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Tim Krul: How the 120th-minute substitute stole Dutch glory
Genius? Madness? Or perhaps evidence of weeks of planning and meticulous attention to detail?

In a World Cup described by many as the best ever, the drama reached new heights in Salvador on Saturday - and all from 12 yards.

The Netherlands' World Cup quarter-final against Costa Rica was goalless and seconds from a penalty shootout.

Dutch coach Louis van Gaal took the unusual step of substituting his goalkeeper, Ajax's Jasper Cillessen, and sending on Newcastle's Tim Krul. It could scarcely have worked out better.

Here is the story of the shootout told through the eyes of Match of the Day's punditry team.

Gary Lineker: "To swap a goalkeeper is something I cannot ever recall seeing before. It is slightly insulting, possibly, for Jasper Cillessen but Louis van Gaal is a very single-minded, confident individual - it is a brave call and he will live or die by it."

Alan Shearer: "It's a massive call. Tim Krul has faced 20 penalties for Newcastle and saved two. So he has obviously been doing something in training that we haven't seen because that is not a great record. This is what you get paid for as a manager - you make big, big calls and this is a massive call. It either works for him, or it goes against him."

Rio Ferdinand: "In a penalty shootout, keepers can't lose normally because the pressure is on the strikers. Now Tim Krul is going in there and he is under pressure."

Gary Lineker: "Tim Krul is out there already, marching towards goal for almost the first time in this game. He has not touched the ball yet. It is a staggering substitution and we are about to see if it will pay off."
Johan Cruyff - The man who made Total Football reality

Johan Cruyff, who has died at the age of 68, was one of football's greatest and most significant figures. The proof lies in two phrases with which he will always be synonymous.

One is "Total Football" - the style epitomised by the Netherlands team, with Cruyff as the centrepiece, who reached the 1974 World Cup final under Rinus Michels before losing to West Germany.

It was a philosophy based on the theory that any outfield player could play in any other position on the pitch with comfort. Under his mentor Michels, Cruyff was the embodiment of the supremely skilled, multi-purpose footballer.

At that same World Cup, he invented a piece of skill that will be his calling card forever.

"The Cruyff turn", when he bamboozled Sweden defender Jan Olsson with a touch of football ballet, allowed him to drag the ball behind his standing leg with the inside of his foot. It combined instinct, quick thinking, athleticism and natural ability. In other words, it was Johan Cruyff.

Cruyff was not simply the talisman for that Dutch team, he was the idol of Amsterdam as the inspiration behind three successive European Cup wins in 1971, 1972 and 1973 - before putting his playing brilliance into practice as a coach to lead Barcelona to their first European Cup in 1992 after winning the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1989.

The adage that great players do not necessarily make great coaches did not apply to Cruyff.

He has left an indelible mark on the game that will live on in the stylistic approach he brought to Barcelona and is maintained to this way. It will come to the Premier League next season when his prodigy Pep Guardiola takes over at Manchester City.

The idol of Ajax

Cruyff's mother was a cleaner at Ajax and persuaded the club to take her 12-year-old son into their youth system. It was a day that altered the history of a great club.

In two spells at Ajax, he won the Eredivisie eight times, but it was on the European stage that he was able to establish his name in a global context.

With elegance, grace, skill and a force of personality that made him a player as well as an outspoken, divisive character, he took Ajax to the pinnacle of the European game.

Tributes to a football great
David Beckham on Instagram: My thoughts and love are with the friends and family of not just one of the best footballers in the history of the game but also one of the greatest men and nicest person you could meet ... The game lost a true hero today. Rest In Peace.
Luis Figo on Twitter: My first coach overseas, one of the best I ever had. A very important man in my career. We had a great loss.
Former World Cup-winning Germany captain Lothar Matthaus: Such sad news about Johan Cruyff. A great man, who transformed football. Condolences to his family and friends.
Cruyff, under the tutelage of Michels, helped Ajax thrash Bill Shankly's great Liverpool side 5-1 in a European Cup tie in December 1966, also scoring twice in the 2-2 draw at Anfield in the second leg.

It was those halcyon early 70s days, however, that the man called "Pythagoras in boots" by the British sportswriter David Miller established a reputation that will live on wherever football is played.

Ajax ruled Europe, beating Panathinaikos 2-0 at Wembley in 1971, repeating the feat via two Cruyff goals against Inter Milan in Amsterdam a year later then completing a European Cup treble with 1-0 win over Juventus in Belgrade in 1973.

At the heart of this thing of football beauty was Cruyff, the master of time and space and creator supreme.
Daley Blind out of Netherlands friendlies with injury
Netherlands international Daley Blind has been withdrawn from this week's friendlies with Poland and Austria after sustaining a calf injury.

The 26-year-old Manchester United defender, who is the son of Netherlands' manager Danny Blind, was injured during his club side's FA Cup win over Crystal Palace.

