VAUGHAN, ON — The Ontario Soccer Association has announced the Center Circle Award recipients for 2012. The Center Circle Awards are The Ontario Soccer Association’s highest level of recognition and are presented annually to men, women and organizations nominated on the basis of their outstanding contributions to the development of soccer in Ontario and Canada.
Recipients of Center Circle Awards are recognized at The OSA’s Awards Banquet held during the annual Soccer Conference. The 2012 Center Circle Awards Banquet is being held at the Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites, 5875 Airport Road, Mississauga on Saturday, April 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Tickets for the Award’s Banquet are available for purchase online at www.ontariosoccer.net or by contacting Robyn Gmeindl at (905) 264-9390 x 227.
This year’s Awards will be presented in the following categories:
Meritorious Service Award
Alan P. Hosey
Alan P. Hosey will receive the Meritorious Service Award for outstanding service as an administrator, coach, and referee. In the early 1980’s, he began coaching and working in administration at the Agincourt Soccer Club where he served as Competitive Director and Vice Chairman. By the late 1980’s Alan began a 10 year stint as a referee in Scarborough and a four year stretch on the Scarborough Soccer Association Board of Directors. Today, Alan is actively involved with the Ontario Women’s Soccer League and is a member of the Board of Directors. Since 1995 he has held several Board positions including Director of Referee Affairs, Provincial League Director, and Discipline Chair. Currently he is the Treasurer and acting Vice President.
Alex Tough will receive the Meritorious Service Award for decades of service in developing soccer in Peel-Halton. During his time with the Georgetown S.C. and the Peel Halton S.A., and still to this day, Alex has been instrumental in the development of the Inter-County Recreational Senior Soccer League. Today he serves as Match Secretary and Discipline Chair, but over the years he has held the positions Assistant Treasurer, Vice-President, and President of the league. Despite all his administrative duties, Alex has also been a player, coach, or manager in the league since 1975. His dedication to the league has helped retain old members and to bring in new ones, so to ensure there is recreational play available for all who want it.
Garry Moore will receive the Meritorious Service Award for his 26 years of service as a coach, referee, and administrator in the Durham Region. In 1986, Garry began his illustrious career in soccer with the Uxbridge Soccer Club as a coach. Over the years, Garry held a number of other positions within the club including Field Scheduler, Club Mediator, Director, Vice President, and President. In 2008, Garry won the Durham Volunteer Recognition Award and went on to win the Bill Brown Award, the highest level of recognition for soccer in the Uxbridge Soccer Club. This award acknowledges individuals who are role models for youth players and officials, as well as for their contribution to the sport of soccer.
Graham Williams will receive the Meritorious Service Award for over 30 years of dedicated service to soccer in the South-West Region. As an administrator, Graham has had a significant impact on the region. In 1990, he served as a member on the Cambridge Youth Soccer Complex Committee. In 1991, Graham and some fellow colleagues founded the Cambridge Youth Indoor Soccer League. Graham has also contributed to the game through officiating. Beginning at the grassroots level, he quickly rose to Class 1, refereeing in local, provincial, and national leagues. From 2002 to 2006, he served as President of the Southwest Soccer Referee’s Association. Today Graham is the South-West Regional Soccer Association President and represents the region on the OSA Board.
Leon Tipovski will receive the Meritorious Service Award for his contribution to soccer as a referee and educator. Starting as a referee in 1989, Leon began a long and esteemed career in soccer. His prowess as a referee resulted in a position with The Ontario Soccer Association as a Referee Instructor and Assessor. Noting his expertise, the OSA has implemented Leon’s educational material for its C-4 referee training manual. At the Kitchener Soccer Club Leon has been named the Head Referee and is also a member of the Board. Similarly, the South-West Regional Soccer Association has appointed him Director of Education. Today Leon serves within his community both as a referee and in his various administrative roles.
Tony Atkins will receive the Meritorious Service Award for his 40 years of service as a referee and administrator. Upon moving to Ontario in 1972 he began refereeing and is still involved in it today. As he gained experience over the years, Tony attained the level of National Referee and represented Canada overseas in 1980. In addition to his refereeing duties, Tony has also reached the levels of National Instructor and National Assessor. Since 1999 he has been a member of the OSA Referee Assessor Advisory Group serving on the Grading Panel. He is also a member of both the OSA and CSA Referee Development Committees. And in 2006, he was appointed Director on the Peel Halton Soccer Association Board.
Center Circle Media Award
Alfons Rubbens will receive the Media Award for his outstanding work in developing soccer through the media. In 1977, he not only founded the Whitchurch-Stouffville Soccer Club, but was also a founding member of the York Region Soccer League. Then in 1978, he was one of the founding members of the York Region Soccer Association. In 1992, Alfons founded InsideSOCCER Magazine. In the beginning, the magazine was hardly more than a newsletter sponsored by the York Region Soccer Association. Today, InsideSOCCER is a national magazine that features stories from all across the country and the world. The magazine’s growth and success has attracted renowned writers and photographers, creating a professional, full-color publication that keeps its readers informed and intrigued.
Center Circle Meritorious Club Award
The Uxbridge Soccer Club will receive the Meritorious Service Club Award for its commitment to player development both on and off the field. Since it was established in 1979, the Uxbridge Soccer Club has been committed to developing not only the game of soccer, but human character as well. To better the community, the club emphasizes physical, mental, social, and leadership development for all of its members, young and old. The club has also grown significantly since its inception, having started with only three fields at the Kennedy House facility. Today the club has expanded that facility to 16 fields of various sizes, and has added an additional five fields to Herrema Park to better serve its membership of 1200 players.
Life Membership Award
Colin Linford will be presented with the Life Membership Award for decades of exemplary work throughout the province and for his vision to develop soccer across Canada. In 1990, Colin was elected as the South-West Regional Soccer Association Representative to The Ontario Soccer Association Board. Two years later he joined the OSA League Management Committee and in 1998 he was elected to the OSA Executive as Director at Large. Not long after, he was elected Vice President, and in 2002 he was appointed President of The Ontario Soccer Association. That same year, Colin extended his presence onto the national soccer scene as a member of the Canadian Soccer Association Blue Print Committee and Board of Directors. And finally in 2006, Colin joined an elite group of individuals as he was appointed President of the Canadian Soccer Association.
Dan Berger will receive the President’s Award for his fourteen years of work as the Ontario Soccer Centre’s Director of Facilities. Dan’s most significant contribution to The Ontario Soccer Association was in managing all of the operational aspects of the Ontario Soccer Centre since it opened in 1997 and overseeing all of the major renovations and improvements which make the Soccer Centre one of the top athletic facilities in Ontario. After the Ontario Indoor Soccer League ceased operations, Dan was the architect of the Provincial Indoor Soccer League which he managed with great success. Dan’s contributions went beyond his own job responsibilities by assisting in other key areas such as the OSA’s financial management and serving as a close advisor to CEOs Brian Avey and Guy Bradbury in the overall OSA operations.
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