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Multi-sport athlete named 2019 nets Fellman Trophy for Female Athlete of the Year

Emma Shea recognized for her success on both the tennis and volleyball courts
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Multi-sport athlete Emma Shea is the 2019 recipient of the Mort Fellman Memorial Trophy for outstanding achievement by a local female athlete.

Shea was initially an outstanding gymnast, but as she entered high school, her focus changed to 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 her success in both sports.

Shea competed through the Niagara Academy of Tennis at 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 Ladies Singles Club Championship, Ladies Double Club Championship (with Diane Johanson), the Mixed Double Club Championship (with Adrian Catahan), and the Open Double League Championship (with Adrian Catahan).

Shea co-captained the Widdifield Wildcat Senior Girls Volleyball team to NDA and NOSSA Championships in 2019. The team then captured the silver medal at “AA” OFSAA that year. Shea was also awarded the Leadership and Sportsmanship award for her contributions as a Wildcat.

Shea also played U17 Vision Volleyball, playing middle blocker, and made a significant impact on the success of that 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 U17 Canadian National Volleyball Championships. With what little spare time Shea had left in her busy 2019 schedule, 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 individual who is mature beyond her years." She is highly motivated and coachable. She listens carefully to coaching instructions and is able to immediately adjust her performance accordingly.

She clearly embodies the goal of OFSAA sport: “the sole basis for the very existence of high school sport is the contribution it makes to the general educational experience of those students who participate."

The 40th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner scheduled for Saturday, May 2 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis. 

Shea and the rest of the 2019 Hall of Fame Award Winners will be recognized and presented their awards at a later date this year.