The Netherlands failed to reach Euro 2016 after finishing fourth in their qualifying group.

However, Blind, who has been capped 31 times for the Netherlands, was hoping to play games against Poland in Gdansk on Wednesday and Austria in Vienna on Saturday.

He sat out the Netherlands' 1-1 draw with Ireland in Dublin on Friday.

In a statement the Dutch FA said: "Blind is still feeling the effects of the injury he picked up in the FA Cup final on May 21 and will not travel with the team."
Poland 1-2 Netherlands: Vincent Janssen and Georginio Wijnaldum strike for Dutch
Poland suffered a setback in their Euro 2016 preparation with a 2-1 loss to Netherlands in Gdansk, thanks to goals from Vincent Janssen and Georginio Wijnaldum.

Janssen's header had given the visitors the lead after 33 minutes before Artur Jedrzejczyk ensured Poland were back on level terms in the second \half.

But a late strike from Newcastle midfielder Wijnaldum handed the Poles their first defeat in eight games.

Netherlands, who failed to qualify for this summer's tournament for the first time since 1984, began the game on the back foot as Arkadiusz Milik blasted his effort on to the crossbar after seven minutes.

Danny Blind's side gradually grew into the match as a swift counter attack saw Dutch midfielder Quincy Promes set-up Janssen but the AZ Alkmaar striker could only scuff his shot wide of Wojciech Szczesny's goal.

But Janssen, who scored 27 goals to lead the Eredivisie goalscoring charts last season, made no mistake with the opener as he was able to head in Steven Berghuis' cross from close range.

Szczesny ensured the hosts were only one goal behind at the break as he produced a smart one-hand save to deny Janssen before stopping Berghuis' effort two minutes later.

Poland, who thrashed Finland 5-0 in their last match in March, came out the blocks with more urgency in the second half as influential forward Robert Lewandowski skied his shot over the crossbar.

And they were level on the hour mark when FC Krasnodar defender Jedrzejczyk leaped highest to power his header past Jasper Cillessen.

The hosts pushed numbers forward but went behind against the run of play after 76 minutes as Wijnaldum found space inside the Poland area before he spun and blasted his effort into the top corner.

Netherlands' pace and movement threatened once again as Promes' curling strike was tipped away by Szczesny before Poland midfielder Slawomir Peszko saw his shot deflected wide late on.

Adam Nawalka's side will look to bounce back in their final Euro 2016 warm-up against Lithuania next Monday while Netherlands travel to Austria on Saturday.
International round-up: Germany ease to win over Euro 2016 rivals Hungary
An own goal from Adam Lang and a second-half effort from Thomas Muller put Joachim Low's side in control, and they open their tournament in France against Ukraine on June 12.

Austria, who face Hungary in their first Euro 2016 encounter two days later, were the only team bound for France to lose on Saturday as they were defeated 2-0 in Vienna by the improving Netherlands.

Vincent Janssen and Georginio Wijnaldum were the goalscorers for the Dutch as they continue to rebuild after failing to qualify for the finals.

Croatia recorded the biggest win in their history by thrashing minnows San Marino 10-0.

Mario Mandzukic scored a first-half hat-trick and Nikola Kalinic added a second-half treble while Marko Pjaca, Darijo Srna, Ivan Perisic and Ivan Rakitic were also on the score-sheet.

Croatia play their first Euro 2016 game against Turkey on June 12.
Galatasaray fine Wesley Sneijder £1.96m for 11 yellow cards
Galatasaray have fined midfielder Wesley Sneijder nearly £2m for picking up 11 yellow cards last season.

The Netherlands star insists there is no question of him leaving the club - yet - but admitted he was saddened by the affair.

The controversy has sparked protests by angry fans outside the club's headquarters in Istanbul against club chairman Dursun Ozbek.

Sneijder has been a huge favourite at Galatasaray since joining them in 2013.

He told NTV: "I am really sorry for what has happened. It's not possible to say at the moment what is going to happen. We will wait and see what the coming days will bring.

"I do not give too much importance to the fine," he added.

According to Turkish media reports, Sneijder was one of 13 Galatasaray players fined by the club for yellow cards accumulated last season. He was reportedly hit with a £1.96m fine for his 11 cards - which calculates at around £178,000 per card.

In a tweet in Turkish on his official account on Friday, Sneijder expressed thanks to the protesting fans.

"Galatasaray fans, thank you for your support on this day. I am grateful... I love you!" he wrote.
10 Most Popular Sports in Holland
#1 Football (Soccer) (1.2 million members)

#2 Tennis (605 thousand members)

#3 Golf (380 thousand members)

#4 Gymnastics (241 thousand members)

#5 Hockey (240 thousand members)

#6 Equestrian (200 thousand members)

#7 Ice Skating (155 thousand members)

#8 TIE: Running (140 thousand members)

#8 TIE: Swimming (140 thousand members)

#10 Volleyball (125 thousand members)
Sport in The Netherlands
Below are details of sports, sporting events and sports people related to The Netherlands or Holland as it is sometimes known. The Kingdom of The Netherlands is made up of the countries of the Netherlands, Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten. The dutch people are love to play and watch sports. The most popular sport in The Netherlands is football (soccer), though a large range of sports are played and watched.

