Speed Skate PEI honoured by Sport PEI

Submitted by Glenn Holmes

About one month ago, I was contacted by Sport PEI. They offered a complimentary invitation for me, and a guest to attend the 30th Annual Sport Awards Banquet. The reason for the invitation was that Sport PEI wanted to recognize the sports that hosted either a National competition or a National AGM last year. There were five sports being recognized, Speed Skate PEI being one of them, for hosting the Speed Skating Canada AGM last June. I confirmed that my wife Wendy and I would attend and I would be pleased to accept on behalf or the AGM Planning Committee.

Tonight, at the awards banquet, they began the evening by presenting the five sports with their certificates. I was thrilled to accept and I want to thank the organizing committee again (Jack, Kendra, Brenda, Mike, Marie and Valerie). We did a great job! It was an awesome weekend we all shared last year, and I know that I have tons of wonderful memories......I think all of us do!

After receiving the certificate, I proudly returned to my seat to enjoy the rest of the banquet with Wendy. But believe it or not, the evening got even better. The second award of the evening was called the Premier’s Award and it is presented to the Sport Organization of the Year. This award is selected by Sport PEI, and it is awarded annually to the sport governing body whose administrators and programs have enhanced or maintained a strong provincial sport organization. This year, the sport of the year was Speed Skate PEI. I’m still in shock.... what an amazing feeling! Sport PEI did not advise me in advance, and since I confirmed that I was attending, they left it as a BIG surprise. I proceeded to the stage and was presented with a beautiful plaque and an enormous trophy (which Sport PEI keeps but we can borrow). Of course I had no speech prepared but I did comment on the successes of the club. I thanked all of our coaches and parent/volunteers for their support. I also thanked Wendy for allowing me to be passionate about our sport.

I will bring all of the awards and the citation that was read, to our awards banquet, so that you can see what ALL of you have helped us earn..... WOW.... The Sport Organization of the Year! Still gives me goose bumps. Our awards banquet will be held on Wednesday, May 12th. Skaters will be receiving their invitations in the mail soon, and more details will be posted on our web-site... so check back in a few days.

Thanks again to everyone for your contribution to our sport. Obviously it’s making a difference... a really BIG difference. I was very honoured to accept on your behalf.

With Much Appreciation and Admiration,