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Sport Newfoundland and Labrador presents 2017 Provincial Annual Awards, adds inductees to Sports Hall of Fame

April 9, 2017

St. John’s, NL – Sport Newfoundland and Labrador presented nine provincial awards and inducted three individuals into the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame at its 10th annual Stars and Legends Awards Gala on Saturday night.
“Newfoundland and Labrador has exceptional sporting talent in every corner of the province with athletes, teams, coaches and volunteers who continually excel in their chosen areas,” said Doug Fowler, President, Sport Newfoundland and Labrador. “Our annual Stars and Legends Awards Gala once again showcased and celebrated that talent and the numerous contributions these individuals have made to strengthen amateur sport in our province.”
More than 300 people attended the event at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland to honour the best athletic achievements of 2016. Sport Newfoundland and Labrador’s award selection committee chose the 2017 recipients from a list of nominees compiled by 18 member organizations from across the province. The 2017 provincial annual award recipients are:

• Senior Female Athlete of the Year: Heather Healey (Baseball)
• Senior Male Athlete of the Year: Sean Cleary (Softball)
• Junior Female Athlete of the Year: Camryn Bonia (Athletics)
• Junior Male Athlete of the Year: Liam Hickey (Wheelchair Basketball/Sledge Hockey)
• Executive of the Year Award: John Cowan (Rugby)
• Volunteer of the Year: Shane Dunphy (Soccer)
• Coach of the Year: Noel Strapp (Wrestling)
• Team of the Year: Team Gushue (Curling)
• Official of the Year: Ryan Garland (Baseball)

*Biographies for each of the recipients below.

Sport Newfoundland and Labrador also paid tribute to the three 2017 Hall of Fame inductees as part of the gala event with an official induction ceremony. The inductees were selected by the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame Board of Governors and previously announced in February. The 2017 Sports Hall of Fame inductees are:

• Gerald Lomond in the “Builder” category (Gymnastics)
• Rod Snow in the “Athlete” category (Rugby)
• Glenn Stanford in the “Athlete/Builder” category (Soccer/Basketball/Hockey)

The Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame recognizes and honours individuals on the basis of playing ability, sportsmanship and character who have achieved extraordinary distinction in any sport, whether that be achieved in amateur and/or professional athletics.
“It is our honour to recognize these accomplished and dedicated athletes, teams and individuals through the Stars and Legends Awards Gala,” added Fowler. “I extend sincere congratulations to our 2017 award recipients and all finalists on their achievements and hard work over the past year.”
Sport Newfoundland and Labrador is the volunteer organization committed to the promotion and advancement of amateur sport throughout the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Sport Newfoundland and Labrador represents 55 provincial sport organizations and more than 70,000 individual members, offering a broad range of programs and services.

2017 Provincial Annual Awards – Recipients’ Biographies

Senior Female Athlete of the Year - Elizabeth Swan Memorial Award
Heather Healey (Baseball)
2016 highlights for baseball’s Heather Healey from Paradise included competing at Baseball Canada’s Senior Women’s Nationals and at three international events. Selected to the U20 team for the International Cup in the Dominican Republic, she was the starting pitcher in the championship game and was credited with the win, helping Canada claim the championship. Heather’s strong performance at the Senior Nationals led to her being named to the Senior Women’s National Team competing at the World Cup in Korea. As a starting pitcher she pitched 3 1⁄3 innings and helped the team to Canada’s best-ever second place finish for the Silver medal.

Senior Male Athlete of the Year- Ferd Hayward Memorial Award
Sean Cleary (Softball)
Harbour Main native Sean Cleary enjoyed another successful season on the softball diamond in 2016. In the St. John's Senior Men's Fastpitch League, Sean finished the regular season with the lowest earned run average (1.82), became the seventh pitcher in senior league history to record 1500 career strikeouts, tossed his second career senior league no-hitter, led his Kelly's Pub Molson Bulldogs to their fourth consecutive senior league title, was named playoff MVP for the fourth consecutive year and was named the senior league player of the month in September. As a member of the Galway Hitmen, Sean captured his fifth consecutive Canadian Senior Men's National title, was named top pitcher of the qualifying round and was named top player (playoff MVP) of the championship round for the third consecutive year. Sean and his 2 teammates made history becoming the first team/province to win five consecutive (2012-2016) Canadian Senior Men's National crowns. Sean finished 2016 with a 36-6 Record, 1.57 Earned Run Average, 568 Strikeouts, seven shutouts and one No-Hitter in 285.2 Innings Pitched.