Through the influence of western culture, Netherlands became known for their love of sports. There are various types of competitive sports that one can see in this country but there are two popular sports that the people love to both play and watch. These sports are football and. Football became popular mainly due to the field hockey influence of western culture, since their sports organization began in the early 19th and 20th century, football’s popularity also grew alongside it. The largest football federation in Netherlands is the Royal Dutch Football Association and they became a member of the FIFA in 1904. Their national football team has competed in the Olympic Games many times and has brought home some medals and pride numerous times.

Field hockey is the second most popular sport in the Netherlands. Their national women team became one of the most successful team in World Cup history and their male counterparts won the World Cup three times and they brought home quite a number of gold medals. Volleyball and basketball are also popular in Netherlands and because of those sports; the country has been quite successful in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games as well as other international competitions.
Sport Newfoundland and Labrador Announces Finalists for 2016 Provincial Annual Awards
Sport Newfoundland and Labrador is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2016 Provincial Annual Awards. The awards will be presented during the Stars and Legends Awards Gala on April 16, 2016 at the Sheraton Hotel in St. John’s, NL.

“These awards recognize the sporting achievements of our province’s exceptional athletes,” said Rod Nicholl, President of Sport Newfoundland and Labrador. “It’s an honour to celebrate the many athletes who are working hard to raise their game and put Newfoundland and Labrador on the map in the world of amateur sport.”

Sport Newfoundland and Labrador’s Provincial Annual Awards recognize the best athletic achievements in the past year. Awards will be presented in nine categories, including: Senior Male and Female Athlete of the Year; Junior Male and Female Athlete of the Year; Team of the Year; Coach of the Year; Executive of the Year; Official of the Year; and, Volunteer of the Year.

Three finalists from each category have been selected by Sport Newfoundland and Labrador’s selection committee, from a list of nominees compiled by 18 member organizations across the province. The 2016 list of finalists includes (complete biographies for finalists follow below):

· Senior Male Athlete of the Year Award:
Sean Cleary (softball), Ciaran Hearn (rugby), Ben Taylor (target shooting)

· Senior Female Athlete of the Year Award:
Sarah Davis (hockey), Heather Healey (baseball), Katarina Roxon (para-swimmer)

· Junior Male Athlete of the Year Award:
Liam Hickey (sledge hockey, wheelchair basketball), Cole Long (basketball), Owen McAleese (soccer)

· Junior Female Athlete of the Year Award:
Jenna Efford (figure skating), Samantha Marsh (target shooting), Nicole Torraville (soccer)

· Team of the Year Award:
Clarenville High Cougars Varsity Volleyball Team, Galway Hitmen Senior Softball Team, Holy Cross Men’s Soccer Team

· Coach of the Year Award:
Mark Dwyer (softball), Keith Randell (volleyball), Noel “Jake” Stanford (soccer)

· Executive of the Year Award:
Finton Gaudette (volleyball), Darrin O’Quinn (baseball), Doug Redmond (soccer)

· Official of the Year Award:
Joan Butler (swimming), Darryl Butt (ball hockey), Michael Summers (boxing)

· Volunteer of the Year Award:
Andrea Barrett (gymnastics), Brian Hunt (baseball), Velma Meuller (Special Olympics)

The 2016 award recipients will be announced at the eighth annual Stars and Legends Awards Gala on April 16, 2016 at 7 p.m. The Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at the Gala as well. Tickets for this event are available for purchase through Sport Newfoundland and Labrador at (709) 576-4932.

“Our Stars and Legends Awards Gala is our way of celebrating the accomplishments of Newfoundland and Labrador’s best athletes, coaches and volunteers and preserving their legacy for those who will follow in their footsteps,” said Nicholl.

Sport Newfoundland and Labrador is the volunteer organization committed to the promotion and advancement of amateur sport throughout the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Sport Newfoundland and Labrador represents 55 provincial sport organizations and more than 70,000 individual members, offering a broad range of programs and services.

2016 Provincial Annual Awards Finalists Biographies

Senior Male Athlete Of the Year

Hailing from Harbour Main, Sean Cleary enjoyed a golden year on the softball diamond and pitching circle at the local, provincial and national level. In league play, he led his team to a first place regular season and playoff finish, onto a first place provincial finish and was named top batter and most valuable player. Sean’s team, the Galway Hitmen won gold at the Senior Nationals and Sean was again named playoff MVP. Sean pitched for Team Canada for gold medals at both the WBSC World Championships and the Pan American (Pan Am) Games.

