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Truro Sport Heritage Society award nominee profiles

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is part of a series of profiles highlighting this year's nominees for the 30th annual Truro Sport Heritage Society Awards Dinner March 6 at the Best Western Glengarry. Tickets are $40 for adults and $25 for students and are available by contacting Farida at 897-4799 or by emailing Fgab47@gmail.com.

Outstanding Club Team Award (16 - 20 years)

CC Riders Under-16 Girls Soccer

The CC Riders Under-16 girls Tier II A team had a successful year in 2013.

They started the season by capturing the Gunn Baldursson Soccer Tournament then went on to lead the Highland Soccer League with a 9-2-1 record, outscoring their opponents 49-14. They defeated Fundy in the final to capture the Highland Soccer Championship and earned the right to represent the Highland Region at provincials. The girls played like champions at provincials bringing home a silver medal.

Truro Junior A Bearcats

The Truro Junior A Bearcats had one of their most successful, exciting, dynamic seasons in 2013.

During the regular season the team placed first in their division, with 81 points. They went on to compete in the Maritime Junior Hockey League Championship against the Summerside Western Capitals. Although they did not receive the results they were hoping for, the team showed their work ethic and determination and on May 5 the Bearcats captured their first Fred Page Cup Eastern Canadian Championship by defeating Summerside in a thrilling double overtime game. The victory earned the Bearcats a berth in their first RBC Cup national championship tournament, which was held in Summerside.

Outstanding Club Team Award (15 years and under)

CC Riders Under-14 Girls Tier 2A Soccer

The CC Riders Under-14 girls soccer team had a very successful season competing in the Highland Soccer League, at tournaments throughout the summer and in the provincial championship.

The team showed its skill and team effort in the Highland Soccer League accumulating a record of 13-0-1. Clearly the dominant team, they also captured the respect of their competition as they would not run up the scores and were courteous to the opposing players. One of the coaches in the league commented his team also looked forward to playing the Truro team which is not always the case when you are playing the top team. During the season the team entered the Bruce Wagner Memorial Tournament where the players came together against stiff competition and captured the gold medal.

Having a successful regular season and tournament play, the team finished their year at the provincial championship where they went 3-1 capturing the bronze medal.

One parent described the season well saying "the girls represented the Highland Soccer League very well demonstrating great sportsmanship."

CC Riders Under-14 Boys Tier 2A Soccer

The CC Riders Under-14 boys soccer team put together an incredible 2013 season they will remember for the rest of their lives.

With a team made up of players with a variety of skill levels, they truly understood the team concept and were able to put together an undefeated season of 19-0-1. The team competed in the Highland Soccer League where they scored 60 goals while only allowing four against, putting together a perfect record of 12-0-0.

During the season they also competed in the Bruce Wagner Memorial Tournament where they brought home the gold medal with a 1-0 win over East Hants, their current rivals who defeated this team in last year's provincial championship game.

Then it was on to the provincial championships where they were looking to avenge last year's loss and complete their dream season. The team went undefeated during the tournament scoring 17 goals with only one against and defeated East Hants 1-0 in the final.

Truro Pye Chev Peewee AAA Bearcats Hockey

The Truro Pye Chev Peewee AAA Bearcats compiled a 41-19-8 record for the 2012-13 hockey season.

They participated in five tournaments throughout the year winning gold at the Truro KFC tournament, gold at the Bill Chisholm memorial tournament in Antigonish and silver at the Spud Tournament in Charlottetown, losing a heartbreaker in overtime.

The Bearcats had a successful regular season the Mainland league finishing in second place. They went into the league tournament as a second seed and defeated the host Pictou County Crushers in a thrilling overtime victory to earn a trip to the provincial championship.

At the Provincials they capped off their impressive season with a dramatic 2-1 overtime win over the Dartmouth Whalers and went on to represent Nova Scotia at the Atlantic Championships.

The team's motto for the year was "We are family" and they proved this again and again throughout the year. Every time they faced adversity the team rallied amongst themselves and found a way to pull out the victory.

Coach of the Year Award

Mike Schmitt

Mike Schmitt represents all the best characteristics of a minor hockey coach.

He is passionate and knowledgeable about the sport, but he also knows how to have fun and teaches his teams the importance of respect and fair play. Mike coached the Truro Bearcats Pye Chev Peewee AAA team to a provincial championship. The team's overall record for the season was 41-19-8; they performed extremely well in tournaments as well as regular season games. They won the KFC tournament in Truro as well as the Bill Chisholm memorial in Antigonish. They brought home a silver medal from the 24-team Spud Tournament in PEI and the gold medal at provincials. As a result of the win at the provincial championship, Mike's team proudly represented our province as Team Nova Scotia at the Atlantic peewee AAA championships in Corner Brook, Nfld.

Mike motivates his players to realize their full potential while making it clear that having fun is also part of the game.

