Executive Council
Children, Seniors and Social Development

June 26, 2019

Premier Ball Presents Awards to Province's Top Athletes

Today, the Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, recognized 125 of the province’s top athletes at the 15th annual Premier’s Athletic Awards ceremony in St. John’s.

The Premier’s Athletic Awards program recognizes athletic excellence and provides financial support to help offset the costs of training and competition. Ranging from $500 to $1,500, grants are awarded based on the athletes’ respective accomplishments and their level of competition.

The Team Gushue Awards were also presented today, which are in honour of Team Gushue’s gold medal win at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Valued at $5,000 each, the awards are presented annually to one male and one female who excel both athletically and academically. The winners of this year’s awards are Noah Cumby of St. John’s (swimming) and Maggie Connors of St. John’s (hockey).

Noah Cumby is currently enrolled at Texas Christian University where he finished his first semester with a 3.4 grade point average. He was named Swim Newfoundland and Labrador 2018 Male Swimmer of the Year after setting six provincial swimming records, and was also named team rookie of the year after his freshman year at university.

Maggie Connors recently completed her first year at Princeton University after graduating from Shattuck-St. Mary’s high school in Minnesota with a 3.9 grade point average. In January 2018, she won a bronze medal as a member of Team Canada at the Under 18 World Hockey Championships in Russia. She followed that up by competing with the Canadian National Development Team in a series of games against the United States that were held in Calgary last August. In fall 2018, Ms. Connors started her NCAA hockey career at Princeton University and enjoyed a fantastic freshman season, finishing second in team scoring and was named to the conference all-rookie team.

For a complete list of 2019 Premier’s Athletic Awards recipients, please see the backgrounder below.

Quotes
“What a privilege it is to have the opportunity to recognize and award some of the top athletes from our province with the 2019 Premier’s Athletic Awards. I wish this year’s award recipients every success in the future. Your accomplishments are considerable and you serve as fine role models for all Newfoundland and Labrador athletes.”
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

“I want to extend my sincere congratulations to the winners of this year’s athletic awards. You are a true inspiration to us all and we commend you for your hard work, determination and commitment to your sport. It is a focus of our government to increase physical activity and to improve healthy living, and our province’s athletes are prime examples of what can be achieved when we focus on staying active and eating healthy.”
Honourable Lisa Dempster
Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development

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Learn more
Athletic Excellence Fund application

Sport Newfoundland and Labrador external link

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Media contacts
Erin Sulley
Office of the Premier
709-729-3960
erinsulley@gov.nl.ca

Gina MacArthur
Children, Seniors and Social Development
709-729-3768, 730-2977
ginamacarthur@gov.nl.ca

BACKGROUNDER

2019 Premier’s Athletic Awards and Team Gushue Awards Recipients

SPORT

NAME

HOMETOWN

Alpine

Andrew Payne

Corner Brook

Artistic Swimming

Mayah Knott

St. John's

Athletics

Camryn Bonia

St. John's

 

Nicole Chan

St. John's

 

Julia Howley

St. John’s

 

Michael Johnson

Paradise

 

Eric Knight

St. John's

 

Evan Knight

St. John's

 

Shae LeDevehat

Mount Pearl

 

Levi Moulton

Paradise

Baseball

Shilo Chislett

Kippens

 

Madelyn Healy

St. John's

 

Jaida Lee

St. John’s

 

Kayla Musseau

St. John’s

 

Zachary Reid

Mount Pearl

Basketball

Danielle Arbour

Goulds

 

Nathan Barker

Massey Drive

 

Miguel Bunleon

Paradise

 

Maria Carroll

St. John’s

 

Caroline Jardine

St. John’s

 

Cole Long

St. John’s

 

Haille Nickerson

St. John’s

 

Matthew Pennell

St. John’s

 

Emma Power

Goulds

 

Boris Ristanovic

St. John’s

 

Arpandeep Singh

St. John’s

 

Caleb Sooley

Mount Pearl

Bowling

Amy Harris

Paradise

 

Brooke King

Paradise

 

Courtney Lucas

St. John’s

 

John McDonald

St. John’s

Cross Country Skiing

Skyler May

Humber Village

Curling

Daniel Bruce

Corner Brook

 