It was another stellar year for rugby player Ciaran Hearn of Topsail with continued international competition on the World Rugby 7’s Circuit, the Americas Rugby Championship and the Pacific Nations Cup. His impressive performance during the Rugby World Cup in England and Wales saw him voted to the all-star team of the pool stages in his position of outside centre. After a full year of amateur competition, Ciaran signed his first pro-contract with London Irish who play in the Aviva Premiership in England.

Canada Games TeamNL alumni and gold medalist Ben Taylor of St. John’s continues to make his mark in target shooting. He secured several more first place finishes in 2015, including gold at the 10 Meter Rifle North American Championships, the 10 Meter Nationals and the 10 Meter Pan Am Trials. He went on to a twelfth place finish in a field of 23 shooters at the Pan Am Games.

Senior Female Athlete of the Year

Sarah Davis of Paradise was the first woman from this province to be selected to a National Women’s Hockey Team, picked twice in 2015 and capturing two silver medals in both the Four Nations Cup and the Women’s World Hockey Championships. She also enjoyed a successful season and second place regular season finish with the Calgary Inferno in the elite Canadian Women’s Hockey League, playing 24 games with seven goals and six assists. Sarah’s accomplishments have turned her into a high-profile role model for aspiring hockey players in the province.

As a member of the Feildians Baseball Team, Heather Healey of Paradise enjoyed a successful season, starting as an outfielder and joining the pitching staff mid-season. Heather made history last summer when she started at second base for the Senior Feildians, becoming the first female to play in a Senior League game in St. John’s Amateur Baseball history. She was also among the final roster of invitees to the Pan American Games tryouts in Toronto and was picked up by TeamBC for the Baseball Canada Senior Women’s National Championships. As the starting pitcher for the bronze medal game she allowed just one hit and led the team to victory capturing a bronze medal.

It was yet another phenomenal year for para-swimmer Katarina Roxon from Kippens with an IPC World Record in the 200m Butterfly and a National Record in the 200m Individual Medley. At the IPC World Championships she captured bronze and an Americas and National Record in the 100m Breaststroke. At the Parapan Am Games she won six medals, including a gold medal and a Games record in the 100m breaststroke, silver plus a record in the 200m individual medley, silver in both the 50m and 400m freestyle, and 400m and bronze medals in 100m backstroke and 100m freestyle.

Junior Male Athlete of the Year

Liam Hickey of St. John’s has had a tremendous year as a sledge hockey and wheelchair basketball athlete. He is the first player in Newfoundland and Labrador to be named to national teams in both wheelchair basketball and sledge hockey and one of a very few to be named to both teams in the same year. Liam has represented Canada in wheelchair basketball at the Parapan American games in Toronto placing second and qualifying for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio, Brazil. His sledge hockey skills lead him to become one of twenty players to represent Canada for the 2015-2016 team as they build the next team for the 2018 Paralympics in South Korea.

Cole Long has been very busy as a senior at the Athlete Institute in Ontario playing with their preparatory basketball team. The Athletic Institute provides elite level competition to talented players and offers them exposure to develop technical and basketball specific training. Cole has had the opportunity to participate in the Grind Session prep/high school basketball circuit within the United States, as well as playing with the GTA Ontario Club Team on the Adidas Circuit. He played in various prestigious tournaments, such as the Hall of Fame Invitational in Springfield and Pit Jam Fest in Pittsburgh. Cole averaged 16 points a game and led his team to the semi finals and, in one case, the finals.

St. John’s soccer player Owen McAleese has had a successful year competing in the Senior Men’s Challenge Cup league and the Provincial U-18 team. His leadership and skilled play had him named Rookie of the Year and named to the All-Star team. He participated in the AUS soccer circuit, helping his Memorial University team to its first winning season in nine years. He was a First Team All-Star for his outstanding abilities.

Junior Female Athlete of the Year

Figure skater Jenna Efford of Bareneed had a busy 2015 that saw her compete at several provincial and national events. She placed first at the Skate Canada NL Sectional Championships and had strong showings at several events throughout the country including first place finishes at the Minto Summer Skate in Ottawa and the Championnats Quebecois in Quebec. She was also a member of the 2015 Canada Games team and won the Skate Canada Competitive Skater award for the province. Jenna is currently furthering her skating skills in Montreal as she is enrolled in an elite sport study program.

Target shooter Samantha Marsh of Mount Pearl had an incredible 2015 that saw podium finishes both provincially and nationally. Samantha captured second overall in the 10m Rifle Provincial championships, third overall at the 10m Rifle Atlantic championships and then first at the Canada Games 10m Rifle competition and 1st in the team event. Her outstanding showings lead her to compete internationally as she took part in the 10m and 50m Junior Cup, and the 10m and 50m Universiade.

St. John’s soccer player Nicole Torraville excelled at both the minor and senior age groups in 2015. She led Newfoundland and Labrador to the gold medal at the U18 Atlantic Championships where she was second in team scoring and was named team MVP. She also competed in the local Jubilee Trophy circuit where she finished second in league scoring. Nicole’s efforts in 2015 resulted in her participating in the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association’s High Performance Centre.

