The Niagara Sport Commission hosted the 1st Annual Sport Niagara Awards Breakfast on Thursday, June 6 at the Holiday Inn and Suites Parkway Conference Centre in St. Catharines.
Five major awards were handed out to recognize the 2012 achievements of athletes, coaches, and supporters from across the Niagara Region in various sporting disciplines. Brad Fay of Rogers Sportsnet was the Master of Ceremonies, and Jack Armstrong, Sportscaster and Basketball Analyst was the keynote speaker.
Here is a list of the award winners -Congratulations to all nominees and award winners, you are the first recipients of these awards!
Sport Niagara Female Athlete of the Year
Tonya Verbeek, Wrestling – Beamsville
Silver Medalist in Women’s Wrestling 55kg Freestyle at 2012 London Summer Olympics Finalist for the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award Most decorated female wrestler in Canadian history.
Sport Niagara Male Athlete of the Year
Anthony Romero, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – Welland
1st Place at Pan Am Tournament in Carson, California 1st Place in Ontario Winter Games in Collingwood, Ontario 1st Place at the Niagara BJJ Open in Welland 2012 Welland Male Athlete of the year.
Sport Niagara Para Athlete of the Year
Loretta Davis, Wheelchair Basketball – Thorold
Recipient of the 2012/2013 Penguin Ambassador Award Team Captain for Brock Niagara Penguins Executive member of the Niagara Accessible Sport Committee
Sport Niagara Champion of Sport
Sue Morin, Builder – St. Catharines
Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance ‘Sport Tourism Champion of the Year Award’ Finalist Founder of the Welland Sport Tourism Alliance Driving force behind the development of the Niagara Sport Commission Introduced stronger sport tourism focus within city council.
Sport Niagara Team of the Year
St. Catharines Rowing Club Coaches: Tim Dumont and Mark “Tex” Thomas Crew: Aaron Kirkey, Matt Finley, Grayson Gray, Matt Coppola, Zach Holle, Liam Knightley, Jordan Myers, Branden deCaire Coxie: Simone Pitre
Gold Medal Winners at the Row Ontario Championships for Under 19 Male Eight+ Gold Medal Winners at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta for Under 19 Male Eight+ Gold Medal Winners at the Rowing Canada Aviron Crew of the Year for Under 19 Four+