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Matt Dunigan scores a touchdown at the Cornwall Lions Club Annual Sports Award Dinner

Jason Setnyk
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Matt Dunigan scores a touchdown at the Cornwall Lions Club Annual Sports Award Dinner
The Cornwall Lions Club Annual Sports Award Dinner at the Best Western was a well attended gala event. City Councillor and former sports broadcaster David Murphy was the MC Wednesday night. There was a loud ovation when he introduced Rodney Simpson, founder of the Cornwall Minor Football Association, as the recipient of the Jacques Richard award for top sports personality of the year.

Cornwall - May 10, 2012 - The Cornwall Lions Club Annual Sports Award Dinner at the Best Western was a well attended gala event. City Councillor and former sports broadcaster David Murphy was the MC Wednesday night. There was a loud ovation when he introduced Rodney Simpson, founder of the Cornwall Minor Football Association, as the recipient of the Jacques Richard award for top sports personality of the year.

Former CFL football player and two-time Grey Cup winner and current TSN broadcaster Matt Dunigan was the keynote speaker. He was introduced by Team Cornwall member Scott Lecky who was team mates with Dunigan when they played together for the B.C. Lions. "His passion for the game is unmatched", explains Lecky.

Dunigan congratulated Cornwall on its commitment to sports. "Cornwall, my hat off to you, for bringing passion to sports. I see it here". Dunigan also tackled some serious issues like concussions. "In 1996 I suffered my twelfth concussion, and it ended my career.... It's good to see Syd Crosby stand up and talk about it".

Dunigan scored a touchdown giving some great advice to the young athletes in attendance. "There is a rule in Texas. If you don't pass (your classes), you don't play. That is how I was brought up". He also explained the importance of having a goal. "Effort and passion is important, but everyone has to have a goal. I wanted to get a free education through athletics. I had a few choices out of high school".

He thanked the audience and he received a standing ovation. "My time here in Cornwall has been outstanding", says Dunigan.


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