Team of The Year

With a tremendous volleyball season, the Clarenville High Cougars Varsity Volleyball Team compiled a 56-4 record with competition culminating with a gold medal at the 18U Boys National Championships in Calgary. Other achievements included their third consecutive Dalhousie Classic win in Halifax and their fourth consecutive provincial High School 4A title.

The Galway Hitmen Senior Softball Team captured the provinces fourth straight Canadian Senior Men’s Fastpitch Championships edging out Nova Scotia 4-3 for the gold medal. The win makes Newfoundland and Labrador one of only two provinces to capture four consecutive wins (British Columbia being the other). The team’s overall record at the nationals was an impressive seven wins and one loss.

In 2015, the Holy Cross Men’s Soccer Team continued to dominate the Provincial Challenge Cup Soccer League with their sixth win in seven years. Representing the province at the National Challenge Cup Championships the team was just a couple of breaks short of a medal possibility, finishing in sixth place. Holy Cross was selected from among some 100 teams as the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association Team of the Year.

Coach of the Year

Softball coach Mark Dwyer of Torbay lead the Galway Hitmen Fastpitch team to great success locally and nationally in 2015. He guided the squad to the finals of the St. John’s Senior Men’s Fastpitch League and became part of Softball Canada history as he lead the Hitmen to the fourth consecutive national title for Newfoundland and Labrador, which joined the province with British Columbia as the only other province to win four straight senior men’s national titles.

Clarenville volleyball coach Keith Randell of Clarenville had a very successful 2015 locally, provincially and nationally. Keith coached the Clarenville Middle School Boys Grade 9 team and the senior boys team at Clarenville High. In total, Keith’s team won a total of 14 tournaments, most notably the Newfoundland and Labrador Volleyball Associations U15 provincials, Volleyfest, Juvenile A championships and the School Sports NL 4A title for the fourth consecutive year. The year was capped off when Clarenville High travelled to Calgary for the National Championships and took home the Tier 2 gold medal. Between his two teams, Keith’s coaching record in 2015 was 86-4 and his teams were awarded Junior and Senior Team of the year by the Newfoundland and Labrador Volleyball Association.

St. John’s soccer coach Noel “Jake” Stanford of St. John’s had another outstanding season coaching a number of local high performance teams. He coached the Holy Cross Men’s Team to the Challenge Cup title, the Holy Cross Women’s Team to second place in Jubilee Trophy play and led the Memorial University Men’s Varsity Team to their first winning season in nine years in Atlantic University Sport (AUS) competition. As a result of Stanford’s continued success, the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association named him Coach of the Year for the fifth straight year.

Executive Of The Year

Finton Gaudette of Corner Brook has served as first Vice President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Volleyball Association for 15 years and is a member of the High Performance Beach Committee. He also holds the office of Chair of the Corner Brook Beach Volleyball Association and Co-Chair of the Corner Brook Ladies Indoor League. As a former Canada Games TeamNL coach, Finton mentors current coaches and convenes performance camps across the province. Even with this focus on development he still finds time to referee for many competitions and serve as referee assignor for provincial events.

Under Darrin O’Quinn’s leadership as President of the Corner Brook Baseball Association, there has been tremendous membership growth from 187 members in 2014 to peaking at 275 members in 2015. He was the driving force behind the Marble RV Hit, Run & Throw Contest for kids, baseball’s participation in SportFest West and the “Bring a Female Friend Day” that drove female membership to an unprecedented 65 members. In addition to his leadership role with the association, Darrin managed coaching roles with the 12U and 14U Barons Girls Teams, the Pee Wee Barons and the Corner Brook Senior Barons.

Doug Redmond of St. John’s has been a tireless worker for soccer, serving as President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association for many years and with some 40 years of administrative experience with the sport. Doug has an active role with all major committees and finds time to attend provincial training camps, tournaments, jamborees and festivals. A career highlight this year was Doug’s appointment as the Canadian Soccer Association’s Head of Delegation for the FIFA Women’s World Cup, liaising with the Moncton Local Organizing Committee.

Official of the Year

2015 was an extraordinary year for Joan Butler of Kelligrews as a swimming official. Nationally, Joan is regarded as one of Canada’s top swimming officials. She was one of just seven to be nominated by Swimming Canada’s Technical Swimming Committee to be granted the title of a F.I.N.A. (Federation Internationale de Natation) official. Now eligible to officiate at international swim meets, Joan was asked to officiate at the Canadian Pan American Trials in April 2015, as well as the Pan American Games held in Toronto. Locally, Joan has volunteered her time to referee at various club level meets.

