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May. 23, 2018

HALIFAX – Hockey Nova Scotia will be well-represented at Sport Nova Scotia’s Supprt4Sport Awards this weekend.
The best in sport will be recognized this Saturday, May 26 as Sport Nova Scotia hosts the 2018 Support4Sport Awards. Among them are world champions, elite officials, Olympic coaches and game-changing volunteers. 
“We have an impressive list of contenders this year,” said Jamie Ferguson, CEO of Sport Nova Scotia. “From an NBA hopeful and the most decorated gymnast in Canada to an underdog badminton player, a snowboard cross titleholder and a couple of new Olympians, we’re guaranteed to have an exciting evening.”
The Support4Sport Awards recognize the achievements of Nova Scotia’s greatest 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.

“Every single nominee should be proud of their accomplishments in sport,” says Bob MacKinnon, President & CEO of the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation. “As Nova Scotians, we’re proud to celebrate your hard work, dedication and excellence at these awards, and to support your passion throughout the year with the Support4Sport program.” All of these individual sport winners then went through a multi-level judging process to determine the overall winner for each category across all sports
Our sport is represented in four of the major categories. The 2016-17 Cape Breton West Islanders that captured Atlantic Canada’s first-ever TELUS Cup in 2017 are nominated in the Team of the Year category, while Olympian and Stellarton native Blayre Turnbull has received a nomination for Female Team Athlete of the Year. Turnbull’s Olympic women’s team coach Troy Ryan is up for the Coach of the Year Award. Drake Batherson, who scored seven goals and captured gold at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, will contend for the Male Team Athlete of the Year Award.
The Hockey Nova Scotia-ISANS New Canadians Hockey Program that introduced hockey to 30 young newcomers to Canada is also in the running for the 2018 Sport Makes a Difference Award.
The overall finalists are: 
Team of the Year 
Cape Breton West Islanders-Hockey
Team Kaitlyn Jones- Curling 
Team Georgia Lewin-LaFrance & Madeline Gillis
(PHOTO: Hockey Canada Images) 

Female Individual Athlete of the Year
Michelle Russell- Canoe Kayak
Sarah Mitton- Athletics
Ellie Black- Gymnastics 
Male Individual Athlete of the Year
Miklos Kanyasi- Badminton 
Alex Scott- Canoe Kayak
Liam Moffatt- Snowboarding 
Female Team Athlete of the Year
Kristin Clarke- Curling
Blayre Turnbull-Hockey
Teni Akindoju- Soccer

(PHOTO: Hockey Canada Images)
Male Team Athlete of the Year
Lindell Wigginton- Basketball
Justin Schofield- Softball
Drake Batherson- Hockey

(PHOTO: Hockey Canada Images)
Coach of the Year
Troy Ryan-Hockey
David Kikuchi-Gymnastics
Andrew Atherton- Curling 

(PHOTO: Troy Ryan)
Official of the Year
Mark Penfound-Canoe Kayak
Erica Ans- Table Tennis
Clinton Harvey-Softball
The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on May 26 at the Halifax Convention Centre.

Hockey Nova Scotia would like to congratulate all of our finalists on their nominations. We wish them the best of luck on Saturday.

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