October 27, 2021

2020 Pacific Sport Community Sport Awards and Presentation of BC Winter Games Delegation

The Mary Irwin Theatre at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna was packed to the rafters with athletes, coaches and parents…brothers and sisters in Sport for an evening of award presentations, funny anecdotes and inspirational speakers. Our delegation of Biathlon members brought along their loud cheers and even cow bells to ring in the award recipients comme il se doit!

Sport Hero Award Recipients included:

Devin Rubadeau – Sailing, Marc Bowles – Multisport, Celeste Bazzana and Barbara Dieno – Bocce, Ron Koch – BMX racing, Phil von Unruh – Ice Hockey and Special Olympics, Guy Posella – Baseball, Leana Marton – Rugby, Darcy Rysz – Baseball, Cathie Pavlik – Field Hockey and Multisport…and Murray Carlson. Yay! Go Murray!

Athletic Excellence Awards went to:

Emma Cannan – Athletics, Ashley McMillan – Swimming, Logan Leach – Para Alpine Skiing, Brayden Kuroda – Freestyle Skiing, Brock Hoel – Triathlon, Anne Cherkowski – Ice Hockey, Reece Howden – Ski Cross, Hanna Hartwick – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu…and our very own Kira Friesen. Way to go Kira!

The Sport Hosting Award was presented to the Kelowna Skating Club.

We were all privileged to take in an inspirational address by Curt Minard, the keynote speaker for this year’s ceremony. Curt is an accomplished Para-Olympian snowboarder from the Okanagan with multiple podiums across world snowboarding and hockey circuits.

Congratulations Kira!
Bravo Zulu Murray!
Sport Hero and Sport Excellence Award recipients
What a great evening.
Most of the Biathlon Crew following the ceremony!

The BC Winter Games will kick off in Fort St John from Feb 20-23. The Okanagan athletes present were called up on the stage. Athletes from Telemark Nordic Club going to BC Winter Games are:

For Telemark Biathlon: Catherine Robinson, Camille Hanry and Timur McNern. John McNern is the Biathlon Zone 2 Rep and Coach.

For Telemark XC: Finn Redman, Nathan Achtem, Evan Edwards, Justin Siever, Jacob Miller, Alessia Galvagno and Sofie Steinruck. Michele Wolfe is the Zone 2 Rep and Kyle Hawes is Assistant Coach.

Athletes going to BC Winter Games were honoured at the Awards ceremony!

Congratulations to all! Thank you Pacific Sport Okanagan and sponsors!

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