Provincial Awards

Celebrating our Athletes, Coaches, Volunteers and Supporters.

Special Olympics NL Awards

Each year Special Olympics NL recognizes its incredible athletes, coaches, and volunteers who exemplify the spirit and essence of the movement at the Special Olympics NL Awards Night.

2021-2022 Award Recipients

ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

Presented annually to two of Special Olympics NL's most outstanding athletes.

Heather Miller, CBS Brightstars

Athlete of the Year Heather Miller

 

Heather has been an athlete with Special Olympics for 15 years. As a member of the CBS Brightstars she participates in Bocce, Rhythmic Gymnastics, and 5-Pin and Ten Pin Bowling. Heather is also accomplished outside of sports where she is an athlete representative on the CBS Brightstars Executive Committee, SONL Board of Directors, and is Past Chair of the Canadian Athlete Leadership Council as well as Past Athlete Representative on the SOC Board of Directors. Heather is always there to help in any way possible, participating in all aspects of Special Olympics and welcomes opportunities to help share the impact Special Olympics has made in her life.

Megan Price, Exploits Hurricanes

Athlete of the Year Megan Price

 

Megan has been an athlete with Special Olympics for 8 years. As a member of the Exploits Hurricanes, she has participated in a total of 7 sports, 5-Pin Bowling, Curling, Bocce, Athletics, Rhythmic Gymnastics, and Snowshoeing. She also competed in both Bocce and Basketball through the Unified Sports Varsity Program. Megan loves to compete and has taken part in the Provincial Summer Games, 2017, Athletics and Provincial Winter Games, 2019, and Curling as well as being part of Team Central at the Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games.

team of the year

gina blundon award

Presented annually to the Special Olympics NL athlete who exemplifies the spirit of Special Olympics regardless of their success in competitions. This athlete shows HEART, COMMITMENT, DEDICATION and LEADERSHIP in all that they do.

Tyler Thompson, Exploits Hurricanes

Gina Blundon Award Tyler Thompson

 

Tyler has been an athlete with Special Olympics for 5 years. He takes part in Bocce and 5-Pin Bowling and is always striving to improve. Tyler has a positive attitude toward everything he does and enjoys sharing his positivity with his fellow teammates.  Tyler has a wonderful ability to engage his fellow athletes and volunteers alike with his sense of humour and friendly competition style. He is extremely friendly and his personality often seems to boost his team's morale.  He continues to challenge himself, after much practise, patience, perseverance and dedication, Tyler is now able to deliver the ball with one hand in 5-Pin Bowling, and his scores are showing great improvement.

COACHES OF THE YEAR

Presented annually to two of Special Olympics NL's most outstanding coaches.

Laura Butler, CBS Brightstars

Coach of the Year Laura Butler

 

Laura has been coaching with Special Olympics for 12 years. She is a dedicated coach in Athletics, Bocce, 5-Pin Bowling and Snowshoeing. Through her guidance athletes have been very successful in achieving personal bests and various medals for their achievements. Laura is always interacting with the athletes, demonstrating and teaching them new skills to improve their abilities and reach their personal goals. She displays enthusiasm and gives encouragement to all, making practice lots of fun!

Trevor Wicks, Exploits Hurricanes

Coach of the Year Trevor Wicks

 

Trevor has been coaching with Special Olympics for the past 5 years. He is dedicated to sports as is an Assistant Coach in Athletics and Bocce and is the Head Coach for both  5-Pin Bowling and Snowshoeing. He is also very involved in the club's weekly fitness night. Trevor is a very dependable and reliable volunteer who is always willing to learn and take on new skills. As a coach, he takes the time to get to know each and every athlete, learn their strengths and build on them. Through his coaching abilities, several athletes have earned both personal bests and medals for their achievements.

rising star coach of the year

Presented annually to Special Olympics NL's most outstanding rising star who as a new coach has had a tremendous impact on Special Olympics sport programs.

Alexandra Gamble, CBS Brightstars

Rising Start Coach Alexandra Gamble

 

Alexandra is under 25 years old and has shown her dedication to supporting our athletes as a coach with 5-Pin Bowling, Bocce and Athletics for 3 years with CBS Brightstars. She immediately built a great relationship with the athletes through her communication and supportive skills. With her enthusiasm and positive attitude, she has encouraged athletes to strive to reach new heights in their sports.

volunteer of the year

Presented annually to Special Olympics NL's most outstanding grassroots volunteer.

