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In Her Footsteps Call for Nominations

 

ProMOTION Plus, a BC advocacy organization supporting girls and women in sport and physical activity, is seeking nominations for their 2017 In Her Footsteps awards.

Do you know a woman who has brought about significant positive change in the world of physical activity, sport and recreation in BC through their actions, passions, and commitment for the advancement of girls and women in sport?  Please take this opportunity to nominate her for this prestigious award.

 

Honourees will be recognized at the In Her Footsteps celebration at the Sport BC Athlete of the Year Awards scheduled for March 2018.

Selected honourees will be included in the BC Sports Hall of Fame In Her Footsteps Gallery.

 

Nomination Deadline: October 1, 2017

Nomination Criteria and Nomination Form available here.

 

http://promotionplus.org/in-her-footsteps/footsteps-2017-nomination-form/

 

 

 

 

 


 

Purchase your tickets to the Athlete of the Year Awards Gala Event here!

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Location: Fairmont Waterfront Hotel

Attire: Formal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Finalists announced for the 51st Annual Athlete of the Year Awards
Winners will be honoured at a ceremony on March 8th, 2017

VANCOUVER, BC (January 20, 2017) — Sport BC, on behalf of the BC Sport community, has proudly announced the outstanding amateur athletes, coaches, and officials, named as finalists for 14 of the 18 award categories to be presented at the upcoming Athlete of the Year Awards.  We are proud to be the longest standing sport recognition event in Canada and this year signifies a historic achievement for sport with our 51st anniversary.

The 51st Annual Awards Ceremony and Gala dinner is set for Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel.  The ceremonies will recognize BC’s best in amateur sport including athletes, coaches, and officials for outstanding performances in their sport over the 2016 season.  Each finalist was nominated by their Provincial or Multi-Sport Organization, High School, College or University.  The Selection Committee, chaired by Bernie Pascall, included 15 highly regarded sportswriters, broadcasters, and amateur sport leaders in British Columbia.

“A large number of highly qualified nominations for each of the categories were received this year,” notes Sport BC President & CEO, Rob Newman.  “Each year the Athlete of the Year Awards recognizes the talented and deserving athletes, coaches and officials. This year’s nominees in all the award categories are certainly a testament to the strength and depth of sport development in our province over the last 51 years. Each year, we are grateful for the support and contribution of our sport and business partners and volunteers.”

Finalists for the 2017 Sport BC Athlete of the Year Awards represent 18 sports from 21 various cities and are noted below.  An additional four awards will be presented at the ceremony including the Best of BC, KidSport BC Community Champion, Harry Jerome Comeback and the Daryl Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award.

Athlete with a Disability
Liam Stanley (Victoria) – Para-Athletics
Tristen Chernove (Cranbrook) – Para-Cycling
Michelle Stilwell (Parksville) – Para-Athletics

College Athlete of the Year
Adam Chaplin (Mission) – Volleyball
Josh Ross (Nanaimo) – Basketball
Tylar Turnbull (Port Coquitlam) – Volleyball

Female Coach of the Year
Olena Foschevska (Victoria) – Synchronized Swimming
Carolyn Murray (Victoria) – Triathlon
Katie Witt (Coquitlam) – Curl

Male Coach of the Year
Gerry Dragomir (Vancouver) – Athletics
Oded Jacob (Vancouver) – Tennis
Ryan Mallette (Victoria) – Swimming

Female High School Athlete of the Year
Zion Corrales-Nelson (Burnaby) – Basketball & Athletics
Aislinn König (Surrey) – Basketball
Camryn Rogers (Richmond) – Athletics

Male High School Athlete of the Year
Jasper Schiedel (Vancouver) – Football & Athletics
Parker Simson (Kelowna) – Football & Basketball
Grant Shephard (Kelowna) – Basketball

Female Junior Athlete of the Year
Nina Schultz (New Westminster) – Athletics
Shallon Olsen (Surrey) – Gymnastics
Maggie Coles-Lyster (Maple Ridge) – Cycling

Male Junior Athlete of the Year
Finn Iles (Whistler) – Cycling
Benjamin Sigouin (Vancouver) – Tennis
AJ Ewart (Coquitlam) – Golf

Master Athlete of the Year
Lenore Montgomery (North Vancouver) – Athletics
Ken Dahl (Vancouver) – Tennis
Mary Wright (Surrey) – Lawn Bowling

Official of the Year
Louise Kennedy (Brentwood Bay) – Synchronized Swimming
Brett Iverson (Richmond) – Hockey
Andrew Armstrong (White Rock) – Triathlon

Female Senior Athlete of the Year
Hilary Caldwell (Victoria) – Swimming
Pricilla Westlake (Delta) – Lawn Bowling
Naomi Ko (Victoria) – Golf

Male Senior Athlete of the Year
Scott Morgan (Vancouver) – Gymnastics
Jared du Toit (Kimberly) – Golf
Evan Dunfee (Richmond) – Athletics

Team of the Year
Canadian World Racewalk Team (Vancouver) – Athletics
Coquitlam Adanacs Junior A Lacrosse Club (Coquitlam) – Lacrosse
RCA Lightweight Women’s Double (Victoria) – Rowing

University Athlete of the Year
Olivia Zawadiuk (Coquitlam) – Synchro
Kayli Sartori (Chilliwack) – Basketball
Hannah Haughn (Vancouver) – Field Hockey

The Athlete of the Year Awards, founded by Sport BC, is the longest standing amateur sport recognition event in the country.  Awards in 18 different categories are given each year to athletes, coaches, and officials on their performance and contribution to sport in the province of British Columbia.  The awards play a valuable role in nurturing athletic success while recognizing extraordinary accomplishments in BC.

*TICKET INFORMATION*: For information on the purchase of a table or individual tickets for the 51st Annual Athlete of the Year Awards, please visit https://aoytickets.eventbrite.ca  or contact:

Jessica Prior, Production Manager, Athlete of the Year Awards
Tel: 604-733-7171       Email: registration@brandlivegroup.com

 

About the Athlete of the Year Awards
The Athlete of the Year Awards, founded by Sport BC, is the longest standing amateur sport recognition event in the country.  Awards in 18 different categories are given each year to athletes, coaches, and officials on their performance and contribution to sport in the province of British Columbia.  The awards play a valuable role in nurturing athletic success while recognizing extraordinary accomplishments in BC.

23rd Presidents Awards
The 23rd Annual Presidents Awards is proudly sponsored by Sports with Balls. This group is comprised of Basketball BC, Volleyball BC, BC Lacrosse Association, BC Soccer Association, Softball BC, Baseball BC, Tennis BC and the BC Ringette Association.  These awards are presented annually to volunteers from Sport BC member organizations who represent the spirit of volunteerism, and whose dedication, energy, and commitment contribute to the development of their sport or organization.

 

 

About Sport BC

In 1966, a small group of dedicated volunteers created an organization to provide a unified voice for amateur sport in British Columbia. While much has changed in 51 years, our core purpose remains the same.
Who we are:
Sport BC is the non-profit sport federation, representing over 60 Provincial Sport Organizations in British Columbia. As a member-based organization, Sport BC offers services and programs to build the capacity of our members and advocate on their behalf to improve the landscape for organized sport in BC.

Mission: 
Sport BC, as a member-based organization, supports the growth of amateur sport in BC and provides leadership through delivery of its programs and services for members.

Vision: 
Sport in British Columbia is thriving through the leadership of Sport BC and our members.

Values:
Integrity, Transparency, Collaboration, Creativity and Innovation

 

Selection Committee Members

Bernie Pascall – Chair, Ajay Patel (Langara College), Allison Mailer (BC Sports Hall of Fame), Bob Mackin, Brian Dance (CBC), Gary Kingston, Judy Joseph-Black (Sports Reports Consulting Services), Karin Larsen (CBC), Len Corben (North Shore Outlook), Marilyn Payne (Sport Consultant), Tom Berridge, Wendy Long (Freelance Writer), Michelle Collens (City of Vancouver), Lynda Cannell (Fortius Sport & Health), Lia Threlfall (BC Games Society), Carey Dillen (Sport BC Chair).



For additional information, please contact:


Rob Newman
President & CEO, Sport BC
Tel: 604-340-8432
Email: rob.newman@sportbc.com

Christine Wong
Athlete of the Year Coordinator, Sport BC
Tel: 604-333-3421
Email: christine@sportbc.com


PREVIOUS AWARD RECIPIENTS: For a list of previous award winners and additional information, including recognition of our corporate and community sponsors and partners, please visit: www.sportbc.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

Sport BC announces AWARD WINNERS in Amatuer Sport at 50th Anniversary
 2016 Athlete of the Year Awards
presented by Canadian Direct Insurance


RICHMOND, BC (March 14 , 2016) — Sport BC is very proud to announce the athletes, coaches and officials who were the successful recipients of the 2016 Athlete of the Year Awards, hosted in Vancouver on March 10, 2016.

These extraordinary individuals were honoured for their excellence in and contribution to sport in front of 500 guests at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

The award recipients represented 13 different sports with individuals and team members representing 12 communities within British Columbia.

1.     BEST OF BC – presented by the Government of BC

 

The recipient of the prestigious annual Best of BC award is the individual or team thought to have best represented BC, nationally or internationally, in either a professional or amateur sport.

RECIPIENT:     Carey Price (Williams Lake, BC) – Hockey

Carey Price was born in Vancouver, and grew up in the village of Anahim Lake where he moved at the age of 2. After playing minor hockey in Williams Lake he played for seasons with the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League. During that time he won a gold medal representing Team Canada at the 2007 World Under 20 Championships in Sweden.  Drafted 5th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 2005, Carey is now in his 9th season with the team. In 2014 he won a gold medal with the Canadian Men’s Olympic hockey team in Sochi, Russia.  Last season he was the recipient of 4 NHL Awards: Hart Memorial Trophy-given to the player judged to be the most valuable to his team.  Vezina Trophy-given to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at this position. Ted Lindsay Award-presented to the most outstanding player in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA. William M. Jennings Trophy-given to the goalkeeper having played for the team with the fewest allowed.

2.     ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY – presented by Richmond Sport Hosting

This award recognizes an athlete with a disability who has demonstrated extraordinary athletic performance in provincial, national or international competitions in a team or individual sport in BC.

RECIPIENT:       Trevor Hirschfield  (Vancouver, BC) – Wheelchair Rugby

Trevor is the co-captain of Team Canada’s Wheelchair Rugby team.  He has established himself as not just the best low-point player in the world, but one of the best players in the world with less physical function than others.  He is ranked #1 internationally and nationally in Canada.  Through hard-work and determination, he led Team Canada to being #1 ranked in Wheelchair Rugby for the first time in 13 years.  Despite the fact that he is the best low-point player in the world, Trevor earned himself to be the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athlete of the Month in August 2015.  In 2015, Trevor earned gold medals at the 2015 Parapan American Games and World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge where he was named Best 1.0.
*2002 BC SUMMER GAMES ALUMNI

3.     COLLEGE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – presented by SBC Insurance

This award recognizes an individual who competed in a sport, team or individual, and who represented a college, university/college, or institution in the province of British Columbia in the 2013-2014 academic year.

RECIPIENT:       Graydon Robb (Nanaimo, BC) – Badminton

In 2014-15 Graydon Robb won a silver medal at CCAA National Badminton Championships, was awarded CCAA All-Canadian and the ultimate honour; CCAA Badminton Athlete of the Year.  Badminton scores and statistics do not tell the tale of an athlete for badminton as 21-19 in a match does not reflect the caliber of the opponent. Graydon has the highest vertical in the league by far, and is top 3 for raw power which adds up to the most devastating jump-smash in his league   Graydon also has an international caliber cross court slice – a dangerous weapon at any time but when you have both it is tough to defend against.  In the PACWEST league this season he has finished first in Mens singles and in Mixed doubles in two of two tournaments.  Deception is what separates the top players from the rest in badminton.  Graydon is the most deceptive player in our league and has a unique and unpredictable style of play, which is believed to stem from his creative nature.

4.     FEMALE COACH OF THE YEAR – presented by ProMotion Plus

This award recognizes a female coach who has been responsible for coaching an amateur team(s) and/or individuals at any level of athletic competition in British Columbia.

RECIPIENT:       Carolyn Murray (Victoria, BC) – Triathlon

Carolyn is a former Olympic Triathlete and Head Coach of the National Para triathlon Team.  She is based out of Victoria and works with a small group of Junior Elite and development level athletes.  Carolyn was a member of the Canadian National Triathlon Team from 2002-2008.  In 2008 she represented Canada at the Beijing Olympics and was the top ranked female finisher for Canada.   From 2009-2014 Carolyn acted as a National Triathlon Centre coach and coached at the Western Canada Summer Games in 2011.   She also was a member of the World Championship coaching staff in 2009/2011/2012/2014/2015. Carolyn’s personal philosophy is that it is a privilege to guide the journey of motivated individuals.  She constantly acknowledges that the process of “sport excellence is a great challenge and although it is not the path of least resistance and filled with obstacles [she] believe[s] the process can and should be enjoyed.”
*2011 WESTERN CANADA SUMMER GAMES (MANAGER)

5.     MALE COACH OF THE YEAR – presented by Canadian Sport Institute

This award recognizes a male coach who has been responsible for coaching an amateur team(s) and/or individuals at any level of athletic competition in British Columbia

RECIPIENT:       Randy Bennett (Victoria, BC) – Swimming

Randy Bennett was the most relentless and passionate coach that I ever worked with. These qualities made him Canada’s top swim coach. His swimmers wanted to swim for him because they knew he would do everything possible to help them reach their goals. They also knew that with Randy every single day would be about pushing to be better than anyone else in the world at that moment. Canada benefitted when Randy was the head coach because we strove to not only compete with the best in the world but to win. Randy has coached Ryan Cochrane to medals at both the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics. He was Canada’s Head Coach at every major International meet between 2009 and 2014. He has numerous international medals on his resume. However the true measure of Randy’s legacy is not only what he accomplished at International competitions. His daily passion and tenacity inspired countless coaches and athletes in ways that we will benefit for years to come but may never be able to truly measure.
*1997 CANADA SUMMER GAMES ALUMNI

6.     FEMALE HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – presented by Sport BC

This award recognizes a female athlete who was enrolled in a secondary school in the province of BC and who competed in a sport or sports, team or individual, representing her school in the 2013-2014 school year.

RECIPIENT:       Emma Johnson (Kelowna, BC) – Basketball/Soccer/Volleyball

If you want to see the effect that Emma Johnson had on the small Kelowna school of Immaculata High School, all that you have to do to is walk into the gym and look around at the walls.  What you will find are walls adorned with banners.  Emma was a top-level multi-sport athlete throughout her five years at Immaculata.  By the time she graduated, Emma was an integral part of 12 BC Provincial Championship or BC Catholic Schools Championship teams in volleyball, basketball, and soccer.  Foremost of these were the school’s first ‘AA’ basketball championship, a huge success for little Immaculata High School.  Through her five years, Emma also received numerous individual awards including Top Defensive Player at the 2015 AA BC Basketball Championships, Golden Boot at the 2015 BC Soccer Championships, All-Star at the 2014 BC Volleyball Championships, MVP at the BC Catholic Schools Basketball Championships, Immaculata Female Athlete of the Year, and many more.  Away from her impressive athletic career, Emma was able to maintain a 4.0 GPA throughout her five years at Immaculata while also being placed on the Principal’s List and Special Merit List for her academic achievement in every semester.  For all of her success on and off the field of play Emma was honoured with the Augie Ciancone award, a prestigious award in Kelowna awarded annually to the Top Female High School Athlete in the Central Okanagan.  Since her high school career, Emma has moved on to begin a degree in the Bachelor of Science Nursing and a successful career with the UBC-Okanagan Heat Women’s Basketball team.  Immaculata High School is very proud of Emma and all that she has accomplished.
*2008 BC SUMMER GAMES ALUMNI

7.     MALE HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE – presented by Helly Hansen

This award recognizes a male athlete who was enrolled in a secondary school in the province of British Columbia and who competed in a sport, team or individual, representing his school in the 2013-2014 academic year.

RECIPIENT:       Graeme Hyde-Lay  (Victoria, BC) – Soccer/Basketball/Rugby

Graeme attended St. Michaels University School (SMUS) from Kindergarten to grade 12. He has always been a multi-sport athlete, representing the school with distinction in soccer, rugby and basketball.

2014-2015 was particularly memorable, as Graeme played an integral role in SMUS capturing three BC AA titles in the same school year. As a centre back in soccer, fly half in rugby and point guard in basketball, his leadership, and team based approach, all round skill and toughness were notable. In particular, Graeme was named the 2015 BC AA Basketball Most Valuable Player. He then captained the 1st XV on a successful tour of Spain and Portugal, before further directing the squad to significant wins over Mexico U19 and then Rockridge in the provincial AA final. Graeme has always demonstrated humility, a strong work ethic and competitive spirit, as well as a calm manner when under pressure. He was recruited by a number of Canada West universities for basketball and is now, while studying Sciences, part of the Vikes program at the University of Victoria. Away from the athletic arena, Graeme capped an outstanding senior high career by fulfilling a demanding role as SMUS Head Boy. A two time SMUS Athlete of the Year and winner of the prestigious Ker Cup for all round contributions to the school, he is honored to have been nominated for a Sport BC award.

7.   FEMALE JUNIOR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – presented by Infigo

This award recognizes extraordinary athletic performance by a female junior athlete who is competing on a team or in an individual sport in British Columbia.

RECIPIENT:       Emily Overholt (West Vancouver, BC) – Swimming

Emily won the silver medal in the 200 free, and after what Team Canada thought was a gold in the 400 individual medley, only to learn Emily was disqualified in the event, she re-grouped and the next day won the gold in the 400 freestyle, with the home town crowd cheering for her.  Emily capped off her Pan Am Games, as an instrumental part in the women’s 4×200 free relay winning bronze at the games.  Departing directly from Toronto to the next competition, Emily finished off her season becoming the fastest Canadian female 400 individual medley swimmer ever and won the bronze medal at the World Championships.  Emily has also re-written the record books walking away from the 2015 season with 7 new BC records and 2 new Canadian records.  One of Emily’s World Champ races was the 4×200 free relay, which placed 11th in the World, thus earning the Canadian relay team a spot to compete at the Olympics in Rio.   To finish off her competition, Emily’s Bronze medal in the event on the last day not only capped of an amazing season, but has put Emily into top World Rankings leading into the Olympic season.
*2010 BC SUMMER GAMES ALUMNI
*2013 CANADA SUMMER GAMES ALUMNI

8. MALE JUNIOR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – presented by UNIGLOBE

This award recognizes extraordinary athletic performance by a male junior athlete who is competing on a team or in an individual sport in British Columbia.

RECIPIENT:       Markus Thormeyer (Delta, BC) – Swimming

Earning a silver medal on his first International Senior Team, Markus’s performance at Pan American Games proved he’s ready to be competing against the best in the world.  As a relay member for the prelims, he helped earn a spot through to the finals, where the men’s 4×100 free relay placed second in the race and Markus’s lead out in the morning session gave him a Pan Am Silver medal!  After a short struggle will an illness in the village, 3 days later Markus bounced back to a top 8 finish in the 100 backstroke, placing 7th against some of the best backstroke swimmers in the world.   The World Junior Championships was a packed competition for Markus racing 3 individual events and 4 relays.  With a packed schedule, every time Markus raced he put together a performance that moved him or his team up in the rankings.  Racing more than 15 times over the competition in preliminaries, semi-finals and finals, Markus completed all him events with a top 10 finish and capped off the meet with a Junior World Record and Gold Medal in the mixed 4×100 free relay.
*2013 CANADA SUMMER GAMES ALUMNI

9.    MASTER ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – presented by the Americas Masters Games

This award recognizes an athlete competing in a Masters division as defined as defined by his or her sport, taking part on a team or individual sport in the province of British Columbia.

