Sport PEI announces finalists for top administrator award
March 4, 2009 — Mike Connolly
Leaders from cycling, football, and Special Olympics to be recognized at annual banquet on April 8
The top sport leaders in the province are to be recognized by Sport PEI at the annual awards banquet, to be held on Wednesday April 8 at the Rodd Royalty Hotel in Charlottetown. Finalists for the prestigious 2008 Amalgamated Dairies Ltd Administrator of the Year award are Mark Bowlan (cycling), Peter Howatt (Special Olympics) and Mark MacDougall (football).
“Without doubt there are some outstanding individuals leading sport at present” said spokesperson Nick Murray of Sport P.E.I.
” This award only recognizes three individuals, and unfortunately there can only be one winner, but there are literally dozens of outstanding administrators guiding sport at present who deserve credit for the job they do.”
Tickets for the banquet will be announced at a later date. The following are short biographies on the three finalists.
Mark Bowlan (Cycling)
Stratford’s Mark Bowlan – a finalist for this award in 2007 – continues to lead Cycling P.E.I, and during his tenure as president it has emerged as one of the most well-run and efficient sports on the Island.
A real hands-on leader, Mark is a “doer” in the true sense of the word.
He has designed, and maintains the sport’s website, including developing an on-line registration system that is currently being adopted by other provinces. He sets the race calendar, and has designed both the sponsorship package and the clothing and apparel of the association, raising funds which have allowed Cycling P.E.I to support a technical director.
As a race organizer he is involved in all of the major events in the province, and his company, Great Hobbies, is a sponsor of the Red Mud Mountain Mayhem Atlantic Mountain Bike Championships, winning plaudits by many participants as one of the best organized and most professional races in the region. In addition, Mark is a key organizer and official for the Tour de P.E.I., and he plays a major role in both the North Cape Coastal Ride, and the Cabot Trail “Tour de Cabot”, as well as organizing recreational rides every week for all levels of cyclists.
Mark has proven to be a real leader in the sporting community, and deserves much of the credit for the tremendous surge in popularity that cycling is currently enjoying.