Junior Female Athlete of the Year- Margaret Davis Memorial Award
Camryn Bonia (Athletics)
A Grade 9 student from MacDonald Drive Junior High, Camryn Bonia has represented the province nationally in both soccer and athletics. She played on the U14 soccer team finishing fourth at Nationals in Moncton and ran a personal best for first place in the 800 metre at the Hershey Indoor Nationals in Montreal. Camryn also set a provincial record in the 800 metre with both these performances as an underage athlete in the Youth Category. She was voted top Female Athlete at Pearlgate Track and Field for the third year in a row.

Junior Male Athlete of the Year- Joseph P. Mullins Memorial Award
Liam Hickey (Wheelchair Basketball/Sledge Hockey)
Hailing from St. John’s and a graduate of O’Donel High, Liam Hickey’s highlight last year was representing our province and country in the sport of Wheelchair Basketball at the Rio Paralympic Games. He also participated in the World Sledge Hockey Challenge and was awarded St. John’s Male Athlete of the Year. Liam was named to the Junior and Senior National Wheelchair Basketball Teams, and the Men’s National Sledge Hockey Team, a first on both counts for an athlete from this province.

Executive of the Year- Graham Snow Memorial Award
John Cowan (Rugby)
Newfoundland Rugby Union president, John Cowan has had a successful year growing rugby across the province. From grassroots programs to hosting international games, Cowan worked diligently to ensure the proper rules and regulations are implemented in games, tournaments and championships. John has successfully developed the sport by introducing Flag Rugby to schools when he provided kits so all children would have the opportunity to try the game. He was successful in attaining grant funding used to purchase Rookie Rugby kits and introduced programs to local clubs. As the voice for Newfoundland and Labrador at the National level, he is a true advocate for the game and ensuring the programs allow as many young athletes to compete at the age-grade levels as possible. John was one of the key components ensuring that the Age-Grade Rugby Canada National Festival is making a return this year as a provincial competition increasing the number of players from our province.

Volunteer of the Year- Frank W. Graham Memorial Award
Shane Dunphy (Soccer)
In 2016, Shane Dunphy of Marystown took on many roles and wore many hats while promoting the sport of soccer in his home region and throughout the province. Dunphy had an extremely busy year in 2016 having worked with the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association and the Burin Peninsula Soccer Association at the executive, manager and director levels. He was chairman of the Burin Peninsula Soccer Association Hall of Fame Committee; Assistant Coach for the 2017 Men’s Canada Games Team; Regional Technical Director for the Burin Peninsula Soccer Association; High School 4A Soccer Convener; and, Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association Referee and Assistant Referee at the senior, youth and high school levels. Dunphy devoted himself to volunteering and the sport of soccer benefited from his dedication.

Coach of the Year- John Drinkwater Memorial Award
Noel Strapp (Wrestling)
Wrestling Coach, Noel Strapp has trained his athletes and worked with them relentlessly during 2016. He has inspired and motivated them to reach their goals. In 2016, Noel’s successes can be measured through his athletes who succeeded in competing at the provincial, national and international levels. Noel had a remarkable turnout at the national level where his athletes won two silver medals and one gold medal. Internationally, Noel coached at the Ontario Cup, the Bucharest Invitational in Romania, and the Jovenes Promenas in Murcia, Spain. While Noel has ensured remarkable achievements in the sport of wrestling, he is also known by his athletes for providing access to a variety of sports while guaranteeing inclusiveness.

Team of the Year - Edward P. Browne Memorial Award
Team Gushue (Curling)
It was a season to remember for the Brad Gushue curling team of Mark Nichols, Brett Gallant and Geoff Walker from the Bally Haly Golf and Curling Club. Team Gushue were one of the top teams on the World Curling Tour with a staggering 109-21 win-loss record. They won the Rogers Grand Slam Cup, awarded to the team with the most bonus points over the course of the season and finished second on the Order of Merit to Mike McEwen of Manitoba.

Official of the Year Ryan Garland (Baseball)
In 2016 Ryan Garland of St. John’s facilitated at five baseball officials clinics throughout the province with over 120 total participants attending. He umpired over 60 games in the local St. John’s Amateur Baseball season that led all umpires in games officiated. At the Provincial level Ryan umpired in the 2016 Senior Club Championship in Corner Brook followed up by the Senior B Provincials also held in Corner Brook as well as both the Junior and Senior Provincial Finals. Ryan was also selected to represent the province on two separate occasions at Baseball Canada National Championships including the Baseball Canada 15U National Championships held in Summerside, PEI and the 13U National Championships held in Mount Pearl. For his efforts he earned recommendations to umpire at the 2017 18U National Championships and a future Crew Chief at National Championships. In 2016, Ryan learned that he was one of three people in all of Canada recommended by Baseball Canada’s Umpire Development Committee to become a baseball Canada Umpire Supervisor.

