Gander's Floressa Harris wins bronze at World Winter Special Olympics
Floressa Harris of Gander won a bronze medal for Canada today at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Ramsau, Austria.
Shane Dunphy of Marystown is in the running for Sport Newfoundland and Labrador’s volunteer of the year award.
The organization announced the finalists for its 2017 provincial awards today.
An accompanying news release acknowledged Dunphy wore many hats while promoting soccer on the Burin Peninsula and throughout the province last year.
“Dunphy had an extremely busy year in 2016 having worked with the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association (NLSA) and the Burin Peninsula Soccer Association (BPSA) at the executive, manager and director levels,” the release stated.
In addition to serving as chairman of the Burin Peninsula Soccer Association Hall of Fame Committee, Dunphy was an assistant coach for the 2017 men’s Canada Games team, regional technical director for the BPSA and high school 4A soccer convener.
As well, he was an NLSA referee and assistant referee at the senior, youth and high school levels.
“Dunphy devoted himself to volunteering and the sport of soccer benefited from his dedication,” the release noted.
Other award categories include senior female and male athlete of the year, junior female and male athlete of the year, executive of the year, coach of the year, team of the year and official of the year.
Three finalists from each category were selected by Sport NL’s selection committee. The list of nominees was compiled by 18 member organizations across the province.
Dunphy is up against Brian Hunt, who was president of Mount Pearl Minor Baseball in 2016, and Denise May, president of Saltos Gymnastics in Corner Brook.
The awards will be presented during the Stars and Legends Awards Gala at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland in St. John’s on April 8.