The Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie was able to honor our local athletes in person for the first time since the start of the pandemic at last night’s 65e Annual Rotary Sports Awards.
“After enduring a virtual sports awards event in 2020 and nothing for 2021 as no sports were allowed, the Rotary Sports Awards Dinner last night succeeded in honoring and recognizing local high school athletes,” Rotary said. Sports Awards Committee Rotarian, Robert Carricato. “Not every athlete could be an award winner, but to salute each of them for being the best they can be in their respective sports is an achievement in itself and worthy of honour.”
This year‘s winners were:
- Best Athlete – Badminton: Dylan Garson (Korah) and Darshan Kasundra (Korah)
- Top Athlete – Basketball: Ethan Williams (Sizes up)
- High level athlete – long distance running: Dylan Garson (Korah)
- Best Athlete – Curling: Justin McKay (White Pines)
- Top Athlete – Football: Michael Nicoletta (Korah)
- Best Athlete – Hockey: Daniel Bumbacco (St. Mary’s)
- Best Athlete – Soccer: Daniel Bumbacco (St. Mary’s) and Dylan Garson (Korah)
- Top athlete – Athletics: Daniel Bumbacco (Korah)
- Walter Lowe Memorial Trophy, Top High School Athlete (tie): Michael Nicoletta (Korah) and Daniel Bumbacco (St. Mary’s)
- B’Nai B’Rith Award, Student Who Best Combines Academics and Athletics: Nick Talvitie (Korah)
- Ross Winslade Award, highest scoring high school in the city for all sports for boys and girls: Korah Collegiate & Vocational School
- Russ Ramsay High School Sports Hall of Fame Inductee: Ray Basawa
The Rotary Sports Awards Dinner dates back to 1956 when it was originally called the Sports Celebrity Dinner, an event created by the Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie as a fundraiser for their work with children with physical disabilities. That same year, the HP Broughton Award was launched to recognize Sault Ste. Marie’s sportswoman of the year.
This year, the club was proud to award the HP Broughton Award to Rory Kerins of the Soo Greyhounds. Rory Kerins was unable to attend the dinner as he was playing with the Stockton Heat in the AHL Western Conference Finals against the Chicago Wolves, but sent in a pre-recorded acceptance speech in case he was the nominee retained.
“When I got drafted in 2018, I had no idea where the Sault was,” Kerin’s pre-recorder laughed from the screen above the awards table at dinner. of yesterday. “I was drafted here and I had no idea where it was, I had no idea what it was. When I arrived here in August 2018, I quickly fell in love with the community and the city, and how everyone treats each other, and how tight-knit the community is, in the sports world and just in general.
“I quickly understood what privilege I had. I quickly realized how special it was to play for the Soo Greyhounds and represent the Sault,” Kerin explained. “Playing for the Sault and putting on that Greyhounds logo is more important than just playing in the OHL for a team. Putting on this Greyhound logo is a hallmark of the city. When you walk around the Sault, you see everyone wearing the Greyhound logo, whether it’s kids playing minor hockey or a guy walking down the street with a Soo Greyhounds hat. It was a privilege to play here and I never took it for granted. It truly leaves me speechless with my experience here. The Sault will always be my home and the best place to play in my opinion.
Shaw Spotlight will broadcast last night’s event and the Tenaris Female Athletic Awards event from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on June 14, 16, 21 and 23.