RECIPIENT:       Siew Har Hong (North Vancouver, BC) – Badminton

A long-time member of the Vancouver Racquets Club, Siew Har has been an enthusiastic badminton competitor for more than 45 years.  In 2014 and 2015 she was ranked the #1 Women’s Singles 60 Plus badminton athlete in the world, after having won gold at the World Badminton Federation finals in Ankara, Turkey in 2013.  At the 2015 world event, held in Helsingborg, Sweden, with over 1600 competitors in 40 events, Siew Har won bronze in her event, losing to the ultimate champion from England.  This event attracts the top Masters Badminton players in the world, including past Olympic players.  Over the past years, Siew Har has won more than 30 gold medals at the highly competitive Canadian Masters National Badminton Championships which yearly attracts the top players from Canada and the U.S. In 2015, Siew Har won gold medals in both women’s doubles and mixed doubles, and a silver medal in singles.  At the provincial level, Siew Har is the top player in all three events in her age category. Siew Har is an intense competitor and always strives to improve her skills.  She is a tireless ambassador for the sport, is well respected and admired, and will continue to excel in the coming years.
*1992 BC WINTER GAMES ALUMNI (ATHLETE)
*2000 BC WINTER GAMES ALUMNI (MANAGER)

10.             OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR – presented by Sport Hosting Vancouver

RECIPIENT:       Michelle Pye (North Vancouver, BC) – Soccer

Michelle Pye began her referee career in Kamloops, BC at the age of 13 in 1991. She is currently only one of seven international level soccer referees in Canada, earning her FIFA Referee badge in 2007. 2015 was an exceptionally impressive year for Michelle as she refereed in five matches at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015, as well as being one of the referees to work the final match at the U17 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica. Michelle also refereed Whitecaps FC 2 matches in the USL (United Soccer League) and is the head referee for the Metro Women’s Soccer League in Vancouver. On top of her incredible referee successes, Michelle is also the mother of two twins (age 3), which is incredible astounding considering the work and fitness required to be a FIFA level referee. Michelle also mentored and spoke as a keynote speaker at various BC Soccer events across the province that were designed to help inspire females to develop and continue to work in sport.
*2000 BC SUMMER GAMES ALUMNI

  1. FEMALE SENIOR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – presented by Special T Group Events

 

This award recognizes extraordinary athletic performance by a female athlete who is competing on a team or as an individual sport in BC.

RECIPIENT:       Christabel Nettey (Surrey, BC) – Athletics

In 2015 Christabel Nettey leapt her way to 4th place in the World in Women’s Long Jump. A resident of Surrey who trains full time at the Altis World Training Centre in Phoenix, Arizona, Christabel set and reset the Canadian and BC Records for Women’s Long Jump almost every time she compete this past year. When the sand finally settled the Canadian Record stood at 6.99m, with Christabel having the 8 leading jumps in all of Canada in 2015. An outstanding season with Gold Medals at the Canadian Track & Field Championships and the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games. Her commitment to training and being able to perform when it counts almost resulted in a Hat-Trick of International Competition Medals when she finish 4th at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Beijing. A solid candidate and medal hopeful for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games, Christabel is focused, training hard and currently competing Indoors and the opportunity to represent Canada at the World Indoor Track & Field Championships March 17th to 20th in Portland, Oregon.
*2006 BC SUMMER GAMES ALUMNI

11.  MALE SENIOR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – presented by the University of British Columbia

This award recognizes extraordinary athletic performance by a male athlete who is competing on a team or individual sport in BC.

RECIPIENT:       Denny Morrison (Fort St. John, BC) – Speed Skating

With 3 Olympics under his belt, and lessons learned recovering from a leg fracture during his preparation for Sochi, Denny approached 2014 15 season on fire! He ended the season as ISU’s 1500M World Champion, an impressive improvement from a 7th place finish the season prior.  On the 2014-15 World Cup circuit, Denny medaled 7 times – 3 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze. He is Speed Skating Canada’s 2015 Skater of the Year – a title he has held 8 times since 2006. Was also named to Speed Skating Canada’s Honour Roll of Achievement for the 8th time in 9 seasons; & is BC Speed Skating Nation Skater of the Year for the 9th consecutive season. In March 2015 Denny was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame.  With 11 years on the National Speed Skating Team, he continues to hold the National 1500M record. He is a Kids Sport Ambassador and the “Hometown Hero” of Ft. St. John BC, where he spends time with developing athletes whenever he visits. A motorcycle crash and another leg fracture at the end of the 2015 season have Denny is using the lessons he learned before Sochi & he is on track for a 4th Olympic Games in 2018.
*2000 BC WINTER GAMES ALUMNI

 

12.  UNIVERSITY ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – Sponsorship Central

This award recognizes an athlete enrolled in a recognized degree-granting university in the province of British Columbia, and who competed in a recognized Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) or National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) sport or sports, team or individual, representing his or her school in the 2014-2015 season.

RECIPIENT:        Maria Bernard (Vancouver, BC) – UBC Cross Country

Maria Bernard was a superstar for UBC in both women’s cross country and track field during the 2014-15 school year.  The UBC Science student won the individual title at the 2014 NAIA Women’s Cross Country Championship in Lawrence, Kansas, crossing the finish line of the five-kilometre race triumphantly in 17 minutes and 3.80 seconds. Her performance helped the Thunderbirds to their third consecutive national banner.  In track and field, Bernard won two events, the 3,000-metre steeplechase and the 5,000 metres at the NAIA Outdoor Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala., in May. She set a new national meet record in the steeplechase preliminaries and repeated as the national champion in the event final. At the conclusion of the meet, Bernard was named the NAIA’s Herbert B. Marett Outstanding Performer award, the first UBC female athlete to achieve the feat.  In July, she represented Canada at the 2015 Summer Universiade / World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea. Bernard was the top Canadian in the women’s 3,000-metre steeplechase, placing sixth with a time of nine minutes and 57.70 seconds.

14. TEAM OF THE YEAR – presented by AllSport Insurance

This award recognizes an amateur team competing in a sanctioned league in the province of British Columbia.

RECIPIENT:       UBC Men’s Football (University of British Columbia) – Football

When the UBC Thunderbirds brought in Blake Nill as their new head coach in the off-season, coming off a campaign in which they finished dead last in the Canada West, it was supposed to mark the turning point for the football program on the Point Grey campus. Few expected that turnaround would be instantaneous.  After compiling a 6-2 regular season record, the Thunderbirds would go on to knock off the defending Hardy Cup champion Manitoba Bisons in the Hardy Cup semi-final, then the number-one ranked Calgary Dinos in the Hardy Cup game, then the St. Francis Xavier X-Men in the Uteck Bowl, before completing their Cinderella season by defeating the defending national champion, Montreal Carabins, to capture the fourth Vanier Cup title in school history and their first since 1997.

15.  KIDSPORT COMMUNITY CHAMPION AWARD – presented by Ritchie Bros.

The KidSport Community Champion Award is presented to an individual who has made a significant and meaningful contribution to KidSport over the past year.

RECIPIENT:     Perry Solkowski  (Port Moody, BC)

During his 17 year career at CTV, Perry Solkowski regularly displayed his passion for amateur sport, both on and off air. His Perry’s Prospects segment became a much loved feature of the 6 p.m. Thursday sportscast and featured the human interest stories about young athletes that rarely receive any coverage. Perry parlayed that segment into an event called Perry’s Prospects Supercamp that, for two years, gave over 400 KidSport kids the opportunity to experience a variety of sports and to be coached by Olympians in a fantastic one day sport camp.

For the past 10 years, Perry has been our de facto master of ceremonies at the KidSport annual golf tournament and is legendary for his ability to milk the room at dinner for auction bids, all the while keeping everyone laughing.  He has donated speaking fees from various engagements to KidSport and never failed to give air time to KidSport events or campaigns. He appeared in and scripted several PSAs for KidSport over the years and was a tireless champion for the cause.

As a soccer coach for his daughter’s Metro team in Burnaby, Perry was instrumental in having the KidSport logo placed strategically on the team uniforms to show support for the cause. This gesture has sparked similar support from other teams across the province in a variety of sports and is being promoted by KidSport chapters across the country as a way to show support. KidSport is proud to award the 2016 KidSport Community Champion to Perry Solkowski.

16.  HARRY JEROME COMEBACK AWARD – presented by Canadian Direct Insurance

This award recognizes an athlete who competed in a sport, individual or team, in 2014 after having suffered an unusual setback (i.e. illness, injury, etc.)

RECIPIENT:        Tory Nyhaug (Coquitlam, BC) – BMX Cycling

Tory’s story is one that no one could forget easily – and that includes rupturing his spleen twice while competing on the world stage.   Tory has returned to the top of his sport internationally after recovering from injury last year at the World Championships in Zolder, Belgium and is well on his way to representing Canada at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.  Despite being at the top of his sport internationally since he emerged on the international scene, Tory continues to inspire kids at the local level, helping out with coaching young riders at the local tracks. He is an inspiration for riders in BC who dream of representing Canada at Olympic Games, while still remain accessible and humble, in wanting to help others realize these dreams as well. Tory’s love of cycling has never waned, even though he has been in the sport for nearly two decades. He is focused and determined even when faced with injury, encourages young athletes, and always has something positive to say about his fellow competitors.

  1. DARYL THOMPSON AWARD – presented by the BC Games Society

This award is named in honour of the late Daryl Thompson, former chair of Sport BC. Daryl’s contributions to sport as an athlete, coach and executive officer were exemplary. This prestigious award recognizes an individual who has contributed their time in an extraordinary way to sport over a long period of time or has made a major contribution to amateur sport in British Columbia.

RECIPIENT:       Hugh Wong (Kelowna, BC) – Volleyball

Hugh Wong is a shining example of the true spirit and intent of this prestigious SportBC award.  Over the past 40 years, Hugh’s leadership contribution to growing the sport(s) of indoor and beach volleyball at the local, regional, provincial, national and international levels is exemplary.  In 2015, Hugh was inducted into the Volleyball BC Hall of Fame (BUILDER).

Hugh was born in China, immigrating to BC with his family when he was five years old. Raised on farms in Richmond and Vancouver, Hugh graduated from Britannia Secondary School and obtained his teaching certification (BEd) from UBC. He accepted a teaching position and settled in Kelowna – his first foray into coaching was at the helm of a junior boys’ volleyball team. The experience proved positive, sparking a life-long passion for coaching and sport leadership.

In the early 1980’s, in addition to raising a young family and teaching full time in the public school system, Hugh traveled throughout BC helping to organize and coach youth volleyball camps. He is a founding member of the Kelowna Volleyball Club (KVC) and served in a variety of leadership roles with the BC Volleyball Association (Volleyball BC), including Vice-President and President.

After retiring from teaching, Hugh took on challenging sport leadership roles nationally and internationally.  As President, Volleyball Canada (2007-13), Hugh’s focus on strategic leadership was pivotal in turning Volleyball Canada into a financially sustainable organization earning him the respect of international organizations.   Hugh served six years as a Vice-President (2009 – 2015), of The North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) and is a Board of Administration Member (2012-present), Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB).

Hugh Wong is a visionary leader and mentor who gives selflessly of his time and expertise.  Hugh’s ongoing contribution to growing and building amateur sport in British Columbia serves as a stellar example for future leaders to follow.

 

OUR PARTNERS:

The incredible contributions from our corporate partners in recognizing the exceptional accomplishments of our athletes, coaches and officials demonstrates the community support for sport in British Columbia. On behalf of our Board of Directors, Sport BC recognizes the following sponsors of the 50th Athlete of the Year Awards, presented by Canadian Direct Insurance.

PRESENTING SPONSOR:

Canadian Direct Insurance

PRESIDENTS’ AWARDS

Sports with Balls

GOLD SPONSORS

Helly Hansen

Government of British Columbia

SBC Insurance

Special T Group Events

Sport BC

Americas Masters Games

KidSport – Ritchie Brothers

Canadian Sport Institute

AllSport Insurance

 

SILVER SPONSORS

Sport Hosting Vancouver

Richmond Sport Hosting                                           

ProMotion Plus

BC Games Society

Infigo

BRONZE SPONSORS

Sponsorship Central                                                
Uniglobe

 

RAFFLE SPONSORS

Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver Stealth

Vancouver Lions

Vancouver Canadians

Vancouver Giants

Vancouver Whitecaps

WestJet

RYU Athletic Apparal

UBC Athletics

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For additional information, please contact:
Christine Wong, Athlete of the Year Coordinator
Email:
christine@sportbc.com  Tel: 604-647-7442                                               Website: www.sportbc.com

 

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CALLING ALL AMERICAS MASTERS GAMES VOLUNTEERS

INAUGURAL EVENT TO HOST UP TO 10,000 ATHLETES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

 VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA – Be part of history as Vancouver welcomes up to 10,000 masters aged athletes to the first ever America’s Masters Games. Relive the thrill of hosting a major international sport competition from Aug 26 to Sept 4 2016.

2500 volunteers are needed to stage this spectacular event of inspiring ceremonies and celebrations in Canada Place (Jack Poole Plaza), exciting competition in 24 different sports at venues across the city and memorable social interactions with people from around the world.

“Vancouver is poised to host another terrific event,” said Thomas Jones, Event Director, Americas Masters Games.  “Major Sporting events like this would not be possible without the strong Volunteer base this city possesses.”

Use your skills and experience to make visitors feel welcome, come meet active people and help showcase our beautiful city. Volunteer opportunities are available in:

Ø  Registration and accreditation

Ø  Sport and venues

Ø  Logistics and transportation services

Ø  Ceremonies and protocol

Ø  Media services

Ø  Medical services

Ø  Branding and Signage

Ø  Special events

To apply, go to www.americasmastersgames2016.com and let us know about your skills, areas of interest and availability. We are seeking commitments of at least 4 hours per day for a minimum of 3 days. Some pre games training will be required in certain roles.

All volunteers will receive an Americas Masters Games uniform, nourishment and the volunteer experience of a lifetime.

We look forward to welcoming you to AMG’s volunteer team as we host the world…

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ABOUT THE AMERICAS MASTERS GAMES VANCOUVER  

 

The Americas Masters Games are about promoting an active and healthy lifestyle by encouraging any and all participants aged 30 to 100+ to continue to strive towards sporting success, and have fun in the process. This inaugural version of the Americas Masters Games will take place from August 26 – September 4, 2016 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. For more information please visit www.americasmastersgames2016.com

 List of Sports

Archery                                                                                                Karate

Athletics (Track & Field, Road Races)                                       Lacrosse

Badminton                                                                                          Rowing

Baseball                                                                                               Rugby

Basketball                                                                                           Soccer

Curling                                                                                                  Softball

Cycling                                                                                                  Squash

Diving                                                                                                    Swimming

Field Hockey                                                                                      Table Tennis

Golf                                                                                                       Tennis

Ice Hockey                                                                                          Triathlon

Judo                                                                                                      Volleyball

For media information, please contact:

Randy Clegg

Communications Director, Americas Masters Games Vancouver 2016

E: rclegg@amgames2016.com

T: 604.647.7427

 

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Sport BC announces SCOTT RUSSELL OF CBC as Master of Ceremonies
 2016 Athlete of the Year Awards
presented by Canadian Direct Insurance

RICHMOND, BC (February 23, 2016) — Sport BC is pleased to announce that Scott Russell, CBC Sports Broadcaster, will be emceeing the 2016 Athlete of the Year Awards in Vancouver on March 10, 2016.
A Gemini Award-winning broadcaster and acclaimed author, Scott Russell brings a vast and wide-ranging amount of experience, passion and knowledge to his roles as host for CBC’s Olympic Coverage and CBC SPORTS WEEKEND.

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“We are thrilled that Scott has agreed to come back to Vancouver to host the 2016 Athlete of the Year Awards,” said Rob Newman, CEO of Sport BC. “Scott brings a breadth of insight into the world of sport and is a professional role model for all of our award winners. His passion in supporting the sport community here in British Columbia is hugely appreciated as we honour 18 award recipients and recognize the very best in amateur sport in BC for the 50th anniversary of this event.”

A CBC Sports veteran of more than 25 years, Russell has covered 12 Olympic Games and co-hosted Olympic Morning for Beijing 2008: The Olympic Games. He has also hosted five Commonwealth Games, the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa and the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany. In 2014 Scott hosted the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi Russia and the FIFA World Cup Brazil. In 2015, he hosted CBC’s network coverage of the 2015 Pan American & Parapan Am Games in Toronto.  In 2016, he will serve as the co-host of CBC’s Road to the Olympic Games and will host CBC’s Prime Time coverage of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. For 14 years, Russell was a host and rinkside reporter for Hockey Night in Canada. Outside of his hosting duties, Russell authors the insightful Field of Play blog at CBCSports.ca where he discusses the world of sport from all angles.

In 2014 Russell was named Sports Media Canada’s winner of the George Gross Award as Broadcaster of the Year. In addition to his roles at CBC, Russell teaches a course in Canadian Sports History at Toronto’s Centennial College. He is a member of the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Education Committee as well as a member of the Ambassador’s Council for the Amici camping charity. Russell is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and holds an M.A. in Journalism. In 2013, he was honoured by CBC with a President’s Award in the Brand Champion category for his dedication and enthusiasm for his work covering amateur athletics for the network. Credit: CBC Media Center Website

 

The Athlete of the Year Awards, founded by Sport BC, is the longest standing amateur sport recognition event in the country.  Awards in 18 different categories are given each year to athletes, coaches, and officials on their performance and contribution to sport in the province of British Columbia.  The awards play a valuable role in nurturing athletic success while recognizing extraordinary accomplishments in BC.

TICKET INFORMATION: For information on the purchase of a table or individual tickets for the 50th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards, please visit http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/sport-bc-50th-athlete-of-the-year-awards-2016-tickets-20048164600.

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For additional information, please contact:
Christine Wong, Athlete of the Year Coordinator
Email:
christine@sportbc.comTel: 604-647-7442                                             Website: www.sportbc.com

 

 

 

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Sport BC announces the BEST OF BC AWARD WINNER
2016 Athlete of the Year Awards
presented by Canadian Direct Insurance


RICHMOND, BC (February 18, 2016) — Sport BC is pleased to announce the distinguished Best of BC Award Recipient who will be recognized at the 50th Athlete of the Year Awards in Vancouver on Thursday, March 10, 2016.

 

BEST OF BC AWARD
The recipient of the prestigious annual Best of BC award is the individual or team thought to have best represented BC, nationally or internationally, in either a professional or amateur sport. 

