The “13th” annual Sports Recognition Banquet is good fortune for area sports and the audience lucky enough to be in attendance.
The Brantford Sports Council has just announced finalists in nine categories for the Sports Awards as well as the world-class keynote speaker that will present at the 13th annual Sports Recognition Banquet.
Martin Dixon, CPA, CA, LPA and Senior Partner at Millards Chartered Professional Accountants in Brantford is an avid supporter of local sports.
“The Brantford Sports Council celebrates the sports achievements of outstanding local athletes and teams as well as the volunteers that make it all possible. Brantford/Brant is fortunate to have a passionate organization that advocates for our sports community and the many people working diligently on development, mentoring and leadership.”
Dixon is proud of this year’s nominees and is especially thrilled that Millards Chartered Professional Accountants has been nominated for the The Jack Calbeck Memorial Award as a Lifetime Sports Sponsor.
Millards was nominated by Peter Ham, owner of the Brantford Blast.
“We’re proud to have been involved with the Millards brand since inception. When we first announced we would start competing in 2002, Martin Dixon was the first person to contact me and ask how Millards could be involved. We’ve been partners ever since. I can safely say we very likely would not be here today without their strong and consistent support over the last 16 years.”
Ham says that Millards has earned a reputation for their support of area sports.
“Their firm’s name can be seen on countless team jerseys and programs in the city and county. Millards and individual partners have been key financial supporters of many recreational facilities in the area. They have also sponsored many individual athletes over the years. I personally can’t think of any organization more deserving of the award.”
Millards will be a major sponsor of the 13th annual Sports Recognition Banquet on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at the Brantford Golf & Country Club will present accolades to deserving athletes, volunteers, coaches, officials, teams, and sponsors.
In addition to the awards presentation, the event will feature keynote speaker Peter Baxter, Director of Athletics and Recreation Wilfrid Laurier University and President of the Ontario University Athletics.
“Peter’s reputation precedes him.”
Peter Baxter, a certified “Solution-focused Coach” is leading in his 20th season as Wilfrid Laurier’s Director of Athletics and Recreation on both the Waterloo and Brantford Campus.
During his time as Director, the Golden Hawk teams won 40 OUA championships and 10 USports national championships. He has also served Team Canada as Chef-de-mission/Head of Delegation for 2 World FISU University Games held in China during the Summer Games.
“Peter’s connection to Brantford is strong as he is part of the senior management project team overseeing the operational planning and construction of the new $56 million Laurier Brantford YMCA Athletic and Recreation facility.”
Seating is limited and Brantford Sports Council representatives suggest interested parties should order their tickets soon so not to miss the unique keynote and awards presentation.
Brantford Sports Council
2018 AWARD NOMINEES
The Adrian Scherders Memorial Award – Sportsmanship and Dedication
Jacob Alway (flag football)
Meghan Josling (Special Olympics track & field)
Bridget Kwasnik (multi-sports)
The Phyllis Gretzky Memorial Award – Female Youth Leadership
Nicole Kelly (girls hockey)
Emily Rickwood (girls hockey)
Holly Taylor (multi-sports)
Alexa Windle (track & field)
The Frank Bricker Memorial Award – Male Youth Leadership
Cole Belkwell (track & field)
Reece Doumani (baseball)
Dylan Szczur (multi-sports)
The John Macklin Memorial Award – Coach of the Year
Todd Andrew (multi-sports)
Sean Doucette (track & field)
Leo Raposo (soccer)
The Jimmy Wilkes Memorial Award – Team of the Year
BCI Mustangs Senior Girls Basketball Team
Brantford Galaxy U15 Girls Soccer Team
Brantford City U18 Girls Elite Soccer Team
The Dave Levac Award – The Award of Excellence for Sports Officiating
Neil Macdonald (lacrosse)
Michael Roche (Special Olympics)
George Wittingham (soccer)
The George Churchill Memorial Award – Sports Volunteer of the Year
Dave Fielding (hockey)
Crosby Gibson (swimming)
Connie Pomerleau (baseball)
Michelle Smith (girls hockey)
The Jack Calbeck Memorial Award – Lifetime Sports Sponsorship
Millards Chartered Professional Accountants
The George Jones Memorial Award – Lifetime Sports Volunteerism
Rob Coleman (soccer)
Cathy Drinkwater (girls hockey)
Frank Vieira (soccer)