At a very successful year-end Shindig at Elmira on April 16 we presented achievement awards to those young athletes who distinguished themselves over this past curling season.
This year’s award nominees and the winners are as follows.
The Ken Watson Sportsmanship Award, presented to the player in each age category that exhibits the highest levels of sportsmanship both on and off the ice.
- Little Rock nominees: Parker Malloy, Brendan Hickey, and Leia Wrigglesworth. Winner: Parker Malloy.
- Bantam nominees: Thomas Kraemer, Adrianna Molenaar, Alison Poluck, Larissa Musselman, and Kyle Henry. Winner: Larissa Musselman.
The Sandra Schmirler Rookie of the Year Award, presented to the Little Rock and Bantam/Junior player who exhibit the best mastery of the skills of curling in their first year in their specific program.
- Little Rock nominees: Emma Penston, Mackenna Riel, Parker Malloy, and Lauren Penston. Winner: Mackenna Riel.
- Bantam nominees: Blake Roemer, Larissa Musselman, Luke Sinclair, Quinn Caplice, and Riley Domaratzki. Winner: Blake Roemer.
The Vera Pezer Most Improved Player award, awarded to the player who in the view of the coaching staff improved their curling skills the most during the past season.
- Little Rock nominees: Valorie Martin, Brody Runstedler, and Leia Wrigglesworth. Winner: Leia Wrigglesworth.
- Bantam nominees: Alison Poluck, Sam Domaratzki, Tony Domzella, Kyle Henry, and Riley Domaratzki. Winner: Tony Domzella.
The Russ Howard Most Valuable Player Award, given to the player of each age group who, in the opinion of the coaching staff, is the most valuable to their team or to bonspiel teams that are formed during the season.
- Little Rock nominees: Valorie Martin and Cameron Johnson. Winner: Cameron Johnson.
- Bantam nominees: Emma McKenzie, Veronica Bernard, Sam Domaratzki, and Andrew Paulley. Winner: Sam Domaratzki.
Our congratulations to all of the winners, and the nominees, on an outstanding season of curling and we look forward to next season – the ice will be back in for October 1!