Jennifer Boland of Pearlgate Track & Field was named Female Athlete of the Year, and Simon Fraser University Clan Track member, Daniel Kelloway was honoured as Male Athlete of the Year when the Mount Pearl Sport Alliance honoured some of the best athletes in the city during a gala dinner at the Reid Centre last month.
Melanie Hallett of Campia Gymnastics was awarded Executive of the Year, and Andrew Murphy of Mount Pearl Soccer was recognized as Coach of the Year. The Mount Pearl First Choice Hair Cutters Challenge Cup men’s soccer team got the nod as Team of the Year.
Boland set the provincial record for the junior and senior women’s 100m in 2016. She also won gold in both the 100m and 200m events at the provincial high school track meet. On the national level, she won gold in the 100m and 200m races at the Atlantic Canada track and field championships in New Brunswick, and bronze in the 60m race at the Canadian indoor track and field championships in Quebec.
As well as representing SFU, Kelloway is a member of the Pearlgate Track & Field Club. In 2016, he placed ninth at the Nationals’ Olympic trials and first in the 800m event at South Surrey Summer Series. On the NCAA circuit, he won gold and the conference title in the 400m and 400m relay at the GNAC Championships, and gold at the San Francisco State Invitational and UBC/Achilles Cup. He is ranked 21st by Athletics Canada, and was named to NCAA Division 2 ‘All West Region Honorees’ list.
Murphy coached the provincial champion U16 Boys Mount Pearl soccer squad, the Provincial U16 Team and the Mount Pearl Challenge Cup team that competed at nationals. He was also assistant coach with the Memorial University Sea-Hawks men’s team, and has been named head coach for the 2017 Canada Games team.
Hallett is President of Campia Gymnastics. She was recognized for her drive and determination behind the completion of a new state of the art $4.2 million facility in 2016. She is also credited for her focus on coaching and program development, her advocacy for the sport, and commitment to give back to the community, all of which has resulted in best ever competitive results, and improved program development and participation at her club.
The Mount Pearl First Choice Hair Cutters Challenge Cup men’s soccer team finished second in the regular season with a 14/5/3 record. They went on to defeat defending champs Holy Cross in the Challenge Cup semi-finals, earning a spot at the nationals highlighted by their 3-1 win over British Columbia.