Mackenzie Glynn

Paradise

 

Ryan McNeil-Lamswood

Stephenville

 

Nathan Young

Torbay

Cycling

Ian Coxon

Gander

Diving

Cassandra Blackmore

Torbay

Golf

Andrew Bruce

Corner Brook

 

Taylor Cormier

Corner Brook

Gymnastics

Michael Drover

St. John's

 

Zachary Gosse

Conception Bay South

 

Lauren Mills

Paradise

 

Allison Moore

Mount Pearl

 

Nadia Simpson

St. John’s

 

Megan Skinner

St. John’s

Handball

Leslie Claire Amminson

St. John's

 

Rahul Asokan

St. John's

 

Alex Carew

St. John's

 

Michael Gaulton

St. John's

 

Nicholas Yetman

St. John’s

Hockey

Jennifer Bidgood

Witless Bay

 

Shae-Lynn Clarke

Bell Island

 

Maggie Connors

St. John’s

 

Zachary Dean

Mount Pearl

 

William Dyke

St. John’s

 

Carmen Elliott

Stephenville

 

Benjamin James

St. John’s

 

Abby Newhook

St. John’s

 

Alex Newhook

St. John’s

Judo

Emma Mullett

St. John’s

 

Sam Wellon

Gander

Karate

Andrew Au

Conception Bay South

 

Christopher Coady

Flatrock

 

Jack Hann

Conception Bay South

 

Lucas Menard

Flatrock

 

Emily Reglar

Flatrock

 

Alex Ryan

Middle Cove

 

John Shea

St. John’s

Parasport- Athletics

Jeremy Jones

St. John’s

Parasport- Boccia

Kristyn Collins

St. John’s

 

Lois Martin

St. John’s

 

Hayley Redmond

St. John’s

Rowing

Kaitlyn Hall

Portugal Cove-St. Phillips

 

Sarah Healey

St. John’s

 

Mark Power

Conception Bay South

 

Zachary Power

Conception Bay South

Rugby

Jack Furneaux

Avondale

 

Ryan Goodyear

Conception Bay South

 

Alex Hickman

St. John’s

 

Stephen Mallard

St. John’s

 

John McCarthy

St. John’s

 

Michael McCarthy

St. John’s

 

Lucas Shortall

St. John’s

Sailing

Livi Allen

St. John’s

Skating

Rebecca Bennett

Corner Brook

 

Caylie Rose Blake

Corner Brook

 

Abby Pace

St. John’s

 

Katie Slaney

Paradise

 

Rachael Tuff

Witless Bay

Soccer

Felly Elonda

St. John’s

 

Kate Hickey

Outer Cove

 

Katie Joyce

Petty Harbour

 

Tyler Kirby

St. John’s

 

Teri Murphy

St. John’s

 

Lauren Rowe

Conception Bay South

 

Owen Sheppard

St. John’s

 

Ethan Slaney

St. John’s

 

Lauren Taylor

St. John’s

 

Sydney Walsh

St. John’s

Softball

Calista Corbett

Holyrood

 

Jordan Pomeroy

Placentia

Swimming

Noah Cumby

St. John's

 

Dylan Morawski

Gander

 

Emily Ricketts

St. John’s

 

Abby Simms

St. John’s

 

Kate Sullivan

St. John’s

Table Tennis

Sarah Warren

Roberts Arm

 

Ty Winsor

Roberts Arm

Taekwondo

Alexandra Green

Torbay

 

Keegan Laundry

Conception Bay South

Target Shooting

Kelsey Anne Power

Bay Bulls

Tennis

Rogan Betts

St. John's

 

Aiden Drover-Mattinen

Portugal Cove-St. Philips

 

Liam Drover-Mattinen

Portugal Cove-St. Philips

 

Jasmine Rahman

St. John's

Ultimate Frisbee

Luke Dyer

Logy Bay

Volleyball

Emma Hackett

St. John’s

 

Douglas Kelly

Gander

 

Nathan Lake

Conception Bay South

 

Catherine Smith

Mount Pearl

Wrestling

Angel Hiltz

Avondale

 

Julianna Murphy

Colliers

 

Jordan Pitcher

Normans Cove

 

Owen Warren

Chapel Arm

2019 06 26                              5:25 p.m.