Canadian rugby star and local women’s soccer striker get top honours at Sport NL Stars and Legends Awards Gala
Soccer player Malorie Harris and rugby player Ciaran Hearn were named the top senior athletes in Newfoundland and Labrador at the annual Sport Newfoundland and Labrador Stars and Legends Awards Gala Saturday night in St. John’s.
The junior female athlete of the year award went to distance runner Jillian Forsey. The junior male winner was swimmer Owen Daly.
© — Photo by Kayla White/Sport Newfoundand and Labrador
Sport Newfoundland and Labrador held its annual Stars and Legends Gala Saturday night to honour the best in sports and recreation from 2013 and induct six new members into the provincial sports Hall of Fame. Joining the hall are (front row, from left) softball’s Colin Abbott (athlete), track and field’s Max Kirby (veteran), cross-country skiing’s Gerald Rideout (builder) and Lee Churchill (athlete), track and field’s Ray Will (athlete/builder) and hockey player Andy Sullivan (athlete). Also pictured are (middle row, from left) Rosemary Ryan-Forsey, representing her daughter Jillian Forsey (junior female athlete of the year), Jessie Noseworthy, Noelle Stanford, and Claire Skanes, members of the St. John’s under-18 A girls soccer team (team of the year), Malorie Harris (senior female athlete of the year), Noel ‘Jake’ Stanford (coach of the year), Jeff Babstock (executive of the year); (back row, from left) David Coates (volunteer of the year), Owen Daly (junior male athlete of the year) and Damian Hearn representing his brother Ciaran Hearn (senior male athlete of the year).
Jake Stanford of soccer took the coach of the year honours while his St. John’s Under-18A girls’ soccer side took team of the year honours.
Soccer’s Jeff Babstock was chosen the executive of the year, while the volunteer of the year went to baseball’s David Coates.
Hearn, a native of Conception Bay South, who was also named Canadian rugby 15s player of the year Friday night in Victoria, B.C., dominated 2013 on the international rugby pitch playing with Team Canada as they placed respectively in eight World Cup competitions. Hearn is also a member of Canada’s 7s squad.
Harris, from Mount Pearl, was the Jubilee Trophy women’s senior soccer league’s MVP, all-star striker and top scorer in the 2013 with C.B.S. Holy Cross Kirby Group. She scored 27 goals in 23 games. At the 2013 Sportchek National Jubilee Championships in Nova Scotia, Malorie won the Golden Boot top scorer award for the tournament.
Daly, of St. John’s, had an exceptional 2013 in swim competition highlighted with a silver medal at the 2013 Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Quebec. At the East Coast Championships, Owen had four first place finishes. Nationally, he placed fourth and sixth place at the Canadian Eastern Nationals.
Forsey, of Kippens, won five gold medals in the School Sports Newfoundland and Labrador program. In National competition Forsey won a silver medal at the Canadian National Cross Country Championships, she won two silver medals at the National Standards Athletic Championships. At the international level, Jillian won gold with Team Canada at the NACAC 2013 Cross Country Championships in Jamaica.
Stanford, from St. John’s, was able to put together two teams to compete in this country’s highest soccer competitions — the Canada Games and the National Club Championships. His Under-18A Girls team took home a silver medal at the National Club Championships, gold at the Under 18A Provincial Tournament, while the Canada Games team placed seventh in Sherbrooke.
Babstock, of St. John’s, was technical advisor for the St. John’s Soccer Club, Vice President of Guards Athletic Society, and Director of the St. John’s Soccer Heritage Society. Provincially, he was chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Associations technical committee, Hall of Fame committee, alumni fund committee and a member of the manager’s committee. On the national level, Babstock was chair of the Under-18 Club Nationals Tournament.
The St. John’s Under 18A Girls Soccer Team had a phenomenal 2013 on the field. At the 2013 Under 18 Club Nationals the team went to the finals undefeated with victories over Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador 2 and after 120 minutes of play they came up short to Quebec in penalty shots, winning a silver medal. They won gold at the 2013 Under 18A provincial tournament.
Coates, of Conception Bay South, coached the C.B.S. Raiders in the Avalon Midget League, the Raiders intermediate team, and the Queen Elizabeth Pioneers high school team. As a member of the C.B.S. Minor Baseball Executive he was instrumental in securing municipal funding to construct a batting cage at Stony Hill field. He also led the way in the purchase of a new pitching machine and his latest project is trying to secure funding for lights at Stony Hill.
Six new members were formally inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame in conjunction with Sports Newfoundland and Labrador’s (SNL) Stars and Legends Awards Gala Saturday in St. John’s.
The 2014 inductees were athletes Colin Abbott of softball, Lee Churchill of cross-country skiing and Andy Sullivan of hockey; veteran Max Kirby of track and field; athlete/builder Ray Will of track and field and builder Gerald Rideout of cross-country skiing.