 

2016 Best of BC Award Winner – CAREY PRICE  (Anahim Lake, BC – Hockey)

 

Carey has shown perseverance and dedication throughout his entire NHL career.  As a BC native of Anahim Lake, his work ethic has carried him and both his teams; the Montreal Canadians and Team Canada; to great success.  The winner of the William M. Jennings Trophy, Vezina Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award, Hart Trophy, NHL First All-Star Team, Lou Marsh Trophy and the Lional Conacher Award represents a humbling and down to earth candidate of the Best of BC Award. In October of 2015, Carey showed his support of the community that raised him in the game by donating $10,000 worth of goalie equipment to the Williams Lake Minor Hockey Association.
The Athlete of the Year Awards, founded by Sport BC, is the longest standing amateur sport recognition event in the country.  Awards in 18 different categories are given each year to athletes, coaches, and officials on their performance and contribution to sport in the province of British Columbia.  The awards play a valuable role in nurturing athletic success while recognizing extraordinary accomplishments in BC.

TICKET INFORMATION: For information on the purchase of a table or individual tickets for the 50th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards, please visit http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/sport-bc-50th-athlete-of-the-year-awards-2016-tickets-20048164600

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For additional information, please contact:
Christine Wong, Athlete of the Year Coordinator
Email:
christine@sportbc.comTel: 604-647-7442
Website: www.sportbc.com

 

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Sport BC announces the HARRY JEROME COMEBACK AWARD WINNER of the 2016 Athlete of the Year Awards, presented by Canadian Direct Insurance
Winner will be honoured at a ceremony on March 10th, 2016

RICHMOND, BC (February 15, 2016) — Sport BC is pleased to announce the distinguished Harry Jerome Comeback Award Recipient who will be recognized at the 50th Athlete of the Year Awards in Vancouver on Thursday, March 10, 2016.

HARRY JEROME COMEBACK AWARD, presented by Canadian Direct Insurance
This award recognizes an athlete who competed in a sport, individual or team, in 2015 after having suffered an unusual setback (i.e. illness, injury, etc.)

2016 Harry Jerome Comeback Award Winner – TORY NYHAUG (Coquitlam, BC – BMX Cycling)

 Tory’s story is one that no one could forget easily – and that includes rupturing his spleen twice while competing on the world stage.   Tory has returned to the top of his sport internationally after recovering from injury last year at the World Championships in Zolder, Belgium and is well on his way to representing Canada at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.  Despite being at the top of his sport internationally since he emerged on the international scene, Tory continues to inspire kids at the local level, helping out with coaching young riders at the local tracks. He is an inspiration for riders in BC who dream of representing Canada at Olympic Games, while still remain accessible and humble, in wanting to help others realize these dreams as well. Tory’s love of cycling has never waned, even though he has been in the sport for nearly two decades. He is focused and determined even when faced with injury, encourages young athletes, and always has something positive to say about his fellow competitors.

**Stay tuned for the announcement of the Best of BC Award**

The Athlete of the Year Awards, founded by Sport BC, is the longest standing amateur sport recognition event in the country.  Awards in 18 different categories are given each year to athletes, coaches, and officials on their performance and contribution to sport in the province of British Columbia.  The awards play a valuable role in nurturing athletic success while recognizing extraordinary accomplishments in BC.

TICKET INFORMATION: For information on the purchase of a table or individual tickets for the 50th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards, please visit http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/sport-bc-50th-athlete-of-the-year-awards-2016-tickets-20048164600.

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For additional information, please contact:
Christine Wong, Athlete of the Year Coordinator
Email:
christine@sportbc.com
Tel: 604-647-7442
Website: www.sportbc.com

 

 

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Sport BC announces the Daryl Thompson Award Winner
2016 Athlete of the Year Awards, 
presented by Canadian Direct Insurance

RICHMOND, BC (February 10, 2016) — Sport BC is pleased to announce the prestigious Daryl Thompson Award winner who will be recognized at the 50th Athlete of the Year Awards in Vancouver on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

DARYL THOMPSON AWARD
The Daryl Thompson Award is named in honour of the late Daryl Thompson, former chair of Sport BC.  Daryl’s contributions to sport as an athlete, coach and executive officer were exemplary. This prestigious award recognizes an individual who has contributed their time in an extraordinary way to sport over a long period of time or has made a major contribution to amateur sport in British Columbia.

2016 Daryl Thompson Award Winner – HUGH WONG   (Kelowna, BC – Volleyball)

 

From Kelowna, British Columbia, Hugh Wong is a “shining example of the true spirit and intent of the award”.  His debut experience as Coach of a Kelowna junior boys’ volleyball team in 1975, sparked his passion for coaching and sport leadership.  During the 1980s, Hugh was focused on growing the sport by travelling throughout BC to organize and coach youth volleyball camps.  He was the one of the original founders of the “Team BC Midget” program (the first in Canada in the age class).  His focus on the local’s remains strong as he played a key role as a founding member of the Kelowna Volleyball Club (KVC) – one of the largest volleyball clubs in BC.

 

In his 40 years of service, Hugh has developed Volleyball BC into one of the leading provinces in Canada in Volleyball.  His focus on strategic leadership has been pivotal in turning Volleyball Canada into a financially sustainable organization that has earned him the respect of international organizations, such as the North, Central America and Carribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) as the current Vice-President and Board of Administration Member of the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB).  Hugh’s contribution to growing and building amateur sport in British Columbia serves as an example for future leaders to follow.


**Stay tuned for the announcement of the Harry Jerome Comeback Award and the Best of BC Award**

The Athlete of the Year Awards, founded by Sport BC, is the longest standing amateur sport recognition event in the country.  Awards in 18 different categories are given each year to athletes, coaches, and officials on their performance and contribution to sport in the province of British Columbia.  The awards play a valuable role in nurturing athletic success while recognizing extraordinary accomplishments in BC.

TICKET INFORMATION: For information on the purchase of a table or individual tickets for the 50th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards, please visit http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/sport-bc-50th-athlete-of-the-year-awards-2016-tickets-20048164600.

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For additional information, please contact:
Christine Wong, Athlete of the Year Coordinator
Email:
christine@sportbc.com                    Tel: 604-647-7442                                                       

 

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Finalists announced for the Sport BC 50th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards,Official AOY Logo
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Winners will be honoured at a ceremony on March 10th, 2016


RICHMOND,
BC (January 19, 2016) — Sport BC, on behalf of the BC Sport community, has proudly announced the outstanding amateur athletes, coaches, and officials, named as finalists for 14 of the 18 award categories to be presented at the upcoming Athlete of the Year Awards presented by Canadian Direct Insurance.  We are proud to be the longest standing sport recognition event in Canada and this year signifies a historic achievement for sport with our 50th anniversary milestone.

The 50th Annual Awards Ceremony and Gala dinner is set for Thursday, March 10th, 2016 at the Vancouver Convention Centre East.  The ceremonies will recognize BC’s best in amateur sport including athletes, coaches, and officials for outstanding performances in their sport over the 2015 season.  Each finalist was nominated by their Provincial or Multi-Sport Organization, High School, College or University.  The Selection Committee, chaired by Bernie Pascall, included 20 highly regarded sportswriters, broadcasters, and amateur sport leaders in British Columbia.

“A significant number of very strong nominations for each of the categories were received this year,” notes Sport BC President & CEO, Rob Newman.  “The Athlete of the Year Awards provides a great opportunity to recognize these talented and deserving athletes, coaches and officials. This year’s nominees in all of the award categories are certainly a testament to the strength and depth of sport development in our province over the last 50 years.  In addition, we are appreciative of the outstanding support that we continue to receive from our volunteers, sport and business partners.”

Finalists for the 2016 Sport BC Athlete of the Year Awards represent 23 sports from 22 various cities and are noted below.  An additional four awards will be presented at the ceremony including the Best of BC, KidSport BC Community Champion, Harry Jerome Comeback and the Daryl Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award.

Athlete with a Disability
Darren Douma (Creston) – Blind Golf
Trevor Hirschfield (Vancouver) – Wheelchair Rugby
Nathan Stein (Maple Ridge) – Swimming

College Athlete of the Year
Justin King (Kamloops) – Basketball
Graydon Robb (Nanaimo) – Badminton
Shayna Cameron (Chilliwack) – Basketball

Female Coach of the Year
Ariana Van Der Starre (Burnaby) – Speed-Skating
Brit Townsend (Coquitlam) – Athletics
Carolyn Murray (Victoria) – Triathlon

Male Coach of the Year
Gerry Dragomir (Vancouver) – Athletics
Bob Heyes (Shawnigan Lake) – Lacrosse
Randy Bennett (Victoria) – Swimming

Female High School Athlete of the Year
Alexia Seal (Mission) – Wrestling
Callum Pilgrim (Abbotsford) – Athletics/Volleyball/Basketball/Soccer/Softball
Emma Johnson (Kelowna) – Basketball/Soccer/Volleyball

Male High School Athlete of the Year
Chase Claypool (Abbotsford) – Football
Torrey Toribio (Vancouver) – Wrestling
Graeme Hyde-Lay (Victoria) – Soccer/Basketball/Rugby

Female Junior Athlete of the Year
Michelle Kim (Surrey) – Golf
Emily Overholt (West Vancouver) – Swimming
Raquel Tjernagel (New Westminster) – Athletics

Male Junior Athlete of the Year
Khyber Barnett (Vancouver) – Karate
Michael Milic (Delta) – Triathlon
Markus Thormeyer (Delta) – Swimming

Master Athlete of the Year
Lenore Montgomery (North Vancouver) – Athletics
Allan Campsall (Williams Lake) – Archery
Siew Har Hong (North Vancouver) – Badminton

Official of the Year
Louise Kennedy (Brentwood Bay) – Synchronized Swimming
Howard Hum (Burnaby) – Volleyball
Michelle Pye (North Vancouver) – Soccer

Female Senior Athlete of the Year
Kim Gaucher (Mission) – Basketball
Sophie Schmidt (Vancouver) – Soccer
Christabel Nettey (Surrey) – Athletics

Male Senior Athlete of the Year
Benjamin Thorne (Kitimat) – Athletics
Denny Morrison (Speed-Skating) – Fort St. John
Ryan Cochrane (Swimming) – Victoria

Team of the Year
Victoria Shamrocks (Victoria) – Lacrosse
UBC Thunderbirds (Vancouver) – Men’s Football
UBC Thunderbirds (Vancouver) – Women’s Cross-Country

University Athlete of the Year
Chris McLaughlin (Victoria) – Basketball
Quinn van Gylswyk (Vancouver) – Football
Maria Barnard (Vancouver) – Athletics
About the Athlete of the Year Awards
The Athlete of the Year Awards, founded by Sport BC, is the longest standing amateur sport recognition event in the country.  Awards in 18 different categories are given each year to athletes, coaches, and officials on their performance and contribution to sport in the province of British Columbia.  The awards play a valuable role in nurturing athletic success while recognizing extraordinary accomplishments in BC.

About Sport BC

In 1966, a small group of dedicated volunteers created an organization to provide a unified voice for amateur sport in British Columbia. While much has changed in 46 years, our core purpose remains the same.
Who we are:
Sport BC is the non-profit sport federation, representing over 60 Provincial Sport Organizations in British Columbia. As a member-based organization, Sport BC offers services and programs to build the capacity of our members and advocate on their behalf to improve the landscape for organized sport in BC.

Mission: 
Sport BC, as a member-based organization, supports the growth of amateur sport in BC and provides leadership through delivery of its programs and services for members.

Vision: 
Sport in British Columbia is thriving through the leadership of Sport BC and our members.

Values:
Integrity, Transparency, Collaboration, Creativity and Innovation

Selection Committee Members

Bernie Pascall – Chair, Ajay Patel (Langara College), Allison Mailer (BC Sports Hall of Fame), Bob Mackin, Brian Dance (CBC), Charmaine Crooks (NGU Consultants), Gary Kingston (The Vancouver Sun), Judy Joseph-Black (Sports Reports Consulting Services), Karin Larsen (CBC), Kelly Mann (BC Games Society), Len Corben (North Shore Outlook), Marilyn Payne (Sport Consultant), Rob Gray (Team 1040), Tom Berridge, Wendy Long (Freelance Writer), Wendy Pattenden (CSI Pacific), Michelle Collens (City of Vancouver Sport Hosting), Lynda Cannell (Fortius Sport & Health), Carey Dillen (Sport BC Chairman)


TICKET INFORMATION: For information on the purchase of a table or individual tickets for the 50th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards, please visit
www.sportbc.com or contact:

Heather Sharpe, Production Manager, Athlete of the Year Awards
Tel: 604-314-8685          Email: hsharpe@brandlivegroup.com
MEDIA CONTACTS

Rob Newman
President & CEO, Sport BC
Tel: 604-340-8432
Email: rob.newman@sportbc.com

PREVIOUS AWARD RECIPIENTS: For a list of previous award winners and additional information, including recognition of our corporate and community sponsors and partners, please visit: www.sportbc.com

 

For additional information, please contact:

Christine Wong

Athlete of the Year Coordinator, Sport BC
Tel: 604-647-7442
Email: Christine@sportbc.com

Press Release:

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The nomination forms are now open for the 50th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards and Presidents’ Awards.

Athlete of the Year Nominations: http://sportbc.com/programs-and-events/athlete-of-the-year-awards/nomination-forms/

Presidents’ Award Nominations: http://sportbc.com/programs-and-events/presidents-award/nomination-form/

 

 

Author: Administrator Team BC/Monday, August 17, 2015/Categories: Front Page, 2015 News, 2015 Western Canada Summer Games

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Photo Credit: Kevin Bogetti Smith and Team BC
 The 2015 Western Canada Summer Games came to a close in Wood Buffalo, Alberta with a wonderful celebration at Shell Place on Sunday.

After 10 days of celebration, athletic accomplishments, and team spirit the Team BC athletes, coaches, mangers and mission staff have returned to their home communities to share their successes and experiences.

“On behalf of Premier Christy Clark and the Government of British Columbia, I want to thank all of the athletes, coaches and staff who worked so tirelessly and represented our Province with so much pride,” said Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community Sport and Cultural Development.  “It is an honour to see so many of you bringing home medals from the Western Canada Summer Games and I look forward to what you can all accomplish in the future for this Province and this country.”

334 athletes showcased their commitment to sport through 280 podium performances including 134 gold, 86 silver, 61 bronze.  Team BC topped the medal count ahead of Alberta and Manitoba.  The 2015 medal count is an increase from the 255 medals won at the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games.

BC Games alumni represented 44% of Team BC and 147 alumni won or contributed to the medal count.  These athletes have had the opportunity to compete in a multisport environment which will be great benefit as they move forward to larger competitions.  At the 2015 Pan Am Games, Team BC alumni from past Western Canada Games won medals for Team Canada including Evan Dunfee (race walk), Liz Gleadle (javelin) and Luke Reilly (swimming).

Jesse Shade, a Special Olympics swimmer from Campbell River, was selected as the Team BC flag bearer and proudly led the team into the Closing Ceremony where BC was awarded the Western Canada Summer Games trophy.  This trophy is awarded to the team with the highest aggregate points, and Team BC has won the trophy at every Games since the inception of the Western Canada Summer Games in 1975.

“I am incredibly proud of our entire team,” said Diane St-Denis, Team BC Chef de Mission.  The athletes, coaches and managers showed tremendous pride and spirit both on and off the field of play and represented our province to the very best of their ability.  The venues were top notch, the volunteers passionate about their community, and the memories will last a lifetime.”

Team BC also showed that we are leaders and ambassadors for sport and in our communities by contributing to the Team BC legacy project that supported MiKids, an organization in Fort McMurray that provides financial assistance to youth to help them participate in sport and recreation programs.  Team BC provided a $1552 cash donation to MiKids.

The next Games for Team BC are the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg.  The next Western Canada Summer Games will be held in Swift Current, Saskatchewan in 2019.

Americas Masters Games 2016 Appoints Sponsorship Central as Lead Agency

Vancouver, B.C. – (August 12, 2015)

Sport BC today announced the appointment of Sponsorship Central, a leading sponsorship marketing agency, to provide strategic sponsorship consulting and commercial partner recruitment services to the inaugural version of the Americas Masters Games (August 27th to September 4, 2016 in Vancouver, Canada).

“We are very pleased to retain the services of Sponsorship Central to help us in reaching out to sponsors and providing exciting opportunities for brands to engage with the athletes, accompanying personnel and spectators of these Games” said Rob Newman, CEO of Sport BC. “With their past involvement in other major sports properties including Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and the PGA Tour, and their overall expertise in the industry, we are confident that Sponsorship Central will play a key role in attracting significant partners who are well aligned with these Games and the masters sport movement”.

“Our company is thrilled to be chosen as the sponsorship marketing agency for the first ever continental Masters Games of the Americas ” says Deborah Jones, President of Sponsorship Central. “The Games provide an excellent platform for brands to engage with athletes from all over the world who are passionate about sport and living healthy active lifestyles. We are looking forward to bringing partners together to leverage the success of the Americas Masters Games 2016 and provide a unique legacy for Sport BC and Vancouver”.

Potential sponsors and interested parties are invited to contact Deborah Jones at djones@amgames2016.com or 604 617 2327. Registration for the Americas Masters Games will open later in the month of August.

About Sponsorship Central: Sponsorship Central is a leading sponsorship agency located in Vancouver, BC and is managed by Deborah Jones, an industry veteran with over 20 years experience in crafting innovative sponsorship solutions for her North American clients. Since 2002, the firm has been helping properties and brands to maximize their sport and cause-marketing partnerships and has initiated hundreds of sponsorship relationships that have resulted in long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships for her clients.

About the Americas Masters Games 2016: The Americas Masters Games is a festival of sport and culture for masters-age athletes from around the world. The inaugural version of the Games will be held in Vancouver Canada, one of the world’s top destinations, offering participants of all sporting ability the opportunity to compete in 27 different sports at venues across the city, in a fun and inclusive atmosphere. Masters competitions occur at local, national and international levels, with a World Masters Games occurring every four years. The next World Masters Games will take place in Auckland New Zealand in 2017.

For information about the Americas Masters Games 2016, please go to www.americasmastersgames2016.com

or contact:

Ryan Strohwald-Fong
Games Coordinator
604 647 7427
rfong@amgames2016.com

Thomas Jones
Event Director
tjones@amgames2016.com

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June 8, 2016

 Americas Masters Games 2016 announces Sports and Website Launch

(Vancouver, BC)

The Americas Masters Games 2016 (AMG) are pleased to announce the 28 sports on the sport program of this new multisport competition open to athletes over the age of 30. Upwards of 10,000 athletes from Canada and around the world are expected to participate at venues across Vancouver from August 27 to September 4, 2016.

The sports in these inaugural Games include: Athletics, Archery, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Canoe Kayak, Curling, Cycling, DanceSport, Diving, Field Hockey, Figure Skating, Golf, Ice Hockey, Judo, Karate, Lacrosse, Rowing, Rugby, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Taekwondo, Triathlon, and Volleyball.

“We are very excited to inform the Masters sport community and our partners about the incredible opportunity to compete in the Games next summer and the chance to experience the unique beauty and many attractions of Vancouver”, said Thomas Jones, Event Director of the 2016 Games. An Olympian, Jones brings a wealth of sport and Games management experience to the role and will work with local sport organizations and stakeholders to deliver the first Americas Masters Games to the Pan American region. The competition is open to all masters-aged competitors and no prior qualification or specific skill level is required.

Vancouver is well suited to hosting sport events, having played host to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and offering a wealth of high quality sport venues, volunteers, accommodation options, tourist attractions and a robust transit system in a city known for its welcoming attitudes and mild climate. “Working with our key partners and the International Masters Games Association, we look forward to welcoming the world in the sporting spirit of the 2010 Games and building the legacy of sport hosting in Vancouver and our province”, noted Rob Newman, President and CEO of Sport BC, the body responsible for Games delivery.