Gary Butler, CBS Brightstars

Volunteer of the Year Gary Butler

 

Gary has been a volunteer with Special Olympics for 14 years. He is the club registrar and has made significant contributions to improving the registration process not only with his home club but for all clubs throughout NL. Gary has also been a 5-Pin Bowling Coach with his home club and has helped many athletes over the years reach amazing achievements through his encouragement and positive approach to coaching. Gary has also played a significant role as a volunteer by assisting the development of scoring programs for both 5-Pin Bowling and Bocce which have both aided in raising the bar for Provincial Competitions.

the evan ash builder award

Presented annually to Special Olympics NL's most impactful volunteer in memory of Past SONL Board Chair Evan Ash.

Joe Tremblett, Exploits Hurricanes

Evan Ash Builder Award Joe Tremblett

 

Joe has been a volunteer with Special Olympics for the past 5 years. He has taken on the role of Head Coach in both Curling and Golf and is an Associate Coach in Snowshoeing. During the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games, Thunder Bay, ON 2022 as Provincial Team Head Coach in the sport of Curling, under Joe's guidance, the team captured Gold.  When Joe isn't actively coaching he can be seen actively involved in all aspects of Special Olympics and plays a significant role in fundraising for his home club.

presidents award

 

Previous Years Award Recipients

Athletes of the Year

year name club
2008 - 2009

Bradley Hurley

Sandra Smith

Gander Wings

Tri-Con Gentle Giants

2009 - 2010

Andrew Hynes

Ada Sheppard

Mt. Pearl 
2010 - 2011

Michael Harris

Nadia Brenton

Gander Wings

Mt. Pearl

2011 - 2012

Jeremy Mueller

Crystal Young

St. John's Explorers

Tri-Con Gentle Giants

2012 - 2013

Daniel Moores

Nikki King

Corner Brook Vikings

Corner Brook Vikings

2013 - 2014

Travis Sceviour

Floressa Harris

Kelly Adams

Mt. Pearl

Gander Wings

Mt Pearl

2014 - 2015

Jackie Barrett

Sarah Brown

Corner Brook Vikings

Gander Wings

2015 - 2016

Eleanor Hobbs

Chris Dugas

Tri-Con Gentle Giants

Bay St. George Bravehearts

2016 - 2017

Floressa Harris

Justin Dodge

Gander Wings

Grand Bank - Fortune Seahawks

2017 - 2018

Samantha Walsh

Daniel Moores

Bay St. George Bravehearts

Corner Brook Vikings

2018 - 2019

Jessica Summers

Joshua Gardner

Mt. Pearl

Exploits Hurricanes

2019 - 2020

Rhegan Robinson

Michael Budden

Tri-Con Gentle Giants

Bay St. George Bravehearts

2020 - 2021 Not Awarded  
2021 - 2022

Heather Miller

Megan Price

CBS Brightstars

Exploits Hurricanes

2022-2023    

coaches of the year

year name club
2008 - 2009

Carol Strickland

Guy Richard

Mt. Pearl

Mt. Pearl

2009 - 2010

Wally Broomfield

Carla Olford

 
2010 - 2011

Jim Moss

Sonya Anstey

Gander Wings

Gander Wings

2011 - 2012

Guy Richard

Eileen Reid

Mt. Pearl

Mt. Pearl

2012 - 2013

Doug Walters

Patricia Baker

CBS Brightstars

 

2013 - 2014

Ian Short

Dan Deschamps

Tanya Smith

 

 

Gander Wings

2014 - 2015

Norm Austin

Brittany Collins

Samantha Guitard

Gander Wings

CBS Brightstars

St. John's Explorers

2015 - 2016

Teena Adey

Paul Mercer

Gander Wings

Gander Wings

2016 - 2017

Carmel Casey

Travis Maher

Gander Wings

Mt. Pearl

2017 - 2018

Rosie Ryan

Guy Richard

Bay St. George Bravehearts

Mt. Pearl

2018 - 2019

Colleen Ryan

Grant Cudmore

Exploits Hurricanes

Gander Wings

2019 - 2020

Christina Kendall

Shawn Dean

Bay St. George Bravehearts

CBS Brightstars

2020 - 2021 Not Awarded  
2021 - 2022

Laura Butler

Trevor Wicks

CBS Brightstars

Exploits Hurricanes

2022 - 2023    

gina blundon award

year name club
2008 - 2009 Mary Ellen Murhpy Tri-Con Gentle Giants
2009 - 2010 Amanda Butt Tri-Con Gentle Giants
2010 - 2011 Craig Keeping Mt. Pearl
2011 - 2012 Brittany White  
2012 - 2013 Heather Miller CBS Brightstars
2013 - 2014

