Christine Sinclair to receive the Best of BC Award! (2/3/2017)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Sport BC announces the BEST OF BC AWARD RECIPIENT
2017 Athlete of the Year Awards


VANCOUVER, BC (February 3, 2017) — Sport BC is pleased to announce the distinguished Best of BC Award Recipient who will be recognized at the 51st Athlete of the Year Awards in Vancouver on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

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. 

2017 Best of BC Award Winner – CHRISTINE SINCLAIR  (Burnaby, BC – Soccer)

Christine Sinclair is the most successful soccer player to ever compete for Canada. She made her debut with the senior national team as a 16-year-old at the 2000 Algarve Cup where she also scored her first international goal. Since then, she has accumulated more than 160 career goals, ranking her second all-time but first among active players. Sinclair has competed at two Olympic Games, winning bronze at London 2012 where she was the tournament’s leading scorer with six of Canada’s 12 goals, including a hat trick in the controversial semifinal extra-time loss to the United States. For her efforts, she was named Canada’s Closing Ceremony flagbearer and became the first soccer player to win the Lou Marsh Award as Canadian Athlete of the Year. In 2013 she was inducted to Canada’s Walk of Fame. Sinclair first came to national prominence during the 2002 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Edmonton where she won the Golden Boot as the tournament’s leading scorer with 10 goals (including five against England) and the Golden Ball as tournament MVP as Canada finished second. A year later she competed at her first of four FIFA Women’s World Cups, scoring three goals and helping Canada reach the bronze medal game. In 2011, she showed her determination to compete after breaking her nose in Canada’s opening match, forcing her to wear a face mask for the rest of the tournament. Later that year, she led Canada to gold at the Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, following up on her bronze medal in 2007. Sinclair was named Canada Soccer’s female Player of the Year 11 straight times from 2004 to 2014 and is a multiple time nominee for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year. Credit: Canadian Olympic Team Official 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 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                                                 Christine Wong
President & CEO, Sport BC                           Athlete of the Year Coordinator, Sport BC
Tel: 604-340-8432                                           Tel: 604-333-3421
Email: rob.newman@sportbc.com                 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

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