Scott Read

Scott Read uses his experience as a competitor to assist in his coaching. He competed in the Dalhousie Woodsmen team for four years and then went on to coach both men and women's teams for the past eight years.

Not only did both teams have undefeated seasons this year, but for the past two years both teams won the Canadian Intercollegiate Lumberjacking Association Championship. Scott also competes in the STIHL Timbersport Series and is ranked sixth.

This gives him the opportunity to work with the most talented professionals and glean the latest techniques, which he utilizes in coaching his own teams.

Jake Borden

Jake Borden has been a valuable asset to children's sport for many years.

For the past five years, Jake has been the head coach for the Truro Freightliners bantam football team.

In 2013 the Freightliners won the Tier 2 title in the bantam division of the Nova Scotia Minor Football League and repeated this again in 2013.

He is a certified coach with the Coaching Association of Canada and exemplifies the Truro Minor Football Association's values and goals.

Jake also coaches track and field and he goes above and beyond by arriving first and leaving last. He praises his athletes for their determination, but also challenges them to strive to be the best they can be.

He not only coaches athletes, he helps shape them into upstanding citizens with good morals and determination to excel.

Volunteer of the Year Award

Larry Armstrong

Larry has volunteered and/or participated in senior games locally, regionally, provincially and nationally for many years.

He is an advocate for seniors to be active. The slogan for most Games is "Fun, Fitness and Friendship," and he lives that message every day.

In 2013, Larry was a member of the Nova Scotia 55 Plus Games Committee, which brought hundreds of seniors to Colchester County for three days of sporting and recreational activities.

His wealth of experience and knowledge of Senior Games at all levels was invaluable to the successful planning and implementation of the event. Provincially, Larry has been with the Nova Scotia 55 Plus Games Society since its inception in 2005. He was on the executive committee, acting as treasurer before stepping down this past November.

In Colchester County, Larry has been the local Games co-ordinator for the last 10 years. The legacy of the Nova Scotia 55 Plus Games held in Colchester County will be felt for years to come. Some of the surplus funds are earmarked to be invested in new sporting opportunities in this region. This is due in no small part to Larry's hard work and dedication.

Wayne Colborne

Wayne has been a volunteer with the Truro Lions Throws Club for the past five years.

He has also volunteered with Athletics Nova Scotia through his role with the Truro Lions.

At the local and provincial level, he helps officiate track and field competitions. He has been a volunteer official at the Nova Scotia Track and Field Championships, as well as the Nova Scotia Canada Games Trials, and the Nova Scotia Legion Trials.

Apart from his eager willingness to volunteer his time at any level of competition, Wayne is a keen volunteer in other areas. He has utilized his welding skills to create hammer handles for training purposes, hammer wires, and measuring sticks. He has also created specific storage solutions in both indoor and outdoor facilities. Wayne is always devising new ways to improve the facilities and repair the equipment. His goal is always to help make the coaches' jobs easier and to allow for the athletes to train without interference. Wayne is one of those quiet volunteers whose efforts typically go unnoticed by all but those who are most directly affected by his level of commitment. Truly a merited nomination.

Raj Makkar

Raj embraced the spirit of volunteerism as a youth, and his commitment to helping, giving back and making peoples' lives better strengthened as the years progressed.

Raj chose the health and wellness field for his career and his first-hand experiences with those suffering from health issues have served as a springboard for his vision of healthy active communities. Raj has been Big Bike Ride organizer for the Heart and Stroke Foundation for a decade; Running and Dragon Boat Racing for Canadian Cancer Foundation promoting active living and raising money for research for many years; Hubtown Fun Run organizing committee since inception in 2006; and Heartland Tour organizer since inception in 2008.

Raj has also been active in the community in the role of soccer coach with the Bible Hill Huskies junior high girls soccer team in 2012 and 2013, as well as the CC Riders since 2003.

He coached basketball for the Colchester mini hoops from 2004 to 2009, East Court Road Boy's league 2009 to 2011, Redcliff Middle School Boys basketball team 2011-12, and also coached ball hockey from 2009 to 2011.

Raj's volunteerism is motivated by his belief to work hard in whatever you do always; embrace your family/community; and be active to stay well. We are delighted with his very worthy nomination.

Organizations: Highland Soccer League, Truro Sport Heritage Society, Maritime Junior Hockey League Summerside Western Capitals RBC Nova Scotia 55 Plus Games Committee Dartmouth Whalers Canadian Intercollegiate Lumberjacking Association STIHL Timbersport Series Nova Scotia Minor Football League Coaching Association of Canada Truro Minor Football Association Truro Lions Throws Club Nova Scotia Canada Games Trials Heart and Stroke Foundation Canadian Cancer Foundation Hubtown Fun Run organizing committee Bible Hill Huskies Redcliff Middle School Boys

Geographic location: Summerside, Highland Region, Antigonish Colchester County Charlottetown Pictou County Nova Scotia PEI Corner Brook

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