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Sport P.E.I. president Ron Waite presents the president’s award to Barb Carmichael.
Barb Carmichael never forgot what a physical education teacher did for her when she was a teenager.
Charlie Ballem was her teacher as well as her volleyball and track and field coach.
“Charlie gave me a pair of track cleats when I was about 15 or 16 years old,” said Carmichael. “By giving me that, I think I have always wanted to give back to the sport.”
The Charlottetown resident and avid field hockey representative has done that and so much more.
Carmichael was recognized earlier this month with the Sport P.E.I.’s president’s award.
She played field hockey at the Canada Games in 1969 and 1973, was a manager at two more and on the mission staff. She also played at UNB.
In 1983, she was named Sport P.E.I. coach of the year after her senior team finished fourth at nationals. She has managed dozens of provincial teams and the UPEI Panthers field hockey squad.
“Barb is Island field hockey,” said Sport P.E.I. president Ron Waite. “One word has been used to sum up Barb and that’s fun. The girls love her.”
Carmichael has been Field Hockey P.E.I. president for years and a commissioner with the Prince Edward Island School Athletic Association. In 2007, she was named the Sport P.E.I. administrator of the year.
“She is as passionate as they come,” Waite said of the retired Charlottetown Rural teacher.
Carmichael was surprised when her name was announced as the recipient. Unlike most other awards handed out during the evening there are no finalists for the president’s award.
Carmichael said she plans to continue giving of her time for sport and she hopes others do as well.
“All I really, really want back is a thank you and that (the athletes) will continue to do something for field hockey or volleyball or track,” she said.
“It’s playing it forward and that’s what it’s all about.”
A look at recent winners of the Sport P.E.I. president’s award.
2012 – Ewan Stewart (Roadrunners).
2011 – Debbie MacMurdo (figure skating).
2010 – Howard Watts (boxing).
2009 – Joe Spriet (Canada Games host society).
2008 – Frank and Margaret Parslow.
2007 – John Wilbert.
2006 – Marilyn Sutherland.
2005 – Clair Sudsbury.
2004 – Lothar Zimmerman.
2003 – Myron Weeks.