Rugby player Charlene Barter claimed the female award and hockey/ball hockey player Patrick O’Keefe got the nod as the top male athlete at the annual Mount Pearl Sports Alliance Hall of Fame and Athlete of the Year ceremonies at the Reid Centre Friday night.
Scott Gordon of minor hockey was chosen the coach of the year, while Jim Bulger of youth bowling was selected executive of the year.
A member of the Dogs RFC for the past 15 years, Barter played for the provincial team at the Eastern Canadian rugby championships where the team won a silver medal and Barter received an individual award for her play.
She also played for the University College in Cork, Ireland.
O’Keefe plays Atlantic intercollegiate hockey with the Saint Mary’s Huskies of the AUS, and competed with the Jets in the St. John’s Men’s Senior A Ball Hockey League. The Jets won the provincial title and O’Keefe was chosen to play in the all-star game. He also played at the men’s national championships in Edmonton.
Gordon was named an assistant coach for Team Atlantic for the World Under 17 Challenge. He is head coach of the Mount Pearl Senior High Huskies, assistant coach of Mount Pearl’s junior team and coaches a Mount Pearl Minor Hockey Association atom A team.
Bulger was the program director for the Mount Pearl Youth Bowling Council. Along with coaching, he planned a trip across the island for athletes competing in the 4 Steps to Stardom tournament. He kept the budget on track and made sure all registrations and nominations were in on time.
Meanwhile, Andrew Moyst (athlete/builder), Brian Cranford (athlete/builder), Julie Fiander (athlete), Ralph Neil (builder) and Terry Ryan Jr. (athlete) were named to the Mount Pearl Sports Hall of Fame.
Moyst’s career spanned more than 30 years as a soccer player, coach and official.
Cranford, who has lived in Mount Pearl for more than 20 years, dedicated himself as an athlete and builder in hockey and rowing.
Fiander (nee Bulger) enters the Hall in the athlete category. She participated in soccer, swimming, bowling, softball and hockey.
Neil played a significant role in the history of the Mount Pearl Minor Hockey Association. He was active in starting the minor hockey system where he served as vice-president on the first executive with responsibility for fundraising.
Ryan was involved in several sports growing up in Mount Pearl including hockey, soccer, baseball and ball hockey. He had an outstanding Western Hockey League career before being picked in the first round (eighth overall) by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1995 NHL draft. He enjoyed a six-year professional hockey career.
The Mount Pearl Senior High boys’ basketball team (1992-1995) was named to the team honour roll. The team ran off 103 consecutive wins and while winning three straight 4A provincial high school titles in that time.