Sport NB announces Konica Minolta Sport Awards finalists


Written by  Tuesday, 31 October 2017 18:12

Sport NB announces Konica Minolta Sport Awards finalists

Fredericton, NB - Athletes who have represented New Brunswick throughout the world, coaches who have invested time and effort, and individuals who have volunteered countless hours, corporate supporters and outstanding members of the media were highlighted today, as Sport New Brunswick announced the names of the finalists for the annual Konica Minolta Sport Awards. 

“Every year the selection committee has a difficult job in narrowing the field of nominees to our finalists; and this year was no different.” said Darcy McKillop, Chief Executive Officer of Sport NB. “With over 60 nominations the quality of nominees in all categories was higher than it has ever been and the voting very close in all categories.  Among our finalists we have athletes of all ages, coaches, officials and volunteers who have been involved at all levels of sport, from grassroots to international competitions.”

The Konica Minolta Sport Awards recognize the accomplishments of New Brunswick’s top athletes, teams, coaches, officials, and volunteers in amateur sport over the past year.   “New Brunswick can be very proud off all the people who were nominated,” said McKillop. “These are the types of people who inspire others to be great, and help see the value in sport participation. New Brunswickers can be very proud of these individuals”.

Nominations were submitted by a number of different organizations throughout the Province. Finalists were selected based on their achievements from September 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017.  Konica Minolta’s support, as well as the other corporate sponsors - the Westmont Hospitality Group, Boston Pizza, BrunNet, Teed Saunders Doyle & Co and Taylor Printing Group make these awards possible year after year. This year’s awards dinner and ceremony will be held at the Saint John Trade and Convention Centre in Saint John on November 25th.  Tickets are available by calling Sport NB at (506)451-1320.

The finalists were announced in seven of the twelve categories. They are:

Westmont Hospitality Group Female Athlete of the Year

Shelley Doucet, Quispamsis, Athletics

Brooklyn Douthwright, Riverview, Swimming

Geneviève Lalonde, Moncton, Athletics


Westmont Hospitality Group Male Athlete of the Year

Alex Colpitts, Fredericton, Judo

Alex Hayward, Quispamsis, Wheelchair Basketball

Calvin Ross, Fredericton, Golf


BrunNet Team of the Year

Atlantic Attack (Ringette)

Canada Games Women’s Volleyball

Team NB Boys Golf Team


Boston Pizza Female Coach of the Year

Monette Boudreau-Carroll, Moncton, Volleyball

Stacey Charlton, Apohaqui, Figure Skating

Josée Daigle, Lac Baker, Judo


Boston Pizza Male Coach of the Year

Earl Church, Shediac Cape, Athletics

Shawn McManus, Fredericton, Judo

Louis Melanson, Moncton, Golf


Teed Saunders Doyle & Co Spirit of Sport

Max Arsenault, Rothesay

Veronica Coombes, Shediac Cape

Saint John Warriors U12 Girls Soccer Team


Volunteer Sport Administrator Award

Pauline Cormier, Dieppe, Volleyball

Heather McBriarty, Saint John, Sailing


President’s Award - Female Athlete

Laura Dickinson, Miramichi City, Athletics

Brooklyn Douthwright, Riverview, Swimming

Courtney Sarault, Moncton, Speed Skating


President’s Award – Male Athlete

Max Arsenault, Rothesay, Wheelchair Rugby and Para-Athletics

Jacob LeBlanc, Moncton, Para-Athletics

Chris O’Toole, Hampton, Wrestling


Outstanding Media Coverage

Brad Janes, NB Hoops Report

CBC New Brunswick

Philip Drost, CBC



The following awards will also be presented to the recipients listed below at the Konica Minolta Sport Awards:

Official of the Year

Laurie Hiltz, Oromocto, Golf

Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award
Jeff Jones, Moncton, Wrestling

Corporate Award

Mike’s Bike Shop (Rick Snyder