By Ali Lee, with files from Sport B.C.
January 17, 2014, Victoria (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes had two athletes and one coach named as finalists amongst the long list of British Columbians in contention for 17 award categories for the annual Sport B.C. Athlete of the Year awards.
The 48th awards ceremony and gala dinner is set for Mar. 5 at the Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver and recognizes B.C.’s best amateur athletes, coaches and officials for outstanding performances in their sport over their 2013 season. Among the list is Vikes women’s soccer head coach Tracy David and former Vikes swimmers Hilary Caldwell and Ryan Cochrane.
Nominated for Female Coach of the Year is current Vikes women’s soccer head coach David who led her squad to a CIS bronze medal on home soil in the 2012-13 season after compiling a 9-2-1 Canada West regular season record. Finishing second in Canada West standings, the Vikes earned a hard-fought win over Sherbrooke University Vert et Or as well as a shoot-out victory against the Ottawa Gee Gees in the CIS championships to finish third in the country and earn a bronze medal. The 2012-13 season saw the Vikes crack the CIS top-10 rankings for the first time in two seasons.
Following her team’s bronze medal victory, David was honoured by BC Soccer with the Merit Award, the award recognizes an individual’s efforts and contributions to the soccer community for periods of ten years or more. In the following 2013-14 CIS soccer season, David was honoured as the 2013 Canada West Women’s Coach of the Year. David, a Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame inductee and eight-time Canada West Coach of the Year winner, holds a Canada West conference record behind the UVic bench of 108-35-23.
Former Vikes and team Canada stand outs Hilary Caldwell and Ryan Cochrane are finalists and the Female and Male Senior Athlete of the Year categories, respectively. Cochrane won his third-straight silver medal in the 1,500-m fresstyle at the 2013 FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain in August. At the same championships Caldwell impressed on the world stage earning a bronze medal in the women’s 200-m backstroke. The White Rock, B.C. native smashed the Canadian record and stepped on the podium with a time of two mintues and 6.80 seconds.
Both Cochrane and Caldwell represented Canada at the London 2012 games. In 2011, Cochrane competed for the Vikes and was named the CIS male swimmer of the year and CIS rookie of the year to help the VIkes to a fifth-place finish.
Athlete with a Disability
- Sonja Gaudet (Vernon) – Wheelchair curling
- Brianna Nelson (North Saanich) – Swimming
- Michelle Stilwell (Parksville) – Wheelchair athletics
College Athlete of the Year
- Alanna Bekkering (Kamloops) – Soccer
- RuiLin Huang (Burnaby) – Badminton
- Kayla Unger (Abbotsford) – Volleyball
Female Coach of the Year
- Kim Chapdelaine (Abbotsford) – Athletics – track and field
- Tracy David (Victoria) – Soccer
- Jen Ross (Abbotsford) – Rugby
Male Coach of the Year?
- Randy Bennett (Victoria) – Swimming
- Victor Gantsevich (Richmond) – Fencing
- Graham Thomas (Vancouver) – Hockey
Female High School Athlete of the Year
- Asianna Covington (Surrey) – Athletics – track and field
- Emma Entzminger (Victoria) – Volleyball, basketball, softball and soccer
- Emma Wolfram (Kamloops) – Basketball
Male High School Athlete of the Year
- Lars Bornemann (Victoria) – Volleyball, basketball and track and field
- Marcus Davis (Saanichton) – Football
- Amarveer Dhesi (Surrey) – Wrestling
Female Junior Athlete of the Year
- Georgia Ellenwood (Langley) – Athletics – track and field
- Taylor Kim (Surrey) – Golf
- Emma von Dadelszen (Vancouver) – Fencing
Male Junior Athlete of the Year?
- Kyle Carragher (Port Coquitlam) – Gymnastics
- Dylan French (Richmond) – Fencing
- Kevin Kwon (Maple Ridge) – Golf
Master Athlete of the Year
- Christa Bortignon (West Vancouver) – Athletics
- Gerry Poulton (Victoria) – Squash
- Dr. Cathryn Zeglinski (Vancouver) – Cross-country mountain bike
Official of the Year
- Len Apedaile (Black Creek) – Cross-country skiing
- Dale Jackson (Victoria) – Golf
- Steve Papp (Saanichton) – Hockey
- Female Senior Athlete of the Year
- Stacie Anaka (Burnaby) – Wrestling
- Hilary Caldwell (White Rock) – Swimming
- Kim Gaucher (Mission) – Basketball
Male Senior Athlete of the Year
- Dylan Armstrong (Kamloops) – Athletics – track and field
- Ryan Cochrane (Victoria) – Swimming
- Kelly Olynyk (Kamloops) – Basketball
Team of the Year?
- Team McNamara (Delta) – Beach volleyball
- Trinity Western University women’s soccer (Langley)
- University of British Columbia men’s soccer (Vancouver)
University Athlete of the Year
- Maxwell Lattimer (Delta) – Rowing
- Shanice Marcelle (Victoria) – Volleyball
- Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe (Vernon) – Basketball
An additional four awards will be presented at the ceremony including Best of B.C., Community champion, Harry Jerome comeback and the Daryl Thompson lifetime achievement award.
About the Athlete of the Year Awards
The Athlete of the Year Awards, founded by Sport B.C., is the longest standing sport recognition event in Canada. Awards in 17 different categories are given each year to athletes, coaches, and officials on their performance and contribution to sport in our province. The awards play a valuable role in nurturing athletic success and recognizing some of BC’s growing talents.
Also included as part of the evening’s celebration of sport is the presentation of the annual President’s awards. Now in its 20th year, the President’s awards are presented to volunteers from Sport B.C. member organizations who represent the spirit of volunteerism, and whose dedication, energy, and commitment contribute to development of their respective sport or organization.