EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is the last in a series of profiles highlighting this year's nominees for the 30th annual Truro Sport Heritage Society Awards Dinner tonight 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 Fgab47@gmail.com.
Outstanding Male Athlete Award (16-20)
Ben had a tremendous year in soccer.
He was a member of the Under-16 Team Atlantic becoming the first male player in Colchester County history to make an Atlantic squad at any level. He was also a provincial team member and was part of the National Training Center (NTC) Atlantic squad. This group invites the best from all provincial and senior teams to train with the National curriculum.
Ben was also the starting centre midfielder for the senior men's XFC club in the Nova Scotia Soccer League, which is primarily made up of the best players from the region. He was the youngest player in the league.
As a midfielder for the CEC Cougars he scored 20 goals in 17 games and was a pivotal player in the Cougars capturing a bronze medal in the 2013 provincial championship. His play during the 2012 season also earned him rookie of the year honours at the school's athletic awards banquet in June 2013.
Peter's level of track and field extends to international/world class competition.
Peter attended the Pan-American Junior Championships in Medellin, Columbia, where he competed in shot put and hammer finishing fifth and seventh respectively.
In 2013, he continued to produce Nova Scotia records and personal bests in shot put, indoor shot put, indoor weight throw, hammer throw, and discus.
Peter won the gold medal in shot put, and silver medals in both discus and hammer throw at the Canadian Junior Championships in St. Therese, Que. He was the Can-West 2013 rookie of the year and the University of Lethbridge male track and field athlete of the year.
Peter is a carded athlete with Athletics Canada, having achieved the necessary standards to maintain his place in the Olympic development program for the second consecutive year.
Track and field at the youth level begins at the local level, progresses to the provincial level and culminates with the annual Canadian Youth Championship, the highest possible level of competition in the youth age-class for which Drew was a competitor in 2013.
He won gold and had a personal best performance in the youth hammer throw at the Canadian championships in Langley, B.C.
Drew also won two gold medals in the provincial high school track and field championships in intermediate boys shot put, as well as discus.
As a member of the truro Lions, he was the provincial outdoor champion in youth hammer throw. As noted by his coach Paul Millman..."Drew is a fierce competitor who is never satisfied with less than his optimum performance and he has left his mark in 2013 by winning the hammer throw at the Legion Nationals as a first-year competitor in his age division."
Drew is also a member of the CEC Cougars football team.
Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year (16 - 20)
Taylor is a multisport athlete who competed for CEC in soccer, hockey and fastball.
She led both the hockey and fastball teams to Northumberland region championships with her soccer team finishing runner-up at regionals.
Those accomplishments led the way to receiving CEC's female athlete of the year award. Taylor's contribution as an assistant captain on her hockey team proved she is a leader on and off the ice. She was top forward and penalty killer as well as the power play. Leading her team with 28 points in 30 games she was often tournament MVP and received the 2013 most valuable forward award.
Taylor was also named MVP for fastball in 2013 by being both the top hitter and defensive player on the team. She played both shortstop and pitcher, important roles on any team. Taylor is a provincial calibre fastball player, who helped her CEC team win several titles, including the regional championship in 2013.
Taylor is also a quality soccer player who has filled a number of roles on the field, mainly as an attacking forward. Her skill set is varied so when CEC needed more support on the defensive line she easily switched to play a top level defensive game, even though the role was much more behind the scenes relative to her high-scoring roles in the past. Taylor's main goal, in all her sports, has been to help her team win.
Taylor is currently a rookie forward with the 2013/-14 Holland College Hurricanes female hockey team.
Kayla's level of track and field extends to International/World competition.
She competed at the Pan-American Junior Championships in Medellin, Colombia, earning a bronze medal in the hammer throw.
She also earned bronze in St. Therese, Que., at the Canadian junior championships in the same event while winning a gold medal in weight throw at the CIS indoor championships in Edmonton.
Kayla had a year of personal bests including a 56.85m hammer throw at the Sun Angel Classic, in Tempe, AZ., and a 18.24m weight throw at the CIS Championships in Edmonton, which led to winning 2013 Lethbridge female athlete of the year and CIS track and field athlete of the year.
Madison is a versatile athlete who plays several sports at an elite level.
Her coaches describe her as a hard-working individual who is always prepared, reliable and sets high standards for herself. Madison had a successful year as a member of the South Colchester Wolves slo-pitch team, winning her fifth consecutive provincial championship.
Her skills on the field have been noticed at the provincial and national level. In June, Madison was selected to the provincial under-18 fastball team and lead the team in all stats categories both offensive and defensive, with a .583 batting average, .640 slugging percentage, .990 fielding percentage, 21 stolen bases, 29 RBI's and 15 walks.
As an under ager she was one of only two fastpitch players from Atlantic Canada selected to attend the Under-19 national team selection camp for the 2013 Canadian junior ladies fastpitch team.
Madison competed at the Under-18 Canadian fastball championship, finishing second in the country with a .542 batting average while going 13 for 24. She also finished the tournament tied for first with a 1.000 fielding percentage.
Madison also excels in hockey. She was selected to the East Hants midget AAA female team and named first team all-star defenseman in the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League.
Special Olympian Award
Makalya first came to the pool with Special Olympics 13 years ago as a non-swimmer at the age of five.
She has been swimming ever since, and now is accomplished in the water, one of the stronger female Special Olympics swimmers in the province. She competes equally well in all strokes - front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.
Makayla is a hard worker and loves to learn. She wants to please her coaches and improve in all areas of her life. Often she comes to training with questions, and not just about swimming. She has a great attitude, and is gracious in thanking coaches for their help and information and even for them pushing her to work harder.
Since joining Special Olympics, Makalya's confidence has blossomed. She has a collection of medals and ribbons amassed at various meets around the province, and from the provincial Special Olympics meet held each year. She is enthusiastic about supporting teammates, and is a key cheerleader on the team.
Makalya also enjoys bowling, a sport she has participated in for four years, and has tried her hand at basketball.
She enjoys the social aspect of being involved in a team sport. She is artistic and has contributed to the Special Olympics club by creating posters, and making thank-you cards. Makalya strives to do as well as she can at everything she does. She sets a great example for all to follow.
Chair Recognition Awards
Jake Borden's name is synonymous with football and track and field in Truro and has been for about 40 years.
He has been a coach and a mentor to a generation or two of young athletes. His dedication to coaching and his athletes is the product of a pursuit of excellence from his coaches, players and himself.
As a provincial coordinator for track, Jake has logged thousands of hours and thousands of miles for his passion. From the early spring until fall, he attends track meets while sacrificing countless weekends.
During the past 14 years, Jake has been a volunteer coach for various extracurricular sports teams at Dartmouth junior high schools. He is also well respected as a swim coach.
In 2012, his Freightliners won the provincial Tier 2 championship. Jake was the glue that cemented his talented players. In 2013 they repeated as champions. But it was often the result of incredible dedication from Jake and his friend Gerry Hale working well into the night.
Jake has taught and coached more than sports. He has instilled in his charges a work ethic and a pride of work. He has given them tools in a most formative time in their lives and the positive values he leaves them with serve them well. Because he exemplifies these values and goals the society is pleased to honour Jake with the TSHS Chair Recognition Award.