STELLARTON – Awards presentations provided an opportunity to draw a parallel between the ups challenges that occur for Pictou County Athletics members and those pursuing success at the Olympics.
Athletics head coach Pat Carty congratulated the athletes who participated during the society’s annual summer season-ending awards banquet at the Pioneer Coal Athletic Field.
“Think of the ups and downs and the things that got in the way,” Carty said. “The top athletes know that in their lives it’s a matter of persistence. It’s about becoming better people and better athletes.”
Olympic success can come from years of holding on to a dream and dedication to a sport from an early age, as it did for Derek Druin who won the gold medal in men’s high jump at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.
“Derek decided to be a high jumper when he was five years old,” Carty said. “If you aspire to work hard, it may not be the Olympics, but you will be successful.”
Two special awards concluded the presentations.
Scott Langille received the Pat Carty award presented to the male athlete who demonstrates dedication, determination, desire and leadership.
Heath Miller received the Frank Terris Memorial award presented to the female athlete who displays the same qualities. She also received the Giving Back award.
Taylor Cromwell was named top female rookie, while Broden DeCoff was named top male rookie.
Marjorie Schmidt was presented with the ambassador award.
Most improved athlete awards were also presented to Allie Sandluck, Jenna Reid, Jake Temple, Dennis Moore and Logan Kirwan.
From left: Scott Langille, Heath Miller, Parker Swain and Marjorie Schmidt share a view of their awards. (Goodwin photo)