Nova Scotia’s Top Athletes Honoured at the 2023 Support4Sport Awards 

Halifax (Saturday May 27, 2023) – The greatest in the Nova Scotia amateur sport sector were recognized tonight as Sport Nova Scotia revealed the winners of the 2023 Support4Sport Awards at the Halifax Convention Centre. Over 200 awards were given to the province’s top athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, and community sport organizations. 

The Support4Sport Awards recognize the achievements of Nova Scotia’s top athletes, teams, coaches, officials and volunteers in amateur sport over the past year. Each of the finalists were nominated by their provincial sport organization as the best in their sport. Their achievements were judged through a multi-level selection process that considers their complete athletic performance throughout the year, as well as their top achievement of the season. 

OVERall winners

(across all sports)​

Sport Makes a Difference Award

Chair Award

Sport Makes a Difference

Halifax RFC

Pride Rugby Ignite Soccer Newcomers Program

The Speedy Kids Community Skate at the Oval Program

Official of the Year

Soccer- Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (Halifax)

Coach of the Year

Gymnastics – David Kikuchi (Fall River)

Team of the Year

Canoe-Kayak-Craig Spence & Bret Himmelman

Junior Male Athlete of the Year

Karate- Gassan Alkurdi (Halifax)

Junior Female Athlete of the Year 

Taekwondo-Raya Mae Porter (Wellington)  

Senior Male Athlete of the Year

Canoe Kayak – Ben Brown (Dartmouth)

Senior Female Athlete of the Year

Gymnastics- Ellie Black (Halifax)

Chair Award

Ron Shaw

Support4Sport Awards Judging Process 

Provincial sport organizations submit one nominee per category. These are the provincial sport organization winners. Winners for each sport can then go forward for the overall award in the same category (across all sports). There were two committees who reviewed all of the selections.   The volunteer judging committees are comprised of leaders of the Provincial Sport Organizations, representatives from the Canadian Sport Institute Atlantic, members of the media, Sport Nova Scotia’s board of directors and community sport stakeholders.

The first committee looked at the nominee’s most outstanding performance of the past year-worth 60% of the nominee’s overall score. The top five candidates in each category advanced to the second committee. Members of the second committee looked at the whole picture, the year overall, past successes, obstacles, the competitive field and any other outstanding considerations. The second committees mark was worth the other 40% of the nominee’s overall score.  

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