Darryl Butt of Goulds began officiating ice hockey at the age of 14 and has continued to do so to this day. In 2012, he decided to start officiating ball hockey, which lead to him being recognized as an outstanding referee. In the summer of 2015, Darryl was selected to officiate in the Eastern Canadian Championships held in Mount Pearl and was selected to work the gold medal game in the Men’s B final. Shortly after, he was selected as a representative of Newfoundland Labrador Ball Hockey Association at the Men’s, Women’s and Masters National Championships held in Ottawa, ON, giving him the chance to officiate some of the greatest ball hockey in Canada. Darryl had the opportunity to officiate the quarterfinals in the men’s division and had the honour to officiate the gold medal game.

Michael Summers of Torbay started officiating early in his career and has progressed his way up to being one of five officials in Canada who are qualified to officiate at the four top AIBA competitions. He has officiated at the Commonwealth Games in India, the Pan Am games in Guadalajara, Mexico and the Men’s World Championship in China. He has also officiated a number of Olympic qualifiers for the Americas and traveled to international competitions with the National Team representing Canada. This past year, Michael represented Canada as an official at the Pan Am trials in Tijuana, Mexico, was the Canadian official in a Canada vs. USA dual match in Regina, SK and officiated at Boxing Canada National Championships in Quebec. Michael has worked hard this year to build an excellent team of officials as Boxing NL is enjoying growth in their membership. He has headed the Newfoundland and Labrador team of officials in seven local competitions, as well as competitions in Sydney, NS.

Volunteer Of the Year

As the Vice President of Saltos Gymnastics, Andrea Barrett of Corner Brook has been the driving force behind its success. She works alongside staff to ensure registration, coaching and bookkeeping are in order. Her dedication ensures the club is always on track to meet revenue budgets for the year, while managing the day-to-day tasks like training staff and developing policies and communications. Through her continuous focus on strategies to build a new training facility, one was completed in July 2015. She attended multiple meetings with city officials and was able to show them through her passionate words what gymnastics meant to the community of Corner Brook. Once the city was on board, she shifted her focus to finding funds for new equipment and creating the design for the new facility. Without her, this new facility would not have been possible.

In 2015, Brian Hunt of Mount Pearl was the driving force behind many of Mount Pearl Minor Baseball initiatives to make the sport better for all involved. He is the face of minor baseball in Mount Pearl and has steadily increased registration and programming, making it the second largest association in Newfoundland and Labrador. He is heavily involved in bettering the game and is the Eastern Director for Baseball NL (BNL) making him responsible to ensure all BNL sanctioned tournaments on the Avalon Peninsula have BNL representation. He works tirelessly to ensure things are done properly on top of his nightly baseball activities and lobbying for several major infrastructure upgrades for facilities in this province. He has secured funding for the new, lit baseball field currently under construction in Mount Pearl and has secured funding for several other renovations to multiple fields, giving players safe and inviting fields for their sport.

Velma Mueller of Torbay has volunteered with the Special Olympics for the past 20 years as a head coach, associate coach, team/program manager, social representative, club registrar and fundraiser. She is instrumental in organizing competitions, teams and socials for both Special Olympics St. John’s and Special Olympics NL. She tirelessly mentors young coaches and volunteers and has helped create snowshoeing programs, taken the lead with swimming in the St. Johns Special Olympics Club, and developed a bocce program in St. John’s.
Sport Newfoundland and Labrador Presents 21 Scholarships/Bursaries to Students
Sport Newfoundland and Labrador presented 21 scholarships/bursaries to young athletes during its 25th Annual Scholarship Reception today at the Johnson Geo Centre in St. John’s. Twenty deserving students received a $750 scholarship/bursary in honour of their contribution to sport in 2015 and one student received the Frank T. Butler Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1500.

“Our annual scholarship program honours athletic and sporting excellence in the province,” said Rod Nicholl, President for Sport Newfoundland and Labrador. “Each recipient has demonstrated their dedication to sport and academics and has achieved success on both fronts.”

The Sport Newfoundland and Labrador Scholarship/Bursary Program provides financial assistance to qualifying amateur athletes, coaches and officials enrolled in a post-secondary institution. The amount awarded helps offset the often-high costs associated with continued training and competition. The Scholarship/Bursary Program is financially supported by the Department of Seniors, Wellness and Social Development and demonstrates the provincial government’s continued commitment to recreation, sport and healthy living in Newfoundland and Labrador.

This is the 9th year that Sport Newfoundland and Labrador has awarded the Frank T. Butler Memorial Scholarship as tribute to the man who was the backbone of Memorial Athletics for nearly 30 years. Frank Butler contributed to the provincial sporting community as an athlete, coach and administrator, leaving a legacy for the future athletes that follow in his shoes. Matthew Beer of St. John’s is the recipient of the 2016 Frank Butler Memorial Scholarship valued at $1500.

