Moyse, Arendz, Bridges receive Halpenny award

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Published on April 11, 2014

Billy Bridges, Heather Moyse and Mark Arendz received the Bill Halpenny Award at Friday’s Sport P.E.I. Awards banquet. From left are Sport P.E.I. president Ron Waite, Mark’s father Johan Arendz, Moyse and P.E.I. Health and Wellness Minister Doug Currie.

Published on April 12, 2014

Squash P.E.I. received the Premier's Award as the sport organization of the year. From left are Steve Bruce, Quincy Beck, Cam Beck and Health and Wellness Minister Doug Currie.

Published on April 12, 2014

Barb Carmichael received the Sport P.E.I. President's Award from president Ron Waite.

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Derek MacEwen won the Sport P.E.I. Administrator of the Year. From left are Sport P.E.I. treasurer Ryan Innis, MacEwen and ADL rep Gail Ellis.

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Mike Jones won the P.E.I. Mutual Official of the Year award. Jones was unable to attend. From left are Sport P.E.I. vice-president Tracey Clements, Wendell Taylor, Donna Jones, Darryl Boudreau and P.E.I. Mutual rep Mark MacDonald.

Published on April 12, 2014

Scott Morrison was named coach of the year on Friday night. He was unable to attend the banquet. From left are Sport P.E.I. past-president Wendy Reid, Scott's father George Morrison and P.E.I. Mutual Insurance rep Myles Grady.

Published on April 12, 2014

The Holland College men's basketball team was named team of the year. From left are Sport P.E.I. director Todd Clark, coach George Morrison, assistant coach Josh Whitty, players Kyle Welton, Orlando Palmer, Steve Hardy, Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee and player Alvin Parker.

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Mike Gaudet won the masters award. From left are Sport P.E.I. director Paul Jenkins, Gaudet and ADL rep Gail Ellis.

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J.P. Stevenson was this year junior male athlete of the year. He was unable to attend as he is with the national junior baseball team. From left are Sport P.E.I. director Lisa Myers-Roche, Rodd Hotels & Resorts rep Mark Rodd and representing award winner  is his father Chris Stevenson.

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Hannah Taylor was the female athlete of the year. From left are Sport P.E.I. director Kaye Kelly, Rodd Hotels & Resorts rep Mark Rodd and Taylor.

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Molly Wedge won the intercollegiate female athlete of the year award. Wedge was unable to attend, but her mother Lori Grandy received the award from Sport P.E.I. board member Tom Crowell.

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Cole MacMillan, right, received the intercollegiate male athlete of the year award from Sport P.E.I. board member Tom Crowell.

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Heather Moyse was named the senior female athlete of the year. From left are Sport P.E.I. treasurer Ryan Innis, Moyse and Bell Aliant rep Heather Molyneaux.

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Mark Arendz was named the senior male athlete of the year. He was unable to attend. From left are Sport P.E.I. past-president Wendy Reid, Mark's father Johan Arendz, and Bell Aliant rep Bill Lightfoot.

Sport P.E.I. celebrates athletic excellence with 40th annual awards

A trio of Islanders who brought home medals from Sochi, Russia, earlier this year earned the Bill Halpenny Award on Friday.

Olympic bobsled gold medallist Heather Moyse, para Nordic skiing/biathlete Mark Arendz won silver and bronze at the Paralympics while Billy Bridges was part of the bronze-medal winning sledge hockey team.

The award has only been presented 14 times in the 40-year history of the Sport P.E.I. Awards and Moyse has received it three times.

“It’s an honour to be able to share receiving this award with them, but it’s also exciting,” Moyse said. “It’s exciting to think about the fact that we have three athletes that are representing this Island so well on the national stage, the international stage.”

Arendz and Moyse also shared the Lieutenant Governor’s Award. It is the first time in the 40-year history the award went to multiple people in the same year. Arendz, a Hartsville native, won the senior male athlete of the year while Summerside’s Moyse won the senior female athlete of the year.

Moyse is now a three-time winner of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award, a four-time senior female athlete, a two-time all around female athlete and once received the intermediate female award.

Some of the winners were out of the province and unable to attend. Arendz is in Nicaragua with SchoolBOX Helps building a school while junior male athlete of the year J.P. Stevenson is scheduled to pitch in an inter squad game today with Baseball Canada’s junior team in Orlando, Fla.

Some of the winners and finalists were still at university and unable to attend the banquet, which recognizes athletic excellence during the past year.

Arendz’s father Johan read a letter from Mark during the banquet at the Rodd Royalty.

Mark, who lost his arm in a farming accident when he was seven-years-old, said it has always been important for him to give back.

“I saw first-hand a community standing up to help in any way they could,” he wrote.

“The day after my accident a dozen people showed up to help to help my dad on the farm. From then on I always felt the power of community. It is the community that builds an athlete. I am honoured to be part of this community, this province. Without the start that I had on Prince Edward Island I would not have been able to achieve what I have.”

The President’s Award went to longtime field hockey volunteer Barb Carmichael while the Premier’s Award went to Squash P.E.I. as the sports organization of the year.

Scott Morrison won the coach of the year award after taking his Lakehead University men’s basketball team to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) final in 2013.

His father, George, won the award 1985. They became the first father-son combination to receive the honour. George also was part of this year team of the year recipient, the Holland College Hurricanes men’s basketball team that finished second in the country.

More on the recipients in upcoming editions of The Guardian.

 

The winners

A look at the winners from Friday’s Sport P.E.I. Awards banquet in Charlottetown.

Administrator – Derek MacEwen, curling.

Official – Mike Jones, rugby.

College Male – Cole MacMillan, UPEI soccer/hockey.

College Female – Molly Wedge, Dalhousie, swimming.

Team – Holland College men’s basketball.

Junior female – Hannah Taylor, wrestling.

Junior male – J.P. Stevenson, baseball.

Coach – Scott Morrison, basketball.

Masters – Michael Gaudet, distance running.

Senior Male – Mark Arendz, paranordic biathlon.

Senior Female  - Heather Moyse, rugby and bobsleigh.

President’s Award – Barb Carmichael, field hockey.

Premier’s Award – Squash P.E.I. 

Lieutenant Governor’s Award – Mark Arendz and Heather Moyse. 

Bill Halpenny Award – Mark Arendz, Heather Moyse and Billy Bridges.

 

Organizations: Holland College, Nordic, Lakehead University

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Sochi, Russia Harstville Nicaragua Orlando, Fla. Charlottetown

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