Sport BC celebrates the 48th Athlete of the Year Awards with CBC host Scott Russell

Olympic and Paralympic athletes among 18 honoured

Richmond, BC (March 6, 2014) – A sell-out crowd of 430 guests from the BC sporting community gathered on March 5 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver to recognize British Columbia’s best amateur athletes, coaches and officials from across the province. The host for the evening was Scott Russell, a CBC sports veteran, fresh from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Sport BC’s 48th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards recipients include:

Coralee Oakes, Ministry of Community, Sport & Cultural Development, Jon Cornish and K.C. Steele
Best of BC, presented by Minister Coralee Oakes, Ministry of Community, Sport & Cultural Development (left) to
Jon Cornish of New Westminster, BC (Football – member of the Calgary Stampeders), and co-presented by K.C. Steele (right), Jon’s high school football coach at Saint Thomas More Collegiate.

Best of BC, presented by the British Columbia Ministry of Community, Sport & Cultural Development
Jon Cornish (New Westminster, BC) – Football

Athlete with a Disability, presented by Safeway
Michelle Stilwell (Parksville, BC) – Wheelchair Athletics

Female High School Athlete of the Year, presented by viaSport
Asianna Covington (Surrey, BC) – Athletics Track & Field

Male High School Athlete of the Year, presented by viaSport
Marcus Davis (Saanichton, BC) – Football

Female Junior Athlete of the Year, presented by Infigo Imaging
Georgia Ellenwood (Richmond, BC) – Athletics – Track & Field

Male Junior Athlete of the Year, presented by Richmond Sport Hosting
Kevin Kwon (Maple Ridge, BC) – Golf

Female Senior Athlete, presented by CBC Sports
Stacie Anaka (Burnaby, BC) – Wrestling

Male Senior Athlete of the Year, presented by Teck
Kelly Olynyk (Kamloops, BC) – Basketball

College Athlete of the Year, presented by SBC Insurance
Ruilin Huang (Burnaby, BC) –Badminton

University Athlete of the Year, presented by Sport Vancouver
Shanice Marcelle (Victoria, BC) – Volleyball

Master Athlete of the Year, presented by AllSport Insurance
Christa Bortignon (West Vancouver, BC) – Athletics

Female Coach of the Year, presented by Promotion Plus
Jen Ross (Abbotsford, BC) – Rugby

Male Coach of the Year, presented by Prince George Canada Games
Graham Thomas (Vancouver, BC) – Hockey

Official of the Year, presented by Tim Hortons
Dale Jackson (Victoria, BC) – Golf

Team of the Year, presented by Helly Hansen
UBC Men’s Soccer (Vancouver, BC) – Soccer

KidSport Community Champion, presented by Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers
Tommy Europe (Vancouver, BC) – Football/Fitness and Health

Daryl Thompson Award, presented by the BC Games
Beverly Boys (Surrey, BC) – Diving

Harry Jerome Comeback Award, presented by Canadian Direct Insurance
Sarah Hunter (South Surrey, BC) – Wheelchair Tennis

Female Coach of the Year, presented by Promotion Plus
Jen Ross (Abbotsford, BC) – Rugby

Male Coach of the Year, presented by Prince George Canada Games
Graham Thomas (Vancouver, BC) – Hockey

Master Athlete of the Year, presented by AllSport Insurance
Christa Bortignon (West Vancouver, BC) – Athletics

Official of the Year, presented by Tim Hortons
Dale Jackson (Victoria, BC) – Golf

“We are proud as an organization to host the best in amateur sport from communities throughout British Columbia,” said Sport BC’s President and CEO, Rob Newman. “The evening was inspirational, as we kept the pride alive, from the recent successes of our BC and Canadian athletes from Sochi,” said Newman.

Also included as part of the evening’s celebration of sport was the presentation of the annual President’s Awards, sponsored by “Sports with Balls”, a group of nine member provincial organizations including Basketball BC, Football BC, BC Lacrosse Association, BC Rugby Union, BC Soccer, Softball BC, Tennis BC, Volleyball BC, and BC Water Polo Association.

Now in its 20th year, the President’s Awards were presented to 40 volunteers from Sport BC member and partner organizations from 22 communities throughout the province who represent the spirit of volunteerism, and whose dedication, energy, and commitment contribute to development of their respective sport or organization.

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 Canada. Awards in 18 different categories are given each year to athletes, coaches, and officials for their performance and contribution to sport in British Columbia. A list of all finalists, award recipients and additional information is posted on sportbc.com

The award recipients are chosen by a distinguished selection committee composed of BC sport media representatives and sport leaders. Since 1966, Sport BC’s Athlete of the Year Awards has recognized sport icons such as Rick Hansen, John Furlong, Steve Nash and Nancy Green-Raine.
For more information, please contact:

Rob Newman
President & CEO, Sport BC
T: 604.340.8432
E: rob.newman@sportbc.com

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