Sackville holds annual sports recognition evening


Published on March 12, 2017

Sackville native Wray Perkin, who currently serves as assistant equipment manager for the CFL’s Ottawa RedBlacks, was presented with a special award during the 2017 Sackville Sports Recognition Night Tuesday, Feb. 28. In presenting the award to Perkin, he was praised as “a notable ambassador for Sackville sports for virtually his whole life”.

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SACKVILLE, N.B. – It might surprise a good many people to discover just how many truly outstanding athletes live and perform in this region – the area between Dorchester and Cape Tormentine and along the coast.

A good sampling strutted their stuff last Tuesday night as the 12th annual Sackville Sport Recognition Night was staged at the Tantramar Veterans Memorial Civic Centre.

Each year Sackville underwrites the cost of the event, which is staged to recognize those who through their athletic endeavors have brought recognition to their hometown in 2016 at provincial levels or higher.

This has become a highlight of the winter season. It is professionally run with the Sports Wall of Fame board of directors. And each year Steve (the Voice of the Mounties) Ridlington serves as host, providing the outstanding athletes with appropriate accolades and keeping the supporters entertained.

This year’s event, in spite of being postponed on two occasions, brought out the largest crowd of supporters in its history, who showed their appreciation to the young men and women who went the extra mile to put Sackville on the sporting map.

While each performer earned the recognition, it requires they be nominated and, unfortunately, there were some who missed out because of this. The staff at town hall attempts to assemble the names but require that names be submitted – occasionally there will be those who are missed and that is the only negative.

Performed in view of the profiles of the Sports Wall of Fame inductees it is anticipated many of those recognized last week will ultimately join the wall as, after all, they are the cream of the crop. And it is generally agreed that athletes of today are naturally better than ever due to improved coaching, better nutrition and greater commitment to the weight rooms.

Deputy mayor Joyce O’Neal welcomed the athletes and after thanking parents, coaches and managers called on the recipients to take what they have been taught and pass it on to the next generation so the Tantramar region will continue to be a dominant force on the sport scene.

The latest batch of recipients ranged from curling to cross country running and from swimming to figure skating along with basketball and football.

A special award was made to Wray Perkin, a Tantramar Regional High School graduate who serves as assistant equipment manager for the Ottawa Redblacks of the CFL.

 

Ridlington said, “This gentleman has been a notable ambassador for Sackville sports for virtually his whole life, inheriting a passion for Canadian football from his folks.”

Perkin recently brought the Grey Cup to Sackville for fans to share the excitement of being up close to an iconic All-Canadian piece of bling.

The “star” of the curling scene during the past year was Julia Hunter, who won a gold medal at the provincials in adult mixed doubles, junior mixed, junior ladies and was named the all-star mate at the provincials for the 2015-16 curling season. She also played at the adult mixed nationals in Saskatoon and Canadian junior nations in Victoria.

In figure skating it was Alex Leger who along with his partner won the provincial title in the pre-novice dance championship.

In swimming David Puddicombe won three golds at the high school provincial championships and Nolan Dobbin won a gold and two silvers.

The Titan mini girls brought home silver in the provincial championships while the juvenile girls also earned silver in the provincials. And it was announced that each team has improved on their performances already this season.

On the boys’ side the mini team earned silver in their divisional playoffs while the bantam boys hit the jackpot when they captured the provincial championship a year ago.

The high school swim team also showed well as they captured a host of medals under the guidance of coach Stephanie LeBreton.

And, of course, it was the two-time undefeated Titan football team that was front and centre on stage. Currently on a 19-game winning streak, they had seven players chosen to the all star team in the NBHSFL and had eight players on the U18 N.B. team, with Aidan O’Neal and Sam Alward being named players of the game in their match with Ontario. In addition, three players made the provincial U17 team and five were chosen to the U15 team.

All in all the presentations went off without a hitch, a tribute to the organizers as well as to the disciplined athletes. With such response from the community it appears as though the event will remain an annual affair as the region continues to churn out champions who bring fame and attention not only to their high school but to the overall community.