City’s best of 2013 to be honoured tonight

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Finalists, representing six sports, for the 2013 St. John’s Molson Coors male and female athletes and team of the year were announced this week.
The names of the winners will be revealed during the awards banquet seven o’clock tonight at City Hall.

The female finalists for athlete of the year are Leslie Amminson (handball), Malorie Harris (soccer), Jane Pope (soccer) and Katarina Roxon (swimming).

Male athlete of the year finalists include Chris Daly (swimming), Ciaran Hearn (rugby) and Jason Hill (softball).

The finalists for team of the year are Don Cherry’s 3Cheers Pub Bud Light men’s softball team, Memorial Sea-Hawks men’s cross-country running team and the provincial under-18 female soccer team.

The awards to be presented include the Margaret ‘Mag’ Davis Memorial Award and the Tom ‘Dynamite’ Dunne Memorial Award, for the top female and male athletes respectively, and the St. John's Molson Coors Team of the Year Award. This is the fourth year the team of the year honour has been awarded.

The reception will be held in the Foran/Greene Room. The finalists are:

FEMALE

LESLIE AMMINSON

Amminson participated in the Canadian National Handball Championships and won the women’s open doubles with her American partner. With the win, Amminson became the first Newfoundlander to win an open division title. She also competed in the U.S. National 4-Wall Handball Championships and won the women’s B singles and consolation A singles. This win earned Leslie ‘open’ status in the U.S. and as a result was featured in the United States Handball Association Magazine. She also participated in the Atlantic Canadian Handball Championships, finishing second in the men’s B doubles. She also won the men’s B doubles in a tournament in Halifax. Amminson, 17, is a Grade 11 student at Holy Heart of Mary High School.

MALORIE HARRIS

Harris led her C.B.S. Holy Cross team to the Breen’s Jubilee Trophy senior women’s soccer league final by scoring two goals in a 3-0 championship game win. She was named top goal scorer, all-star and MVP of the Jubilee regular season. At the senior women’s national soccer championship, she led her team and the tournament with seven goals and won the Golden Boot award. Harris was named Molson Coors Canada St. John’s Athlete of the Month for August and October. Harris also competes in the Molson 67 Women’s Volleyball League and was named MVP for the playoffs as well as MVP during the provincials. She was also named MVP of the regular season in the St. John’s Touch Football League. Harris has been a member of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary since 2010.

JANE POPE

As a member of the Memorial Sea-Hawks, Pope was the top scorer on the team with three game-winning goals and one game-tying goal. In her first game as a Sea-Hawk she scored three goals in a 3-0 win. Pope was the only player from either of Memorial’s soccer teams to be selected as an AUS first team all-star. She achieved a silver medal with her U-18 soccer team at the 2013 National Championships. The team won their first four games which included defeating Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia, followed by a 0-0 tie against Quebec in regulation time. This was the second national silver medal achieved in three years by her team. She was named Molson Coors Canada St. John’s Athlete of the Month for October. Pope is currently a first-year student at Memorial University.

KATARINA ROXON

2013 was a very busy year for Roxon. She competed on the university, national and international stage earning medals and setting national records in several disciplines. While competing in the IPC World Swimming Championships, the USA Paralympics (CAN-AM International Swimming Championships), the Subway AUS Swimming Championships, the East Coast Long Course Swimming Championships and the Speedo Winter Can-Am International Championships, Roxon captured six gold, four silver and one bronze. Roxon is currently a student at Memorial University.

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MALE

OWEN DALY

In July, Owen became the first provincial swimmer in over 20 years to find the podium at a senior national swim meet when he claimed bronze in the 50-metre butterfly. The 18-year-old from St. John’s swam a 24:98, going sub-25 seconds for the first time and breaking his provincial record while finishing just 0.13 seconds out of first place. Daly swam in three finals and set provincial records in the 100m butterfly and 100m freestyle. As a member of the Canada Games team in Sherbrooke, Que. in August, he finished second in the 50m butterly final to win a silver medal for his province. Daly claimed the silver after the swimmer from Alberta touched the wall first, just 0.18 seconds ahead of him. Daly is a graduate of Gonzaga High School.

