Nicholls, baseball Islanders to be recognized at awards banquet

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Two of the best sports good news stories from 2015 will be celebrated on Feb. 3 when Sport P.E.I. holds its annual amateur sports awards at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel.

Tom Nicholls, who suffered serious injuries in a race car crash in 2012, came back to win three major powerlifting titles will be recognized with the ADL masters athlete award.

The Charlottetown Gaudet’s Auto Body Islanders will be presented with the SCORE! team of the year honour, after their roster of homegrown talent took home the New Brunswick Senior Baseball League (NBSBL) title, the first ever by a senior Island team.

Nicholls return to the powerlifting stage was remarkable. After months of intensive rehab and physiotherapy, Nicholls returned to top-level competition at the nationals in St. John’s, N.L., and won his 15th Canadian title, taking gold in the master 2 120-plus kilogram class.

In June, Nicholls travelled to Finland as part of the Canadian contingent to compete at the world championships, and his 745-kg total lift gave him his third world title. In December in Vancouver, he rounded off an outstanding year by totalling 751 kilos, for his second Commonwealth success.

In addition to his three titles, Tom set a remarkable seven world, nine Commonwealth and four national records.

The Islanders gave baseball fans in the province lots to cheer about in 2015. Under first-year head coach Keith Craswell the team finished in third place in the five-team NBSBL, but they were just warming for the playoffs.

After defeating Chatham in six games, they met the Fredericton Royals in the league final.

In a see-saw series, which saw the lead change back and forth, the Islanders eventually triumphed, winning the deciding game of the series 7-2 in Fredericton, courtesy of a grand slam by league all-star Dillon Doucette and a complete game by the pitcher-of-the-year Jordan Stevenson.

The Islanders had many notable standouts throughout the season, including reliable all-star catcher Morgan MacLean, and Brody MacDonald, named best left-handed pitcher in the league.

 

Compiled by Sport P.E.I.’s communications officer Nick Murray.

 

Need to know

2015 Amateur Sport Awards

What – The annual awards presented by Sport P.E.I. at its gala banquet.

When – Feb. 3.

Where – Rodd Charlottetown Hotel.

Tickets – Tickets for the awards reception and presentations are $25 and available by contacting Nick Murray at Sport P.E.I. at 368-4547.

Organizations: Islanders, New Brunswick Senior Baseball League, Rodd Charlottetown Hotel ADL

Geographic location: Finland, Vancouver, Fredericton

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