2019 Konica Minolta Sport Awards

Written by  Tuesday, 29 October 2019 15:37

Sport NB announces Konica Minolta Sport Awards finalists

Fredericton, NB - Athletes who have represented New Brunswick throughout the world, coaches who have invested time and effort, and individuals who have volunteered countless hours, corporate supporters and outstanding members of the media were highlighted today, as Sport New Brunswick announced the names of the finalists for the annual Konica Minolta Sport Awards.

The Konica Minolta Sport Awards recognize the accomplishments of New Brunswick’s top athletes, teams, coaches, officials, and volunteers in amateur sport over the past year.   “New Brunswick can be very proud off all the people who were nominated,” said McKillop. “These are the types of people who inspire others to be great, and help see the value in sport participation. New Brunswickers can be very proud of these individuals”.

Nominations were submitted by a number of different organizations from throughout the Province. Finalists were selected based on their achievements from September 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019.  Konica Minolta’s support, as well as the other corporate sponsors InnVest Hotels, Boston Pizza, BrunNet, Teed Saunders Doyle & Co, Enterprise rent-a-car and Taylor Printing Group make these awards possible year after year. This year’s awards dinner and ceremony will be held in Fredericton at the Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook Hotel on November 30th.  Tickets are available by calling Sport NB at (506)451-1320.

The finalists were announced in eight of the thirteen categories. They are:

InnVest Hotels Female Athlete of the Year

Danielle Dorris, Moncton, Para-swimming

Geneviève Lalonde, Moncton, Athletics

Jill Irving, Moncton, Equestrian - Dressage


InnVest Hotels Male Athlete of the Year

Jesse Canney, Durham Bridge, Special Olympics - Swimming

Colin Higgins, Quispamsis, Wheelchair Basketball

Matt Kinnie, Riverview, Para-cycling


Boston Pizza Female Coach of the Year

Kim Colpitts, Nasonworth, Volleyball

Sabrina Durepos, Charters Settlement, Wheelchair Basketball

Michele Leger, Fredericton, Ski - Alpine


Boston Pizza Male Coach of the Year

Nick Blanton, Quispamsis, Artistic Gymnastics

Steve LeBlanc, Riverview, Athletics

Kyle Woodworth, Fredericton, Basketball


BrunNet Team of the Year

Basketball NB U17 Boys

Wheelchair Basketball Team NB


President’s Award - Female Athlete

Kate Lee, Quispamsis, Boxing

Erin Vringer, Saint John, Athletics


President’s Award – Male Athlete

Norman Burry, Fredericton, Basketball

Jacob LeBlanc, Moncton, Para-athletics and Para-hockey

Patrick Talbot, Quispamsis, Artistic Gymnastics


Taylor Printing Group Official of the Year

Ron Campbell, Willow Grove, Softball

Adrien Levesque, Moncton, Cycling

Rick Stocker, Fredericton, Athletics



The following awards will also be presented to the recipients listed below at the Konica Minolta Sport Awards:


Enterprise rent-a-car Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award

David Watling, Miramichi, Baseball

Teed Saunders Doyle & Co Spirit of Sport

Emma Coakley, Saint John

Volunteer Sport Administrator Award

Bill MacMackin, Quispamsis, Athletics

Outstanding Media Coverage

Vanessa Vander Valk, CBC

Corporate Award

UNI Coopération financière



Sport NB is a non-profit bilingual federation. We advocate sport for all, from the grassroots level to high performance, and provide programs and services for all our members.

For more information contact Cathlia Ward at 451-1320 or programs@sportnb.com.  Follow us on Twitter @SportNB or Facebook Sport New-Nouveau Brunswick