KSA Awards of Excellence for 2015

Updated Thursday December 7, 2017 by Kitchener Sports Association.



Photo: The 2015 Awards of Excellence recipients (l-r): Rob Way (individual award), Sherilyn Van De Wynckel (organization - Wilmot Aquatic Aces Swim Club) and Joe Scherer (team - New Hamburg Jr C Ice Hockey Firebirds) April 21, 2015.





KSA Awards of Excellence recipients for 2015:

Rob Way (individual)

Rob Way has been and continues to be very involved as an active volunteer and organizer in Hockey, In-line Hockey and Fastball.  Rob was a recipient of the 2010 Community Sports Hero Award.  More about Rob's extensive involvement in local sports..

Wilmot Aquatic Aces Swim Club (organization)

The Wilmot Aquatic Aces Swim Club is all about fitness, fun, skill development, goal setting, and competition.

  • The Aces are an inclusive team taking pride in demonstrating diversity in the water and on the deck! 
  • The Club started in 1989 and family involvement is key to this team's success.
  • Volunteers are integrated in all facets of the club's operation. These include coaching, fund-raising, officiating at all swim meets, chaperoning, providing food for swimmers and officials, entering swimmers' meet times into the computer and numerous other obligations which are essential to the well-functioning organization. 
  • Club fund raising activities have expanded to improve the club and benefits groups beyond the club through activities such as: 
    • ‚ÄčFun Day public swim – proceeds to the Cancer Society. 
    • Lake Ontario Swims to assist The Arthritis Society, Multiple Sclerosis and children with Neurological disorders. 
    • Support and assist the Wilmot Wild Lacrosse Team

Wilmot Aquatics emphasized personal growth -- through swimming with the team, the athletes gain confidence in themselves, proceed to higher levels of achievement in swimming and become involved in fund raising for other causes.

The New Hamburg Jr C Ice Hockey Firebirds (team)

The New Hamburg Firebirds Junior C Hockey Team has had considerable success on the ice winning two championships in recent years. Players are members of the New Hamburg Jr Firebird Family – they are encouraged to complete their education at high school, college or university or to have fulltime employment. 

The team strongly believes in ‘putting back into the community” through various activities as:

  • "Read with the Firebirds” – encouraging children's reading at their local library
  • Hosting a Charity BBQ and bagging groceries at Sobeys
  • Working with minor hockey teams during practices and mini games between periods
  • Free public-skating with the Birds and autograph session
  • Helping with the New Hamburg MOPAR Festival
  • Inviting schools to sing the National Anthem at their games
  • Holding a "Teddy Bear Night" pre-Christmas to provide for children
  • Participating in the annual New Hamburg Santa Claus parade
  • Helping to prepare and load Christmas hampers for families in need

Link to the Awards dinner (May 20, 2015) and Athlete of the Year proceedings.

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