Multisport athlete wins Fellman Trophy for Female Athlete of the Year


Multisport athlete Emma Shea is the 2019 recipient of the Mort Fellman Memorial Trophy for the outstanding achievements of a local athlete.

Shea was originally an exceptional gymnast, but when she entered high school, she focused on tennis and volleyball. She attended a speed and agility training session with Robert Esmie, Olympic Gold Medal Sprinter (1996 Atlanta Olympics, 4x100m relay), which contributed to his success in both sports . Shea has participated in the Niagara Academy of Tennis in provincial (Ontario Tennis Association), national (Tennis Canada) and international (International Tennis Federation) tournaments.

Locally at the North Bay Granite Tennis Club, she won the 2019 Single Ladies Club Championship, the Double Club Ladies Championship (with Diane Johanson), the Mixed Double Club Championship (with Adrian Catahan) and the Open Double League Championship ( with Adrian Catahan).

Shea co-chaired the Widdifield Wildcat Senior Women’s Volleyball Team at the 2019 NDA and NOSSA Championships. The team then won the silver medal at “AA” OFSAA that year. Shea also received the Leadership and Spirit of Sport award for his contributions as a Wildcat.

Shea also played U17 Vision Volleyball, playing center blocker, and had a significant impact on the success of this team. The team finished 13th out of 84 teams at the U17 Provincial Championships, 14th out of 68 teams at the U18 Provincial Championships and 19th out of 112 teams at the Canadian U17 National Volleyball Championships. With the little free time left in Shea’s busy schedule in 2019, she volunteered at the NB Granite Tennis Club, working with junior tennis players, as well as volunteering for the Timbits Volleyball program.

Emma Shea is described by her teachers and coaches as a caring and mature person beyond her years. She is very motivated and coachable. She listens carefully to the coaching instructions and is able to immediately adjust her performance accordingly. It clearly embodies the objective of OFSAA sport: “the only basis for the very existence of sport in secondary school is the contribution it makes to the general educational experience of the students who participate in it”. Emma Shea is a worthy recipient of the 2019 Fellman Trophy.

The North Bay Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors has announced that the 40th annual Induction and Awards Dinner, scheduled for Saturday May 2, 2020, has been canceled.

The four who are expected to be inducted will be inducted at next year’s dinner. The 2019 Hall of Fame Award winners will be recognized and presented with their awards at a later date this year.

Any questions regarding ticket refunds should be directed to President Bill Jacko at 705-492-3961.


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