KSA Awards of Excellence for 2017

Updated Thursday December 7, 2017 by Kitchener Sports Association.


Photo: Some of the players from KMBA's 2016 minor bantam Tier-1 team are shown with their award at the KSA's Athlete of the Year Dinner held May 16, 2017 at Golf's Steakhouse. Congratulations boys, your community involvement and "give back" is appreciated by everyone. Well done!



KSA Awards of Excellence for 2017

KSA now offers three annual Awards of Excellence, one each for an individual, team and organization. The recipients for 2017 are as follows:

Individual - Bruce Young

Bruce 's award recognizes his years of involvement and leadership in the softball community including:

  • From 1991 thru 2007 Bruce was a member of the Waterloo Minor Fastball Association as a coach, executive member and president.
  • His involvement included hosting provincial and national fastball tournaments.
  • He was instrumental in the merger of the Kitchener and Waterloo minor boys' softball associations in 2007.
  • Bruce has served as convenor, executive member and since 2008 as President of the North Waterloo Rural Minor Softball Association.
  • His involvement in the game exceeds two decades. H
  • He continues to provide leadership with the Ontario Amateur Softball Association
Team - Kitchener Minor Baseball 2016 minor bantam Tier-1
  • Under the leadership of Head Coach Chris Bishop, this team has spent a remarkable amount of time giving back to the community.
  • This group of players and their families have conducted several food drives and raised over 5,000 lbs. of food and over $1,600 in cash donations. 
  • The team developed Baseball Day to recognize the game in this region. This a fun day of fundamental training, featuring Rep and Select games and a BBQ.
  • The collected used baseball equipment and sent it to less fortunate countries.
Organization - Waterloo Regional Boxing Academy
  • The Academy provides opportunities for the youth to excel and make positive changes in their lives as per WRBA's Mission Statement, “To promote positive and healthy lifestyles for the youth in our community."
  • WRBA has hosted an after-school program, a seniors' fitness program and a high school credit recovery program in addition to recreational and competitive boxing programs.
  • An alumnus, Lennox Lewis, won an Olympic Gold Medal and is retired Heavy Weight Champion of the world. Other graduates include other Olympians (such as current Canadian (11-time) Champion Mandy Bujold) and champions at various competitive levels.
  • WRBA holds an annual fundraiser (Beatings) in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation.

As KSA does with each of the Athlete of the Year nominees, KSA makes a $250 donation to the sports group designated by each of the Awards of Excellence recipients. Donations were thus made as follows:

  • Bruce Young – K-W Minor Boys Softball Association 
  • Waterloo Regional Boxing Academy - Waterloo Regional Boxing Academy
  • Kitchener Panthers Minor Baseball Bantam Tier 1 Team – Kitchener Minor Baseball Association

Congratulations -- well done! The awards were presented at the Athlete of the Year Dinner held May 16, 2017 at Golf's Steakhouse in Kitchener.

For photos of this event visit KW Athlete of Year 2016 Photos. For more on the actual Athlete of the Year nominees, recipient and dinner, click AofYear Award 2016

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