And the nominees are...

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EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is one in a series of profiles highlighting this year's nominees for the 30th annual Truro Sport Heritage Society Awards Dinner March 6 at the Best Western Glengarry. Tickets are $40 for adults and $25 for students and are available by contacting Farida at 897-4799 or by emailing

Outstanding Female Athlete Award (15 years and under)

Erin McCavour

This 13-year-old athlete excelled in several sports in 2013 (soccer, volleyball, gymnastics and track and field).

In gymnastics, Erin has been a member of the Cobequid Spartans for the past five years. Because of her determination and work ethic, she progressed quickly through the competitive levels. She competed at Level 4 last year, attained the necessary score for the provincial championships and became provincial champion in her level (Artistic level 4 Novice).

By winning, she represented Nova Scotia at the Eastern Canadians where she achieved a personal best in her all around score and ranked first for all of Nova Scotia in her level. Based on this result, Erin was placed on the Core Canada Games team for 2015.

In other sports, Erin was a regional qualifier on the school volleyball team, soccer team, track and field team as well as running on the cross-country team.

In the summer, Erin participated with the CC Riders soccer club and qualified for the provincials and she ran summer track with the local track and field team. She is also working on becoming a coach in training for the Cobequid Spartans gymnastics program.

Karlee Burgess

This 15-year old also excelled in aseveral sports including soccer, curling and track and field.

In curling, she plays second for the Mary Fay team out of Chester Curling Club, which captured the under 18 provincial title, represented Nova Scotia at Atlantics and captured gold with a 6-0 record.

She qualified for the 2015 Canada Games curling provincial playdowns and captured the under 21 provincial championship in December. The team won 10 out of 11 bonspiels in 2013.

Karlee also skipped her junior high girls team at South Colchester to the regional banner. In soccer, she is a team leader on both her school and club teams. She led the Highland Soccer League (CC Riders 16 and under team) in scoring with 16 goals in nine games. She helped the Riders capture the gold in the Gunn Baldersson soccer tournament and to a silver medal in provincials.

In her Grade 10 year, she was a standout for SCA; she scored 23 goals of the 66 scored by SCA and lead the Wolves to a third-place finish in provincials and a 14-1-1 record.

In track and field, Karlee captured a bronze medal in the 400m in school track provincials and competed as a midget category runner in summer track. She was second in the 300me at the Legion trials and won the provincial 300m championship. She ran in the youth division at Atlantics and captured gold in the 400m. She also competed in the National Legion Track and Field Championships in the 300m, 4X100m and medley relay. She finished fourth in the medley and 5fifth in the 4X100.

Julia Schmitt

At 14, Julia was a star in soccer, cross-country running, hockey, badminton and track and field in 20130.

In hockey, she played for the Colchester Cyclones female bantam AA team as a defenseman, and her strong play in the provincial championship saw her named the tournament's top blueliner. She also won the fastest backward skater competition.

Julia was selected as one of six defensemen to represent her province on the hockey NS high performance U15 female team which participated at the Atlantic Challenge Cup. The team captured the bronze in that event and Julia captured a player of the game award in one contest.

In school sports, Julia competed for the Bible Hill junior high track and field team and participated in six events. She qualified for provincials in three events, finishing with a bronze in the javelin and an eighth-place result in the high jump.

For soccer, she captained the Huskies to a gold medal in the districts and won silver at the regional championships.

Julia also participated in cross-country running for the first time and finished 16th out of 80 at provincials.

In summer soccer she led her CC Riders to an undefeated regular season while also capturing gold at the Bruce Wagner tournament and bronze at provincials. She led the team with 27 goals in 19 games.

Outstanding Male Athlete Award (15 years and under)

Gregory McCarthy

Gregory had an outstanding 2013 competition year in track and field.

Gregory competed locally with the Truro Lions, while also throwing for the Lions at provincials and the Canadian Youth Championships.

He won silver at the 2013 NSSAF Championship in both discus and shot put. He won gold in the shot put, discus and hammer throw at the Nova Scotia midget championships in Sackville and gold at the Canadian midget championships in August in Langley, B.C. in hammer throw.

Gregory also achieved numerous personal best performances in indoor weight throw, indoor shot put, hammer throw, discus and shot put.