The Americas Masters Games are also pleased to launch their website (www.americasmastersgames2016.com) today, providing information about the Games, the sports involved and links to key stakeholders and partners. Participant registration will begin later this summer. Plans are moving forward rapidly for a highly successful and enjoyable Americas Masters Games in 2016.

 

About the Americas Masters Games:

 The Americas Masters Games are an opportunity for people of any sporting ability (from past-Olympians to bright-eyed novices) to compete in an inclusive, friendly & fun atmosphere. In 2016, Vancouver will host the first ever Americas Masters Games, supported by the following Games stakeholders: The City of Vancouver, Tourism Vancouver, Vancouver Hotel Destination Association and BC Pavilion Corporation – with overall project and competition leadership from Sport BC & the BC provincial sport organizations. Masters competitions occur regularly at local, national and international levels, with a World Masters Games held every four years.

 

For further information about the Americas Masters Games 2016, please contact:

Ryan Fong – Coordinator, Americas Masters Games 2016
rfong@amgames2016.com
604 647 7427

 

 

BC Games Society announces Zone Realignment

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The eight provincial sport zones and their boundaries were established by the BC Games Society 39 years ago.  After significant consultation and research the BC Games Society is pleased to announce a realignment of the three lower mainland zones; Fraser Valley (Zone 3), Fraser River (Zone 4) and Vancouver-Coastal (Zone 5), to better reflect the population distribution of these regions.

“The zone boundary and name changes reflect many months of discussion, research, and consultation with our Multi-sport Organization and Provincial Sport Organization partners,” said Kelly Mann, President and CEO of the BC Games Society.  “The changes take into account the significant population growth of the lower mainland.  We thank our partners for their patience as we undertook this work, and encourage them to share these changes throughout their respective organizations.”

Realignment of the zone boundaries due to shifting population is a topic that has come up over the years including in 2002 when a PSO survey was conducted.  At that time, few responses were submitted, and without any pattern in the requests, so no changes were made at that time.

In 2011, the zone realignment discussion was again brought forward and consensus was reached that realignment of the lower mainland zones (3, 4, and 5) would help more evenly distribute population amongst those zones.  It was also decided that the more remote zones (1-Kootenays, 7-North West, and 8-Cariboo-North East) would still face the same challenges as currently exist even with realignment.

The BC Games Society Sport Committee tasked staff to look into the realignment of zones 3, 4, and 5.  Since changes could have ramifications on other agencies in the sport system, the BC Games Society consulted with our partners.  The sport sector agencies (Sport Branch, 2010 Legacies Now, Sport BC, CSC-Pacific, BC Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Partners Council, BC Athlete Voice, ProMotion Plus, Coaches BC, SportMedBC, BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum) endorsed the BC Games Society to move forward with research and recommendations and to lead the process, consider the impacts, and conduct focus groups.

Staff proceeded with research using 2011 census data for the age groups 10-14 and 14-19 years, as well as past BC Games attendance data and club and membership data from ViaSport.

Four scenarios were presented to the Sport Committee and one was deemed most favourable based on several factors, including having the smallest spread of age-specific population between Zones 3 and 5.  All scenarios, including the option selected by the Sport Committee, were then presented to MSOs for feedback and the final zone realignment changes were agreed upon.  Subsequent discussions were also held with sports in the Games.

A summary of the changes is as follows:

  • Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Surrey, South Surrey, White Rock move from Fraser Valley Zone (3) to Fraser River-Delta Zone (4)
  • Richmond, Delta, North Delta, Tsawwassen move from Fraser River-Delta Zone (4) to Vancouver-Squamish (5)
  • Zone 4 name changes to Fraser River (formerly Fraser River-Delta)
  • Zone 5 name changes to Vancouver-Coastal (formerly Vancouver-Squamish)

See the complete zone descriptions and zone map here.

See the interactive online map here.

Throughout the process, the BC Games Society worked diligently to ensure our partners were comfortable and informed of the findings and recommendations.

While the new zone boundaries will be in effect for the 2016 BC Winter and BC Summer Games, flexibility in out-of-zone registration will be exercised as PSOs adjust.  Full compliance with the boundaries will be in place for the 2018 Games.

For more information, please visit: https://www.bcgames.org/News/LatestNews/NewsReleases/TabId/118/ArtMID/1939/ArticleID/688/BC-Games-Society-announces-Zone-Realignment.aspx

Canadian swimming coach Randy Bennett dies after brief battle with cancer

The Canadian swimming community has lost one of its finest coaches. Ryan Cochrane has lost his friend.

Randy Bennett, the man who coached Cochrane to a pair of Olympic medals, died Tuesday after a brief battle with cancer. Swimming Canada announced Bennett’s death saying the 51-year-old coach had been diagnosed with metastatic malignant melanoma in early February. He had undergone chemotherapy and radiation treatments in Victoria, where he lived and coached, and was using a walker to help him get around.

“We’ve lost a mentor, a visionary, and a friend,” Cochrane said in a statement. “Randy’s ability to fight for what was right is a tenet we must all continue to uphold. He expected nothing except the absolute best from each and every person he touched.”

Cochrane added that Bennett had “a profound impact on my life both in and out of sport. I would not be the athlete or person I am today without him. The values and imagination Randy instilled in all of his athletes will live on and that’s a testament to his love of swimming.”

Needing rest from his treatments, Bennett did not attend the recent Pan-American Games’ swim trials in preparation for the Games being held this summer in Toronto and Southern Ontario.

Bennett had been the head coach of Canada’s top senior national team from 2009 to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. It was there that Bennett and Cochrane celebrated a silver medal-winning performance in the 1,500 metres final. Cochrane had won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

“He was a tremendous example of a dedicated coach,” said Swimming Canada CEO Ahmed El-Awadi. “He loved our sport, he cherished his athletes and he proudly represented his family and Canada. He was a man of remarkable courage and strength of character. His achievements are too numerous to name but what stands out most is that he inspired others to achieve and they did. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.”

Bennett had been the head coach of Canada’s top senior national team from 2009 to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. It was there that Bennett and Cochrane celebrated a silver medal-winning performance in the 1,500 metres final. Cochrane had won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

In one of his last interviews, Bennett talked about his illness and stressed that he didn’t want his medical condition to overshadow how the athletes were preparing for the Pan-Ams, as well as the 2015 FINA world championships in Kazan, Russia.

“I think it’s important people realize I’m not lying in bed curled up in a ball. I am okay. It is what it is.,” Bennett said in an interview with Swim Canada. “I’m not rolling over. My expectation is that I’m going to get through this.”

Bennett had been named Swimming Canada coach of the year five times. He worked at the Island Swimming Club, where he groomed several Olympians, including Alec Page, Julia Wilkinson and 2013 world championship medalist Hilary Caldwell.

He is survived by his wife and their two sons.

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For Immediate Release:  

British Columbia’s 2015 Award Winners in Amateur Sport announced at Sport BC’s Athlete of the Year Awards, Presented by Canadian Direct Insurance  

RICHMOND, BC (March 13 , 2015) — Sport BC is very proud to announce the athletes, coaches and officials who were the successful recipients of the 2015 Athlete of the Year Awards, hosted in Vancouver on March 12, 2015.   These extraordinary individuals were honoured for their excellence in and contribution to sport in front of 480 guests at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.   “On behalf of Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, it is my honour to congratulate the Athlete of the Year Award nominees and recipients. You are all champions, role models and ambassadors, paving the way for the next generation of BC athletes. Thank you for your significant contributions to our sport sector,” said Burnaby North MLA Richard T. Lee.   The award recipients represented 13 different sports with individuals and team members representing 20 communities within British Columbia.

  • ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY

This award recognizes an athlete with a disability who has demonstrated extraordinary athletic performance in provincial, national or international competitions in a team or individual sport in BC.

RECIPIENT:      Josh Dueck (Vernon, BC) – Para-Alpine Leading up to his exceptional performance at the 2014 Paralympic Games, Josh took 1st place in the super-G and super combined at the World Cup Finals in Italy. Always looking to push the limits of his sport, Josh became the first person in the world to complete a back-flip in a sit-ski in 2012 and upon the completion of the 2014 Sochi Games he had become a three-time Paralympic medalist. He won his first ever Paralympic silver medal in 2010 at the Vancouver Winter Paralympics. At Sochi in 2014, he won a gold medal in super combined and a silver medal in downhill to complement his persistence in being the best. Following his great accomplishments he served as the 2014 flag bearer at the closing ceremonies in Sochi. As of the end of 2014, he has retired from competitive racing.

  • COLLEGE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

This award recognizes an individual who competed in a sport, team or individual, and who represented a college, university/college, or institution in the province of British Columbia in the 2013-2014 academic year.

RECIPIENT:      Brody Greig (Richmond, BC) – Basketball Brody had an outstanding 2013-2014 season with the Langara Men’s Basketball team and his lengthy list of achievements is a testament to his performance on the court. In 2014, he won PACWEST Male Athlete of the Year Across All Sports,       PACWEST Men’s Basketball Player of the Year, PACWEST first team all-star, PACWEST Provincial Championship Tournament MVP, PACWEST Athlete of the Week (3 times), CCAA National All-Canadian, CCAA National Championship MVP, CCAA Men’s Basketball National Champion, and CCAA Male Athlete of the Year Across All Sports. Along with the multiple titles he was awarded, he set records on his way to the top. He led the PACWEST in assists with 10.05 per game, led the Langara Falcons to an all-time season high in league wins with 20, he recorded 8 triple-doubles in league play and averaged a triple-double at the National Championships, he led the PACWEST with the most assists in a season and all-time assist leader, he also set the season high scoring record with 45 points, 13 rebounds, and 18 assists.

  • FEMALE COACH OF THE YEAR

This award recognizes a female coach who has been responsible for coaching an amateur team(s) and/or individuals at any level of athletic competition in British Columbia.

RECIPIENT:      Joanne McLeod (Burnaby, BC) – Figure Skating Joanne is the Director of Skating at the Champs International Training Centre in the Burnaby 8 Rinks Complex. Joanne has a rich background in athlete development and is one of the very few high performance figure skating coaches in Canada that teaches mostly Canadians at the international level. Her resume includes athletes competing in the provincial, national, and international stage. Her knowledge and experience is clearly reflected in her athletes; Kevin Reynolds, Sarah Tamura, Megan Yim and Eric Liu. Kevin Reynolds won a silver medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Sarah Tamura was named 2014 Novice Canadian Champion, and Megan Yim finished as a bronze medalist at the 2014 Novice Canadians. Impressively, Joanne coached three 12-year-olds (Sarah Tamura, Megan Yim and Eric Liu) to win their National Medals in 2014. In recognition of her creativity and focus to creating a successful experience for all, Joanne was awarded the 2014 Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Award.

  • MALE COACH OF THE YEAR                           

This award recognizes a male coach who has been responsible for coaching an amateur team(s) and/or individuals at any level of athletic competition in British Columbia

RECIPIENT:     Paul Eberhardt (Vancouver, BC) – Basketball Paul’s dedication and passion for coaching, led the Langara College men’s basketball team to a near-perfect season. The team had the most league wins in PACWEST men’s basketball with 20 wins. Their overall league and playoff record was 25 wins and 1 loss and a season overall record of 30 wins and 1 loss. This impressive record earned Paul the PACWEST Provincial Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year for the second straight year. His team was the highest scoring team in CCAA averaging 99 points per game. They won the PACWEST Men’s Basketball League Championship, the PACWEST Men’s Basketball Provincial Championship and the CCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship.

  • FEMALE HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

This award recognizes a female athlete who was enrolled in a secondary school in the province of BC and who competed in a sport or sports, team or individual, representing her school in the 2013-2014 school year.

RECIPIENT:      Payten Smith (Maple Ridge, BC) – Wrestling This young wrestler’s success is a result of her unwavering determination and perseverance. Her tenacity in prevailing in the wrestling world is very well represented by her success in the 2013-2014 school year. On behalf of Maple Ridge Secondary School, Payten won the Provincial Champion title for senior girls wrestling for the fourth consecutive year. She also earned the title of National Champion of the girls’ juvenile freestyle wrestling and girls Greco-Roman wrestling. Payton was dominant in the sport of high school wrestling, amassing many impressive accomplishments including remaining undefeated for four-straight years, no points scored against her from 2011-2014, and the only BC girl to win gold at the Canada Summer Games. With her success, she became the first Maple Ridge Secondary School female wrestler to receive a full-ride scholarship to Simon Fraser University for Varsity Wrestling.

  • MALE HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE                                     

This award recognizes a male athlete who was enrolled in a secondary school in the province of British Columbia and who competed in a sport, team or individual, representing his school in the 2013-2014 academic year.

RECIPIENT:      Jordan Lu (Vancouver, BC) – Golf In 2014, Jordan led the Prince of Wales High School golf team to the VSSAA City Championship and then played a key role in capturing the school’s first BCSSGA Provincial Championship. Jordan also successfully defended his individual title, winning the BCGAA Individual Championship for the second straight year. At the Provincial Championships, he set a record for the lowest individual score (63, 67), and the lowest team score (1-over). Jordan became the youngest golfer to win the 112th BC Men’s Amateur, and played in the U.S. Open and Canadian Open qualifiers.

  1. FEMALE JUNIOR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

This award recognizes extraordinary athletic performance by a female junior athlete who is competing on a team or in an individual sport in British Columbia.

RECIPIENT:      Naomi Ko (Victoria, BC) – Golf Naomi had a stellar 2014 season, which included winning the BC Junior Girls Amateur Championship and finishing as the runner-up at the BC Juvenile Girls Championship. She also finished 4th at the BC Women’s Amateur Championship, 4th in the Canadian Junior Girls Amateur Championship, 2nd in the AJGA St. Louis, and 13th in the AJGA Junior Girls Championship. On the national stage, Ko finished top 40 in the Canadian Women’s Amateur, 3rd in the CN Future Links Pacific Championship and won the CN Future Links Ontario Championship. She also finished top 10 in the Canadian Women’s Pro Tour BC Championship.

  • MALE JUNIOR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR                              

  This award recognizes extraordinary athletic performance by a male junior athlete who is competing on a team or in an individual sport in British Columbia.

RECIPIENT:      Samson Reinhart (Saanichton, BC) – Ice Hockey Reinhart won the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy for the Western Hockey League (WHL) Player of the Year, and also received the Brad Hornung Trophy for being voted the league’s most sportsmanlike player. He was also voted as a first-team all-star. Reinhart set a team record for points, with 36 goals and 69 assists for a total of 105 points as captain of the Kootenay Ice. He increased his point totals by 20 points during the 2013-2014 WHL season (35G, 50A, 85pts to 36G, 69A, 105pts). Reinhart was also one of just two 18 year olds selected to Canada’s World Junior Championship (U20) team.

  • MASTER ATHLETE OF THE YEAR                                            

This award recognizes an athlete competing in a Masters division as defined as defined by his or her sport, taking part on a team or individual sport in the province of British Columbia.

RECIPIENT:      Brian Ellis (Vancouver, BC) – Orienteering A member of the Greater Vancouver Orienteering Club, Brian won gold in the M70 category in the long distance event at the World Masters Orienteering Championships in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Brian’s win was very significant against a very high calibre field. He sought out 12 controls and covered roughly five kilometres in 51 minutes and 31 seconds, barely beating his closest competitor by one second. The International Orienteering Federation sanctioned event is held annually, and in 2014 there were 134 participants in the 70-75 class. Competitors came from many countries and there was strong representation from the powerhouse nations of Scandanavia.

  1.               OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR

RECIPIENT:      John Carroll (Surrey, BC) – Gymnastics A certified provincial, national, and international judge, John has been judging gymnastics for the past 32 years. In 2014, he represented Canada at the World Championships, Commonwealth Games and Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships. John became a provincial judge in 1982. Since that time, he has judged at countless local and invitational meets, Gymnastics BC Championships and BC Winter Games. A respected judge throughout Canada, John has judged at every Canadian and Western Canadian Championships since 1986. An FIG judge since 1993, John has judged at national competitions such as Elite Canada (1989‐2014) and the Canada Winter Games. In addition to his judging duties, he has been actively involved in the growth of men’s artistic gymnastics judging in British Columbia.

  • FEMALE SENIOR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR                   

This award recognizes extraordinary athletic performance by a female athlete who is competing on a team or as an individual sport in BC.

RECIPIENT:      Marielle Thompson (Whistler, BC) – Ski Cross Marielle began 2014 winning her first ski cross race of the year on home soil in Nakiska, Alberta and winning again at Val Thorens, France. She placed within the top 5 in every race through the end of the Olympic qualification period. Marielle put on a dominant performance at the Sochi 2014 Olympics to claim gold for Canada. Thompson was the winner of each of her eighth-final, quarter-final and semi-final heats, before defeating teammate Kelsey Serwa in the Big Final, giving Canada the gold and silver in Women’s Ski Cross. At the age of 21, Thompson added the title of Olympic champion to an impressive resume which includes a World Championship silver medal and winning the Junior World Championship. In 2012, she became the first Canadian to win an individual ski cross Crystal Globe as the overall World Cup champion, a title she successfully regained in 2014. At the conclusion of the 2014 season, Marielle had six World Cup victories to her name and 14 podiums.

  • MALE SENIOR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

This award recognizes extraordinary athletic performance by a male athlete who is competing on a team or individual sport in BC.

RECIPIENT:      Denny Morrison (Fort St. John, BC) – Speed Skating With his four Olympic medals, Denny Morrison is one of Canada’s most decorated long track speed skaters. At Sochi 2014, Morrison earned his first individual Olympic medals. First came silver in the 1000m, followed by a bronze medal in the 1500m. The 2014 season was one of recovering his momentum after a fractured leg took Denny out of competition in the last half of the previous season. As Denny recovered, he gathered momentum and his times and his standing improved steadily, from 11th place ranking in the 1500m and 1000m in the first world cup of the season, to gold in the 1000m, in the last world cup of the season, as well as silver in the 1500m in the second last world cup of the season. Denny was named the BC Speed Skating Senior Male Athlete of the Year, for the 8th consecutive year, as well as being selected as Speed Skating Canada Long Track Male Skater of the Year 2013-2014, a title he has achieved seven times since 2006.

  • TEAM OF THE YEAR                           

This award recognizes an amateur team competing in a sanctioned league in the province of BC during 2014.

RECIPIENT:        Canadian Team Pursuit – Cycling The Canadian Team Pursuit team, consisting of BC athletes Laura Brown, Jasmin Glaesser, and Stephanie Roorda, along with Allison Beveridge, won silver in the Track World Championships in 2014, and finished on the podium at every 2013-14 Track World Cup race. Brown recently won the points race at the Manchester round of the 2013-14 UCI Track Cycling World Cup, and has joined the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Women’s Team for 2015. Glaesser won bronze at the 2012 London Olympic Games, as part of the Team Pursuit Canadian women’s team, and placed second in the women’s points race during the 2014 UCI Track World Cup in London. Roorda recently won silver in the Women’s Omnium Points Race at the 2015 Milton International Track Challenge. The Canadian Team Pursuit women’s team is ranked second in the world

  1. UNIVERSITY ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD

This award recognizes an athlete enrolled in a recognized degree-granting university in the province of BC, and who competed in a recognized Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) or National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) sport or sports, team or individual, representing his or her school in the 2013-2014 season.

