SCOTT RUSSELL of CBC as Master of Ceremonies of the Athlete of the Year Awards


Sport BC announces SCOTT RUSSELL of CBC as Master of Ceremonies
2017 Sport BC Athlete of the Year Awards

VANCOUVER, BC (February 16, 2017) — Sport BC is pleased to announce that Scott Russell, CBC Sports Broadcaster, will be emceeing the 2017 Athlete of the Year Awards in Vancouver on March 8, 2017 at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel.
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.

“We are thrilled that Scott has agreed to come back to Vancouver to host the 2017 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 51st anniversary of this event.”

A CBC Sports veteran of more than 25 years, Russell has covered 13 Olympic Games, most recently the Prime Time Olympic Host at Rio 2016 and hosted the Paralympics at Rio 2016, 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.  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 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.  In 2012, he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for service to amateur sport in Canada.
Credit: CBC Media Center Website


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

Jessica Prior, Production Manager, Athlete of the Year Awards
Tel: 604-733-7171         Email:


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.

Sponsored by:

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.

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.

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

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:                 Email:
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: