Biathlon well represented as Sport P.E.I. recognizes top performers


Published on February 8, 2017

Caitlin Campbell won the Bell Aliant senior female athlete of the year on Wednesday. From left are Sport P.E.I. board member Kaye Kelly, Campbell and Paul Montgomery, representing Bell Aliant.

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – It wasn’t that long ago biathlon in P.E.I. was nearly dead in the water.

Now, among many of its accolades during the last decade or so, two of its top practitioners were recognized at the Sport P.E.I. awards Wednesday in Charlottetown.

Caitlin Campbell earned the senior female athlete of the year award and Lucas Boudreau the junior male honour for their efforts in 2016.

“It’s pretty sweet. I’m surprised considering the heavy hitters in this category,” said Boudreau, who was picked over rugby’s Jordon Montgomery and tennis’ Mark Rainnie. “I’m looking forward to having a good year this season.”

The Elmwood native made Canada’s youth biathlon team and competed in Romania in his first world championships, then over four meets in North America won five medals and overall champ in the youth division.

At the Canadian championships, Boudreau finished in the top 10 in all his events. He said none of that, and the overall success of the sport, would be possible if Judy and Stephen Hale hadn’t come on board almost 20 years ago and other volunteers didn’t sign on.

Other success from Biathlon P.E.I. include Caitlin’s brother Carsen and Lucas’ twin brother Andre.

“Definitely one of biggest reasons,” said Lucas. “The amount of time they all put in is why we are where we are.”

Caitlin Campbell is on the same page as her running mate and points to the others who’ve led the way.

“Having the high-level athletes (like Mark Arendz and Carsen) show we can compete. Also the coaching is phenomenal and the dedication of the athletes,” said the Bedeque native.

She followed Carsen into the tracks as she sees skiing as a family sport, indeed many skiers at the world level have siblings competing internationally.

Last year, Caitlin collected an overall North American championship, earned two gold and five silver medals in various events and was the first female biathlete from P.E.I. named to a Canadian team, competing at the world juniors in Romania.

All and all, a very good year.

“I’m pretty excited. All the girls I was up against are at a high level.”

Boudreau leaves today to defend his title at the fourth Nor-Am Cup event of the season this weekend in Jericho, Vt., while Campbell’s next event is the nationals next month in British Columbia.

Published on 08 February 2017

Marguerite Middleton was the P.E.I. Mutual Insurance official of the year. From left, Sport P.E.I. board member Tom Crowell, Middleton and Jim Doyle, representing P.E.I. Mutual Insurance.

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Lori Lund is the ADL volunteer administrator of the year. From left are Sport P.E.I. board member Darren MacKay, Lund and Shawn MacLean, representing ADL.

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Josh Whitty is the P.E.I. Mutual coach of the year. From left are Jim Doyle, representing P.E.I. Mutual Insurance Company, Whitty and Sport P.E.I. board member Ryan Innis.

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Heather Ayles is the ADL masters athlete of the year. From left are Sport P.E.I. board member Brian Chambers, Ayles, and Shawn MacLean, representing ADL.

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Hockey P.E.I. president Barry Thompson, left, accepts the Premier's Award for Hockey PEI from Health and Wellness Minister Robert Henderson.

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The late Barb Mullaly was recognized by Sport P.E.I. Wednesday with the President's Award. Sport P.E.I. president Tracey Clements, left, presents the award to Bob Gray, a longtime friend of Mullaly.

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Emily Cameron won the Inspirational Award Wednesday at Sport P.E.I.’s annual awards ceremony. Sport P.E.I. board member Kaye Kelly, from left, presented the award to Cameron’s parents, Susan and Scott.

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Jessica Cameron, right, was named the 2016 intercollegiate female athlete of the year Wednesday during Sport P.E.I.’s annual awards ceremony. She received the award from Sport P.E.I. board member Karen MacLeod.

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Amy Burk, right, received an award of honour Wednesday from Sport P.E.I. board member Ron Waite.

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Ligrit Sadiku was named the 2016 intercollegiate male athlete of the year Wednesday during Sport P.E.I.’s annual awards ceremony. His mother, Nikki Sadiku, accepted the award on his behalf from Sport P.E.I.’s Tom Crowell.

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Lucas Boudreau was named the 2016 DP Murphy Hotels and Resorts junior male athlete of the year Wednesday at Sport P.E.I.’s annual awards ceremony. From left are Sport P.E.I. member Ryan Innis, Boudreau and Susan Freeman, representing DP Murphy.

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Emma Jinks received the DP Murphy Hotels and Resorts junior female athlete of the year award Wednesdsay. From left are Darren MacKay, representing Sport P.E.I., Jinks and Susan Freeman, representing DP Murphy.

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Caitlin Campbell won the Bell Aliant senior female athlete of the year on Wednesday. From left are Sport P.E.I. board member Kaye Kelly, Campbell and Paul Montgomery, representing Bell Aliant.

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Brett Gallant was named the Bell Aliant senior male athlete of the year on Wednesday during Sport P.E.I.’s annual awards ceremony. From left are Ron Waite, representing Sport P.E.I., Gallant’ mother, Kathie, and Paul Montgomery, representing Bell Aliant .

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Brett Gallant was recognized Wednesday as the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's Award. From left are Sport P.E.I. president Tracey Clements, Gallant’s mother, Kathie, and the Lt.-Gov. Frank Lewis.

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The Holland College Hurricanes women's basketball team is the SCORE! team of the year. Accepting the award were team members and assistant coach Katie Hamilton. Presenting the award were Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee, second from right, and Sport P.E.I.’s Brian Chambers.

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And the winners are

Sport P.E.I. held its 43rd annual awards ceremony Wednesday in Charlottetown. The following are the 2016 winners:

P.E.I. Mutual Insurance official of the year – Marguerite Middleton, swimming.

ADL volunteer administrator of the year – Lori Lund, soccer.

ADL masters athlete of the year – Heather Ayles, powerlifting.

P.E.I. Mutual Insurance coach of the year – Josh Whitty, basketball.

SCORE! team of the year – Holland College Hurricanes women's basketball team. 

DP Murphy Hotels and Resorts junior female athlete of the year – Emma Jinks, squash.

DP Murphy Hotels and Resorts junior male athlete of the year – Lucas Boudreau, biathlon.

Intercollegiate female athlete of the year – Jessica Cameron, hockey.

Intercollegiate male athlete of the year – Ligrit Sadiku, wrestling.

Bell Aliant Senior female athlete of the year – Caitlin Campbell, biathlon.

Bell Aliant Senior male athlete of the year – Brett Gallant, curling. 

Award of Honour – Amy Burk, goalball.

Inspirational Award – Emily Cameron, rowing.

President's Award – the late Barb Mullaly.

Premier's Award – Hockey P.E.I.

Lieutenant Governor's Award – Brett Gallant, curling.