RECIPIENT:      Brad Gunter (Thompson Rivers University) – Volleyball For the first time in their history, a member of the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack was named Player of the Year in CIS sports. In only his third university season, Brad Gunter not only established himself as one of the best offensive weapons in the country, he also etched his name in the Canada West record books in a number of statistical categories. Deservingly, the outside hitter was also named Canada West Player of the Year. In 18 league matches, Gunter, the 6-foot-6 science student led the CIS in kills (5.31) and points (6.04) per set as well as total points (404.5), while placing second in total kills (356). His kill-per-set average is a new single-season Canada West mark, while his point-per-game average ranks second all-time in the conference. He was rated the top player in the country at his position and was one of the two university athletes on the Canadian Senior “B” National team. Thanks in large part to his stellar play, Thompson Rivers finished fourth in the league standings with a 13-9 record and reached the best national ranking in program history in January 2014.

  • BEST OF BC    

The recipient of the prestigious annual Best of BC award is the individual or team thought to have best represented BC, nationally or internationally, in either a professional or amateur sport.

RECIPIENT:      Men’s Canadian Olympic Team – Ice Hockey The men who represented British Columbia on the Men’s Canadian Olympic Hockey Team in 2014 are Carey Price (Anahim Lake, BC), Shea Weber (Sicamous, BC), Dan Hamhuis (Smithers, BC), Duncan Keith (Penticton, BC), and Jamie Benn (Victoria, BC). The management team for Team Canada also had a strong representation from BC including Steve Yzerman (Cranbrook, BC), Ken Holland (Vernon, BC), Brad Pascall (Coquitlam, BC), and Bob Nicholson (Penticton, BC). The work ethic of the Canadian players carried them through an undefeated preliminary round in Sochi, Russia. The medal round included a thrilling 1-0 win over the United States and a 3-0 shut-out against Sweden to win the gold medal. As the defending champions, they were able to live up to their expectations allowing only three goals in six games! Canada successfully defended gold at Sochi 2014, becoming the first men’s team to do so since 1988 and the first to finish the tournament undefeated since 1984. Their relentless offensive pressure and stifling defense has earned the 2014 squad praise as perhaps the most complete Team Canada ever assembled. Team Canada would not be denied in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

  • KIDSPORT COMMUNITY CHAMPION AWARD

The KidSport Community Champion Award is presented to an individual who has made a significant and meaningful contribution to KidSport over the past year.

RECIPIENT: Kelsey Serwa (Kelowna, BC) – Ski Cross “Since her incredible breakout year on the Ski Cross scene in 2010-2011, Kelsey has taken time to ensure that she gives back to the sport community in significant ways. Not only does she support her community KidSport chapter in Kelowna, she drives down to Vancouver whenever she is asked to appear at provincial KidSport events. Her enthusiastic support of KidSport on promotional videos and at the annual Ritchie Bros Corporate Kids Challenge has become legendary among our athlete ambassadors,” said KidSport BC Director Pete Quevillon. Kelsey made the switch from ski racing to ski cross in 2009 and immediately won the prestigious FIS Rookie of the Year award. She has earned 16 podium finishes, is a National Champion, a World Champion, an X Games gold medalist, two-time South American champion and an Olympic silver medalist. Currently she is taking a year to work on her human kinetics degree at UBC Okanagan. Kelsey is passionate about giving back to her community and has established the KSER Scholarship Fund, supporting grade 12 graduating athletes in Kelowna in their pursuit of athletic excellence. Her support of programs like Fast and Female and of course, KidSport, make her a natural choice for the 2015 KidSport Community Champion Award.

  • HARRY JEROME COMEBACK AWARD             

This award recognizes an athlete who competed in a sport, individual or team, in 2014 after having suffered an unusual setback (i.e. illness, injury, etc.)

RECIPIENT:      Kimberly Joines (Rossland, BC) – Para-Alpine Ski Kimberly Joines has been known to say “don’t call it a comeback” as she never really “went away”. She has been a member of the Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team since 2002. In March 2013, at the Paralympic Test Event in Sochi, her career was put into question and she was encouraged to consider retirement. In a multiple cartwheel downhill crash she injured both arms, suffered a third degree separation in her shoulder, soft tissue damage and required surgery on her collar bone. After spending time in a Russian hospital she was transferred to Vancouver for recovery and some soul searching. Rather than give up her passion for ski racing she refocused her training and putting all her energy and training into slalom and giant slalom technical events. Joines spent the 2013 summer focusing on dryland and strength training and returned to the snow in September with one goal: the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games. Barely skipping a beat after her crash, Kimberly took silver in giant slalom at the Panorama World Cup race in January 2014, followed by two more silver medals in slalom in Copper and a bronze in giant slalom. In Sochi, despite her event being rescheduled and a protest being overturned, Joines took home the bronze medal. In a good position to take gold in her giant slalom event, an equipment failure saw her crash and unable to finish. Back home, at the Canadian National Para-Alpine Championships in Whistler, Kimberly won all her events to become the National Champion in both SL & GS. In 2014, Kimberly took home multiple awards at the World Cup Podium including: 2nd in slalom (Jan 2014-Copper, USA), 3rd in giant slalom (Jan 2014-Copper, USA), 2nd in giant slalom (Jan 2014-Panorama, CAN), 3rd in giant slalom (Jan 2014-St. Mortiz, SUI), a bronze medal at the Sochi Winter Paralympic Games and last but not least, she was named Canadian Paralympic Champion in giant slalom and slalom. As the most decorated Canadian Female para-alpine skier with 42 World Cup Medals, two-time Paralympic medalist, and 32 broken bones, Kimberly continues to never give up, but works through her setback and comes back every time, stronger and better.                      

  • DARYL THOMPSON AWARD

This award is named in honour of the late Daryl Thompson, former chair of Sport BC. Daryl’s contributions to sport as an athlete, coach and executive officer were exemplary. This prestigious award recognizes an individual who has contributed their time in an extraordinary way to sport over a long period of time or has made a major contribution to amateur sport in British Columbia.

RECIPIENT:      Brian McCalder (North Vancouver, BC) – Athletics  Brian McCalder has dedicated his career to “promote, encourage and develop the widest participation and the highest proficiency in the sport of Athletics”. Following a successful coaching career, Brian transitioned to sports administration and has guided the leadership team at BC Athletics since July 1974. In his 40 years of service Brian has developed BC Athletics into the leading province in Canada in Athletics. BC Athletics has the largest membership of all the provinces and often exceeds the target of having 25% of athletes on Canadian National Teams. Brian has led BC Athletics with passion and persistence through a period of great growth.   On a national level, Brian has been active as a long-time senior member of the Athletics Canada Branch Council and the Athletics Canada Planning Committee. In BC, Brian has been an avid supporter of Sport BC and in particular a founding member of the PSO Leadership Council.

OUR PARTNERS: “The incredible contributions from our corporate partners in recognizing the exceptional accomplishments of our athletes, coaches and officials demonstrates the community support for sport in British Columbia. On behalf of our Board of Directors, Sport BC recognizes the following 2015 49th Athlete of the Year Awards, presented by Canadian Direct Insurance.”

PRESENTING SPONSOR:       Canadian Direct Insurance

PRESIDENTS’ AWARDS Sports with Balls

GOLD SPONSORS

  • Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
  • Best of BC AllSport Insurance / Elliot Special Risks
  • Official of the Year Canadian Direct Insurance
  • Harry Jerome Comeback
  • Helly Hansen
  • Team of the Year Ritchie Bros
  • KidSport Community Champion of the Year

SILVER SPONSORS  

  • BC Games Society
  •  Daryl Thompson Award
  • Brand.
  • Canada Winter Games
  • City of Vancouver
  • ProMotion Plus
  • Richmond Sport Hosting

EVENT PARTNERS

  • BCIT
  • Infigo Imaging
  • SBC Insurance
  • CBC
  • Sport BC

About Sport BC’s Athlete of the Year Awards: The Sport BC Athlete of the Year Awards is the longest standing sport recognition event in Canada. Awards in 18 different categories are given each year to athletes, coaches, and officials for their performance and contribution to sport in our province. The awards play a valuable role in nurturing athletic success and recognizing BC’s growing talents.

This year’s event was hosted by CBC’s Scott Russell and was a sellout awards ceremony. Previous Athlete of the Year winners include hall of famers Rick Hansen, Steve Nash and Maelle Ricker.

About Sport BC: Sport BC is the non-profit sport federation, representing over 60 Provincial Sport Organizations in British Columbia. As a member-based organization, Sport BC offers services and programs to build the capacity of our members and advocate on their behalf to improve the landscape for organized sport in BC. As a leader in the sport system, Sport BC strengthens and builds the capacity of the Provincial Sport Organization in order to encourage and foster the growth of sport in British Columbia.   

MEDIA CONTACTS: Sport BC: Rob Newman President & CEO, Sport BC          Tel: 604-340-8432      Email: rob.newman@sportbc.com

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For Immediate Release:

 Volunteers in Amateur Sport honoured at Sport BC’s 49th Annual Awards Banquet Presented by Canadian Direct Insurance

 RICHMOND, BC (March 5, 2015) — Sport BC is pleased to announce the following recipients of the Presidents’ Awards who will be attending the 2015 Athlete of the Year Awards in Vancouver on March 12, 2015.

The annual Presidents’ Awards, now in its 21st year, are presented to volunteers from Sport BC member and partner organizations who represent the spirit of volunteerism, and whose dedication, energy and commitment contribute to development of their sport or organization in the province of British Columbia.

The 2015 Presidents Award winners represent 21 communities and 43 different Sport BC member and partner organizations.

1.      Frank Price, Burnaby Badminton BC
2.      Ian McLean, North Vancouver Baseball BC
3.      Duff McCaghey, Victoria Basketball BC
4.      Tony Lenarcic, Kelowna BC Adaptive Snowsports
5.      Borre Van Doorninck, North Vancouver BC Alpine Ski Association
6.      Richard Scammell, Burnaby BC Archery Association
7.      Sonia Scammell, Burnaby BC Archery Association
8.      Richard Collier, Richmond BC Athletics
9.      Larry Walsh, Vancouver BC Blind Sports & Recreation Association
10.   Al Hungerschafer, Richmond BC Diving
11.   Dave Callaghan, Surrey BC Fencing Association
12.   Bruce Hunter, Nanaimo BC Games Society
13.   Jeff Lott, Nanaimo BC Games Society
14.   Larry Krause, Abbotsford BC Hockey
15.   Don Scott, Pitt Meadows BC Lacrosse Association
16.   Mario Lam, Burnaby BC Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation
17.   Robert Tait, Victoria BC Ringette Association
18.   Brad Baker, North Vancouver BC Rugby Union
19.   Tracy Terry, Victoria BC Sailing
20.   Vince Greco, Victoria BC Soccer
21.   Karen Magnussen, North Vancouver BC Sports Hall of Fame
22.   Robert Fraser, Vancouver BC Water Polo Association
23.   Ross Robinson, New Westminster BC Wheelchair Sports Association
24.   Bob Pegues, Prince George Boxing BC
25.   Pat Irwin, Ladysmith BC Golf
26.   Sara Hopkins, Terrace Canoe Kayak BC
27.   Mike West, Qualicum Beach Curl BC
28.   Bernard Leroux, Vancouver Cycling BC
29.   William Bruce, New Westminster DanceSport BC
30.   Gail Williams, Victoria Field Hockey BC
31.   Darrell Ross, Tsawwassen Football BC
32.   Sandra Comeault, Pitt Meadows Gymnastics BC
33.   Barb Schmidt, Chilliwack Horse Council of BC
34.   Al Hadvick, Victoria Judo BC
35.   Dan Wallis, Campbell River Karate BC
36.   John Rance, New Westminster Orienteering Association of BC
37.   Simon Litherland, Vancouver Rowing BC
38.   Brian Pound, Burnaby Skate Canada – BC/Yukon Section
39.   Jeannie Connors, Victoria Softball BC
40.   Mark Robinson, Delta Squash BC
41.   Janice Birch, White Rock Synchro BC
42.   Brenda Dean, Courtenay Tennis BC
43.   Paul Filippi, Vernon Triathlon BC
44.   Al Carmichael, Victoria Volleyball BC
45.   Denise Coutts, North Vancouver ProMotion Plus

 

Al Carmichael

Volleyball BC
Al Carmichael has been instrumental in the development of boys’ volleyball on Vancouver Island for the past two decades.  Al has been the past president of the Victoria Volleyball Association and is currently the registrar and treasurer.  For the past twenty years, Al has also been the head coach of the Oak Bay boys’ volleyball program, which is a perennial favourite at the Provincial Championships.  During this time, Al has won four High School AAA Provincial Championships and has helped many of his athletes pursue playing careers at the next level at CIS and CCAA volleyball programs.  Without Al’s contributions to the sport of volleyball in Victoria, the sport would not be where it is today.  In addition to Al’s contributions on the court, he is also a key member of the Volleyball Canada National Competitions committee that oversees all 10 National Championships across the country.  Volleyball BC is extremely lucky to have such a passionate and devoted volunteer that continues to build the sport of Volleyball in our province!

Al Hadvick

Judo BC
Al Hadvick’s passion for judo started in 1964 after being inspired by Doug Roger’s Silver Medal Performance at the Tokyo Olympics. This passion lead to 50+ years of commitment and dedication to the sport.  Since 1975, Al has served continually as President, Vice-President, or a committee member at either the International, National or Provincial level.  In addition to his service as a board and committee member he also managed the Canadian National Team for various international competitions and refereed at the local, Provincial and National level on a regular basis.  The founder of judo, Professor Jigoro Kano, once said “Through the diligence practice of Judo, a Judoka will improve mentally, physically and morally.  The Judoka will become both able and motivated to contribute to their community.  Communities make up society and a better society will improve humanity.”  Al Hadvick embodies this quote.

Al Hungerschafer

 BC Diving
Alan has been involved in diving for the past 30 years. Right from the start, Al was a wonderful volunteer. Alan wa a promising diver before two serious injuries forced him to retire. Later he was diagnosed with a serious illness and eventually had to stop working, but while participating in various meets as a judge and table worker, a friend told him about the World Masters Games. In 1998, he returned to action and had many highlights including placing first at the BC Summer Games and second in the World Masters Games. He has been involved with the Masters program since 1998 as an athlete and coach. Recently he has become very active in the Officials Program in BC. He is a Junior National official and is now training new judges in the Province. Al is a volunteer extraordinaire. It is with great pleasure that BC Diving nominates AL Hungerschafer for the President’s Award.

Barb Schmidt

Horse Council of BC
Barb is a valued and dedicated volunteer for the Horse Council of BC and the BC Equestrian Vaulting Association, and for the sport of Vaulting throughout BC. She gives countless hours to organizing educational and competitive events for all levels of vaulter’s in the province and has been instrumental in helping vaulting clubs in BC get started and become successful. In her “spare time”, Barb works to make sure that the sport of vaulting continues to develop and gain popularity not just in BC, but throughout Canada by assisting with coach development, competition rules, and officials development. A number of Canada’s most successful vaulters have hailed from BC and these athlete have achieved international success in part because of Barb’s hardworking determination to make this sport accessible from grassroots participation to elite world class competitions.

Bernard Leroux

Cycling BC
Bernard is a passionate supporter of amateur sport in BC. He has donated above and beyond in time and resources to help support aspiring athletes. He is the first person to respond and provide advice, and without his support, Cycling BC would not have made it through recent difficulties.

Bob Pegues

Boxing BC
Bob Pegues is our BC Provincial Team Head Coach for the Elite, Junior and Youth Teams. Bob’s coaching career began in 1999. In 2000 he opened his own gym, Inner City Boxing, in Prince George, BC. During his coaching career he has seen his own boxers on the podium to receive 11 Gold medals, 8 Silver medals and 18 Bronze. In 2014, as Provincial Head Coach, he led our Provincial Teams to the highest National medal count in Boxing BC’s history with a count of 5 Gold, 6 Silver, and 3 Bronze. Bob has been instrumental in the organization of regular athlete training camps. He has coached both nationally and internationally and he is very excited about the future of boxing in our province.

Borre Van Doorninck

BC Alpine Ski
Borre has been an active and valued member of BC Alpine since his daughters started racing at the Cypress Ski Club more than 20 years ago. His keen eye and sharp intellect made him a perfect fit for the officiating side of our sport. As the BC Alpine Officials Chair, Borre’s knowledge and leadership are second to none, and he is responsible for mentoring and educating many of the top Alpine and Ski-Cross Officials working in BC today.

Brad Baker

BC Rugby
Brad has been instrumental in developing age grade women’s rugby in the province having coached at Carson Graham for the last 20 years and serving as BCHSGRA President for the last twelve seasons. Through his efforts as a volunteer, Brad a key reason for the success of girls and women’s rugby in BC (and Canada). He has been a dedicated volunteer and coach for two decades. Brad simultaneously holds several roles in our sport: acting as president of the BC High School Girls Rugby Association, serving as Head Coach of the Carson Graham School girls rugby team, where he has helped to develop one of the top programs in the province, serving as Head Coach of the BC Rugby U18 Women’s team, which defeated Ontario to win a National Championship in 2014.

Brenda Dean

Tennis BC
Last summer, Brenda was honoured on CTV’s Island MVP segment for her extensive community work in the Comox Valley (http://youtu.be/7SuogcEcWiw). She has developed a Youth Teaching Youth Junior leadership pilot project which enables young teens to teach basic skills to students at a feeder elementary school. The project raised $500which helped purchase tennis equipment for Royston Elementary School, and she is currently working on a model that Tennis Canada can use in a national program. Brenda also created an event called So You’ve Always Wanted to Play Tennis which encourages people of all ages to try the sport in a way that is fun and engaging. She did red ball tennis demonstrations and had a guest speaker talk about tennis for life. In addition to these excellent projects, Brenda is spearheading efforts to build and indoor tennis facility in the Comox Valley, and she has received approval from the regional distric to move forward with a feasibility study. Brenda’s greatest contribution to the sport, however, is her infectious enthusiasm and positive outlook. She is a tremendous role model for players young and old, and she embodies the very best qualities our sport fosters: integrity, community engagement, and passion.

Brian Pound

Skate Canada – BC/YK Section
Brian has been volunteering for the sport for over 50 years. He also worked for The Province Newspaper writing sports stories on figure skating. Brian gives back to the sport by volunteering at local and provincial competitions as an announcer. He also coordinates the Media and Press Releases for Skate Canada BC/YK Section. Brian is always willing to help out in whatever area necessary to help out the figure skating community. He also sits on the BC/YK section Hall of Fame Committee.

Bruce Hunter & Jeff Lott

BC Games Society
The BC Games Society is pleased to nominate Jeff and Bruce in their past capacity as President and Vice-President of the highly successful Nanaimo 2014 BC Summer Games. These two community leaders guided a volunteer work force of 2,946 to host 3,182 athletes, coaches and officials over four days on twenty venues this past July. As the BC Games PSO partners know all too well, the detailed required to host an event of this magnitude are many, and with Jeff and Bruce’s influence and leadership, the BC Summer Games were a hit. Both men and women would be the first to say how proud they are of their Board and the volunteers who stepped forward, and the President’s Award is recognition of the collective work of the Nanaimo residents. It still takes leadership and determination and this award honours those traits. Congratulations Jeff and Bruce!