The complete list of Sport Newfoundland and Labrador 2016 Scholarship/Bursary recipients includes:

• Katherine Alexander, Paradise (Synchronized Swimming)
• Landon Batino, St. John’s (Bowling)
• Matt Beer, St. John’s (Mountain Biking)
• Shannon Driscoll, St. John’s (Synchronized Swimming)
• Meghan Earle, Mount Pearl (Soccer)
• Michael Edmunds, St. John’s (Soccer)
• Jillian Forsey, Kippens (Cross Country Running)
• Meagan Gallicano, St. John’s (Bowling)
• Eric Healey, Chapel’s Cove (Softball)
• Hannah Jardine, St. John’s (Basketball)
• Erik Joy, Paradise (Wrestling)
• Daniel Kelloway, Mount Pearl (Track and Field)
• Sarah Kennedy, St. John’s (Bowling)
• Michael King, Paradise (Softball)
• Sam Leawood, Mount Pearl (Swimming)
• Samantha Marsh, Mount Pearl (Shooting)
• Jaclyn Morgan, St. John’s (Baseball)
• Laura Osmond, Mount Pearl (Synchronized Swimming)
• Patrick Parfrey, St. John’s (Rugby)
• Mitch Stack, Petty Harbour (Softball)
• Janessa Ward, Goulds (Cheerleading)

*Biographies are below

“After 25 years, these students still inspire and motivate us to continue supporting participation and achievement in sport through our annual scholarship/bursary program,” added Nicholl. “I extend sincere congratulations to each recipient on their success over the past year.”

About Sport Newfoundland and Labrador
Sport Newfoundland and Labrador is the volunteer organization committed to the promotion and advancement of amateur sport throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Sport Newfoundland and Labrador represents 55 provincial sport organizations and more than 70,000 individual members, and offers a broad range of programs and services.

Biographies of 2016 Scholarship/Bursary Recipients

Katherine Alexander from Paradise is in her fifth year of study at Memorial University. As the head coach for the CBS Silhouette synchronized swim team, she oversees other coaches, consults with SynchroNL and volunteers as a coach and official with the Silhouettes recreation program. Under her direction, Silhouette’s duet and team performances placed first in the Atlantic Regional Championship and duets came third in provincials.

Landon Batino is a bowler from St. John’s studying to be a millwright at the College of the North Atlantic. In 2015, Landon won gold at the National Youth Bowl Canada (YBC) championships, as well as the provincial YBC competition. His team placed third at Atlantics and he bowled a perfect game in March 2015.

Matt Beer of St. John’s is a first year mechanical engineering student at Capilano University in Vancouver, British Columbia. In 2015, he was a part of the Val Di Sole World Cup as well as the Andora World Mountain Biking championship. On a national level, he placed first in the Canadian Down Hill Mountain Biking championship and second in the Panorama Canada Cup. Matt is an active volunteer with Share the Ride, working with Britannia Secondary School kids.

Shannon Driscoll from St. John’s has recently completed her Masters of Science from Memorial University. As the head coach of the Sea Stars Synchro Club, Shannon oversees the programs offered and coaches the junior level athletes at the national level. Members of the Sea Stars who competed at the provincial championships under Shannon’s direction placed first in figure, team, duet and solo categories.

Meghan Earle from Mount Pearl is in her third year of Professional Studies at Acadia University majoring in Kinesiology. In 2015, she was named an Atlantic University Sport (AUS) 1st Team All-Star, AUS Most Valuable Player and CIS 1st Team All-Star. She competed with her varsity soccer team placing first at the AUS league and second at the Atlantic Championships. Meaghan is also active in the soccer community as a volunteer coach for Valley United U16 soccer team.

Michael Edmunds from St. John’s is in his second year of Occupational Health and Safety studies at Academy Canada. As a soccer official, he was appointed referee assessor for U13 Atlantics and U14 Nationals and is currently the Director of Officials for Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association (NLSA). As a referee, referee mentor, referee assessor and referee coach for the NLSA, Michael has helped develop many referees in this province.

Jillian Forsey of Kippens is a third year exercise physiology student at the University of West Virginia. 2015 has been a great academic year where Jillian has been on the Dean’s list for all three semesters. In cross country running, Jillian placed third at the Big 12 Outdoor Ames in Iowa and received silver with her team in the NACAC Cross Country Championships in Colorado. This year, Jillian had two serious injuries that prevented her from racing her usual cross country season, but she is excited to be on the road to recovery for the 2016 season.

Meagan Gallicano from St. John’s is in her first year of Paramedicine, majoring in Primary Care Paramedics, at the College of the North Atlantic. In bowling, she won two national bronze medals with her C5PBA Open Ladies Team and her Ladies Masters Singles Team. Provincially, she won gold for her efforts with the Provincial Open Women’s Team. When Meagan isn’t competing, she is involved with a number of volunteer tournaments such as the Pro-Youth Invitational.

Eric Healey from Chapel’s Cove is a full-time student at the College of the North Atlantic studying electrical. In 2015, Eric placed first at the Intermediate Provincial Softball Championships and won multiple awards including Most Valuable Player, Top Pitcher, Most Strikeouts and All-Star Pitcher. Eric is an active volunteer helping youth in his community with pitching skills, hoping to develop future softball players.

