An Award dedicated for contributions in an extraordinary way to Table Tennis in Canada. Kevin Murphy has done that all his life. 

Starting in 1972 as an athlete and transitioning into coaching in 1978. Kevin has participated in 9 Canada Winter Games, 14 Arctic Winter Games, several Canadian Championships and other Table Tennis events. From running Territorial Championships, to administering the Territorial Sport Organization, coaching, playing, driving, school outreach programming, Kevin is Mr. Table Tennis in the Yukon and well recognized in all his roles that he has with the organization. 

Kevin is also the Chair of the Members Council with Table Tennis Canada and sits on the Awards Committee. Adding some additional roles in Table Tennis in Canada to his amazing achievements. 

“Starting 1972 at AWG in Whitehorse I watched then Governor General Roland Michner open up the TT event in a local school. I was a member of the Air Cadets and I was in the Colour Guard (holding a flag on the stage). He played an exhibition point against a Yukon player who was the younger sister of a girl I went to school with. I thought I’m better than her, so I quit Air Cadets and joined my 1st TT club that fall. I have participated in 14 AWG not counting prepping a team for the Covid cancelled 2020 games. I have been to 9 CWG with 2 of them as an athlete. 1975, 1979, 1983, 1987, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019, & 2023. My first Nationals was in 1974 in Whitehorse and at best count have been to at least 11 more Nationals with my last one being 2007. I have also coached at at least 2 Junior Nationals. Other Tournaments include about a dozen Alaska / Yukon Handicap Challenge which rotates between Anchorage, Fairbanks & Whitehorse. Numerous Western Canada Opens, 4 B.C. Northern Winter Games.  My first coaching course was 1978 and my first coaching gig was AWG 1980 as I broke a bone in my right elbow 3 weeks before the event in Whitehorse. Member of Yukon Sports Hall of Fame.”

Kevin is a role model when it comes to Table Tennis. Funny, outgoing, always listening and having the best interesting in mind for his Territory, the North and Canada. Congratulations for receiving the well deserved 2023 Contributor to Sport of the Year Award with Table Tennis CANADA!!!