The Brantford Sports Council has announced the finalists for the 2022 Sports Awards ahead of their 17th annual Sports Awards and Recognition Celebration on Saturday, March 11 at the Sanderson Centre.
The organization said that they received a record number of nominations in all 9 categories as all groups have been working to develop post pandemic participation in training and development programs, events and tournaments.
The Brantford Sports Council’s annual Awards & Recognition program engages some 20 youth sport groups and represents one of the BSC’s major community engagement initiatives held during the year.
There are a variety of other activities planned throughout the day as they also kick off the “Celebration of Youth Sports Week” that runs from Saturday, March 11 to Saturday, March 18.
Planned activities throughout the day will provide the opportunity for youth sport groups and community partners to showcase their organizations while engaging athletes, volunteers and families representing their sport and sports organization.
The Awards being presented are as follows:
The Kevin Finney Memorial Award – Sportsmanship and Dedication
Angela Marina, Swimming
Dylan Campbell, Track & Field
Hunter Payne , Swimming
Jessica La Ronde, Softball
The Phyllis Gretzky Memorial Award – Female Youth Leadership
Cassidy Chapin, Multi-Sports
Halayna Montrichard, Swimming
Josie MacLean, Multi-Sports
Julia Hesner, Multi-Sports
Marissa Wheeler, Artistic Swimming
The Frank Bricker Memorial Award – Male Youth Leadership
Carter Scheffel, Swimming
Hunter Ballantyne, Baseball
Isaac Cherewka, Football
Myles Thompson, Multi Sports
The Dave Levac Award – The Award of Excellence for Sports Officiating
DJ McQueen, Hockey
Jim Chmiel, Basketball
Shannon Scheffel, Aquatics
Sue Grinton, Hockey
The John Macklin Memorial Award – Coach of the Year
Dan Brown, Football
Sarah Marckesano, Baseball
Steve Petrella, Basketball
Stu Monture, Lacrosse
The George Churchill Memorial Award – Sports Volunteer of the Year
Connie Martin, Artistic Swimming
David Herriot, Football
Sandra Gagne, Community Hockey
Tina Hedley, Volleyball
The Jack Calbeck Memorial Award – Lifetime Sports Sponsorship
Cowan Insurance Group
The George Jones Memorial Award – Lifetime Sports Volunteerism
Rick & Sandy Beedham, Volleyball
Suzanne Paulins, Aquatics
Thom Foster, Hockey
The Jimmy Wilkes Memorial Award – Team of the Year
BCI Junior Boys Rugby Team
Brantford Bobcats Girls U15 Softball Team
Brantford CYO Girls U15 Basketball Team
Brantford Red Sox 12U Baseball Team
The Community Ambassador Award and the Frank Tomlin Memorial Award for Sportsperson of the Year will also be presented.
“Come out and be part of the “VOICE FOR SPORTS” and celebrate the achievements of our athletes, teams, officials, volunteers and community partners who continue to make a difference in our community,” the sports council said. “Wear your favourite sports attire and join us for a fun-filled event.”
A flag raising at Harmony Square will take place at 9 a.m., before doors open at the Sanderson Centre at 10 a.m. and the awards ceremony kicks off at 11 a.m.