According to his coach, Gregory's steady improvement has allowed him to climb to the top of the provincial and national track and field scene. He proved himself a champion this year by winning the hammer throw at nationals in B.C.

Kamryn Matheson

Kamryn had a very busy 2013.

Kamryn was involved in track and field at the local level (Truro), regional level (Stellarton) and provincial level (Dartmouth) in 2013.

He competed in various events including 200m, high jump, long jump and 400m. In addition to track and field, Kamryn also had a busy summer playing baseball for the Truro Bearcats peewee AAA team. He helped the Bearcats to the Miramichi Invitational Championship and to a second-place finish in the Bluenose peewee AAA league. He ended the season leading the Bearcats in hitting with a .603 batting average.

Kamryn also was invited by the Nova Scotia champion Tri-County Rangers to represent the province at the Baseball Canada U13 Atlantic Championship in Fredericton, N.B. Kamryn also played football for the Truro peewee Blue Bombers. Kamryn returned kicks and accumulated in excess of 1,400 all-purpose yards in eight games. At the conclusion of the season, Kamryn had scored a whopping 19 touchdowns.

Matthew Sandeson

Matthew competed in several sports at Central Colchester junior high and played club volleyball with the Truro Tide U14 team.

At the district track and field championship, Matthew competed in six events and finished no worse than second in the 400m, 800m, 1500m, 100m hurdles, 4x400m relay and 4x100m relay. At regionals, he competed in those same events and won the 800m and qualified for provincials in all but the 400m.

In addition to track, Matthew also competed in beach volleyball and volleyball and was captain of the CC Riders Under-14 Tier 2A soccer team. He also captained the Central Colchester Bears soccer team, which finished second at regionals.

Matthew also is a member of the Central Colchester Ski Club and competed in the CCJHS Cross County 5K. He was male athlete of the year at CCJHS and was named MVP of the cross-country, badminton and track teams. He also received the coach's award for volleyball.

As if he didn't already have enough on his plate, he also refereed soccer and did lines for the provincial Under-12 tournament.

He was also invited to tryouts for the Under-15 provincial soccer team, and the Under-16 provincial volleyball team.

Outstanding Female Senior Athlete Award (50 and over)

Jane Richards

In her sport of tennis, Jane won the Ladies Singles 50 and over and was second in the Ladies Doubles 45 and over divisions at the Atlantic Masters Tennis Championships in Fredericton N.B.

At the Truro Tennis Club (TTC) she also won the club championship in ladies singles for the 12th consecutive time (a club record), ladies doubles (with Mary Piers) and mixed doubles (with Dane Richards).

Jane has also contributed in the sport of badminton. She was the team manager of Team Nova Scotia for the Canada Games and she also helped the CEC high School badminton team.

Outstanding Male Senior Athlete Award (50 and over)

Freeman Maxwell

Freeman Maxwell laid claim to the APEX Invitational golf title at Truro Golf Club by firing a 36-hole score of 4-over-par 146.

The Truro Heights resident nipped runner-up Darrell Maxwell by two strokes for the victory. The Apex event attracts participants from across Canada and the United States and it was an honour Freeman to take the title.

John Archibald

John was hailed as the 2013 Truro Golf Club champion in 2013.

He shot 6-over-par in the 36-hole event. John went on to compete at the provincial senior men's championship, which is a 54-hole event. He fired 3-over-par 75 on Day 1 to enter Day 2 in a five-way tie for fourth, just two strokes behind the leaders.

He recorded birdies on the par 5 fourth hole and par 4 on the ninth.

Gower Thompson

Gower, a 77 year old, placed second in his age group at the Cobequid Trail Run and captured multiple track and field medals at the Nova Scotia 55 Plus Games hosted in Colchester County.

Not only did he win the long jump, discus, 200m, 400m, 800m and claim third in the 10k run, but he garnered a lot of attention for his sportsmanship, his outgoing personality and the noise of all of the medals around his neck as he walked around the venue.

Organizations: Core Canada Games, Truro Tennis Club, Chester Curling Club Highland Soccer League AAA Central Colchester Ski Club Team Nova Scotia CEC high School Nova Scotia 55 Plus Games

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, South Colchester, Fredericton Colchester County Sackville Langley Dartmouth Tri-County CCJHS Cross Truro Heights Canada United States

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