Dan Wallis

Karate BC
Dan Wallis has been a driving force in Karate in British Columbia for four decades, as a volunteer, an instructor, an athlete, a team captain, a coach, an official, and a director He has been a member of Karate BC for 39 of its 40-year history and has served on its volunteer board of directors for 13 years including six as president. He also served as president of the National Karate Association (Karate Canada) for two years. Currently the Karate BC Executive Director, Dan has been officiating since 1985 and has been a provincial referee at most provincial championships, zone 6 tournaments, BC Winter Games, Karate BC Open Tournaments, and other Karate BC- sanctioned tournaments. The current secretary general for the Wado International Karate Do Federation, he served for four years as president of the Vancouver Island Karate Society and is currently a director. A retired school principal, Dan started training in Karate in 1972 and currently holds the rank of nanadan (7th degree black belt).

Darrell Ross

Football BC
Darrell’s story is a true tale of overcoming adversity. Darrell has been involved in football as a trainer for over 10 years with a number of organizations most recently the South Delta Sun Devils of BC High School Football where he was part of Championship teams in 2008 and 2014. In 2011, Darrell was diagnosed with cancer but even though he faced uncertainty about his personal health, he still continued to volunteer while undergoing treatments and, just months after surgery, took on an additional role helping Football BC at its Senior Bowl camp. Now cancer-free, he continues to volunteer his time and serves as a big inspiration for the players he helps treat throughout the season.

Dave Callaghan

BC Fencing
Dave Callaghan has chaired the organizing committee for the International Grand Prix fencing competition for the past three years. Under his astute and wise leadership the BCFA has been able to attract multiple international athletes and visitors to BC, host an extremely high quality event and enable BC athletes to compete at a level that would not normally be achievable. Dave’s patience, wisdom and experience has helped created calm from chaos and ensure that this annual event has consistently run smoothly and effectively.

Denise Coutts

ProMotion Plus

 

Don Scott

BC Lacrosse
Don Scott began coaching lacrosse 37 years ago when his son was 8 years old and he’s been a “lacrosse lifer” ever since! In the 1980’s, he became President of the Maple Ridge Minor Lacrosse Association to boost their fledgling registration and to develop lacrosse. His love for the game drew him to the Western Lacrosse Association Senior A league where he volunteered as a Game Commissioner, then served as the League Commissioner from 1997 to 2001. From 2005-2009, Don took on the role of Senior Directorate Chair, and went on to serve as the BC Junior A Lacrosse League Commissioner as well as the Convener of both the Presidents’ Cup Senior “B” National Championships and the Minto Cup, Junior “A” National Championships. Whenever asked to volunteer his time, Don is always quick to say “YES” because of his passion for the sport of lacrosse. He is currently in his 4th year on the BC Lacrosse Association Executive as Vice President – Administration. As most worthy recipient of the BCLA’s President’s Award, Don Scott.

Duff McCaghey

Basketball BC
Duff has been involved in basketball as a player, coach administrator and supporter for over 40 years. One of his major contributions has been the administration of Basketball BC’s Steve Nash youth basketball in Victoria and area. Duff administrates the program (to this day) including the relationship with schools and their facilities, the recruitment and scheduling of games and practices. Duff has been the volunteer in charge from the beginning of the program in early 2000 and he has initiated many exciting program benefits including having his program participants work with NBAer the program was named after. Furthermore, Duff also served on the Board of Basketball BC for over 10 years serving 5 years as President as well as chairing numerous committees from 2000-2010.

Frank Price

Badminton BC
When the name Frank Price is mentioned in the Badminton community, three things come to mind – voice of reason, sport for life model and social convener. A long-time badminton enthusiast, Frank has a truly admirable record as a volunteer, having chaired or co-chaired a number of prominent and successful badminton tournaments such as the Canadian and World Masters Championships. His commitment and dedication to the master’s community is exemplary. In addition to his enormous contribution leading tournaments and social events, Frank has served the Vancouver Racquets Club as President, Badminton Director and Executive. Most recently his expertise has been extended to the National Championships Bid Committee for Badminton Canada. Frank is truly a volunteer extraordinaire and MVP to the Masters Badminton community in British Columbia.

Gail Williams

Field Hockey BC
Field Hockey BC is proud to recognize the ongoing voluntary commitment of Gail Williams. Over the last 6 years, Gail has been technical advisor, judge, officer and director for a multitude of local, regional, provincial, and national events across BC. Gail is one of a team of individuals committed to giving of their time to create a first-class environment for athletes and their coaches to play and compete. It is fitting that Gail follows other technical officials that have been honoured to receive this award. It is our pleasure to award the 2015 Sport BC President’s Award to Gail Williams.

Ian McLean

Baseball BC
“Paying It Forward” is the mantra, and Ian McLean has been living the vision for children with disabilities in BC for a very long time. Ian has been leading the Challenger Baseball Division of Little League BC for at least 10 years, and then joined Baseball BC to grow the program in all BC communities and most recently added Baseball Canada to his resume as he works tirelessly to promote and grow the game of baseball for children with cognitive and physical disabilities. Whether it be recruiting people across Canada to join him on the “journey” or knocking on doors of corporate Canada in an attempt to raise the profile of this tremendous program, Ian McLean is a man on a mission. “In a league, on a team, in a uniform” is the catch phrase … but more importantly it is the outcome for hundreds of children across this great country due in a very large part to the baseball BC Presidents Award winner for 2015, Ian McLean. From all of us in sport Ian, THANK YOU for taking us along your journey.

Janice Birch

Synchro BC
Janice is a former Synchronized Swimming Olympian who won the Silver Medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. She has been an Olympic mentor for athletes in synchronized swimming. She has been a visionary for our Provincial Sport Organization. Janice has fostered the foundation for major change and organization for the governing body of Synchro BC through her contacts with external experts. She is also a network specialist with connections through sport in Canada and beyond. She has harnessed those connections to enable Synchro BC to develop a solid strategic plan to work towards becoming a targeted sport as well as a model for sport governance and best practices. Janice has endeavored to bring balance to a very competitive environment. We are extremely fortunate as an organization to benefit from her superb skills and countless volunteer hours.

Jeannie Connors

Softball BC
A long-time member of Softball BC, Jeannie recently retired from the Board of Directors, having served over 10 years as the senior director. Jeannie played a competitive fast pitch in Abbotsford as a youth, building her pitching skills. A long-time executive member, coach and a player of the Golden Ears Ladies Fastpitch League in Abbotsford. She pitched the Meralomas over 45 team to a gold medal at the 2005 World Masters Championship.

John Rance

BC Games Society
John has been orienteering in British Columbia for the past 35 years. Over the last 6 years, he has been President of the Provincial Association liaising with the various Government sporting bodies and providing Provincial level oversight to the various local clubs. In addition he most enjoys the role of being Controller for many of the National, Canada Cup or Provincial Championship events held both within BC and on loan to other provinces. This involves ensuring that these events are run to the specifications of the International Orienteering Federation resulting in our Senior Athletes being able to attend World Ranking events here in BC.

Karen Magnussen

BC Sports Hall of Fame
Karen is not only an Honoured Member of the BC Sports Hall of Fame, but an important member of our volunteer community. For decades, Karen has supported the hall in a number of roles. She has been on our selection committee through the 1990s, supporting our education programs whenever asked and had been a volunteer member of our Board of Trustees since 2008. Karen has now moved on from our board and is now a Honourary Board of Trustee of the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Her efforts of supporting our mission of honouring the Past, Inspiring the Future are truly appreciated!

Larry Krause

BC Hockey
Larry plays an integral role within the structure of the BC Hockey Officiating Program. He has been involved as an official, mentor and leader with BC Hockey for over three (3) decades. Larry has led the way when it comes to enhancing and standardizing the certification experience for officials at all levels. In addition, Larry has served the Officiating program as an Above Minor Supervisor, Lead Course Conductor within the High Performance Program and also coordinates our HCOP Instrucional staff. Despite all of the work Larry has done in the aforementioned areas of development, his most recent endeavor as Officiating Minor Development Coordinator has helped our program leap forward. Whether it is by way of direct instruction, evaluation, mentoring or consumption of instructional material, Larry has helped create officials across BC benefit from his leadership within the program daily.

Larry Walsh

BC Blind Sports and Recreation Association
Larry Walsh started as a volunteer guide runner for his son Dustin, who is now a Paralympic athlete.  Larry began on the board as a regional representative for the Lower Mainland.  He has been a strong advocate for provisions of sport programs and physical literacy for not only the athletes but involving their families as well.  Larry and his wife Jan have given countless hours supporting our members and staff, also participating in many events.  He is another true example of how dedicated volunteers make our programs the success they are.

Mario Lam

BC Rhythmic Gymnastics
Mario Lam has been involved with Rhythmic Gymnastics in BC as a volunteer and Board of Directors for more than 15 years. He has developed and implemented scoring program for the rhythmic gymnastics in BC and Canada. He also is involved with developing programs for judges and coaches for Special Olympic. Mario has more than 1000 volunteer hours during the numerous, provincial, national and international competition that he helped as a head scoring person. BCRSGF we are proud to have Mario to be the recipient for this year’s Sport BC Presidents’ Award.

Mark Robinson

Squash BC
Mark has been a guiding force for Squash BC for many years. After serving as a zone rep for 5 years, he became Vice-President in 2007. Thinking after 8 years of service and leadership he still had more to offer, he became President of Squash BC and during his tenure he oversaw large governance review and re-organization. He still serves as Past-President and Chairs the Canada Winter Games Committee. In addition, he has served on the Board of the Bayside Club in Delta for 17 years. In 2014, he was awarded Squash BC’s highest honour, the Jack Larsen Trophy for lifelong contribution to Squash BC. He is unquestionably, a most deserving recipient of the Presidents’ Award.

Mike West

Curl BC
Mike has served on the Curl BC Board for 6 years and he has held the position of Board Vice-Chair and Chair of the Competitions and High Performance Committee. Passionate about competitive curling, Mike works tirelessly to grow the sport in BC, attending all of Curl BC’s televised events with his wife Lena, helping clubs with ice installation and ice related questions, and getting to know curlers around BC this way. Mike also holds the volunteer position of Head Statistician and Draw Master. Curl BC is lucky to have a volunteer like Mike West… thank you for your service!

Pat Irwin

BC Golf
Pat Irwin is an extraordinary volunteer for the BC Golf Zone 6 (Vancouver Island North) Men’s Committee. In the last 27 years, Past has been involved in almost every facet of junior golf development in the region. He has developed a healthy partnership with the Zone 6 Junior Girls program, along with organizing the inter-zone and inter-club junior competitions to tournament play with the zone 6 spring and summer tours. Pat also organizes junior rules clinics, zone tournaments and has assisted with the P2F school golf program to over 1,000 elementary children in the last 4 year years for zone 6. In addition to his volunteer work at the zone, Pat has contributed countless hours with provincial level programs, including Tournament Chair of the 2010 BC Bantam Provincial Championship, and assisting with the recent 2014 BC High School AA Golf Championship at Pheasant Glen and numerous Provincial Championships over the years on Vancouver Island. In 2014, he co-hosted with BC Golf, a Zone 6 Golf Scholarship Workshop for inspiring young juniors. Since 1988, Pat has been a long-standing member of Mt. Brenton Golf course and in 2011, the Patty Irwin Junior Tournament was named in his honour.

Paul Filippi

Triathlon BC
Paul Filippi is an active triathlete who sat on the Triathlon BC Board for five years, from 2009 through to 2014. While on the Board, Paul was the head of the Event Sanction Committee, reviewing race bids to ensure safety and fairness on the playing field, and that event layouts complied with the rules and regulations of triathlon.

Richard Collier

BC Athletics
For more than 20 years, Richard Collier has been a coach with the Kajaks Track & Field Club in Richmond, specializing in the Throwing Events of Discus, Hammer, Javelin and Shotput. Richard has developed and coached athletes who gone on to be Champions at: BC High School, BC Athletics Age Group, Canadian Open and Age Group levels; and been members of Canada’s National Track & Field Teams. In addition to coaching athletes, Richard has been: the Kajaks T&F Club President; a BC Athletics Board of Director and Track & Field Committee Throws Representative; a Track & Field Meet Director, and a Provincial and National Team Coach. He has volunteered his time to help develop young throwers in BC and from throughout Canada and has been recognized for his valuable contribution to Athletics with induction into the BC Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002. BC Athletics is very pleased to recognize Richard Collier with the Sport BC President’s Award for his dedication, energy and commitment to the development of Athletics.

Richard & Sonia Scammell

BC Archery
Sonia and Rick have been working together first as archers competing for BC and for Canada. They have both now decided to work closer with the provincial association and put their names forward for board positions and now serve on our provincial board. They have worked tirelessly to get the senior games (now the Plus 55 games) organized and set up when we don’t have a local sport representative to keep these games running smoothly. They have been working so closely together that they have been recently married.

Robert Fraser

BC Water Polo
Through the years, Robert Fraser has been one of our most influential builders of Water Polo in BC at all levels of the sport. From his community roots in the active-for-life stream, through development, to the excellence stream he has served in roles as diverse as team manager of a National Age Group Program to Pacific Storm Club President with stints on the BC Board as Vice-President, Committee Chair, Task Force Leader and other roles along the way. Most recently he has also been BC’s representative to our NSO Strategic Planning Work Group. Simply put, there is no aspect of our sport that has not been touched by Mr. Fraser. Our community thanks you Rob, your contributions to the viability and growth of our sport from grassroots to PSO are immeasurable.

Robert Tait

BC Ringette
Rob Tait’s contributions to Ringette and to sport in BC began 30 years ago and continues today, long after his children finished with those activities that got him involved. Rob started officiating ringette then field hockey. He is currently a nationally carded official for ringette. He has coached all levels including the BC franchise of the National Ringette league. As a coach, Rob has achieved Provincial Championships.

Rob has also contributed to the administration of the sport at the local association, league and for the most part, through the Board of Directors for the Provincial Organization. Rob has contributed countless hours to critically important tasks including writing policy, sitting on disciplinary hearings, participating in Officiating and other committee work. Rob is regarded as the walking encyclopedia for Ringette. He is due to retire this May after serving on the Board of Directors again, this time as Chairperson.

Ross Robinson

BC Wheelchair Sports Association
Ross has been a trusted board member of both BC Wheelchair Sports Asssociation and BC Wheelchair Basketball Society for longer than anyone can remember. As the harassment officer, he has navigated tough situations with compassion and fairness, and has made our organization better because of his thoughtfulness and dedication. He has also been an active part of organization with respect to planning, policy development, human resources management and much more.

Sandra Comeault

Gymnastics BC
Since joining the gymnastics community in 1993, Sandra Comeault has been that volunteer that everyone wants on their committee or to help with an event. She is very dedicated to the sport and the good of the athletes. As a member of the organizing committee for the 2004 Indo Pacific Trampoline Championships, she was determined to have inexpensive items so that every athlete could afford to go home with at least one souvenir. Since that time, Sandra has taken on the organization of Team BC’s uniforms, helped coordinate several local and provincial championships and been a member of the trampoline’s technical committee. Most recently, she led the hospitality team at the 2014 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships. Under her expert guidance, her team fed and assisted over 700 participants and volunteers.

Sara Hopkins

Canoe-Kayak BC
After participating in our sport for many years as a national level athlete, Sara has continued on in coaching, officiating and administrative capacities over many years. After having served as our Board Performance lead, she has recently completed a two-year term as President where she used her legal skills to assist in navigating the arrival of international coaches to our provincial ranks. She has demonstrated her leadership skills by stealthily navigating challenging and charged board issues while at the same time building cohesion within the organization. She has taken a leading role overseeing governance reviews at both the NSO and PSO levels. CKBC offers a heartfelt thanks to Sara for her many years of service and now looks forward to working with her to help establish a new club in her new northern location.

Simon Litherland

Rowing BC
Simon Litherland certainly is no stranger to receiving awards for his efforts to develop sport in British Columbia. Simon has been involved in rowing for over 15 years in many capacities. He first became introduced to rowing when he took a Learn-to-Row program at the Vancouver Rowing Club in 2000.  Shortly after he joined the Board of Rowing BC where he filled various roles over a 9-year span, including that of President. He became a licensed official in 2011 and often volunteers his time at regattas all over the province. Most recently, Simon’s efforts have been dedicated (but not limited to) the development of the False Creek Rowing Club. Somehow he still finds time to row, spend time with loved ones and friends, and provide leadership to anyone who asks!

Simon was an obvious choice to receive the President’s Award not only because of his rowing-related efforts but also because of past volunteer roles he has held that further our community and all sports in BC (with organizations including Hosteling International Canada BC Region, Vancouver 2010, Vancouver Sport Network). His love of sport is contagious and when combined with his ability to “think big”, Simon really is an incredible representative not only of Rowing BC, but of our sport in general.

Tony Lenarcic

BC Adaptive Snowsports
Known as a “gentle soul”, Tony’s commitment to adaptive snowsports is enviable. He became president of the Powder Hounds adaptive club in Kelowna at a time when there were no certified instructors, the existing equipment was old and in need of repair and the clubs financial means were low. Tony arranged for and oversaw the recruitment and certification of more than 35 new volunteers in two short seasons. He improved finances enabling the club to purchase much needed equipment and expand the range of lessons offered. All the while, Tony worked his regular full-time job, managed the disability needs of his own daughter AND volunteered as an adaptive instructor himself. BC Adaptive Snowsports is extremely proud to honour Tony Lenarcic with this year’s Sport BC President’s Award.

Tracy Terry

BC Sailing
Tracy has been instrumental to the development and successes of the national sailing programs as well as the national boat safety program. She is a role model and an amazing volunteer.

Vince Greco

BC Soccer
Vince Greco has been the member of the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Island (men’s adult) Soccer League (VISL) for the last 15 years and have served as its president for the 6 years. During this time, he has worked diligently to improve all aspects of the game and been instrumental in improving competitive opportunities for adult players throughout the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island. Included in these opportunities is the establishment of an Annual All-Star Competition between the Fraser Valley Soccer League and Vancouver Island Soccer League.

Vince is a member of two of BC Soccer’s Operational Committees, Adult Competition and the Discipline Committee. On the Discipline Committee has been very instrumental in the complete revision of the Discipline Policy and Guidelines Document.

He is also a founding member of the United Football group that has been established on Vancouver. This group brings together representatives from youth, women, and men’s soccer leagues in order to share resources and ideas in order to promote the game of soccer for all.

William Bruce

DanceSport BC
William Bruce joined DanceSport BC as the Treasurer for our flagship competition, the SnowBall Classic, in 2008. Managing a competition whose budget had grown to more than a quarter-million dollars, Bill quickly made himself an indispensable part of the team. So indispensable, in fact, that within two years he was Treasurer for our entire organization. Bill has served diligently as the treasurer for DanceSport BC over the past 5 years. Even after he retired from a successful thirty-year practice as a Certified General Accountant, Bill continued to bring his wisdom and expertise to DanceSport BC Board meetings. He helped the association navigate often complex world of not-for-profit accounting, and kept our finances with diligence, and with a keen eye for detail. Sadly, Bill announced that he will be retiring from his position as our treasurer this year. We are gratefully for everything he has done for us. Bill has always been a key member of the DanceSport BC family.
The 49th annual Athlete of the Year Awards Ceremony and Gala dinner is set for March 12th, 2015 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. This event recognizes BC’s best amateur athletes, coaches, and officials for outstanding performances in sport over the 2014 season.

