Oct. 25, 2005
FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswick wrestler Krista Betts is the 2005 Roly McLenahan Canada Games Award recipient. The announcement was made today by Intergovernmental and International Relations Minister Percy Mockler, Minister responsible for the Culture and Sport Secretariat.
Krista Betts won the Gold Medal in Women's Wrestling's 36-40kg weight class. Betts made Canada Games history by becoming the first gold medal winner for women's wrestling at the Canada Games. She also proudly led Team NB at the closing ceremonies of the Games as New Brunswick's flag bearer.
"On behalf of all New Brunswickers, I am very proud of Team NB's performance at the 2005 Canada Games," Mockler said. "Krista Betts demonstrated sportsmanship, hard work and commitment in earning her gold medal. She is the perfect example of the games' ideals that the Roly McLenahan Award honours for excellence in sport, perseverance and sportsmanship."
"Krista Betts has shown remarkable dedication in her pursuit of excellence. Her work ethic is truly inspirational, and she has displayed great poise for such a young athlete," Sport NB president Roger Mazerolle said. "She is truly a deserving recipient of the Roly McLenahan Award for 2005."
Betts was selected for the Roly McLenahan Award by a committee assembled by the Culture and Sport Secretariat and Sport New Brunswick, after nominations by athletes, coaches, managers and mission staff members who participated in the 2005 Canada Games.
The Roly McLenahan Award was created in 1985 to honour the memory of its namesake and to recognize a NB Canada Games athlete or team who best combines excellence in sport, perseverance and sportsmanship, and who has made a significant contribution to the New Brunswick team effort at the Canada Games.
Roly McLenahan achieved notable records in both amateur and professional sport. He became the first Director of Sport in New Brunswick in 1961, and remained in that position for 23 years. He was inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame in 1982 for his athletic prowess as a hockey player. An original member of the Canada Games Council, he was committed to youth and their participation in sport.
The award will be presented to Betts during the annual Sport NB Compass Sports Awards Banquet on Nov. 19 in Fredericton.
MEDIA CONTACT: Ryan Donaghy, communications, Culture and Sport Secretariat, 506-457-6445.