2017 Hall of Fame Inductees Biographies

Gerald Lomond – Builder Category (Gymnastics)
Gerald Lomond was one of the pioneers for the sport of Gymnastics in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. His involvement began in the 1960’s when he was one of three founding members of a provincial Gymnastics association and the founder of a gymnastics club in Gander. A physical education teacher at Gander Academy, Lomond saw a chance in 1969 to purchase gymnastics equipment to create a school-based gymnastics program for his school. He was enthusiastic to work with a sport where elementary aged children could participate competitively. His interests intensified and led him to travel outside the province to gain knowledge and training through various workshops and clinics. As the sport was getting organized in Newfoundland, his dedication and willingness to travel, learn and earn certifications helped kick-start gymnastics in Newfoundland and Labrador. Lomond became an advocate for new coaches and clubs, he gave his time to those looking to further the sport and instilled a culture of development and loyalty in members that is still evident today as many of his club members have taken on lead roles in the provincial gymnastics association. Under Lomond’s leadership the gymnastic club in Gander is the longest continuous running club in our province. The club has helped foster many athletes while also opening its doors so all children could participate. He fostered a culture of giving back and encouraged an atmosphere, which included volunteerism at a young age. Free programming was offered to recreational athletes by requiring competitive athletes to assist with coaching at the beginner levels. Gander did not charge registration fees for participants until the late 1970’s and even then he tried to maintain a low cost so all children had the opportunity to learn the sport. Lomond was determined to spread Gymnastics around the province and he found the ways to do so. This effort resulted in him being responsible for developing five gymnastics clubs on the island portion of the province. As an advocate for gymnastics, he would travel to communities providing gymnastic displays and encouraging parents, recreational facilities and physical education teachers to start clubs in their communities. Port aux Basques, Glovertown, and Grand Falls all began successful clubs under Lomond’s mentorship, clinics to train coaches, organizing volunteers and regular consultations. When the Newfoundland and Labrador Games concept started in 1976 Lomond lobbied for the sport of Gymnastics to be one of the sports in the first 1978 provincial Winter Games. The sport was accepted into the games program and Lomond was named the sport’s convenor. This led to the creation of a new gymnastics club in Lewisporte and Clarenville when those communities were the host site for the Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games. Lomond advocated for provincial grants to ensure that Lewisporte and Clarenville had equipment ahead of their prospective games hosting. He helped to train coaches, select equipment, supported parents and provided advice for starting clubs. His determination led to the Towns of Lewisporte and Clarenville successfully starting gymnastics clubs and developing teams for the hosting of the Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games.
With so many clubs established Lomond continued to work with the development of the sport. As the provincial Women’s Technical Chairperson for several years, he was a leader in the development of the first set of Atlantic Canadian Women’s Technical rules used to govern Atlantic Canadian Championships. He also adopted the USA compulsory program to ease development and make beginner coaching and judging easier for those being introduced to the sport. He held many roles over the years including Women’s Judging Chair, Provincial Judging Clinician and Men’s Technical Chairperson. Lomond was one of the first certified NCCP clinicians for Gymnastics in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador and he was also instrumental in developing the province’s first gymnastics’ officials and judges. Lomond was ahead of his time pushing for videotapes for training purposes so distribution of routines with script and scoring with regulations was easily accomplished. During the first three decades that gymnastics was developing in our province Gerald Lomond was a lead coach, official, and executive member who can be credited with many firsts for his sport. His efforts helped foster Gymnastics development and contributed to the success of its athletes and clubs in this province. For his contribution to the success of gymnastics in his hometown Lomond was inducted into the Gymnastics Newfoundland and Labrador Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Gander Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.

