2010 Awards

Year 13 – May 25, 2011 – Woolwich Memorial Centre, Elmira

2010 ATHLETES of the YearANDREW POJE & KAITLYN WEAVER – ICE DANCING (WATERLOO)

 

Partners in international Ice Dancing since 2006, Andrew and Kaitlyn had had a truly inspiring year in figure skating capturing first place at the Four Continents competition in South Korea and the bronze medal at the Senior Canadians. Their 2nd and a 5th place finishes in two other events contributed to their overall ranking of 6th in the world.

 

Performance highlights:

Ranked 3rd in Canada and 6th in the world

1st place at Four Continents

Bronze Medal at Senior Canadian Championships

4th place at Skate America

5th place at ISU Grand Prix Final

Poje and Weaver

Nominees:

Mandy Bujold – boxing (Kitchener)

Stephen Drew – track & field (Waterloo)

Jake Jagas – wrestling (Kitchener)

Dylan Moscovitch – figure skating (Waterloo)

Kristen Moore-Towers – figure skating (Waterloo)

Miranda Ranieri – squash (Waterloo)

Leah Robinson – track & field (Mannheim)

Brienne Stairs – field hockey (Kitchener)

Awards of Excellence

INDIVIDUAL – LARRY LYNCH (FASTBALL) – KITCHENER

 

A lifelong softball player, Larry played in the Memorial Fastball League since age 19, winning a championship in 1975; moved to Port Stanley in 1976, patrolled the outfield for 10 years, making the league All-Star team twice; then joined the Waterloo CHYMrs in 1986, commencing a commitment of over 24 years as player, manager, mentor, advisor, volunteer, supporter and promoter.

 

Larry has been instrumental in bringing three International Softball Congress tournaments to Kitchener, raising thousands of dollars for local service clubs and charities, including Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. He has served on international tournament committees for women’s Olympic events; hosted the New Zealand Men’s national Team; organized teams to compete in our community from  Argentina, Denmark, Czech Republic and the United States. A great player,  exceptional manager and consummate contributor to the sport of fastball in our community, province, country and beyond.

Larry Lynch
Larry Lynch and Jean Howitt (AotY Chair)

TEAM – KITCHENER-WATERLOO BLIND CURLERS

 

Sometime ago four blind or partially blind individuals were participating in the sport of curling trying to become a team. Six years ago they found themselves a coach and membership now is ten and they participate in both blind and sighted bonspiels having success at both levels. They have won two provincial championships, and been Ontario reps at Nationals for blind curlers. In 2010, they defeated BC in the Nationals – the first team to ever do so – unfortunately BC prevailed in the finals.

 

The team is attracting attention from blind persons locally and outside the region, and recently won the Ontario title and qualified for the Nationals. This year, the team members demonstrated their skills at the 2011 Brier Championship held in London.

K-W Blind Curlers

ORGANIZATION – CHICOPEE SKI AND SUMMER RESORT

 

In 1934 a group of local volunteers founded the Chicopee Ski Club making it one of the oldest ski facilities in the country. Chicopee, a not-for-profit organization operates on 165 acres of land owned by the Grand River Conservation Authority,  serving the local community and beyond. Over its 75 years, Chicopee has provided an exemplary ski facility and has introduced skiing to thousands. Each year, over 20,000 students, “Little Brothers and Sisters” and other less privileged children  enjoy skiing through partnerships between Chicopee, area school boards and agencies. Chicopee has grown to a year-round recreational facility, providing winter and summer season sports, activities, and walking and biking trails, attracting 285,000 visitors annually, and employing over 300 people in full and part-time season positions. Chicopee, under the guidance of a volunteer board of directors, is an integral part of the community built on the traditions of inclusiveness, family fun and innovation.

Chicopee Ski & Summer Resort