TISC Hands out 2014 Awards, Recognizes Volunteers

The Toronto Inline Skating Club held its annual Year End Party & Awards last night. Judy Penner & family hosted the event, and Candy Wong provided amazing food!

TISC’s success is heavily influenced and supported by volunteer contributions. Numerous hours and tireless energy is put into helping run programs and practices, organize events, and support administrative work. The following members & friends were recognized;

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Left to right: Georg Nikody, Sherry Tickner, Alain Quintard, Eric Gee, Judy Penner

  • Georg Nikodym– for his ongoing support of TISC programs and skaters, by running out-of-practice training sessions in support of marathon races and the Montreal 24 Hour squads. He was instrumental in organizing Max Ward Weekend skates, encouraging skaters to come out and train. Georg volunteered at the RSO Series and the Canadian Championships, helping ensure events were well run.
  • Alain Quintard– for his dedication and time put into running numerous events, including the Canada Day Marathon, Becel Ride for Heart Volunteering, the Canadian Championships, and the RSO Series. Alain was integral behind the scenes, often meeting other volunteers at 5am to load vans and organize equipment for events. He could be found lugging generators, keeping track of finances, sweeping the tracks, and performing many thankless tasks.
  • Judy Penner– Judy’s work on the administrative side of TISC as well as her willingness to be the host for the Year End Party were appreciated, but her work as tabulator at the Canadian Championships and with the RSO Series was above-and-beyond what could be reasonably expected from a volunteer.
  • Eric Gee– Eric was ever-present entity this season in numerous capacities. He was instrumental with helping run the Canada Day Marathon, putting many hours into setting up the event and running the timing system. Eric also helped set-up equipment for the RSO Series. Eric came up with an ingenious method for lap counting and tracking athletes at the Canadian Championships, and in doing so, reduced the stress level and work-load for volunteers and bettering accuracy. Eric also put in many hours of work in scoping out and finding specs for equipment for a timing system to be paid with funds from (a hopefully successful application) the Ontario Trilium Foundation grant.
  • Sherry Tickner– Sherry brought a very positive and joyful attitude to TISC at the 24 Hour Roller Montreal event. She helped guide and direct TISC’s second team to a top-15 placement. Sherry stood out as TISC in-house paramedic and hospital service at a number of events, including handling some carnage at the Canadian Championships!

Season awards were presented at the party. The following recipients proved with their performances, placements, improvements, and effort, that strong results and achievable and within reach.

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Left to right: front row- Peter Doucet, Christopher Langridge, Alex Rudy, Georg Nikodym, back row- Amanda Tickner, Shanon Hegarty, Morgane Echardour

  • Senior Skater of the Year- Male– Peter Doucet
  • Senior Skaters of the Year- Female– Morgane Echardour, Shannon Hegarty
  • Junior Skater of the Year- Male– Alex Rudy
  • Junior Skater of the Year- Female– Amanda Tickner
  • Rookie of the Year– Cynthia Head
  • Most Improved Skater– Christopher Langridge
  • Rusty Bearing Award– Georg Nikodym * for the most gruesome injury

TISC Board of Directors has started planning for the 2015 season. The Board is considering a number of options for program nights, most likely going with the customary Monday/ Thursday combination. As well, TISC will look into the feasibility and possibility of running the following events: a marathon (Canada Day Marathon), track races (RSO Series), and the Pan Am Games Trials for Roller Sports Canada.

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