The New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association is pleased to host its 16th Annual NBIAA Awards Banquet onThursday, April 27th at the University of New Brunswick, Wu Centre in Fredericton.

Twenty student athletes (listed below) from the NBIAA’s four conferences have been selected to receive the Raymond Légère Excellence Awards. These students have shown outstanding qualities throughout the school year while participating in NBIAA sports.

These awards are named in honour of Raymond Légère, a member of the Moncton’s Wall of Fame as a builder. Raymond taught physical education in many schools in New Brunswick. His love for coaching was only overshadowed by his love of physical education and the values it taught young people. He was the director of physical education for years at Vanier High School and École Mathieu-Martin.

The top two student athletes, one male and one female, in each school classification, will also receive the William S.Ritchie Excellence Award. These awards will also be presented to the selected top 6 recipients.

These awards are in honour of William S. Ritchie, a member of the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame and a past Executive Director of the New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association. He served on the board of directors for Canadian School Sports Federation from 1970-82 and he was
inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997.

Emery Johnson Memorial Award
This award goes to the Most Sportsmanlike Coach of the Year and recognizes their outstanding lifetime achievements towards students and the NBIAA school sports programs. This award is named after Emery Johnson, the former athletic director of Dalhousie Regional High School and NBIAA Executive Member, who passed away in November 2003. The winner for 2022-2023 is James Cole from
Hartland Community School. The Emery Johnson Memorial Award will also be presented at the Awards Banquet.

Team Sportsmanship of the Year Awards
The New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association introduced the Annual School Sportsmanship of the Year Awards for 2014. In 2017, the ‘School Award’ was modified to a ‘Team Award’. This award aims to recognize a team, whose athletes, coaches and fans promote what sportsmanship is all about in every aspect of high school athletics.

The following teams have been selected to be honoured for their accomplishments at the NBIAA Awards Banquet:
Northern Conference: James M. Hill High School – Girls Hockey
Eastern Conference: Harrison Trimble High School – Wrestling
Southern Conference: Fundy Middle & High School – Girls Hockey
Western Conference: John Caldwell School – Sr. Girls Basketball

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