Wellesley athletes and teams who record success during the year will now have their achievement formally recognized by the township, with certificates to be given out at the municipality’s annual backyard barbecue. This year’s outing is set for next week already, but officials aren’t letting short-notice get in the way.
Meeting this week, township councillors laid out the groundwork for the new recognition protocol, noting that every year there are residents involved in a variety of sports who make good at the league, provincial and, occasionally, national levels.
The township’s recognition event would be a chance for teams or individuals those who win league championships, the equivalent or higher to celebrate their accomplishments with their neighbours.
The move won unanimous council support without too much questioning Tuesday night, though councillors did bandy about some of the details, including whether the recognition would be verbal or if there’d be a keepsake involved.
“I think it would be nice to hand over a certificate to a representative who comes up,” said Ward 3 Coun. Peter van der Maas. “It would keep it simple: hand the scroll, shake the hand, and thanks for representing the township.”
The exact wording on the certificate has yet to be decided, but will be something along the lines of “Congratulations to the Twin Centre Hericanes for your achievement.”
“We can look into what some other neighbouring municipalities may be doing already. Then the question that I might have are we going to give one per team, or are we going to give individual ones to each member of the team?” asked director of recreation Danny Roth.
“I think one per team. I think we’ll be on stage all night [otherwise],” responded Mayor Joe Nowak.
Teams or individuals will soon have the option to request to be recognized on the township website.
The teams that fall under the policy and will be recognized this year include:
- Twin Centre Stars Pee Wee Rep – Group C League champions
- Twin Centre Stars Midget Local League – Group B League champions
- Twin Centres Stars Midget Rep (who will soon be rebranded to the Twin Centre Junior Jacks) – OMHA ‘C’ champions
- Twin Centre Hericanes Atom – qualified for provincials
- Twin Centre Hericane Pee Wee – qualified for provincials
- Twin Centre Hericanes Midget – qualified for provincials
- Twin Centre Hericanes Senior B – qualified for provincials
- Wellesley Applejacks, Doherty Division champions.
Roth has sent out messages to the executives of each group, letting them know that their team will be honoured the night of the backyard barbecue, which is scheduled for June 21 from 5-11 p.m. at the township administration Office, 4639 Lobsinger Line in Crosshill. The event is open to everyone in the community, and offers free, family-friendly activities, live music and fireworks. See the township website,
www.wellesley.ca, for more information.