Sport BC celebrates BC’s best in amateur sport at the 46th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards presented by TELUS


Sport BC celebrates BC’s best in amateur sport at the 46th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards presented by TELUS

Olympic and Paralympic athletes, coaches and officials among the 17 honoured

Richmond, BC (March 8, 2012)Sport BC honoured the best of BC’s sport community tonight at the River Rock Show Theatre at Sport BC’s 46th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards, presented by TELUS. Athletes, coaches, and officials from across the province were recognized with awards from 17 distinct categories, celebrating the recipients’ achievements over the past year and their dedication to sport.

Sport BC’s 46th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards recipients:

Athlete with a Disability, presented by the Province of British Columbia
Michelle Stilwell (Nanoose, BC) – Wheelchair Athletics

Coach of the Year, presented by Canadian Sport Centre Pacific
Anatoliy Bondarchuk (Kamloops BC, BC) – Athletics

College Athlete of the Year, presented by KidSport
Preston Tucker (Vernon, BC) – Volleyball

High School Female Athlete of the Year, presented by Scotiabank
Georgia Ellenwood (Langley, BC) – Athletics

High School Male Athlete of the Year, presented by The Province
Adam Keenan (Victoria, BC) – Athletics

Junior Female Athlete of the Year, presented by FIRSTAR Sports
Shirley Fu (Burnaby, BC) – Table Tennis

Junior Male Athlete of the Year, presented by Triple O’s
Curtis Lazar (Vernon, BC) – Hockey

Master Athlete of the Year, presented by Sport BC Insurance
Stephanie Keiffer (Vancouver, BC) – Triathlon

Official of the Year, presented by MyBackCheck.com
Jim Mitchell (Abbotsford, BC) – Wrestling

Senior Female Athlete of the Year, presented by the BC Sport Agency
Paula Findlay (Victoria, BC) – Triathlon

Senior Male Athlete of the Year, presented by TELUS
Dylan Armstrong (Kamloops, BC) – Athletics – Shot Put

Team of the Year, presented by TEAM Radio
Surrey United Women’s Soccer (Surrey, BC) – Soccer

University Athlete of the Year, presented by the Vancouver Sun
Helen Crofts (West Vancouver, BC) – Athletics

Community Champion, presented by Tourism Richmond
Mike Janyk (Vancouver, BC) – Alpine Ski

Best of BC, presented by the Province of British Columbia
Paul McCallum (Surrey, BC) – Football

Daryl Thompson Award, presented by The Beedie Group
Kathy Newman (Richmond, BC) – Wheelchair Sports

Harry Jerome Comeback Award, presented by Canadian Direct Insurance
Brittany Rogers (Coquitlam, BC) – Gymnastics

“This year’s finalists represent 13 BC communities and 19 different sports,” said Sport BC’s Sponsorship and Event Manager, Carey Summerfelt. “The strength of BC’s sport sector was on display tonight as we recognized the outstanding athletic achievements of our finalists.”

The Award recipients are chosen by a selection committee composed of BC sports media representatives and sport leaders with a combined 375 years of experience. Since 1966, Sport BC’s Athlete of the Year Awards have recognized sport icons such as Rick Hansen, Steve Nash, John Furlong, and Nancy Green-Raine.

About Sport BC’s Athlete of the Year Awards:
Sport BC’s Athlete of the Year Awards is the longest standing sport recognition event in the country. Awards in 17 different categories are given each year to athletes, coaches, and officials on their performance and contribution to sport in the province. The awards play a valuable role in nurturing athletic success and recognizing some of BC’s growing talents. For a list of previous award winners and additional information on the 46th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards presented by TELUS, please visit SportBC.com.

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For more information, please contact:

Jessica Doherty
Communications Manager, Sport BC
E: Jessica.doherty@sportbc.com  |  T: 604.333.3422

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