EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is the first 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 Fgab47@gmail.com.
Outstanding Male Athlete Award (21 - 50)
William, who has just completed his B.Sc. in Kinesiology and is now pursuing medicine, was a member of the Dalhousie Tigers track and field team in 2013.
He was also named to Nova Scotia's Canada Games track team, competing in the 800m and the 4x400m relay. He was the only Colchester County athlete to medal at the event, which was held in Sherbrooke, Que., in August, bringing home bronze in the relay.
William also achieved personal bests in the 400m and 800m and anchored the relay team, helping the group to break a pair of provincial records.
2013 was a successful year for Jake. Competing at the Brazilian National championship, he ranked eighth in the world among middleweights at the black belt level. He is the only Canadian ranked in the top 100.
Jake also won two Brazilian National titles and three titles in San Diego, Chicago and Florida. Jake travels the world to compete at this level and lives for months at a time in Brazil, known as the hotbed of the jiu-jitsu world.
But when Jake is home he always makes time to teach classes at Marmac athletics and is deeply interested in the growth of the sport at home. By hosting the first large tournament in Nova Scotia, Jake laid the groundwork for the successful annual Marmac Tournament of Champions in Truro as well as developing the Maritime Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament circuit.
P.J. became a world champion again in 2013.
The 23-year-old helped team Canada to a men's world ball hockey title in Toronto last summer with a 7-1 victory over the United States in the final.
Canada jumped out to a 3-0 lead by the end of the opening period and was leading 6-1 after 40 minutes before adding a final tally in the third. The Canadians, after going 2-0-2 in the round robin defeated Great Britain 6-3 in the semi-final after cruising to an 8-1 win over Slovakia in the quarter-final.
As a defenseman, P.J. had a pair of assists in that contest. P.J. was bestowed with an honor by the National Ball Hockey Association when he was named one of Canada's top 30 junior players of all time.
He is presently playing in the NCAA Div. III ranks with the Plymouth State Panthers ice hockey team, which currently leads the Massachusetts Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Outstanding Female Athlete Award (21-50)
Anastasia Callaghan is an outstanding athlete and individual.
Anastasia is currently in her fourth year of studies at Saint Mary's University in Halifax. She made the Huskies women's volleyball team in her first year and has continued to flourish since.
In her second season,she was named the top libero in the AUS and third in the country (CIS). Last year, during the 2012-13 season, she was named the country's top libero with the highest ratings of 4.7 digs per set and 315 total digs. She was the first AUS player to be named CIS libero of the year since the inception of the national award in 2005-06.
As a first team all-star, the high-achieving science student guided the Huskies (10-8) to a second-place finish in the AUS.
After the completion of the 2012-13 season, Anastasia was invited to try out for the Canada's national women's team with the try-outs bringing the country's best players, many of which were already on the roster or with Canadian and American university teams, together.
In the 2013-14 season, Callaghan is again leading her team, the AUS and the CIS with an average of 5.77 digs per set. She has a total of 225 digs after only nine matches, which is only half of their season. As has often been the case, Anastasia is on pace to set a new level of excellence in her chosen sport of volleyball.
Joan is in her fourth year with the Dalhousie Rams women's rugby team.
Having played in 2006-07 and 2007-08, Joan took time off university and worked in BC. Coming back in 2012, Joan was focused on both rugby and academics. She was a leader on the 2013 edition of the Rams in both scoring stats (scored in every league match), tough defensive play and work ethic in practices.
She assisted with the rookies and kept everyone focused on an ACAA championship run. Joan played a crucial role in helping her team earn a spot in the league final by scoring two hard-fought tries and one convert in their final regular season game.
In the final, Joan was instrumental in stopping a very determined Mount Allison squad as they mounted a comeback late in the second half. Both quick and agile, she tracked down and stopped the top offensive players on the opposing team and refused to give up when she received the ball anywhere close to a scoring position. Joan was a powerful force both offensively and defensively throughout the season.