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Province's best for 2017 announced; Hall of Fame receives four new members

Photo by Melanie Courage — Winners and new Hall of Famers recognized at Sport Newfoundland and Labrador’s Stars and Legends Awards Gala were, from left, first row: Maggie Connors, Laura Breen, Raeleen Baggs (representing her father, Ben Dunne), John McGrath, Helen Slaney (representing her son, John Slaney), Maria Clarke (representing her son, Campbell Clarke); back row: David Coates, Liam Hickey, Scott Critch, Ryan Garland (representing Kevin Higgins), Peter Densmore and Fred Healey (representing his daughter, Heather Healey).
Photo by Melanie Courage — Winners and new Hall of Famers recognized at Sport Newfoundland and Labrador’s Stars and Legends Awards Gala were, from left, first row: Maggie Connors, Laura Breen, Raeleen Baggs (representing her father, Ben Dunne), John McGrath, Helen Slaney (representing her son, John Slaney), Maria Clarke (representing her son, Campbell Clarke); back row: David Coates, Liam Hickey, Scott Critch, Ryan Garland (representing Kevin Higgins), Peter Densmore and Fred Healey (representing his daughter, Heather Healey). - Submitted

Sport Newfoundland and Labrador held its annual awards and Hall of Fame presentation at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland Saturday night.

The Stars and Legends Awards Gala honoured the province’s athletic best for 2017, while also inducting four new members into the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame.

The male and female athletes of the year were Paralympian Liam Hickey of St. John’s and baseball player Heather Healey of Paradise, while the top junior male and female athletes were Campbell Clarke of rugby and hockey player Maggie Connors, both from St. John’s.

The team of the year was Brad Gushue’s curling foursome, rugby coach Peter Densmore of St. John’s was coach of the year, baseball’s Kevin Higgins of Gander was executive of the year, basketball’s Scott Critch of Grand Falls-Windsor was official of the year and David Coates of C.B.S. was volunteer of the year for his work in baseball.

The new Hall of Famers are athletes John Slaney and Laura Breen, athlete/builder Ben Dunne and builder John McGrath.

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