Sport Newfoundland and Labrador Announces Winners for the
Provincial Annual Awards via Video and Social Media
ST. JOHN’S – Sport Newfoundland and Labrador has announced the winners for this year’s Provincial Annual Awards. While the Annual Awards Gala will not be taking place in 2020 due to challenges presented by COVID-19, a celebratory video has been launched this evening to acknowledge and pay tribute to these athletes.
“Sport NL’s annual awards celebrate the highest level of sporting achievement in Newfoundland and Labrador. This year, we had to change the way we do things and use technology and social media to help honor the exceptional athletes who are helping put this province on the map.” said Doug Fowler, President, Sport Newfoundland and Labrador.
“Recognizing these deserving athletes makes us very proud and we were determined to not let this year pass us by, regardless of the current health crisis.
The Provincial Annual Awards recognize the best athletic achievements in the past year. The Awards comprise nine categories: Senior Male and Female Athlete of the Year, Junior Male and Female Athlete of the Year, Coach of the Year, Team of the Year, Executive of the Year, Official of the Year and Volunteer of the Year. Three finalists from each category have been selected by Sport Newfoundland and Labrador’s selection committee, from a list of nominees. The list of winners can be found below and their biographies are in the backgrounder attached.
Junior Female Athlete of the Year (Margaret Davis Memorial Award): Shailynn Snow of Bay Roberts (Hockey)
Junior Male Athlete of the Year (Joseph P. Mullins Memorial Award): Campbell Clarke of St. John’s (Rugby)
Executive of the Year (Graham Snow Memorial Award): Gary Corbett of Holyrood (Softball)
Volunteer of the Year (Frank W. Graham Memorial Award): Bob Godden of St. John’s (Gymnastics)
Coach of the Year (John Drinkwater Memorial Award): Jeff Thomas of St. John’s (Curling)
Team of the Year (Edward P. Browne Memorial Award): The Galway Hitmen of St. John’s (Softball)
Official of the Year Award: Ryan Garland of St. John’s (Baseball)
Senior Female Athlete of the Year (Elizabeth Swan Memorial Award): Maria Htee of St. John’s (Powerlifting)
Senior Male Athlete of the Year (Ferd Hayward Memorial Award): Liam Hickey of St. John’s (Para Hockey)
Sport Newfoundland and Labrador will be celebrating this year’s Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame Inductees at a later date. The hope is that the community will have the opportunity to physically come together when it is safe to do so.
“The Stars and Legends Awards celebrates the accomplishments of Newfoundland and Labrador’s sport community,” said Troy Croft, Executive Director of SportNL. “It’s about paying tribute and preserving their legacy to inspire future generations. While we can’t physically be together this year, this video will create an opportunity to honor the winners and hopefully come together in a virtual space.”
Sport Newfoundland and Labrador is a volunteer organization committed to the promotion and advancement of amateur sport throughout the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.