Williams Lake Community Sport Hero® Award Winners

Williams Lake Community Sport Hero® Award Winners

The Community Sport Hero Awards were held in Williams Lake on July 22, 2009.  The award winners were:

Rick Bryan – Wrestling
Rick is instrumental in driving grassroots wrestling development in the province.  He is a pioneer in grassroots development, as it has been his focus in this region since he began coaching over 20 years ago.  Rick provides great leadership and support to athletes and other coaches in the north central region.  He spearheaded and developed a “Promotional” kid wrestling video that is provided to elementary schools throughout the province.  The video displays the basic rules of wrestling, as well as good sportsmanlike conduct.  Rick has dedicated many hours and miles traveling throughout the northern regions of BC to introduce and develop grassroots wrestling programs in areas like Chilcotin, 100 Mile House, and at least a dozen schools in the Williams Lake region. To wrap-up the grassroots season, Rick hosts one of the largest annual youth wrestling tournaments in the province, with about 200 kids.  Not only does Rick recruit and coach athletes, he does every other job that needs to be done including, tournament draws, hosting coaching clinics, and training officials.  Rick Bryan is a true Community Sport Hero.

Lynn Hanson – Hockey
Lynn has been the Director of the Stampeders Hockey Club for the past eleven years.  She ensures the jerseys are cleaned, mended and logos are sewn on.  Lynn arranges all of the volunteers for the games from admissions to the time box.  She looks after parades, banquets, meetings, and money collection from sponsorships.  She has been the secretary for the Central Interior Hockey League for the last 2 years and puts in many hours making sure the hockey league runs smoothly.  Because of all this, Lynn is a Community Sport Hero

Don Hanson – Hockey
Don has put his heart, soul and time into the Stampeder Hockey Club since 1996.  The team had folded and it took a lot of time to get the club back up and running again.  Don started off as the Director, General Manager and President and has been the General Manager for the past 7 years.  Along with being committed to the players, he also arranges travelling, hotels and expenses.  He packs all the jerseys and insures that they all get back home.  He looks after the sponsorships, ice and display cases in the arena, attends all the CIHL meetings as well as all relevant town meetings.  Don gets to the arena 2 hours before the game starts to make sure everything is organized and ready to go!  Don is a true Community Sport Hero.

Fred Blewett – Swimming
Fred has been volunteering with the Williams Lake Blue Fins Swim Club for 20 years. His daughter Katie and son Todd swam with the club from 1989 to 2003. Fred has been the club’s officials’ director for the Blue Fins, the Regional officials Director for the Northeast Region, and is currently the Provincial Officials Director, directing the affairs of the BC Swim Officials Association.

Fred is certified to train officials at all levels. He is currently revamping the officials training program for BC. He officiates at major swim meets around the province and also does deck evaluations for new officials. In 2008 he was an on-deck official for the Pan-Pacific International meet held at the Victoria Commonwealth Pool.

Fred never left the sport of swimming, even when his children graduated. He is still officiating swim meets and passing along his knowledge. Fred has clearly gone above and beyond volunteering for the Blue Fins and swimming in BC and for this reason and many more, Fred is a Community Sport Hero.

Dave Wright – Golf
Dave has been a volunteer with Golf for more than 25 years.  He served 8 years as the treasurer of Zone 8. He was responsible for attending annual board meetings, running qualifying tournaments to determine the zone teams for provincial championships, ensuring travel funds for these teams and collecting levies from member clubs to run the zone efficiently.

Following his term as treasurer, Dave served Zone 8 for 5 years as vice-president and an addition 4 years as president.  From there he moved onto the Board of Directors for the BCGA for another 2 years of service.

Dave also served on the board of the Williams Lake Golf & Tennis club as publicity chair for 3 years and membership chair for 2 years.  Dave has run the Opening Men’s Golf Tournament for 7 years and has sat on the Men’s Club Committee for over 10.  All of these reasons make Dave Wright a true Community Sport Hero.

Mike Levitt – Rugby
For over 2 decades, Mike has been a cornerstone for youth sport development in Williams Lake. His primary initiatives have been rugby and basketball, with rugby becoming his focus and passion over the past dozen years.  Mike has built and sustained a strong, nurturing sport environment at Williams Lake Secondary School that has been the foundation for the youth athlete development enterprise that he leads across our community.

Mike has been instrumental in building and leading a sport program that is mature enough to offer opportunities for high school athletes to embark on playing and cultural tours across Canada and into Europe experiences that are not readily available to athletes from small town BC.  His enterprise and leadership in youth sport development has resulted in Williams Lake being noted as a center of excellence in youth rugby development.  This is just a bit of what Mike does for the community and it makes him a Community Sport Hero.

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