Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie
Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie

Sports Awards Dinner

Sports Awards Dinner
This is an annual event held to honour our local male high school athletes and inductees into the Russ Ramsay High School Hall of Fame. (Female high school athletic awards are held on a separate night.)

Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Marconi Club

HP Broughton Sportsperson of the Year Nomination Criteria 2017

Past Winners- HP Broughton Award
2016          Mike Amadio
2015          Natasha Doroodian
2014          Brad Jacobs and Mac Marcoux
2013          Brad Jacobs Curling Rink
2012          Soo Thunderbirds Hockey Team
2011          Brad Jacobs Curling rink
2010          Tyler Kennedy
2009          Richard MacLennan
2008          Sault Steelers
2007          Craig Hartsburg/Mike Hall and Soo North Stars
2006          Brigitte Acton
2005          Sherri Smith
2004          Jesse Jakomait
2003          Brigitte Acton
2002          Craig Hartsburg 
2001          Jessica Tuomela
2000          Andrew Grigg
1999          Jennifer Fratesi
1998          Marty Turco/Mount St. Joseph Girls Basketball Team
1997          Ted Nolan
1996          Marty Turco
1995          Darren Zack
1994          Kevin Scott
1993          Soo Greyhounds/Paul Dipietro
1992          Ted Nolan/Ron Francis
1991          Dr. George Shunock/Soo Greyhounds
1990          Al Harnden/Curling Team
1989          Nick Taylor
1988          Kevin Scott
1987          Steve Beaupre
1986          Pan Giiangualano/Al Harnden, Mike Coulter, Richard Evoy, Rick Elliott
1985          Soo Greyhounds
1984          Ivan Boldirev
1983          Rocky DiPietro
1982          Wayne Dustin
1981          Soo Greyhounds
1980          Lou Nanne
1979          Brian Gualazzi
1978          I-500 Racing Team
1977          Jo Forman
1976          Steve Nolan
1975          Dennis Collins/ Frank Nolan Sr.
1974          Jack Valiquette
1973          Steeler Football Team
1972          Jack and Dave MacFarlane, Doug Clattenberg, Mike Boyd
1971          Lee Rodgers, Jack Stewart 
1970          Tony Esposito
1969          not awarded
1968          Jim Kramer Sr.
1967          Phil Esposito
1966          Phil Esposito/ Bob Tombari
1965          Reno Pettenuzzo
1964          John Brothers
1963          Abbie Naccarato
1962          Ben Littner
1961          Merlin Moore
1960          Ola Gard
1959          Bruno Ochman
1958          Angelo Bumbacco
1957          Tupper Toombs
1956          Tom Tipton



The Rotary Sports Awards was first called the Sports Celebrities Dinner and was established in 1956 as a fund raising endeavour for Rotary’s work for children with physical disabilities.

An award was initiated that year to recognize Sault Ste. Marie’s Sportsperson of the Year. A trophy was donated by A.Y. Broughton, a past District Governor of Rotary, in honour of his father, also a Rotarian, the late H. P. Broughton.  The first person  selected through a poll of Sportswriters and Sportscasters was Tom Tipton.

In 1965, the George Wallace Memorial Trophy was awarded for outstanding contribution in the field of recreation as a volunteer. This selection is made by members of the Community Services Board. Wilf Ross was the first recipient.  In 1995 this was moved to a separate presentation.

In 1969, two awards were added:  the Walter Lowe Memorial Trophy to the top male high school athlete as  selected by the Physical Education Directors of the city secondary schools, and the B’nai B’rith Award to the graduating secondary school student combining athletic ability with academic achievements as selected by the Principals of the secondary schools in concert with Senior Board Officials of both the  Public and Roman Catholic systems.

In 1970, with the termination of the Sports Celebrity Dinner, a Sports Awards Luncheon was scheduled each June at a regular Rotary meeting.

In 1980, the Ross Winslade Memorial Trophy came into being to honour the memory of a highly respected secondary school Principal. This was a team trophy awarded to the secondary school accumulating the most points within the city for all boys and girls sports sanctioned by the Secondary School Athletic Association.

In 1982, the program was further expanded to include inductions to the Sault Ste. Marie Hockey Hall of Fame. This was later taken over by the city in 1992.

In 1987, the Awards Luncheon became the Awards Dinner so that sufficient time would be available to pay proper tribute to all of the winners. In the same year, a special award was presented to the top male athlete in each of the four major high school sports. Wrestling was added as a fifth sport in 1995, curling and badminton in 1999, cross country in 2000, and soccer in 2005.

In 1990, Rotary continued its involvement in recognition of secondary school sports by establishing the Russ Ramsay High School Hall of Fame, named in his honour. This hall is designed to recognize and honour individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the male and/or female high school athletic program in Sault Ste. Marie. The first inductee to the Hall of Fame was Russ Ramsay.


For more information, contact:
Daniel C. Sharp
Rotary Sports Awards Committee
Suite 503-123 March St.
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario P6A 2Z5         
Work (705) 759-8744   Fax (705) 949-0103

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