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The Alberta Sport Connection recognizes the accomplishments of Alberta's athletes, coaches, coach developers, officials and volunteers
Edmonton – Alberta Sport Connection (ASC) has announced their 2016 Athlete and Team of the Year Awards and 2017 Alberta Sport Recognition Awards for coach developers, coaches, officials and volunteers.
“These individuals and teams are Alberta’s best. We’re proud of what they’ve achieved and honoured to recognize them for their outstanding contribution to sport in our province,” said Andrew Ference, Chair of Alberta Sport Connection. “They have reached higher, dug deeper, led by example, and made our sport system better.”
Ms. Erica Wiebe – Open Female – Wrestling – Calgary
Mr. Alister McQueen – Open Male – Para Athletics Javelin – Calgary
Ms. Rebecca Smith – Junior Female – Swimming – Red Deer
Mr. Stefan Ritter – Junior Male – Track Cycling – Edmonton
Canadian Men’s Relay Team – Open Team – Biathlon – Canmore
Mr. Christian Gow; Mr. Scott Gow; Mr. Brendan Green; Mr. Nathan Smith;
Calgary Foothills 02 Girls – Junior Team – Soccer – Calgary
Ms. Aliya Abdallah; Ms. Ruth Adekugbe; Ms. Jayden Berg; Ms. Ally Campbell; Ms. Katie French; Ms. Kassidy Gordon; Ms. Jade Kao; Ms. Olivia Kranjcec; Ms. Jenna Lileikis; Ms. Penny Molloy; Ms. Grace Moore; Ms. Robyn Sellars; Ms. Holly Stiel; Ms. Grace Stordy; Ms. Layla Tarraf; Ms. Fran Tartamella; Mr. Jonathan Wheeldon (coach); Mr. Lee Tucker (coach); Mr. Elijah Adekugbe (coach)
Don Watts Coach Developer
Mr. Jim Louhlin – Multi-sport – Medicine Hat
Coach Developer – Sport
Ms. Kelly Wills – Gymnastics – Grande Prairie
Mr. Paul Ragusa – Wrestling – Calgary
Mr. Graeme Moffat – Rugby – Calgary
Mr. Peter Schori – Swimming – Lethbridge
Mr. Richard Boruta – Biathlon – Canmore
Ms. Caroline Henley – Biathlon – Calgary
Ms. Jodi Abbott – Figure Skating – Edmonton
Mr. Mikhail Dykman – Water Polo – Calgary
Mr. Blair Dunbar – Cross Country Skiing – Canmore
Mr. Allan Sattin – Judo – Calgary
Ms. Sandy Hermiston – Cerebral Palsy Sport – Edmonton
Mr. Doug Jones – Baseball – Oyen
Ms. Marilyn Chidlow – Figure Skating – Ponoka
Learn more about our Award Winners
The Athlete and Team of the Year Awards recognize and celebrate significant achievements, performances and contributions of Alberta’s amateur athletes. Award winners are outstanding role models who inspire other Albertans to higher achievements at the recreational or competitive level.
The Coaching Development award acknowledges the tremendous impact the National Coach Certification Program Multi-sport and Sport Learning Facilitators and Evaluators have on our sport delivery system. The Awards recognize significant achievement in developing Alberta’s coaches.
Coaching Recognition Awards recognize coaches for their outstanding achievements in developing Alberta’s amateur athletes.
Officiating Awards recognize outstanding achievements in officiating.
Sport Volunteer Awards recognize the significant contributions of individuals devoting their time and effort to the development of sport.
The Awards will be presented at the Alberta Sport Recognition Awards Banquet on April 28, 2017, at the 2017 Alberta Sport Leadership Conference in Banff.
For more information on the Alberta Sport Leadership Conference please visit:
Sport Leadership Conference
The Alberta Sport Connection celebrates contributions through two programs. The annual Athlete and Team of the Year Award program, and the Sport Recognition Awards, which recognize lifetime coaching, coach developing, officiating, and sport volunteer achievement every two years.
These awards recognize and celebrate the significant achievements, performances and contributions of Alberta’s amateur teams and athletes. The award winners are outstanding role models who inspire other Albertans to higher achievements at the recreational or competitive level.
Categories include Junior Male, Junior Female, and Junior Team for nominees under 21 years of age; and Open Male, Open Female, and Open Team for all nominees 21 years of age and over.
These awards are open to Alberta athletes and teams that meet the following criteria:
Consultant, High Performance Sport
Alberta Sport Connection
10055 106 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 1G3
Since the program began in 2002, 56 athletes and 16 teams have been recognized.
Biographies of our 2016 Athlete and Team of the Year winners and our 2017 Sport Recognition Awards
Nomination Forms for the 2017 Athlete and Team of the Year Awards will be available in the later half of 2017. Don't forget to recognize your athletes and teams!
The 2017 Alberta Sport Recognition Awards will be presented at the Alberta Sport Leadership Conference Awards Banquet on Friday, April 28, 2017 in Banff.
There are 4 distinct award categories:
Coach Developer Recognition Awards acknowledge the tremendous impact NCCP Multi-Sport and Sport Learning Facilitators / Evaluators have on the Alberta sport delivery system. The awards recognize and celebrate the significant achievement in developing Alberta’s coaches. Two types of Learning Facilitators / Evaluators are recognized. The Don Watts Coach Developer award recognizes NCCP Multi-Sport Learning Facilitators / Evaluators. The Coach Developer – Sport award recognizes NCCP Sport Learning Facilitators / Evaluators. Since the program began in 2013, 4 coach developers have been recognized.
Coaching Recognition Awards recognize coaches for their successful and outstanding achievements in developing Alberta’s amateur athletes. Since the program began in 1987, 74 coaches have been recognized.
Officiating Recognition Awards recognize officials for their successful and outstanding achievements in officiating sports that involve Alberta’s amateur athletes. Since the program began in 1992, 49 officials have been recognized.
Sport Volunteer Recognition Awards recognize and honour the significant contributions of individuals who devote their volunteer time and effort to the development of sport. Since the program began in 1987, 92 sport volunteers have been recognized.
Biographies for the 2015 Sport Recognition Award Winners can be found here.
Nominations are now closed for the 2017 awards. Nominations for 2019 will be available in late 2018.
Consultant, Sport Development
Alberta Sport Connection
10055 106 Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 1G3
Winners of the Sport Recognition Awards are immortalized on a display board at the Percy Page Centre in Edmonton. This building houses many provincial amateur sport organizations.