Hannah Jardine of St. John’s is studying mechanical engineering at the University of Delaware where she had a busy year playing with their basketball team, the Blue Hens. Hannah is a two-time letter winner, a member of their Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) All-Academic team and second in their program’s history with a .401 3-point shooting percentage. She started 32 games for the Blue Hen’s and is third on the team and fifteenth overall in the CAA with 11.8 points per game. Her successful 2015 season earned her Most Improved Player for the University of Delaware Women’s Basketball team, as well as the Blue Hen’s Outstanding Achievement Award.

Erik Joy of Paradise is a third year chemical engineering student at McMaster University. During the 2015 wrestling season Erik placed first in the Ontario Cup and fourth at the Canadian Cup sanctioned championship. He has also competed at the national level, placing second at both the York University Open and the Greater Toronto Open and third at the McMaster University Invitational.

Daniel Kelloway of Mount Pearl is a Track and Field athlete attending Simon Fraser University as a science student. Internationally, Daniel placed fifth at the Bryan Clay Invitational and fourth at the Oregon State University High Performance Meet. He also placed first at San Francisco’s State Distance Carnival and first at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Title Distance Medley Relay. Daniel’s impressive performances have set a new provincial 400m record and he has been recognized by Athletics Canada as a next generation tier 2 athlete with Olympic potential for his accomplishments.

Sarah Kennedy from St. John’s is in her second year of Architectural Engineering Technology at the College of the North Atlantic. She has competed at the Canadian 5 Pin Open where her team placed third nationally and first provincially. Sarah has also been successful in the NL 5 PinOpen Singles Championship placing first in the province. She is active in the sport of bowling not only as a player, but also as a certified coach and volunteer with the Youth Bowling Canada program.

Michael King of Paradise is a third year earth sciences student at Memorial University. In 2015, he competed and placed fourth at the Intermediate Men’s Fastpitch Provincials. He was also a participant at the Swing Into Summer competition and the National U-21 Junior Men’s Softball Championships. Michael is a mentor for many young players, instructing the Waterford Valley Minor Softball players and the Game on Gear Intermediate Men’s team.

Sam Leawood from Mount Pearl is a third year civil engineering student at Memorial University. In 2015 Sam took part in the Swimming Pan Am Trials and made it to the finals in the Senior Nationals. He placed second at the Atlantic University Sport championships and first at the East Coast Short Course and Long Course championships. Sam is a coach for the Mount Pearl Marlins summer camp and an active participant in their practices and dryland workouts.

Samantha Marsh from Mount Pearl is studying Business Administration at Memorial University and has had a very successful year in the sport of shooting. In 2015, she placed first in MUN Series 3 and second at the provincials. She has also done very well nationally, winning two gold medals at the Canada Games and placed fourth in the Pan American Games Trials. Internationally, she has competed at the World Cup, Junior Cup and the University games. Samantha was also named Sport Newfoundland and Labrador’s Junior Female Athlete of the year for 2015.

Jaclyn Morgan of St. John’s had a busy year beginning her post-secondary education at Memorial University while competing in multiple international baseball championships. As a member of the Chicago Pioneers, she placed second at the Rockford Classic in Illinois as well as fourth place at the Diamond Classic in Baltimore. Jaclyn was chosen to attend a Team Canada Identification Camp in Cuba this past February and was recognized by the City of St. John’s as their “Athlete of the Month” last September.

Laura Osmond from Mount Pearl is a second year naval architecture student at the Marine Institute and a head coach with the recreation program for the St. John’s Sea Stars. In 2015, Laura helped the Sea Stars place first in their provincial championships and Atlantic Regional championships.

Patrick Parfrey of St. John’s is a rugby athlete studying Medicine at Memorial University. Patrick is co-captain of the U20 Rugby Canadian team that participated at the Rugby World Cup and placed fourth at the Canadian Rugby championships. He is also captain of the U20 Newfoundland Rugby team, which placed first at the Atlantic Rugby Championship four years in a row.

Mitch Stack from Petty Harbour is a softball player in his first year of Engineering at Memorial University. 2015 was a great year for Mitch, where he attended a Team Canada tryout and Camp. He has competed at multiple championships, placing second at the U18 Provincials and fourth at the Newfoundland and Labrador senior provincials. Mitch was recognized as an All-Star shortstop at the U18 midget nationals and received the Glen Lee Softball Scholarship in June.

Janessa Ward of Goulds had a busy 2015. She is a second year student at Memorial University and has been doing very well as a member of their cheerleading team. They placed third at the international Cheersport competition and finished first at the PCA Stunt category held in Ontario. Provincially, Janessa placed first at multiple competitions, including the NLCA Championship, Winter Classics and the NLCA Winter Stunt Competition.
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