South Surrey / White Rock Community Sport Hero® Awards

South Surrey / White Rock Community Sport Hero® Awards

The Community Sport Hero® Award winners from South Surrey / White Rock in February, 2009 are:
Barb Hodson
Barb Hodson has been an ardent supporter of golf for more than three decades and has served golf in many capacities. Although working full-time, she always volunteered regularly at club events. In the early 90s a Business Ladies section was formed at her golf club following strenuous negotiation with the Men’s Club. They did not want any women on the course before noon. The ladies prevailed, she became Captain and they were finally allowed to tee off after 10:30 am. Barb initiated an annual Charity Field Day – a first for Business Ladies and a very popular event. “That little group was very enthusiastic.” Barb has served on the Lower Mainland Business Ladies Executive as Vice-chair, Chair and Registrar for the Business Ladies Championship. She is a past Rules Chair for Zone 5 and current Rules Chair for the Nico-wynd Day Ladies.

Barb Hodson

Scott Vannatter
Scott Vannatter has been a committed supporter of golf for more than thirty years. A long-standing member of Peace Portal Border Club, he has served as president, club captain and chair of the Peace portal Senior Championship. Since 2001, Scott has been a director At the Zone and provincial levels. He has chaired the Zone Amateur championship and volunteers at junior events as a Rules Official. He works in several capacities on the Bill Mawhinney Developmental Tour that introduces juvenile and bantam golfers to competitive tournament play. Scott is currently chair of the By-laws, Hall of Fame, and Harassment committees for the BC Golf Association and volunteers at numerous provincial championships. Scott’s passion for the game shows in his dedication to the Player Development Trust Fund that ensures talented young golfers have the opportunity to develop their skills to the best of their ability regardless of their financial situation.

Brenda Lightfoot
Brenda is well-known in the local community as a dedicated, committed volunteer, ready to step up to the plate to organize events, follows through and pays attention to detail – which makes the difference between a mediocre event and a smooth running efficient event. Brenda is a member of Triathlon BC, Semiahmoo Sun Runners and Semiahmoo Triathlon Club. She was instrumental in establishing Semiahmoo Tri Club, currently serving as Club secretary and is developing a Youth component. She has helped organize the Crescent Beach Triathlon for many years. Her tireless work to get the youth triathlon training group up and running for 2009 has involved completing a coaching course, pool rental, arrangements for insurance and memberships. Her hands-on coaching will have a tremendous impact on the youth from South Surrey/White Rock who are interested in triathlon. As a teacher in the Surrey School district she has been instrumental as a coach in track and field, cross country, gymnastics and other sports. Brenda has also been involved in swimming for at least 20 years, working in Surrey as a lifeguard and instructor. She is an inspiration to aspiring triathletes as she has competed in all distance of triathlon from sprint to ironman.

Brenda Lightfoot

David Baird
David has been instrumental in the introduction of the national game format within the Peace Arch Club in the South Surrey / White Rock communities. His dedication to grassroots soccer development has ensured that Peace Arch Soccer Club has become a leader in this field. David has committed time and shown patience with both coaches and most importantly the players – David has supported the Wellness to World Cup document in striving in implement the Long Term Player Development model with in the club.

Rick Benson
Rick is currently the minor coordinator for the Surrey/White Rock district and increased registration in our district this past year. Before his involvement as Minor Coordinator for Softball BC he served as President of Cloverdale’s association for 9 years. Under Rick’s direction the Cloverdale association increased from 400 athletes to over 600 and continues to increase every year. He has coached, lined fields, raised funds as well as attended Council meetings negotiating to get lights for 2 of Cloverdale’s fields. If something needs to be done Rick seems to find a way of making it happen. He continues his dedication to the position of Minor Coordinator for the Surrey/White Rock district. Softball BC are proud to call Rick one of our most trustworthy and reliable volunteers.

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Sandy Smith
Sandy Smith is a dedicated volunteer for gymnastics both within the community and the province for the past 11 years. As president of the Surrey Gymnastic Society for the past 8 years, she has provided dedicated leadership for one of BC’s largest clubs. Her work with the club is extensive and she is always willing to help out and ensure that the needs of the staff and members are met. In addition to her work with the club, including chairing one of the largest gymnastics events in BC annually, she is also a dedicated volunteer with Gymnastics BC. In 2005, she was an integral member of the organizing committee for the Canadian Championships hosted by Gymnastics BC. Over the past 5 years she as volunteered to assist Team BC as a team manager and chaperone as our gymnastics teams travel to Western and Canadian Gymnastics Championships.

Kathy Matusiak
Kathy Matusiak is known as the Mother of Surrey White Rock Ringette. She has been an integral part of the association executive for 18 years serving almost every position. Kathy chaired or was a committee member of the Provincial Hosting Committee in 2000, 2005, and 2008. She has been a mentor to six different association presidents. She has been a manger, coach or trainer for her daughters’ house and AA teams for almost 20 years. Now that her family has left the game she still continues to coach and influence the association’s youngest players. Kathy recently was a guest coach for the association’s petitie team and it was humbling to see how she lit up the faces of players she previously coached. Over the past 20 years, no one has dedicated or contributed more to the game of Ringette.

Kathy Matusiak

Barb Stott
Barb Stott has been a resident of White Rock for many years. She recently moved to Cloverdale, but the legacy she left in White Rock will continue. Barb has been a dedicated figure skating official for over 30 years. She has given much of her time to the White Rock Surrey Skating Club both evaluating and judging their skaters. She has always been willing to come out when asked and, even though she now lives in Cloverdale, retains her membership in the White Rock South Surrey Skating Club and returns to help them out where required. Barb works full time for BC/YT Section, Skate Canada but still finds time in the evenings, or on weekends to volunteer for the skaters from her community.

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