Congratulations to all 2018 CCNS Award Winners and Nominees!
On May 26th Sport Nova Scotia will honour athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and corporate supporters from across the province at the annual Support4Sport Awards.
Cross Country Nova Scotia is very proud of the award winners and all of the nominees for the awards, who have all made tremendous contributions to cross country skiing in our province.
Support for Sport Awards
Volunteer(s) of the Year: Maurice Curtis and Michael Shaune Fitzgerald
Peter Duram (Cape Breton Nordic): Peter was instrumental in CBN’s inaugural year for development of trails and facilities for cross country skiing and snowshoeing in North Sydney. Peter has served on CBN Board of Directors where his business background and mechanical expertise helped establish the club for the coming years.
Maurice Curtis and Michael Shaune Fitzgerald (North Highlands Nordic): Maurice Curtis and Michael Shaune Fitzgerald work as a team to maintain and groom the trails at the North Highlands Nordic Ski Club. The excellent quality of the trails at NHN is a testament of the countless hours that Maurice and Michael Shaune have spent grooming the trails from December through April each year as well as maintaining the trails during the off-season. Maurice also does maintenance work on the Piston Bully groomer and Michael Shaune also volunteers as an instructor with youth ski programs. Both men plan their lives from December through March each year to be available to groom trails.
Coach of the Year: Kate Scallion
Lilla Roy (Cape Breton Nordic): In Winter 2018 Lilla played multiple coaching roles – instructing the Beginner Lessons and ‘Learn to Loppet Series’ at Cape Breton Nordic as well as leading efforts to develop Para-Nordic opportunities in Nova Scotia and is developing her coaching certification for the 2019 Canada Winter Games.
Kate Scallion (Halifax Nordic): Throughout the past year, Kate coordinated and led weekly rollerski practices and dryland training workouts for members of the provincial ski team. Her workouts were always both targeted and fun – even in high winds and pouring rain. Kate also led weekly classes for young racers and recreational skiers for Halifax Nordic Ski Club through the winter – with and without snow.
Official of the Year: Linda Murray (North Highlands Nordic Ski Club)
Linda Murray is a tour de force in the North Highlands Nordic Ski Club and the Nova Scotia cross country ski community. This year she played multiple roles, including chief race official for the 2018 NS Provincial Championships and the North Highlands Nordic Loppet. Her work as chief official included setting up race registration on Zone 4, recruiting and training volunteers, liaising with the trail crew to groom the race course, coordination of the race timing system and posting results. Her responsibilities this year were even more challenging than in past years as snow had to be trucked to the race course.
Corporate Sponsor of the Year: The Links at Brunello
Seaview Golf and Country Club (Manager: Dave “Pik” MacNeil): Seaview Golf and Country Club has been instrumental in the early development and establishment of the Cape Breton Nordic Club with access to trails for grooming as well as the provision of space for meetings, equipment storage, lessons and special events. The staff and board of Seaview are community minded and are playing a key role in providing opportunities for healthy outdoor activity here in Cape Breton.
The Links at Brunello (Manager: Miles Mortenson): The Links at Brunello has been instrumental in providing Halifax Nordic Ski Club (HNSC) with its new principal cross-country skiing venue. They have embraced the sport and have provided logistical and employee support to help groom trails, develop an artificial snow-making capability and opened their clubhouse for events and training programs. Miles Mortensen and his staff at Brunello have consistently demonstrated their strong commitment to HNSC and are firm believers in cross-country skiing as an excellent way for people to stay active during the winter months
Female Athlete of the Year:
Maggie McClure (Halifax Nordic, NS Ski Team, Carleton Ravens Ski Team)
Male Athlete of the Year:
Colin Ward (Halifax Nordic, NS Ski Team, Carleton Ravens Ski Team)
Freda Wales Award
(in recognition of the contributions of a woman to cross country skiing in Nova Scotia):
Linda Murray (North Highlands Nordic)
Brian Scallion Award
(to the fastest overall female and male skiers in the 2018 Provincial Championships):
Fiona McClure and Stuart Harden
Sue Hill Award
(to the member of the provincial ski team who has demonstrated the greatest improvement in race results over the previous year)