development and achievement of all participants. Sport Nova Scotia is a non-profit, non-government organization representing over 55 Provincial Sport Organizations and more then 160,000 member Nova Scotians.  

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For more information, please contact:
Carolyn Townsend
Director, Communications and Public Relations
902-425-5450 ext. 321

5516 Spring Garden Rd., 4th Floor, Halifax, NS B3J 1G6