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Sports Awards Dinner

Tuesday, June 11, 2024
The Machine Shop

Past Winners — HP Broughton Award

2023 Jack Matier
2022 Rory Kerins
2020 Team Brad Jacobs
2019 Drew Bannister
2018 The 2017-2018 Soo Greyhounds team
2017 Blake Speers and Rebekah Trudel
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 history of the Rotary Sports Awards

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.