Rod Snow – Athlete Category (Rugby)
As one of the most prolific front row players to ever represent Canada, Rod Snow has enjoyed an illustrious Rugby career that spanned four decades. In 1989, a nineteen-year-old Snow represented Canada in the annual fixture against the US Collegiate All-Stars and became a member of the Canadian Developmental Team. In 1991 the Canadian Developmental Team did a tour of New Zealand playing in all five fixtures. By 1994, Snow had earned his first senior Cap at hooker against Argentina. In all 62 Caps for Canada Rod Snow played in all front row positions scoring seven tries. This feat made Snow the most capped dedicated front row player to ever play for Canada. His world-class skills lead him to Canada’s formidable scrum, playing in the 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2007 World Cups. His skills lead him to play professionally beginning in 1995 for Eastern Province starting in all six Currie Cup matches. Later that year, he signed with Newport RFC (later known as the Gwent Dragons) where he played with this club for ten years. Snow scored thirty tries in 150 matches with Newport, the most of any front row player in the 140-plus-year history of the club. His skills helped his team become the Welsh Cup champions in 2001. His Newport accolades include being awarded the Player of the Year Award in 1997 and 2003; and his Testimonial Dinner in 2005 for ten year’s service - raising 20,000 pounds sterling for various Welsh charities. In 2016 Snow was honoured by being inducted into the Newport Rugby Hall of Fame. Following his retirement from professional Rugby, Snow returned home to Newfoundland and played with the Newfoundland and Atlantic Rock for six seasons. He was an integral part of the National Championship wins in 2006, 2007 and 2010. Other honours for Snow included having played for the Barbarians versus Wales in 1996 and versus east Midlands in 2003; played for the World XV in their match against Argentina in 1999; named the #3 prop in the world, as rated by World Rugby Magazine, October 1999 and he was named as British Writers’ Player of the Year in 2005. In 1995 Snow was named Newfoundland and Labrador’s Senior Male Athlete of the Year. Rod Snow’s on-field reputation for uncompromising physicality, tenacity and world-class skills, combined with the record number of appearances for Canada and other Rugby clubs clearly identifies him as an outstanding athlete. These traits exemplify an important era in Canadian Rugby at a time when Canada competed internationally at a very high level and won many tests against higher-ranked countries. In late January 2017 Rugby Canada announced that Rod Snow was one of a select group to be named to Rugby Canada’s Hall of Fame. That ceremony will take place later this year. There is no doubt that Rod Snow’s success with Rugby has been and will continue to have a source of inspiration for the many generations of rugby players and fans to follow.

Glenn Stanford – Athlete/Builder Category (Soccer/Basketball/Hockey)
Glenn Stanford was a skilled athlete who enjoyed exceptional success in the sports of soccer and basketball. As a member of the Holy Cross and Memorial University Soccer Teams he was a natural leader who was extremely effective on defense with great passing skills and outstanding offensive abilities. He played a major role in the overall success that Holy Cross achieved in provincial and St. John’s competition and was a valuable member of the 1979, 1983, 1984 and 1985 Holy Cross clubs that won the provincial championships. His skills proved very valuable for the Holy Cross teams that won the St. John’s championships in 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983 and 1985. He was also a very valuable member of the Memorial University Male Varsity Soccer Team in 1979 and 1980.
Stanford also excelled at basketball during a twenty-year career overflowing with team and personal achievements making him one of the most outstanding basketball players produced within Newfoundland and Labrador. Due to his great ball handling skills and an impressive knowledge of the game Stanford was able to successfully compete at the University and National levels. From 1977 to 1980 Stanford was captain of the Memorial University Varsity Basketball Team, winning MVP selections at Provincial and Atlantic tournaments. He was a first team all-star at the Nova Scotia College Tournament and his overall contributions to sport at MUN earned him membership into the University’s Athletic Honours Society. Stanford was an excellent athlete but he also played the role of coach. He was assistant coach for the provincial Men’s Basketball Team that competed in the 1981 Canada Summer Games in Thunder Bay. He also coached the Newfoundland and Labrador Junior Men’s Team at the Canadian Championships.
With multiple athletic accomplishments, Stanford continued his career moving into Hockey as a high level administrator. He began his hockey involvement as Executive Director of the Newfoundland and Labrador High School Athletic Federation. He continued on as Manager of the St. John’s Memorial Stadium and made his way to the American Hockey League. Stanford’s was named top CEO in 2002 and 2012 and he is one of only four people in the 81- year history of the league to earn this honour twice. Stanford led an extremely successful St. John’s Maple Leafs and St. John’s Ice Caps hockey operations. His leadership played a major role in the Ice Caps recording 127 consecutive sell-out crowds at Mile One. His abilities in promotion and marketing were recognized as early as 1997 when he received the Ken Mackenzie Award for the AHL Executive with the best promotion in a local market. He has received many professional honours including the 2005 Thomas Ebight Award for career contributions to the AHL, the 2004 Special Olympics Sports Celebrities Festival National Volunteer of the Year and two other honours in 2004 including the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals for significant contributions to Canada and the James C. Hendy award from the AHL for Outstanding League Executive Performance. The manner in which he conducted himself as a General Manager within the American Hockey League with several teams, earned him induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. In 2011 the opportunity to bring an AHL franchise back to St. John’s was up for discussion. Stanford’s ability and reputation were crucial in negotiations and were a major factor as the Ice Caps came fully prepared for a successful season in St. John’s.
Stanford has been an outstanding Athlete and Sports Administrator. His tremendous performances have been recognized on many occasions for his skill and professionalism. Stanford is a member of the Provincial Hockey, Basketball and Soccer Hall of Fames as well as the St. John’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Glenn Stanford has had tremendous success in soccer, basketball and hockey and has made outstanding contributions to sport within the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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