Photos by Phil Matusiewicz
Special to The Guardian
These are some of the winners from the annual Sport P.E.I. Awards ceremony that took place earlier this winter at the Florence Simmons Performance Hall on the Holland College campus in Charlottetown. The ceremony occurred before restrictions were put in place due to the coronavirus (COVID-19 strain) pandemic. The recipients were recognized for their achievements during 2019.
Stories on some of the winners have already been published in The Guardian while remaining photos will be published in Thursday’s edition along with the full list of winners.
The P.E.I. Wave won the province’s first medal at the Canadian Ringette Championships, earning silver in the under-16 division in Summerside. For its accomplishment the team was recognized with the CBC P.E.I. team of the year award. Team members, front row, from left, are Addie MacPhee, Nellie Campbell, Sarah Bain, Jamie MacAulay, Sophia Jeffery and Mia Martell. Second row, Kenzy Hawkins, Tory Jayne Chapman, Emily Peters, Alexa Carpenter, Brooklyn MacInnis, Andrea Caron, Lilly MacPhee, Chloe LaBrech, Hailey Murphy and Delaney Roche. Missing from photo is Grace MacKinnon.
Curler Brett Gallant earned the Cox & Palmer senior male athlete of the year award. Gallant was preparing for the Tim Hortons Brier and was unable to attend the award ceremony. His mother, Kathie, centre, received the award on his behalf from Sport P.E.I. board member Karen MacLeod, left, and Isabelle Keeler, representing Cox & Palmer.
PCE Awards were presented to athletes who earned medals at a national or international multi-sport event. From left are Premier Dennis King, goalball’s Amy Burk, archer Kristen Arsenault, judoka Mikey Perry, swimmer Roy Paynter and Sport P.E.I. board member Kaye Kelly.
Baseball player Cole MacLaren was named Synergy Fitness and Nutrition intercollegiate male athlete of the year. He finished his NCAA career at the University of Pittsburgh in 2019. MacLaren, a catcher now in Detroit Tigers system, was at spring training and unable to attend the ceremony. From left are Nick Lund from Synergy, Cole’s father Kevin MacLaren and Sport P.E.I. board member Tom Crowell.
Moncton Wildcats’ defenceman Jordan Spence earned the D.P. Murphy Hotels and Resorts junior male athlete of the year award. The Cornwall native was a fourth-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Kings at the 2019 draft. From left are Rachel Gennis of D.P. Murphy Hotels and Resorts, Jordan’s mother, Kyoko Spence, and Sport P.E.I. board member Paul Jenkins.
Mandy Li, who has been officiating taekwondo since 2007 and has been a referee chair since 2009, was recognized with the P.E.I. Mutual Insurance official of the year award. She was noted as being instrumental in the development of officials on the Island and Atlantic Canada. From left are Myles Grady, representing P.E.I. Mutual Insurance, Li and Sport P.E.I. board member Lacey MacLauchlan.