2012 Joe DeRush Memorial Award
The Joe DeRush Memorial Award and Scholarship is presented each year to recognize local athletes with disabilities who performs in competitive events at the regional, provincial, national or international level.  This athlete displays leadership qualities both on and off the field, with the team, in his or her school and within his or her community. Criteria includes:  performance, leadership, positive attitude, sportsmanship, dedication and fair-play philosophy.


Jarret Dark

Jarret was born in Sarnia and hockey is naturally in his blood as his uncle Mike Dark and his mother's cousin Pat Verbeek all played in the NHL.  He has sported a prosthetic on his leg since he was 9 months old.  Jarret started playing with the Sting Minors when he was 12 years old and has been a member of Canada's National Amputees Hockey Team since 2001.  Since the team's inception the National Team has never lost a game and in 2011 won the Gold Medal in Finland.

The National Team's goal is to fulfill the requirements to allow Amputee Standing Ice Hockey to be recognized as a medal sport by the International Paralympic Committee.  Jarret's personal goal is to continue to make the team and to continue to play and travel to other countries.  This athlete does not know the meaning of the word quit and has proven himself by excelling in his sport all the while achieving a Business Degree from the University of Guelph.  Jarret is a most worthy recipient of the Joe DeRush Memorial Award and an inspiration to others who have to overcome life's obstacles.

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