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About Sport BC’s Athlete of the Year Awards:

The Sport BC Athlete of the Year Awards is the longest standing sport recognition event in Canada. Awards in 18 different categories are given each year to athletes, coaches, and officials for their performance and contribution to sport in our province. The awards play a valuable role in nurturing athletic success and recognizing BC’s growing talents.

This year’s event, hosted by CBC’s Scott Russell, is expected to sell out so don’t be disappointed and order your tickets today at https://www.eply.com/AthleteoftheYear2015

Previous Athlete of the Year winners include hall of famers Rick Hansen, Steve Nash and Maelle Ricker.

About Sport BC:

Sport BC is the non-profit sport federation, representing over 60 Provincial Sport Organizations in British Columbia. As a member-based organization, Sport BC offers services and programs to build the capacity of our members and advocate on their behalf to improve the landscape for organized sport in BC. As a leader in the sport system, Sport BC strengthens and builds the capacity of the Provincial Sport Organization in order to encourage and foster the growth of sport in British Columbia.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Sport BC:   Rob Newman President & CEO, Sport BC Tel: 604-340-8432 Email: rob.newman@sportbc.com

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For information on the purchase of a table or individual tickets for the 49th Sport BC Annual Athlete of the Year Awards presented by Canadian Direct Insurance, please visit www.sportbc.com or contact:

Shelley Johnson Event Manager, Athlete of the Year Awards Tel: 604-875-1775 Email:shelley.johnson@sljproductions.ca

 

For Immediate Release:

Sport BC announces recipients of the year’s most prestigious awards in amateur sport at the 2015 Athlete of the Year Awards, Presented by Canadian Direct Insurance

VANCOUVER, BC (March 2, 2015) — Sport BC is pleased to announce the recipients for three of the most prestigious awards in amateur sport in BC who will be recognized at the 2015 Athlete of the Year Awards in Vancouver on March 12, 2015.

1. DARYL THOMPSON AWARD – Brian McCalder

The Daryl Thompson Award is named in honour of the late Daryl Thompson, former chair of Sport BC. Daryl’s contributions to sport as an athlete, coach and executive officer were exemplary. This prestigious award recognizes an individual who has contributed their time in an extraordinary way to sport over a long period of time or has made a major contribution to amateur sport in British Columbia.

Brian McCalder Burnaby, BC – Athletics

From Burnaby BC, Brian McCalder has dedicated his career to “promote, encourage and develop the widest participation and the highest proficiency in the sport of Athletics”. Following a successful coaching career, Brian transitioned to sports administration and has guided the leadership team at BC Athletics since July 1974. In his 40 years of service Brian has developed BC Athletics into the leading province in Canada in Athletics. BC Athletics has the largest membership of all the provinces and often exceeds the target of having 20% of athletes on Canadian National Teams. Brian has led BC Athletics with passion and persistence through a period of great growth.

On a national level, Brian has been active as a long-time senior member of the Athletics Canada Branch Council and the Athletics Canada Planning Committee. In BC, Brian has been an avid supporter of Sport BC and in particular a founding member of the PSO Leadership Council.

2. HARRY JEROME COMEBACK AWARD – Kimberly Joines

This award recognizes an athlete who competed in a sport, individual or team, in 2014 after having suffered an unusual setback (i.e. illness, injury, etc.)

Kimberly Joines Rossland, BC – Para-Alpine Ski

The 2015 Harry Jerome Comeback Award is being presented to Kimberly Joines, who has been known to say “don’t call it a comeback” as she never really “went away”. She has been a member of the Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team since 2002 and during her long career has sustained many injuries and has returned to competition time and time again. But in March 2013, at the Paralympic Test Event in Sochi, her career was put into question and she was encouraged to consider presented by retirement. In a multiple cartwheel downhill crash she injured both arms, suffered a third degree separation in her shoulder, soft tissue damage and required surgery on her collar bone. After spending time in a Russian hospital she was transferred to Vancouver for recovery and some soul searching. Rather than give up her passion for ski racing she refocused her training; giving up speed events where she has sustained most of her injuries in the past and putting all her energy and training into slalom and giant slalom technical events.

Joines spent the 2013 summer focusing on dryland and strength training and returned to the snow in September with one goal: the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games. Barely skipping a beat after her crash, Kimberly took silver in giant slalom at the Panorama World Cup race in January 2014, followed by two more silver medals in slalom in Copper and a bronze in giant slalom. In Sochi, despite her event being rescheduled and a protest being overturned, Joines took home the bronze medal. In a good position to take gold in her giant slalom event, an equipment failure saw her crash and unable to finish. Back home, at the Canadian National Para-Alpine Championships in Whistler, Kimberly won all her events to become the National Champion in both SL & GS. She finished the season injury free with a positive outlook on the next season, excited to see Canada host the World Championships in Panorama in March 2015. In 2014, Kimberly took home multiple awards at the World Cup Podium including: 2nd in slalom (Jan 2014-Copper, USA), 3rd in giant slalom (Jan 2014-Copper, USA), 2nd in giant slalom (Jan 2014-Panorama, CAN), 3rd in giant slalom (Jan 2014-St. Mortiz, SUI), a bronze medal at the Sochi Winter Paralympic Games and last but not least, she was named Canadian Paralympic Champion in giant slalom and slalom. As the most decorated Canadian Female para-alpine skier with 42 World Cup Medals, two-time Paralympic medalist, and 32 broken bones, Kimberly continues to never give up, but works through her setback and comes back every time, stronger and better.

3. BEST OF BC – Men’s Canadian Olympic Team – Ice Hockey

The recipient of the prestigious annual Best of BC award is the individual or team thought to have best represented BC, nationally or internationally, in either a professional or amateur sport.

Men’s Canadian Olympic Team – Ice Hockey

The men who represented British Columbia on the Men’s Canadian Olympic Hockey Team in 2014 are Carey Price (Anahim Lake, BC), Shea Weber (Sicamous, BC), Dan Hamhuis (Smithers, BC), Duncan Keith (Penticton, BC), and Jamie Benn (Victoria, BC). The management team for Team Canada also had a strong representation from BC including Steve Yzerman (Cranbrook, BC), Ken Holland (Vernon, BC), Brad Pascall (Coquitlam, BC), and Bob Nicholson (Penticton, BC).

The work ethic of the Canadian players carried them through an undefeated preliminary round in Sochi, Russia. The medal round included a thrilling 1-0 win over the United States and a 3-0 shut-out against presented by Sweden to win the gold medal. As the defending champions, they were able to live up to their expectations allowing only three goals in six games! Canada successfully defended gold at Sochi 2014, becoming the first men’s team to do so since 1988 and the first to finish the tournament undefeated since 1984. Their relentless offensive pressure and stifling defense has earned the 2014 squad praise as perhaps the most complete Team Canada ever assembled. Team Canada would not be denied in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The 49th annual Athlete of the Year Awards Ceremony and Gala dinner is set for March 12th, 2015 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. This event recognizes BC’s best amateur athletes, coaches, and officials for outstanding performances in sport over the 2014 season.

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About Sport BC’s Athlete of the Year Awards:

The Sport BC Athlete of the Year Awards is the longest standing sport recognition event in Canada. Awards in 17 different categories are given each year to athletes, coaches, and officials for their performance and contribution to sport in our province. The awards play a valuable role in nurturing athletic success and recognizing BC’s growing talents.

This year’s event, hosted by CBC’s Scott Russell, is expected to sell out so don’t be disappointed and order your tickets today at https://www.eply.com/AthleteoftheYear2015

Previous Athlete of the Year winners include hall of famers Rick Hansen, Steve Nash and Maelle Ricker.

About Sport BC:

Sport BC is the non-profit sport federation, representing over 60 Provincial Sport Organizations in British Columbia. As a member-based organization, Sport BC offers services and programs to build the capacity of our members and advocate on their behalf to improve the landscape for organized sport in BC. As a leader in the sport system, Sport BC strengthens and builds the capacity of the Provincial Sport Organization in order to encourage and foster the growth of sport in British Columbia.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Sport BC: Rob Newman President & CEO, Sport BC Tel: 604-340-8432 Email: rob.newman@sportbc.com

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For information on the purchase of a table or individual tickets for the 49th Sport BC Annual Athlete of the Year Awards

presented by Canadian Direct Insurance, please visit www.sportbc.com or contact:

Shelley Johnson Event Manager, Athlete of the Year Awards Tel: 604-875-1775 Email:shelley.johnson@sljproductions.ca

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For Immediate Release:

 

Sport BC’s Daryl Thompson Award Recipient Announced for the 2015 Athlete of the Year Awards, Presented by Canadian Direct Insurance

VANCOUVER, BC (February 26, 2015) — Sport BC is pleased to announce that Brian McCalder of BC Athletics, will be receiving the 2015 Athlete of the Year Awards in Vancouver on March 12, 2015.

 

DARYL THOMPSON AWARD

The Daryl Thompson Award is named in honour of the late Daryl Thompson, former chair of Sport BC. Daryl’s contributions to sport as an athlete, coach and executive officer were exemplary. This prestigious award recognizes an individual who has contributed their time in an extraordinary way to sport over a long period of time or has made a major contribution to amateur sport in British Columbia.

Brian McCalder

 From Burnaby BC, Brian McCalder has dedicated his career to “promote, encourage and develop the widest participation and the highest proficiency in the sport of Athletics”. Following a successful coaching career, Brian transitioned to sports administration and has guided the leadership team at BC Athletics since July 1974. In his 40 years of service Brian has developed BC Athletics into the leading province in Canada in Athletics. BC Athletics has the largest membership of all the provinces and often exceeds the target of having 20% of athletes on Canadian National Teams. Brian has led BC Athletics with passion and persistence through a period of great growth.

 

On a national level, Brian has been active as a long-time senior member of the Athletics Canada Branch Council and the Athletics Canada Planning Committee. In BC, Brian has been an avid supporter of Sport BC and in particular a founding member of the PSO Leadership Council.

 

The 49th annual Athlete of the Year Awards Ceremony and Gala dinner is set for March 12th, 2015 at the Fairmont Hotel

Vancouver. This event recognizes BC’s best amateur athletes, coaches, and officials for outstanding performances in sport over the 2014 season.

 

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About Sport BC’s Athlete of the Year Awards:

The Sport BC Athlete of the Year Awards is the longest standing sport recognition event in Canada. Awards in 17 different categories are given each year to athletes, coaches, and officials for their performance and contribution to sport in our province. The awards play a valuable role in nurturing athletic success and recognizing BC’s growing talents. This year’s event, hosted by CBC’s Scott Russell, is expected to sell out so don’t be disappointed and order your tickets today at is https://www.eply.com/AthleteoftheYear2015

Previous Athlete of the Year winners include hall of famers Rick Hansen, Steve Nash and Maelle Ricker.

About Sport BC:

Sport BC is the non-profit sport federation, representing over 60 Provincial Sport Organizations in British Columbia. As a member-based organization, Sport BC offers services and programs to build the capacity of our members and advocate on their behalf to improve the landscape for organized sport in BC. As a leader in the sport system, Sport BC strengthens and builds the capacity of the Provincial Sport Organization in order to encourage and foster the growth of sport in British Columbia.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Sport BC:   Rob Newman President & CEO, Sport BC Tel: 604-340-8432 Email: rob.newman@sportbc.com

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For information on the purchase of a table or individual tickets for the 49th Sport BC Annual Athlete of the Year Awards presented by Canadian Direct Insurance, please visit www.sportbc.com or contact:

Shelley Johnson Event Manager, Athlete of the Year Awards Tel: 604-875-1775 Email:shelley.johnson@sljproductions.ca

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Conversation 2015 is the initiative of three women who are passionate about and dedicated to the cause of women, sport and physical activity. Penny Werthner, Marion Lay and Guylaine Demers are three experts in the field and women of influence who have been actively involved for many years in addressing the challenges faced by girls and women in sport and physical activity.

The name of the conference speaks to its objective: to foster exchange and solutions-finding toward bettering the experiences of girls and women in the Canadian sport system. The desire to work collaboratively by involving conference participants in seeking solutions led to the birth of Conversation 2015, a national Women and Sport  conference to be held in Quebec city  in June 2015, in collaboration with the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) and Égale Action (the Quebec association for the advancement of women and sport and physical activity).

The organizing committee is proud to be hosting this event in 2015, proclaimed to be the Year of Sport in Canada by the Governor General. To read more about the Year of Sport in Canada

For Whom is Conversation 2015?

  • You are passionate about the place of girls and women in sport
  • You are interested in working toward a sport system and physical activity in general that is fair and equal for both girls and women
  • You wish to foster greater participation of girls and women in sport and physical activity
  • You are concerned with ethical issues such as homophobia and sexual discrimination

Women and men are invited to take part in Conversation 2015. More than 400 participants from diverse professions are awaited:

  • Coaches
  • Administrators
  • Program managers
  • Athletes
  • Researchers
  • Journalists
  • Officials
  • Students
  • Public and private provincial and national organisations
  • Physical educators

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Finalist announced for the 49th Sport BC Annual Athlete of the Year Awards presented by Canadian Direct Insurance
Winners  for performances in 2014 to be honoured at ceremony on March 12th, 2015

Richmond, BC (January 16, 2015)-

Sport BC, on behalf of the BC Sport community, announced today the outstanding amateur athletes, coaches, and officials named as finalists for 13 of the 17 award categories to be presented at the upcoming Athlete of the Year Awards, founded by Sport BC.

The 49th Annual Awards Ceremony and Gala dinner is set for Thursday, March 12th, 2015 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, which will recognize BC’s best amateur athletes, coaches, and officials for outstanding performances in their sport over the 2014 season. Each finalist was nominated by their Provincial or Multi-Sport Organization, High School, College or University in which followed a Selection Committee, chaired by Bernie Pascall and 15 highly regarded BC sportswriters, broadcasters, and amateur sport leaders.

“A significant number of very strong nominations for received this year,” notes Sport BC President & CEO, Rob Newman. “The Athlete of the Year Awards provides a great opportunity to recognize these talented and deserving athletes, coaches and officials. In 2013, partnered with ProMOTION Plus in adding the Female Coach of the Year Award category, ensuring that we continue to strive for gender equity in sport and encourage girls and women to take on strong leadership roles in our community. This year’s nominees in all of the award categories are certainly a testament to the strength and depth of sport in our province. So too is the amazing support that we have received this year from our sport and business partners.”

Sport BC is pleased to announce the Finalists for the 49th Sport BC Annual Athlete of the Year Awards presented by Canadian Direct Insurance representing 21 sports and 24 various cities include:

Athlete with a Disability
Josh Dueck (Vernon) –Para-Alpine
Lauren Barwick (Aldergrove) – Para-Equestrian
Ina Forrest (Armstrong)- Para-Curl

Female Coach of the Year
Joanne McLeod (Burnaby)- Figure Skate
Tara Self (Coquitlam)- Athletics
Tammy Thomas (Kelowna)- Volleyball

Male Coach of the Year
Paul Eberhardt (Vancouver)- Basketball
Randy Bennett (Victoria)- Swim
Marek Jedrzejek (Vancouver)- Athletics

Female High School Athlete of the Year
Payton Smith (Maple Ridge)- Wrestling
Nina Schultz (New Westminster)- Athletics
Christine Howlett (Delta)- Volleyball/Basketball

Male High School Athlete of the Year
Nathan Wadhwani (Maple Ridge)- Cross-Country/Track & Field
Adam Lambert (Mission)- Athletics
Jordan Lu (Vancouver)- Golf

Female Junior Athlete of the Year
Emily Overholt (West Vancouver)- Swim
Naomi Ko (Victoria)- Golf
Maggie Coles-Lyster (Maple Ridge)- Cycling

Male Junior Athlete of the Year
Samson Reinhart (Saanichton)- Ice Hockey
Dylan French (Richmond)- Fencing
Alex Tougas (Pitt Meadows)- Cycling

Master Athlete of the Year
Al Campsall (Williams Lake)- Archery
Doug Roxburgh (Vancouver)- Golf
Brian Ellis (Vancouver)- Orienteering

Official of the Year
Howard Hum (Burnaby)- Volleyball
Steve Seibel (Kamloops)- Basketball
John Carroll (Surrey)- Gymnastics

Female Senior Athlete of the Year
Janet McLachlan (West Vancouver)- Wheelchair Basketball
Marielle Thompson (Whistler)- Ski-Cross
Jessica Hewitt (Kamloops)- Speed-Skating

Male Senior Athlete of the Year
Tory Nyhaug (Coquitlam)- Cycling
Shea Weber (Saanichton)- Ice Hockey
Denny Morrison (Fort St. John)- Speed-Skating

Team of the Year
Men’s Langara Basketball (Vancouver)
McNamara (Vancouver)- Beach Volleyball
Canadian Team Pursuit – Cycling

University Athlete of the Year
Coleman Allen (Vancouver)- Swim
Lisa Barclay (Vancouver)- Volleyball
Brad Gunter (Courtenay)- Volleyball

An additional four awards will be presented at the ceremony including Best of BC, Community Champion, Harry Jerome Comeback and the Daryl Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

About the Athlete of the Year Awards The Athlete of the Year Awards, founded by Sport BC, is the longest standing sport recognition event in the country. Awards in 17 different categories are given each year to athletes, coaches, and officials on their performance and contribution to sport in our province. The awards play a valuable role in nurturing athletic success and recognizing some of BC’s growing talents.

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For a list of previous award winners and additional information, including recognition of our corporate and community sponsors and partners, please contact:

Rob Newman President & CEO, Sport BC Tel: 604-340-8432 Email: rob.newman@sportbc.com

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For information on the purchase of a table or individual tickets for the 49th Sport BC Annual Athlete of the Year Awards presented by Canadian Direct Insurance, please visit www.sportbc.com or contact:

Shelley Johnson Event Manager, Athlete of the Year Awards Tel: 604-875-1775 Email: shelley.johnson@sljproductions.ca

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For additional information, please contact:

Christine Wong Athlete of the Year Coordinator, Sport BC Tel: 604-333-3421 Email: Christine@sportbc.com

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Join us at the 49th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards, founded by Sport BC and presented by Canadian Direct Insurance.

On Thursday, March 12th at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, awards in 18 different categories will be presented to athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers for their performance and contribution to sport in our province.

Also included as part of the evening’s celebration of sport is the presentation of the 21st Annual Presidents’ Awards.

Click here to purchase your tickets today!

or click here to Download the Ticket Order Form

For further information or to purchase your tickets by phone, contact Shelley Johnson, Event Manager, at 604.875.1775.

Enjoy your evening and celebrate at the gala! Stay downtown at the luxurious Fairmont Hotel Vancouver with a special Sport BC rate.

Click here  to reserve your room today!

