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Lorie Kane prefers to focus on the future, but her impressive past was in the spotlight at the 47th annual Sport P.E.I. Amateur Sport Awards.
The Charlottetown native was named the Award of Honour recipient during the awards ceremony at the Confederation Centre of the Arts recently.
“Being given the Award of Honour, I had to check in with Gemma (Koughan, Sport P.E.I. executive director) when she gave me the news I would be receiving it,” said Kane in a video message from Florida. “I asked, ‘What is the Award of Honour?’
“Gemma shared it is like a lifetime achievement award. I joked that I hope people didn’t think that my lifetime was over, and that I still feel I have lots to do and lots I want to do in sport.
“I do recognize, and I thank you for this wonderful award.”
Koughan said the Award of Honour is not to suggest an individual has come to the end of his or her career. Rather, it is to ensure that an individual’s accomplishments are recognized and not forgotten.
“In the case of this year’s recipient, Lorie Kane, we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to recognize her for all her accomplishments, which most recently includes her induction into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame,” said Koughan.
In 2020, Kane became the first Prince Edward Islander in 52 years to be announced as an inductee into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. Kane's impressive resumé also includes winning four LPGA Tour victories and receiving the Order of Canada in 2006.
Here are some highlights from Lorie Kane’s career:
• Received the Order of Canada in 2006.
• Announced an inductee into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 2020.
• First Prince Edward Islander to be inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.
• Recorded four LPGA Tour victories.
• Received two LPGA awards – the Heather Farr Player Award and the William and Mousie Powell Award.
• Represented Canada at four World Cups, the 1991 Commonwealth Games and the 2015 Pan American Games.
• Named the Canadian female athlete of the year in 1997 and 2000.
• Instrumental in developing the CP Has Heart program, where she has helped raise over $20 million to improve heart health across Canada.
• A longtime ambassador for KidSport P.E.I.
Kane said she accepted the Award of Honour on behalf of everybody who has made a difference in her life. She said the list is way too long to start listing people, and she did not want to miss anybody.
"I am standing in front of you behind this camera to tell you I am not here because of the wonderful things (that) I was able to do on my own," said Kane. "I had wonderful support and continue to have the support of a whole Island (and) a very solid family.
"Mom (Marilyn) and Dad (Jack) always taught us to leave it better than we found it. I am still trying to do that.
“Every day, I get up, and right now, I’m in Florida and working on getting my game back in shape so that I can be ready to compete.”
Kane’s niece, Charlotte Jenkins, accepted the award on her behalf. Kane said Jenkins knows she does not like to spend too much time on what has happened in the past.
“I am somebody who very much likes to think forward and what new things I can achieve,” said Kane.
One of P.E.I.’s best-known athletes, Kane’s enthusiasm has made her an exemplary role model for younger athletes and a perennial fan favourite. Kane’s outgoing personality and approachability have touched the lives of many people. As a result, she is and has been a role model to many people.
No one understands Kane’s influence better than Jenkins.
“In Lorie’s video, she talked about all those people who had an impact on Lorie Kane’s life,” said Jenkins. “But, as somebody who Lorie Kane has impacted their life, I just want to say thank you very much for all that she does for sport here, for sport on a larger stage and the Island in general.”
Proud of home province
Kane congratulated everyone in attendance for what they do for sport on P.E.I. She told the Island athletes to be proud of where they come from and that they don’t have to take a back seat to anyone.
Kane went on to say that although P.E.I. is Canada's smallest province, that does not mean its athletes cannot achieve big things.
“I’ve been told many times; maybe in the back rooms I’ve heard the whispers that because we are the smallest province, because we are a smaller group, we can’t achieve big things,” said Kane. “I’m here to tell you that we can.
“It does require a little bit of creativity on some parts, maybe a little bit more dedication and determination, and it definitely does require help from everybody.”
The accomplishments of P.E.I. Special Olympics athletes were recognized during the recent 47th annual Sport P.E.I. Amateur Sport Awards in Charlottetown.
PCE – participate, compete, excel – Awards were presented during the awards ceremony held at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.
The following athletes received PCE Awards:
• Fivepin bowling – Eric Smith, Heidi Mallett, Jamie Trowsdale, Jennifer MacGuigan, Jonathan Watts, Joni Miner, Rolanda Bridges, Wilbert Murray.
• Cross-country skiing – Ellen MacNearney, Tommy Ling.
• Figure skating – Alyssa Chapman.
• Floor hockey – Team P.E.I.
• Snowshoeing – Cameron Gordon, Christi-Joe (CJ) Snyders-Couchman.
• Speed skating – Logan Robbins, Jordan Koughan.