Brett Mercier has been named the Yarmouth County Youth Athlete of the Year. TINA COMEAU PHOTO
The special award winners have been announced for the 36th Annual Yarmouth County Athletic Awards Banquet, which is being held Friday, Nov. 16. The following is a list of the awards.
• Youth Athlete of the Year: Brett Mercier, Baseball/Hockey:
Brett Mercier was a member of the Yarmouth Peewee AA Gateways who won the Atlantic championship in September in Tignish, PEI. He was an offensive leader all season with an overall batting average of .541 and an on-base percentage of over .600. He had five homeruns, four triples, 11 doubles, 38 RBIs and scored 41 runs in 28 games. He also plays hockey with the Bantam AA Mariners this season.
• Athlete of the Year: Carol d'Entremont, Badminton/Tennis:
Carol d’Entremont is a badminton and tennis player who has had a great year on both courts. Most recently she has celebrated wins in badminton at the Open Ladies Doubles Provincial Championship in Canning, NS on March 9 and 10 with partner Aine Humble (Halifax). They also won the Open Ladies Doubles Atlantic Championship in Summerside, PEI on March 31 and April 1.
• Fair Play Award Winner: Michelle Mackenzie, Mackenzie School of Highland Dance:
Michelle Mackenzie has been coaching and participating in Highland Dance in Yarmouth for many years and has celebrated many wins at competitions with her dancers. She is a valued member of the community and has travelled far and wide with her athletes to compete. Mackenzie School of Dance has always represented Yarmouth very well at competitions and Michelle incorporates fairplay in her coaching style by teaching sportsmanship and respect.
• Coach of the Year: Rob Sweeney, Karate:
Rob Sweeney has been awarded Dojo Sensei of the Year by the Nova Scotia Karate Organization for 2012 for his teaching of Karate to kids in the local area of Yarmouth and Argyle. He is currently a second-degree black belt in Shotokan Karate studying for his 3rd degree. He has his Level 1 NCCP coaching certification, which has greatly helped in teaching younger students. Sensei Rob Sweeney has utilized his knowledge and skill in the art of karate by teaching new and older students to become active in sports competitions and has made it enjoyable to learn the art of karate.
• Official of the Year: Eddie Hartley, Basketball:
Eddie Hartley has been involved in basketball officiating for the last eight years. He is very dedicated to learning more about the refereeing aspect of the game. He has officiated at a higher level for the last four years being selected to officiate at the NSSAF High School Provincial Championships for the last five years and has been chosen by his evaluator as the official to referee the Championship Game three times.
• Sport Volunteer of the Year:
Comité organisateur de la 33e Finale des Jeux de l’Acadie 2012 -Executive Committee: Neil Leblanc, Yvonne d'Entremont, Ricky Muise and Marcel Cottreau
The committee worked very hard in bringing one of the biggest sporting events ever to come to Yarmouth County. This was the 2nd time in history that the event was hosted in Nova Scotia. During the event 1,400 athletes, coaches and chaperones came to the area for the Finale of Les Jeux de l’Acadie. Two years of planning and preparation went into the Finale, which saw sporting events take place from June 29th to July 3rd, 2012.
The awards banquet will be held on Nov. 16 at the Yarmouth Lions Club at 7 p.m.
In addition to the special awards there will also be individual athletes, teams and coaches recognized for their achievements over the past year. To have been eligible for an award, the nominee must be a Yarmouth County athlete, volunteer, official, coach, or be part of a team that has attained a provincial title in a sport or has distinguished themselves at the university, college, Atlantic, or national level.
Tickets are available at Yarmouth Recreation, 932 Hwy#1 or the Argyle Recreation Department, 27 Courthouse Road in Tusket.
Each year since 1976, coaches, athletes, volunteers and officials have been recognized for their outstanding achievements at this annual Yarmouth County Athletic Awards banquet.