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Sport Nova Scotia announces Finalists for the 2015 Ricoh Sport Awards
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)
The RICOH Female Individual Athlete of the Year
Ellie Black (Gymnastics)
Pamela LeJean (Para Athletics)
Michelle Russell (CanoeKayak)
The Ricoh Male Individual Athlete of the Year
Edward Walsh (Cycling)
Mark de Jonge (CanoeKayak)
Hugh Smith (Gymnastics)
The Ricoh Female Team Athlete of the Year
Jamey Jewells (Wheelchair basketball)
Jill Saulnier (Hockey)
Hannah Vaughan (CanoeKayak)
The RICOH Male Team Athlete of the Year
Mason McDonald (Hockey)
Benjamin Russell (CanoeKayak)
Paul Tingley (Sailing)
Coach of the Year
Kristin d’Eon (Snowboarding)
Jim Midgley (Hockey)
David Kikuchi (Gymnastics)
The RICOH Official of the Year
John Gray (Soccer)
Marie-Claude Gregoire (Triathlon)
Susan Rickard (CanoeKayak)
The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Saturday May 30, 2015 at the World Trade & Convention Centre. Approximately 215 awards selected by 42 different provincial sport organizations will be presented. Today’s short-list is a result of those sports’ top selections then going through another rigorous selection process across all sports.
Additional categories to be announced on Saturday include Ricoh Association of the Year and the Ricoh Sport Makes a Difference Award. 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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The majority of the company's revenue comes from products, solutions and services that improve the interaction between people and information. It is known for the quality of its technology, the exceptional standard of its customer service and sustainability initiatives. Ricoh Canada Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ricoh Americas Corporation with its head office located in Toronto, employing over 2,100 employees nation-wide. We are pioneers in the development of office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services.
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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 federation representing over 55 Provincial Sport Organizations and more then 160,000 member Nova Scotians.
The 2015 Ricoh Sport Award Winners are announced!
The 2015 Ricoh Sport Award winners for Snowboard Nova Scotia have been announced.
Snowboard Nova Scotia would like to extend our congratulations to all our award winners.
The Ricoh Sport Awards will be held at the World Trade and Convention Centre on Saturday, May 30.
The evening begins with a pre-dinner reception at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner and awards beginning at 7:00 p.m. The event will be sold out so remember to request your tickets early! Purchase tickets https://www.sportnovascotia.ca/snsreg/PublicRegistration/Register.aspx?id=2120
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Christina Retson snags 3rd at Jr Nationals Slopestlye
The Snowboard Nova Scotia Freestyle team returned home this past weekend after attending the 2015 Sportcheck Airnation National Snowboard slopestyle competetions.
Nova Scotia had four riders attend - Livy Fraser (17), Christina Retson (16), Jeremy Allen (13) and Jeremy Fraser (17).
First time national competitor Jeremy Fraser had some great training days on the open course, in sometimes challenging conditions, but pulled out some impressive runs on the open mens course placing 45th out of 59 positions. Livy suffered some unfortunate falls during open womens training and was unable to follow through with the competition.
Young gun Jeremy Allen landed an impressive run during the Junior competition placing 13th of 22 positions in his heat, and 28th out of 45 spots. This was Jeremy's first year competing out of province, and first nationals.
Christina Retson claimed her spot on the podium securing a well deserved 3rd place finish after facing tough competition from Ontario and Quebec.
Congratulations to all of our riders who competed during this event!
Snowboarder Maddie Radvanyi grabs silver at Canada Games
Nova Scotia’s snowboarders nearly helped the province triple its medal count at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C., on Tuesday.
Twenty-year-old Maddie Radvanyi captured a silver in the female parallel giant slalom and Marc Chasse of Fall River narrowly missed bronze in the male event. Nova Scotia started the day with just one bronze.
“It feels amazing,” Radvanyi said. “This is a dream come true. I’ve worked really hard for this and I’ve dreamed about this day for a long time.
“I talked a lot with my sports psychologist about it and did a lot of visualization. It was a long road but I’m so happy and proud of myself.”
Radvanyi fell to Marianne Laurin-Lalonde of Quebec in the championship race, but it was a tight run the whole way.
“It was pretty close, less than a second,” she said. “I had a good run and I’m pretty proud of it. A gold would’ve been amazing but getting silver feels great.”
MORE COVERAGE: Team Nova Scotia at the Games
Radvanyi is from Ontario but is a third-year kinesiology student at Acadia University. Her mother is from the Annapolis Valley and her grandparents live in Canning. Radvanyi trains at Martock.
“I work with Kristin d’Eon with Snowboard Nova Scotia and I owe him so much,” she said. “Nova Scotia has given me so much support throughout the three years I’ve been riding with them. I’m so happy I get to represent the province and Nova Scotia is my second home, for sure. I grew up in Ontario but I’m a native Nova Scotian through my family and I’ve spent my summers there my whole life.”
Chasse had to start his medal race at a disadvantage but nearly overcame it.
“I was happy with fourth place,” Chasse said. “I made a mistake in my run in the round before this one so that took away my chance for gold, but also I had a penalty to make up in this race. I came close to making it up, but not close enough.
“But I felt good about how it went and now we’ll move on to the next contest.”
Oceanne Jessie Creighton Tardif, Lydia MacLean and Meredith Faulkner were all eliminated in the female round of 16.
On the male side, Chasse was fourth after the qualifying round, Liam Moffat was sixth, Adam Steeves 11th and Morgan Richard Ozolins 15th.
Steeves was eliminated in the quarter-finals and Moffat and Ozolins made it as far as the round of 16.
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