Daniel Ralph

Bradley Murphy

Gander Wings

Mt. Pearl

2014 - 2015 Melvin Hanhams Exploits Hurricanes
2015 - 2016

Crystal Young

Bradley Haines

Tri-Con Gentle Giants

 

2016 - 2017 Heather Miller CBS Brightstars
2017 - 2018 Daniel Horne Mt. Pearl
2018 - 2019 Heather Miller CBS Brightstars
2019 - 2020 Margaret MacNeil Exploits Hurricanes
2020 - 2021 Not Awarded  
2021 - 2022 Tyler Thompson Exploits Hurricanes
2022 - 2023    

team of the year

year name club
2014 - 2015 Soccer Team Mt. Pearl
2015 - 2016

Floor Hockey Team

Mt. Pearl
2016 - 2017

Curling Team

Coaches: Tanya Smith & Paul Mercer

Athletes: Daniel Ralph, Dennis Welsh, Daniel Philpott, Craig Alyward and Michael Harris

Gander Wings
2017 - 2018

Curling Team

Coaches: Joe Tremblett & Sara Pinsent

Athletes: Margaret MacNeil, Joshua Gardner, Kim O'Neill, Gary Wicks and Tony Kyritsis

Exploits Hurricanes
2018 - 2019

Curling Team

Coaches: Joe Tremblett & Sara Pinsent

Athletes: Margaret MacNeil, Joshua Gardner, Kim O'Neill, Gary Wicks and Tony Kyritsis

Exploits Hurricanes
2019 - 2020    
2020 - 2021 Not Awarded  
2021 - 2022 Not Awarded  
2022 - 2023    

volunteer of the year

year name club
2008 - 2009 Carmel Casey Gander Wings
2009 - 2010 Nannette Blake  
2010 - 2011 Allison Ash Mt. Pearl
2011 - 2012 Beverly Barbour Mt. Pearl
2012 - 2013 Joe Philpott Gander Wings
2013 - 2014 Beverly Barbour Mt. Pearl
2014 - 2015 Connie Lidstone Exploits Hurricanes
2015 - 2016 Philly O'Grady Gander Wings
2016 - 2017 Marg Byrd Gander Wings
2017 - 2018 Joe Philpott Gander Wings
2018 - 2019 Sue Horne Mt. Pearl
2019 - 2020 Melissa Tobin Mt. Pearl
2020 - 2021 Not Awarded  
2021 - 2022 Gary Butler CBS Brightstars
2022 - 2023    

presidents award

year name role
2017 - 2018 Kevin Dunphy Past Chair, SONL Board of Directors
2018 - 2019 Shirley Miller RLC Executive Member
2019 - 2020 Gail Baker CBS Brightstars Executive Member
2020 - 2021 Not Awarded  
2021 - 2022    
2022 - 2023    

rising star coach of the year

year name club
2021 - 2022 Alexandra Gamble CBS Brightstars
2022 - 2023    
     
     

evan ash builder award

year name club
2017 - 2018    
2018 - 2019 Colleen Ryan Exploits Hurricanes
2019 - 2020 Philly O'Grady Gander Wings
2020 - 2021 Not Awarded  

2021 - 2022

Joe Tremblett Exploits Hurricanes
2022 - 2023    

2020 - 2021 COVID-19 AWARDS

These awards were given out in place of our typical Provincial Award categories.

award name club
Courageous Cameron Bennett Bay St. George Bravehearts
Outstanding Matthew McCarthy CBS Brightstars
Venturesome Samantha Walsh Bay St. George Bravehearts
Impactful Heather Miller CBS Brightstars
Determined Valerie Mercer CBS Brightstars
1 "One for All, All for One" Coach, Daphne White CBS Brightstars
9 "The Whole Nine Yards" Coach, Shirley Miller CBS Brightstars