JASON HILL

As a member of Team Canada, Hill competed in the International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championships where the team finished fifth. Hill was also member of the Hill United Chiefs (Ontario) team that captured the American Softball Association (ASA) Men’s Major Fastpitch National Championship. He was named to the ASA All-American Fastpitch second-team outfield. The Chiefs also went on to capture the International Softball Congress (ISC) World Tournament Championship. With his local team Don Cherry’s 3 Cheers Pub, Hill won gold at the national senior championships, earning MVP honours for the round-robin play as well as being named the tournament’s top batter. He was chosen the top player in the championship round. By winning the ASA, the ISC and the senior nationals he won the triple crown of North American championships. In December Hill, who plays in the local senior league, was named to the athlete pool for the 2014 senior men’s national team. Hill currently works as a financial advisor for Investors Group.

CIARAN HEARN

Hearn is a member of the Atlantic Rock which participates in the Canadian Rugby Championships (CRC) league. Throughout 2013, Hearn also played with the Canadian national team and has been a huge part of the Canadian team’s back line. He has played in every 7’s and every 15’s game for the national team and has travelled to the United States, Hong Kong, Japan, Scotland, Portugal, Russia, Australia, United Arab Emirates and South Africa, all while wearing the Maple Leaf. Hearn capped his 15’s season with a two-try performance in a 52-8 win over Portugal in Lisbon. Hearn is training to make the Canadian Olympic 7’s team for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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TEAM

DON CHERRY’S 3 CHEERS PUB BUD LIGHT SENIOR MEN’S SOFTBALL TEAM

Don Cherry’s 3 Cheers Pub Bud Light were a perfect 11-0 to repeat as national senior men’s softball champions. The team defeated Ontario 5-4 to win the crown. Sean Cleary pitched the victory while striking out 10 batters in the championship game. Three members of the team were selected as all-stars, while others won top pitcher, top batter and most valuable player awards. Members of the Don Cherry’s 3Cheers Pub Gold Medal Team: Jason Hill, Blair Ezekiel, Stephen Mullaley, Jeff Ellsworth, Ian Fehrman, Justin Gill, Shane Boland, Ryan Boland, Brad Ezekiel, Colin Walsh, John Farrell, Liam O’Keefe, Sean Whitten, Sean Cleary, Junior Bruce (General Manager), Lee Cose (coach), Colin Abbott (coach) and John Hill (coach).

MEMORIAL SEA-HAWKS MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY TEAM

The Memorial Sea-Hawks men’s cross country team claimed the bronze medal at the AUS Cross Country Championship. Jordan Fewer led the Sea-Hawks with a 10th place finish. The Memorial team was quite balanced in their podium finish with three runners in the top 20. Joining Fewer to lead the team to a 10th place finish were Connor Bolton (18th) and team captain Mark Hayward (20th). Also scoring points for Memorial were Matt Power (26th), Jon Allan (28th), Rudy Riedlsperger (29th), and Mike Scott (34th). The Sea-Hawks were behind UNB through the first half but came back to secure their podium finish. Fewer battled from 13th place in the final three kilometers to crack the top 10. Other members of the team were Stephen Pike, Ian Presse, Rudy Riedlsperger, Mark Shea, Dan Conway, Brian Harnett, Art Meaney (head coach), Colin Fewer (assistant coach).

PROVINCIAL UNDER 18 GIRLS SOCCER TEAM

St. John’s hosted the National Women’s Under-18 Soccer Championship where the St. John’s Soccer Club looked to make history as they vied for a first cup on home soil. In order to reach the championship game the girls had to defeat teams from Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and the province’s other team from Mount Pearl. The championship game between St. John’s and Quebec came down to penalty kicks that saw the St. John’s side came away with the silver medal. Overall, in five tournament games played, the team had four wins and one loss, while scoring 14 goals and giving up seven. The team won the Team of the Year honours at the NLSA awards induction in November. Members of the team are Alyssa Armstrong, Claire Skanes, Emily Bailey, Erin George, Jana Gordon, Jane Pope, Jenny Tiller, Jessie Noseworthy, Julie Crocker, Keisha Younge, Laura Whelan, Meghan Earle, Melissa Reid, Noelle Stanford, Stacey Hanlon, Teri Murphy, Lindsay Stanford (manager), Jake Stanford (coach) and Phil Oliver (coach).

Organizations: Sea-Hawks, Roxon, United States Handball Association Magazine C.B.S. Holy Cross AM International American Softball Association Volleyball League Touch Football League International Softball Federation USA Paralympics Canada Games Team Canada Hill United Chiefs ASA All-American Fastpitch Congress North American CROSS COUNTRY Ian Presse National Women Soccer Club

Geographic location: United States, Ontario, Alberta St. John's U.S. National British Columbia Quebec Halifax Portugal Hong Kong Japan Scotland Russia Australia United Arab Emirates South Africa Maple Leaf Lisbon Rio de Janeiro Mount Pearl

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