2008 Award Winners

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2008 Award Winners

Senior Female and Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year
Adrienne Power
Hometown: Halifax
Club: Halifax Tigers
Coach: Peter Lord

Adrienne had an unparalleled season in 2008 She produced the eight fastest times in Canada over 200m, running a Nova Scotia record of 22.86 - which is the 4th fastest all time in Canada - and earned a spot on the Canadian Olympic team. She was the first resident female (i.e. living and training in Nova Scotia at the time of selection) to have earned a place on the track and field team since Aileen Meagher in 1936. She also ran a 400m in 52.02, her only 400m race of the year, and was just 5/100ths off her PB in the 100m with a time of 11.61. She contributed to a very fast effort by the Canadian national 4x400m team at the Penn Relays in their attempt to qualify for the Olympics.

Top Performances Indoor
60m 7.58

Top Outdoor Performances
100m- 11.61
200m- 22.86 NS Senior Record
400m- 52.02

Senior Male and Outstanding Male Athlete of the year
Craig Slaunwhite
Hometown: Hatchet Lake
Club: Chebucto
Coach: Doug Mitchell

Craig had a stellar season in 2008, balancing his studies at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto which the prodigious requirements of decathlon training. His indoor performances included a new NS record in the shot put at 16.68m. In May, Craig represented Canada at the NACAC Combined Events Championships in the Dominican Republic. He earned a bronze medal at the Canadian Olympic Trials, bettering his own record in the decathlon with a score of 7468 points. He also surpassed the previous discus record earlier in the season with a throw of 51.83m and produced an impressive high jump of 2.09m and a long jump of 6.85m

Top Performances
Indoor shot- 16.68m NS Senior Record

Decathlon- 7468 pts NS Senior Record
High jump- 2.09
Long jump- 6.85
Shot Put- 15.83
Discus- 51.83

Junior Female
Marissa Walter
Hometown: Kentville
Club: Athletics East
Coach: Charles Scarrow

Marissa had a strong season in her first year as a junior, working back from a hamstring injury to produce the fastest times of the year by a junior in Nova Scotia in the 100m, 200m and 400m. Her 400m time of 58.42 came while winning the Aileen Meagher International Track Classic. It was an personal best by over two seconds from her 2007 performance.

Top Performances
100m- 12.30
200m- 25.51
400m- 58.42

60m- 8.04

Junior Male
Garrett Ramey
Club: Launchers Athletics
Coach: Steve Wohlmuth

Garrett Ramey continues his steady development as a thrower and achieved a NS Junior record with the 6k shot this summer, throwing 15.24m. He was the Atlantic University Champion in 2008 and also placed 6th at the Canadian Junior Championships.

Top Performances
Indoor shot- 14.82m

Top Performances Outdoor
Shot- 15.24m NS Junior Record

Juvenile Female
Chelsea Whalen
Hometown: Liverpool
Club: Launchers
Coach: Steve Wohlmuth

Chelsea Whalen could well be the future of throwing in Nova Scotia if this past season was any indication. She smashed both the indoor and outdoor records for the juvenile shot put and heaved the javelin a huge 45.25m – also good for a Nova Scotia juvenile record. This bettered the previous record set by the formidable Kate Forbes. Not only was Chelsea smashing records, she was also winning tow gold medals at the National Legion Championships in the process. As a first year juvenile, she placed 6th at the Canadian Junior Championships in the shot and was 7th in the discus.

Top Performances
Indoor shot- 12.68m Nova Scotia Juvenile record

Shot Put 13.01 Nova Scotia Juvenile record
Javelin 45.25m Nova Scotia Juvenile record
Discus: 35.61m

Juvenile Male
Mattias Wolter
Hometown: Bridgewater
Club: Bluenose Athletics

Coach: Tanya Daniels

Mattias Wolter continues to pile success upon success with top level performances both on the track and cross country courses. His fitness was evident early, as he set of new Nova Scotia record for the 1000m during the indoor season. This was followed by a new Nova Scotia juvenile and junior record in the 3000mSC with a time of 9:08.06. He ran a solo NS record of 6:00.02 in the 2000mSC before capturing first place at the Canadian Youth Championships in Sherbrooke. He ran away from the field at the NSSAF Championships and finished 9th (6th among eligible juniors) at the Canadian Junior Cross Country Championships. This position guaranteed him selection the Canadian National Team competing at the NACAC Championships in March, 2009.

Top Performances
1000m- 2:34.76 Nova Scotia Juvenile record
2000mSC- 6:00:02 Nova Scotia Juvenile record
3000mSC- 9:08:06 Nova Scotia Juvenile and Junior record
1500m- 4:02.46

Midget Female
Hilary Rawding
Hometown: Greenwood
Club: Athletics East
Coach: Charles Scarrow

As a relative newcomer to the sport, Hilary wasted little time establishing her credentials as someone to watch in the future. She showed wide range, producing strong results from the 400m right up to the 3000m on the track and 4k in cross country. She produced the fastest times for any midget runner from 800m to 3000m and topped off her season by winning a bronze medal at the National Legion Championships.

Top Performances
400m- 61.95
800m- 2:17.79
1500m- 4:47.68
3000m- 10:40.10

Midget Male
Greg Hingley
Club: Truro Lions

Coach: Paul Millman

Greg Hingley only took up hammer throwing this season but has already produced an impressive best of 33.47m, establishing a new midget record for this event.

Top Outdoor Performances

Top Performances
Hammer- 33.47m
Shot- 11.97m

Bantam Female
Jessica Bartlett
Hometown: Truro
Club: Truro Lions

Coach: Paul Millman

Jessica Bartlett emerged as a new talent in the throws, coming out of the fledgling Truro Lions Track Club which is developing throwers at an impressive rate. She set a new bantam record of 34.53m in the javelin, bettering the previous record of

Top Performances
Javelin- 34.53m

Bantam Male
Mike Tate
Club: Antigonish Track Club

This was Mike's first year running at the provincial level and he certainly excelled, beginning with two gold medals at the NSSAF Championships in the junior 1500m and 3000m. He followed this up with wins at the Provincial and Atlantic Hershey Championships in the 1600m and went on to capture the silver medal in this event at the North American Hershey Championships.

Top Performances
800m- 2:13.36
1500m- 4:35.36
1600m- 4:47.7
3000m- 9:48.19

Coach of the Year
Steve Morley
Club: YHZ Track and Field

  Steve is making an impact both on the coaching level and the educational and club administration level in Nova Scotia. He coached Erin MacLean to a bronze medal at the Canadian Senior Championships in the 5000m and to a 35:08 top five finish over 10k at the Canadian Road Race Championships. He also coaches a squad of middle to long distance athletes including Lucas Corkum, Heather Goodfellow, Brent Addison, Sara Lausch and Sadie Petrie. He established a new track club in Halifax in 2008 called YHZ Track and Field. He was certified as a new NCCP Sport Coach and Learning Facilitator in February, 2008 and taught a Level I clinic in the spring. In addition, he has completed 12 of the 16 modules required to attain Level IV Certification. There are currently no Level IV Certified track and field coaches in Nova Scotia.

Official of the Year
Paul MacDonald

  Paul has been one of the hardest working ANS officials for years and came to a considerable number of meets in 2008, both indoor and out. He was also our sole representative at a Maritime meeting of officials to plan for the World Junior Championships in 2010 in Moncton, the 2009 Canadian Junior and the Canada Games. He is working towards being an official at the World Junior Championships.



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