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Spotlight put on Ontario's volunteers at Centre Circle Awards

By Staff, 06/09/18, 11:15PM EDT


Award winners were honoured at prestigious event, held at Saturday at the Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport

Play. Inspire. Unite. 

Volunteers from all over the province were honoured at the Centre Circle Awards on Saturday. 

A classy, gala event, presented by Nothers Signs and Recognition, it was the second year of the refreshed awards program, which expands the current awards structure to reflect a more inclusive and accurate representation of those who exemplify the best in Ontario and who have made outstanding contributions to the game.

Coaches, clubs, leagues, match officials, administrators and those who have dedicated a lifetime to the game, all took a moment to be honoured in the Centre Circle. 

Steven Caldwell, a TSN soccer analyst and voice of soccer broadcasts on the network, was the host for the evening and took attendees down memory lane for the evening's winners. 

The Centre Circle Awards are Ontario Soccer’s highest level of recognition and are presented annually to deserving volunteers and organizations nominated on the basis of their outstanding contributions to the development of soccer in Ontario and Canada.

The winners and their stories



Nominated by


Ontario Youth S.L.

President’s Award


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Haldimand Youth S.C.

Club Recognition Award

Hamilton & District SA

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John Nador

Meritorious Award

Southeast Ontario SA

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Isabel Martins

Meritorious Award

Central Soccer League

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Rod Billenness

Meritorious Award

Huronia SC

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Dora Rzeszutek

Meritorious Award

Elgin Middlesex SA 

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Ed Kohl

Match Officials - Mike Bremer Award

Peel Halton SA

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Tamara Reitsma

Match Officials - Carol Anne Chenard Award

South-West Regional SA

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Phil Benevides

Match Officials – High Performance Award

Southeast Ontario SA

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Tony Harrison


Coaches – Development Award

Eastern Ontario District SA

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Bobby Lennox


Coaches – Soccer 4 Life Award

Richmond Hill SC

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Tony Taylor


Coaches – High Performance Award

Ontario Soccer

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View Photos From The Evening

Visit Ontario Soccer's Facebook page for all the photos from the evening.