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 ( 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.



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

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.


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