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The Community Sport Hero Awards were revealed throughout 2014 in various regions and cities across the province of British Columbia. The help of these generous people volunteering their time and dedication to the community of sport is most valuable to those of the up and coming generation competing in sport.  Sport BC is proud to have awarded the following recipients of their achievements in each of the sport communities:

Ashcroft
-Kyle Minnabarriet
-Bruce Walker
-Wayne Little
-Tom Watson
-Gordon Matthews
-Joe Paulos
-Steve Aie
-Vicky Trill

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Burnaby

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-Julian Goss
-Vicki Nosella
-Kyna Fletcher
-Winston Reckord
-Todd Gattinger
-Tom Mukai
-Tom Kellett
-Richard Scammell

 

 

 

 

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-Neil Smithies
-Ian Benson
-Terry Vandale
-Chris Bissonette
-Dustin Murray
– Kevin Atherton
-Mark Spittael
-Blaine Borys

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Logan Lake
-Cheryl Holdsworth
-Luanne Baker
-Justin Berg
-Tiger & Pauline McGarry
-Krista Wilcox
-Dave Prentice
-Bill Kelly
-Rob Trouton

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NanaimoCSHA- Nanaimo
-Sean Roden
-Darrell Dudley
-Rob & Kim Williamson
-April Plasteras
-Doug & Jennifer Cawthorne
-Deborah Provencher
-Ian Thorpe
-Ashley Rowe

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West Kelowna
-Randy Norton
-Eddy Kyjanka
-John McParland
-Paula Diaz
-Wulf & Joan Gerhardt
-Tom Katelnikoff
-Emil Dimitrov
-Helen Eddie

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-Munny Munro
– Andree Janyk
-Libby Burell
-Dawn Lefebvre
-Crosland Doak
-Steve Leggae
-Tami Mitchell
-Carrie Aseltine

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Williams Lake

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-Dale Taylor
-Jeff DeiMarco
-Brian Hansen
-Daryl Springer
-Morley Wilson
-Roy Argue
-Clayton Myer

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!

Vancouver to host the first-ever Americas Masters Games in 2016

December 17 2014

“The opportunity to host the 2016 Americas Masters Games builds on Vancouver’s reputation as a great host city for major sporting events.” – Mayor Gregor Robertson

Downtown Vancouver

The City of Vancouver, in partnership with the Vancouver Hotel Destination Association, Tourism Vancouver, PavCo, UBC, and Sport BC, will host the first-ever Americas Masters Games in the summer of 2016.

The games will welcome over 7,500 amateur athletes from around the world, aged 35 to over 100, and will have a positive impact for the economy, tourism, and sport development in Vancouver and the region.

Sport for all

Masters sport, which emphasizes “sport for all”, is one of the fastest-growing areas of sports participation. The athletes have varying levels of abilities and performance, from former Olympians and Paralympians to those who participate in recreational sports.

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Five ways the Masters Games are unique

  1. The Games are open to everyone who meets the minimum age requirement and registers for their sport (or sports).
  2. Athletes represent themselves, rather than an area.
  3. Participants from several different countries may unite to form multi-national teams.
  4. Participation doesn’t require any qualification competitions or selection criteria.
  5. Para-athletes can compete alongside, or in the same field of play, as able-bodied athletes.

First time in the Americas

The World Masters Games are held every four years with regional Masters Games held in between.

The 2016 Americas Masters Games will be the first regional Masters Game to be held in the Americas, with Europe currently being the only other regional Masters Games.

Look for the sports program soon

The sport program will be finalized by end of the first quarter in 2015 and will include a mix of both summer and ice sports. Events will take place in Vancouver and at UBC sport facilities.

Please visit http://www.americasmastersgames2016.com/ for more information on the Americas Masters Games event in 2016.

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Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver

“The opportunity to host the 2016 Americas Masters Games builds on Vancouver’s reputation as a great host city for major sporting events. With nine days of sports and cultural events, the Americas Masters Games will be a boost not just for our sports community, but for our tourism industry as well. I look forward to welcoming the participants and their friends and family to Vancouver in 2016.”

Kai Holm, International Masters Games Association President

“We are delighted to award the 2016 Americas Masters Games to Vancouver. With existing world class facilities, major events hosting expertise, and volunteer spirit, we are confident that Vancouver will host a successful ‘sport for all’ event.”

Rob Newman, President & CEO, Sport BC

“Sport BC is honoured to be chosen to partner with the City of Vancouver in hosting the inaugural 2016 Americas Masters Games. This unique model in hosting will demonstrate the strength of our members; from the athletes, volunteers, administration, and officials, in hosting a world class multisport event.”

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GYMNASTICS BC IS HIRING! GYMNASTICS FOR ALL COORDINATOR

Date Posted: December 1, 2014

Career Opportunity
We are looking for a creative and dynamic team player who:
  • Is passionate about recreational gymnastics;
  • Believes in the tremendous benefits from participation in recreational gymnastics;
  • Develops, enhances and implements exciting gymnastics for all programs and services; and
  • Supports GymBC clubs in providing exceptional recreational gymnastics opportunities.
In short, we want B.C. to have the best recreational gymnastics programs in Canada… are you the person to help us meet this goal?
Position Title
Gymnastics for All Coordinator
Organizational Overview
Based in Vancouver, Gymnastics BC is the not for profit Provincial Sport Organization representing over 46,000 members and 78 full member gymnastics clubs. We are currently recruiting for this unique and exciting full-time staff position.
Overview
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Gymnastics for All (GFA) Coordinator is responsible for the overall coordination and promotion of recreational gymnastics programming in B.C. Working closely with GymBC staff, the GFA committee and GymBC clubs, this position follows the Long Term Athlete Development model by promoting the benefits of gymnastics as a Foundation Sport, from the Active Start to Active for Life stages. This position works to implement programming opportunities that are inclusive and accessible for all.
Purpose
To organize, promote and increase recreational gymnastics opportunities in B.C.
Primary Areas of Responsibility
  • GFA committee coordination and management
  • Gymnastics for All program leadership, management and coordination
  • Contribute to the overall growth and development of gymnastics in B.C.
  • Provide excellent member service
  • Other related responsibilities that contribute to the success of the Gymnastics BC team
Duties
  • Develop, implement and oversee yearly operational plans, with support from the GFA Committee
  • Coordinate and ensure seamless GFA program delivery, including:
    – Kids CanMove
    – Gymnaestrada
    – Interclub
    – ACRiX
    – Physical literacy
    – Cross training
    – Special needs
    – Other programming including adult, acrobatic & aerobic gymnastics
  • Support PLAY Gymnastics initiatives
  • Work with GymBC member clubs on recreational gymnastics activities and initiatives
  • Develop & implement Canadian Gymnastics Week initiatives in B.C.
  • Coordinate seminars, retreats and other events that enhance club opportunities and increase engagement with Gymnastics BC
  • Develop and foster partnerships that enhance gymnastics for all opportunities
  • Other duties as required
Other Details
  • Must be competent with MS Office applications
  • Must have strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Previous event coordination experience is an asset
  • Must be legally eligible to work in Canada
  • A valid British Columbia Class 5 driver’s license is preferred
  • A current Police Record Check will be required
  • Occasional travel and non-regular working hours will be necessary
Salary & Benefits
Gymnastics BC offers a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with level of experience, skills and qualifications.
Closing Date
January 5, 2015
Noon PST
Submission Information
Please submit your resume, covering letter and salary expectations in either MS Word or PDF format in confidence to:
Brian Forrester, Chief Executive Officer, by email only to bforrester@gymbc.org – no phone calls please.
We thank all applicants for their interest, however please note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Volleyball BC is proud to present the BC Sport Conference, a one-day multi-sport coaching conference featuring world-renowned coaches, trainers and athletes who have worked and competed at the collegiate, provincial, national, and international levels.

  • Rick Hansen, keynote presenter
  • Anson Dorrance, head coach UNC Women’s Soccer Program
  • David Cox, sport psychologist for National team and professional athletes
  • Allison McNeill, former head coach National Women’s Basketball Team
  • Doug Reimer, head coach UBC Women’s Volleyball Program
  • Darcy Marquardt (Rowing) & Rob Fagan (Snowboard Cross) – Athlete panel (sponsored by ViaSport)

Coaches will receive lunch, 3 NCCP professional development credits, and an opportunity to network with coaches of different sports from across BC.

 

COACHES MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

  • The BC Sport Conference is a one-day multi-sport coaching conference featuring world-renowned coaches, trainers and athletes who have worked and competed at the collegiate, provincial, national, and international levels. Learn from the great ones how they lead, motivate and inspire athletes to consistently achieve their best. Eligible for 3 NCCP professional development credits.
  • Whether you coach individuals or teams at the grass roots or high performance levels, this conference will deliver valuable insights on leadership in coaching and strategies for success.

Lunch and refreshments included

Register now for early bird pricing!

For more information, please visit:  www.bcsportconference.ca

 

The BC Sport Conference is an initiative of Volleyball BC. Building the BC sport community through leadership, learning and development.

Monday, November 10th, 2014

 

 

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On November 3rd, 2014 the Mayor of North Vancouver, Darrell Mussatto and The Power of Sport Founder, Linda Diano proclaimed 2015 as the Year of Women in Sport.

Join in to participate and declare 2015 as the Year of Women in Sport!

The Power in Sport has proposed a declaration in support of the many women and counting who participate and compete in sport.  This is dedicated to those who have inspired everyone- men, women and our future.

Sport unifies our community and neighbours, please click here to add your name to the declaration to proudly say, “I declare 2015 as the Year of Women in Sport”.

It takes 30 seconds to participate in this declaration. Help to make a difference 🙂

For more information on the proclamation, please visit The Power in Sport

 

 

 

 

 

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The 2014 In Her Footsteps Celebration was hosted by ProMotion Plus, the BC organization for girls and women in sport and recreation.  It is an annual recognition celebrating the women of BC who have changed the way women participate in sport and recreation in our Province.

On October 21st British Columbia celebrated two BC Women in Sport, whom of which are positive influences to their specialized sports in addition to their leadership roles.  Bev Viger and Joy Fera were chosen as the honourees of 2014.

These women have spent countless hours managing their lives around the life of sport and no doubt, they have shown their hard work.  Through dedication in promoting women in their respective sports, it has influenced many others around them which has already begun the domino effect of influencing women in the world of sport.

CONGRATULATIONS BEV AND JOY!!!

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For more information about ProMotion plus, please visit http://www.promotionplus.org/content/home.asp

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His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, has declared 2015 as the “Year of Sport” in Canada.

The declaration celebrates the role sport plays in our Canadian identity.  From our local playgrounds, to recreational sport leagues all the way to our inspiring high performance athletes, sport is vital to the cultural fabric of our nation.

Throughout 2015, we encourage all Canadians to celebrate sport in their neighbourhoods, towns or to get involved as a volunteer or spectator in one of the 60+ international sport events being hosted in Canada including:

 

Source: http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1412868764465

It’s the August long weekend and the weather has finally decided to bring a bit more sunshine our way.

Being inside for too long definitely makes everyone a bit antsy, especially when cooped up in an office. But summer is thankfully high time for a good sporting event.

A good game of soccer or baseball combined with sunshine is just about the perfect recipe for a good time with friends. Maybe you fought against that signature tough team this season and are celebrating with some cool beverages in the park. Don’t they just taste better when you’re outside? (Yes!)

Now, we’ve all been in this situation before. Fast forward a couple hours later or maybe even a couple drinks later before it’s finally time to head home.

It may be hard to believe, but on average 126 people a year die in motor vehicle crashes involving impaired driving. Most impaired-related crashes (60 per cent) also occur on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

So let’s keep it simple folks: choose a designated driver this summer. Plan ahead of time. Another tip? ICBC let us know that the police are out in full force this July and August to conduct road checks. It pays to stay safe on and off the playing field, am I right?

Good luck to all athletes out there participating in tournaments, championships and everyday pick-up games!

ICBC ‘s Tips for Staying Safe this Summer:

  •     Choose a designated driver.
  •     Refuse to ride with drivers who may be impaired—ask to be let out of the car if necessary.
  •     Set an example—your smart driving decisions can have a significant influence on others.
  •     Take a stand and don’t let people drive if they have been drinking alcohol.
  •     If you see an impaired driver, call 911 and report it to your local police.
  •     Talk about the issue with your family and friends.

ICBC is a great resource for more information on their summer campaign. Check it out here.

Every $1 donation from June 20 – July 3 will support sport registration fees for children from 39 BC communities

RICHMOND (Monday, June 20)– With summer just around the corner, KidSport and Triple O’s have teamed up to help BC kids get in the game.

Following a successful partnership in 2010 that raised $25,000 for KidSport BC, Triple O’s will launch a two week promotion for the same cause from June 20-July 3. The public will be able to contribute to their local KidSport chapter when ordering off the Triple O’s menu in any of the 30 participating locations. Funds raised during the two-week period will help kids with financial barriers experience the benefits of sport participation by covering the registration fees for a sport season of their choice.

“Triple O’s is a community staple in BC,” said KidSport BC Director, Pete Quevillon. “With their support, KidSport is better equipped to serve kids in communities across the province who are inspired to be active and get involved in organized sport this summer.”

“Triple O’s is thrilled to be in partnership with KidSport,” said White Spot Hospitality President Warren Erhart. “We feel that every child should be able to experience the benefits that playing a sport can give them and we look forward to contributing to such a worthy organization.”

Since its inception, KidSport has enabled 250,000 children to play sport across the country. Established by Sport BC in 1993, KidSport is now present in 39 communities across British Columbia and over 175 communities across Canada. With assistance from partners like Triple O’s, KidSport BC continues to expand its reach to ensure all children across the province have the opportunity to experience the power of sport.

Tweet to give

In addition to donating in-store, guests can help raise money for KidSport by visiting Triple O’s TWITTER. From June 20 to July 3, for every re-tweet of the promotional details, Triple O’s will donate an extra $1 to KidSport.

About KidSport:

KidSport is a community-based sports funding program that provides grants for financially disadvantaged children ages 6 to 18 to participate in amateur sport and learn valuable life lessons and skills. For more information about KidSport and how you can help in your community, please visit www.kidsport.ca.

About Triple O’s:

Vancouver-based Triple O’s restaurants, a division of White Spot Limited., now has over 50 quick service locations throughout B.C., Alberta and Asia. Triple O’s can be found in Chevron gas stations, select BC Ferries, Science World, Rogers Arena, the PNE, SFU and Douglas College among other free standing locations. Triple O’s locations boast a subtly retro décor and feature premium burgers, fresh chipped French fries and classic hand-scooped milkshakes served to meet the speed of today’s busy lifestyle. www.tripleos.com.

 

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For more information, please contact:

 

Jessica Doherty
Coordinator, Marketing & Communications
Sport BC
E: jessica.doherty@sportbc.com
T: 604.333.3422

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With the 45th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards on everyone’s mind, it’s time to take a look back at what happened in 2010.  Before you attend the event on February 24, here’s a taste of what’s in store:

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The discussion around the benefits of sport often centres on the myriad of positive developments sport participation offers youth.

And why not? There is an insatiable appetite for stats and stories on how to raise your kid right and participation in sport is certainly one key way to ensure children develop positive character traits and healthy lifestyles.

It’s never too late, however, to experience the power of sport .  Take Olga Kotelko for example, a 91-year old who won the Master Athlete of the Year Award at Sport BC’s Athlete of the Year Award ceremony in March 2010. Olga began competing in athletics at age 77 and in the past year has really seen her star rise. At 90+, she has won five BC Senior Games events, four Canadian Masters Track and Field Championships, and set eleven Canadian and eight World Records. At the end of the 2009-10 season, the soft-spoken Kotelko found herself ranked first overall in the Province of BC, Canada and the World in her age group.


“Being active, competing, training, exercising, as well as choosing food sensibly, traveling, and making new friends have added to and made my life wholesome,” she said in her Master Athlete of the Year acceptance speech.

And she is not alone. Two marathoners are making headlines this week, even though neither of them completed the Harrisburg marathon in Pennsylvania. Don McNelly and Norm Frank, at ages 90 and 79 respectively, have completed a combined 1709 marathons in their lifetimes. Frank holds the distinction of completing more marathons than anyone in North America – again, at age 79, while McNelly has completed the most for anyone aged 70 and older. Despite Frank’s failing health, they continue to inspire in their drive to keep racing – just like Olga.  “I’m 90 and I feel like I’m 50, 60 tops,” McNelly says in this MSNBC article “I’m a lucky, lucky, lucky guy.”

Luck – or smarts? The Vancouver Sun’s Valerie Berenyi quotes Dr. Mark Sosnowski in her November 22 article on healthy retirees. “The key to healthy retirement years,” he tells her, “is staying active and staying off the couch.” Certainly years of keeping in top physical form have aided in McNelly’s longevity.

For those still looking for more reasons to involve your children in sport , have no fear – this article pertains to you as well. The True Sport Report [PDF] acknowledges that children who participate in sport as youth are more likely to maintain a healthy lifestyle for their whole lives – if they’re lucky, well into their nineties.


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In response to Cheryl Chan’s series in the Province newspaper about giving BC’s children “a better start in life”, Sport BC’s Jen Schaeffers reminded readers that sport participation can go a long way:

“There is significant research outlining the value of sport and the positive impact it has on the social, behavioural and physical development of youth. Some examples:

  • Sport provides youth with feelings of empowerment, a sense of responsibility to others and a positive identity, all of which reduce delinquent behaviour ( Youth Sport vs. Youth Crime, David Carmichael, 2008).
  • After family, Canadians rank sport as the second most positive influence for youth ( True Sport, 2005).
  • Young people who are physically active are less likely to use tobacco, alcohol or drugs ( The Health of Canada’s Youth, Health and Welfare Canada, 1992).

Sport B.C. also has several programs currently under way addressing the issues facing aboriginal communities you mentioned.

We plan to visit four communities next year with the Power of Sport Tour, aimed at involving kids at risk in sport. Last year, we visited the Namgis in Alert Bay, Lil’wat in Mount Currie, Tsleil-Waututh in North Vancouver, Heiltsuk in Bella Bella and aboriginal kids in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

The development clinics have reached over 300 children and trained 80 community coaches, and we hope to double that this year.”

Read more: http://www.theprovince.com/opinion/forget+positive+role+sports/3709677/story.html#ixzz138HFIsUU

Welcome to Sport BC’s new blog “Just for the Sport of it” where we’ll be talking about anything and everything to do with amateur sport.

Do you have something to say? We’re currently looking for guest writers for the blog to share inspiring stories, expert opinions, or how-to’s from around the world in amateur sport. Interested? Please contact Jessica.

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Sport BC believes everyone is an athlete – whatever their sport, whatever their level. Our passion for sport is a passion for building strong, healthy communities by giving everyone in BC the opportunity to be the athletes they are. Whether you were involved in sport as a child but feel a bit rusty, or have never stepped foot on a field of play, there is always room for sport in your life.

1. Feel good. The health benefits of sport involvement are a no-brainer. Physical activity through sport can reduce the risks for a multitude of illnesses including heart disease and cancer. But it’s not just physical ailments that see benefit from sport. Mental health is positively affected as well – as an athlete, or even as a volunteer.

2. Think of the children. Children are constantly absorbing behaviours from those around them but your involvement in sport as a parent is one behaviour you don’t have to worry about your child picking up. Children with parents or guardians involved in sport are twice as likely to make healthy lifestyle decisions as they get older. Not a parent? Think about your niece, nephew, younger cousin or sibling and ensure our next generation is active and healthy.

3. Expand your social circle. 2.2 million Canadians volunteer in the sport sector each year, helping athletes pursue the sports they love. One reason for the involvement? The social aspect. Over 40% of volunteers rate sport as a very important means of socializing outside the immediate family and developing broader social networks.

4. Get ahead at work. Everyone deserves a break and sport is the perfect way to escape the pressures of the daily grind. Studies have shown physical activity through sport helps reduce stress and anxiety and alleviate depression, leveling out work/life balance and making participants on average more focused and motivated employees.

5. Grow your community. Nothing brings a community together quite like sport. 72% of Canadians believe that sport is a key contributor to the quality of life in a community and it’s easy to see why. Sport acts as a rallying point, bringing different backgrounds and ages together, and providing opportunities to contribute your skills and invest in your community.