Four Olympians, professional footballer and world champion nominated for Support4sport in Nova Scotia

Four Olympians, a professional football star and a world rowing champion are at the top of the list of nominees in the senior men’s and women’s categories at Tuesday’s announced Sports Nova Scotia Support4Sport Awards.

Ellie Black from Halifax, an eight-time winner in the senior category, is again at the top of the finalists after another strong Olympic team at the Tokyo Games in 2021. Black placed fourth on the balance beam, but had to resign from the all-around. ankle injury. In early 2021, Black won her seventh Canadian all-around gymnastics championship.

Team Canada’s Ellie Black competes during the women’s final on the beam on the 11th day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. – Laurence Griffiths

Blayre Turnbull (Stellarton) is nominated for her dominant game, which helped Canada win gold medals at the Women’s World Hockey Championships in 2021 and the Beijing Olympics in 2022.

Turnbull scored four goals and three assists at the February Olympics and played a key role in the defense on winning the gold medal against the United States.

Canadian Brienne Miller will reach the finish line to win gold at the World Sprint Championships in coastal beach rowing in Portugal.  - World rowing
Canadian Brienne Miller will reach the finish line to win gold at the World Sprint Championships in coastal beach rowing in Portugal. – World rowing

Brienne Miller (Summerland) is the third finalist to perform in a gold medal at the opening final of the World Rowing Beach Sprint in Women’s Solo (CW1x) in Portugal.

The senior nominees are Liam Moffatt (Truro), Jacob Shaffelburg (Port Williams) and Connor Fitzpatrick (Dartmouth).

Trura's Liam Moffatt finished 19th in the men's snowboard team at the Beijing Olympics on Thursday.  REUTERS / Lisi Niesner
Trura’s Liam Moffatt finished 19th in the men’s snowboard team at the Beijing Olympics on Thursday. REUTERS / Lisi Niesner

Moffatt’s season was highlighted by ninth place in team snowboard cross and 19th place in the individual competition at the February Olympic Games in Beijing.

Shaffelburg enjoyed a turning point season, scoring three goals as a member of Toronto FC in Major League Soccer.

Toronto FC striker Jacob Shaffelburg of Port Williams (right) and New York City FC defender Tayvon Gray fight for the ball during Major League Soccer on April 24 at Citi Field in New York.  - BRAD PENNER / USA Today Sports - REUTERS
Toronto FC striker Jacob Shaffelburg of Port Williams (right) and New York City FC defender Tayvon Gray fight for the ball during Major League Soccer on April 24 at Citi Field in New York. – BRAD PENNER / USA Today Sports – REUTERS

Fitzpatrick made an impressive Olympic debut in Tokyo with Roland Vargo sixth in the C2 1000 and 14th in the C1 1000. Fitzpatrick also won gold (C1, 500m) and silver (C1 1000m) at the Under-23 World Championships last September.

Dartmouth's Connor Fitzpatrick competes in the C-1 for 1,000 men at the Tokyo Olympics.  - Yara Nardi
Dartmouth’s Connor Fitzpatrick competes in the C-1 for 1,000 men at the Tokyo Olympics. – Yara Nardi

The coaches of the year are David Kikuchi (Fall River), Troy Ryan (Hubbards) and Mark Smith (Falmouth),

Ryan led Canada’s women’s hockey team to gold at the Olympics and World Championships, Smith helped his Canadian women’s softball to a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics, and Kikuchi played a key role in Black and the rise of the Canadian women’s gymnastics team on the world stage.

Junior finalists are golfer Abby Baker (Halifax), footballer Annika Leslie (Halifax) and water skier Olivia Chute (Fall River).

Kayaker Ian Gaudet (Dartmouth), figure skater Jacob Cote (Dartmouth) and golfer Owen Mullen (Shortts Lake) are the junior finalists for Athlete of the Year.

The officials nominated are Thorne Sutherland (Lunenburg) in gymnastics and trampoline, Shauna Neary (Herring Cove) in hockey and Ben Hoskins (Lower Sackville) in football.

Other awards to be announced on Saturday (May 28) at the Halifax Convention Center include the Sport Makes and Difference Award, the Community Sport Organization Award and the Chair Award. Volunteers of the Year and corporate sponsors of the year from each provincial sports organization will also be awarded.

“We are thrilled to be able to host this year’s Support4Sport Awards,” said Jamie Ferguson, CEO of Sport Nova Scotia, in a press release. “Sport Nova Scotia is incredibly proud that all athletes and members of the amateur sports sector have been recognized at the event. It’s amazing to see sports programs and events get moving again after the last two years of challenges. The pandemic has made it very clear how important sport is to all of us and how an essential part of our lives is. These awards are a great place to celebrate everything that the people of Nova Scotia do in sport and in sport as a whole. ”

Each of the finalists was nominated by their provincial sports organization and their achievements were evaluated through a multi-level selection process that took into account their complete sports performance during the year as well as their peak success of the season.

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