Brandon Trimper received Digby Soccer’s most important award at the Tiger’s year-end celebration last week, an award named for his older brother.
The Digby soccer association created the Keith Trimper award in 2008 after the Digby high school student and avid soccer player fell from a cliff and died that spring.
Digby teams still use the cheer “3-2-1 KT 47” in his honour and the club gives the Keith Trimper award every year to an under 16 or under 14 player who shows some of the qualities exemplified by Keith.
“Their love for the game and the joy that soccer brings must be obvious to everyone including teammates, coaches, referees and fans. Recipients must be respectful to everyone, portray a positive presence on the field and be a pleasure to coach,” said Harold Alexander in describing the award.
Brandon was nominated by his coach Terry Farris and Farris presented him with the trophy at the ceremony on Monday night, Aug. 29 at the Digby Area Recreation Centre.
“Brandon is all around a great kid,” said Farris at the ceremony. “He’s a great soccer player and his work ethic when he’s out on the field, he’s giving 200 per cent all the time. He plays defence and for him to go out there and work that hard, he’s just got a great spirit and a genuine love of the game.”
Brandon and Keith’s mother Lisa says the award ceremony get easier for her every year. Friends in the association had given her a heads up about Brandon winning “because they know how emotional I get,” says Lisa.
She says she noticed a big change in Brandon’s play this summer. He was more intent, challenged himself more, he was more into the game. Not that he wasn’t before but he really put it all there this year.”
A local playground was also named for Keith in 2010 and Alexander read from the dedication plaque to describe Keith.
“He was a much loved youth in our community and a faithful friend to many. He is remembered for his warm and caring heart, his smile and his ability to always make others laugh.
Keith was a great athlete who enjoyed a variety of sports, while soccer remained his favourite. He touched many with his positive presence, and he will be forever missed.”
Keith’s retired orange #47 soccer jersey was also on display at the ceremony.