Sports awards nominations

Nominations are open for Red Deerians to nominate a coach, official, volunteer, athlete or business supporter to be recognized at the Red Deer Community Sport Awards and Banquet.

After opening nominations for the 2013 Red Deer Community Sport Awards last month, the Sport Council of Red Deer (SCORD) and the City of Red Deer announced that Olympic Champion Beckie Scott as this year’s banquet’s keynote speaker.

Scott is North America’s most decorated cross-country skier having won gold at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. She also earned a silver medal at the 2006 Torino games and collected 17 World Cup medals over her nearly 20-year career.

The 2013 Red Deer Community Sport Awards and Banquet will be held Feb. 24 at the Sheraton Red Deer Hotel. The event honours those individuals and groups who excel in their sport and/or volunteer their time and effort to better our community.

“All achievements within sports, people’s contributions or competition successes or the people who have gone the long road to where they are in their sport, is something that needs to be acknowledged,” said Rob Meckling, community and program facilitator with the City of Red Deer.

“We have a whole bunch of people who really get quite excited about making this a big ‘Hollywood’ affair. It’s not quite black-tie, but it is pretty close. From the littlest kids that come into the room to the oldest people who are former lifetime winners walk out of the event feeling like they were at a special event.”

It is the Red Deer Primary Care Network that, for the third consecutive year, will be the event’s title sponsor.

Red Deer Primary Care Network is a partnership between 66 local family doctors and Alberta Health Services that aims to improve access to primary care, provide coordinated care, increase emphasis on health promotion and disease and injury prevention and improve coordination and integration of care.

Nominations for the sports awards can be made at www.scord.ca. The nomination deadline is Jan. 21.

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