2016 Ricoh Sport Awards

May 29, 2016

Coach

Damien Barry, Sydney

Damien Barry made an enormous difference to the Caledonia Rugby Club in his first year as head coach. The team, which was coming off a two year winless streak, was able to turn their play around and finish in fourth place in the Rugby Nova Scotia Division 2. Under Damien's leadership, the squad was able to secure a playoff spot in 2015 with several key wins at home and on the road.

Team

Enfield RFC Women's Team 

The Enfield Rugby Club women's team earned a promotion to Rugby Nova Scotia's Division 1 for the 2015 season. After a successful first year, they qualified for Tier B playoffs where they captured their first provincial championship, a first for their team and their club.

Official

Ryan Alguire, Windsor

Ryan was a standout official both on and off the field. He was elected to the Nova Scotia Referee Society as Director of Development. His worked to improve officials of all levels by providing support and referee coaching throughout the season. He was also invited to referee at the Rugby Canada Centre of Excellence in Langford BC, and New York Seven's in November at Randall's Island Park in Manhattan.

Volunteer

Zeb Banks, Musquodoboit Harbour

Zeb was a key organizer for all Rugby Nova Scotia events in 2015, most notably the 50th Anniversary Celebration and the Battle for New Scotland. He is a leading organizers for Keltics Senior men's home events and the annual RNS awards banquet. Zeb is also is a founding member of his home club, Eastern Shore RFC, and his tireless volunteer work makes him a huge asset for them as well.

Female 

Emma Taylor, Halifax

Emma embodies what a national level athlete is. She is hard working, on and off the field, and is a leader with the Halifax Rugby Football Club, on the senior women's Keltics team, and on Team Atlantic. She was named MVP of the powerhouse Halifax Rugby Football Club team that has won 11 straight Division 1 championships. Emma was also selected to participate in national selection camps in Langford, BC.

Male 

Brett Johnson, North River

Brett's home club is the Truro Saints, the RNS Division 2 champions, as well as the provincial Nova Scotia Keltics senior men's team. His play earned him a look with the Atlantic Rock and was placed on their U19 and senior team, for whom he played in the Canadian championship. After an outstanding tournament, Brett was long-listed to the Canadian senior men's team, and ultimately was selected to represent Canada in the Americas Rugby Championship.

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