VANCOUVER, BC (January 20, 2017) — Sport BC, on behalf of the BC Sport community, has
proudly announced the outstanding amateur athletes, coaches, and officials, named as finalists
for 14 of the 18 award categories to be presented at the upcoming Athlete of the Year Awards.
We are proud to be the longest standing sport recognition event in Canada and this year
signifies a historic achievement for sport with our 51st anniversary.
The 51st Annual Awards Ceremony and Gala dinner is set for Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at the
Fairmont Waterfront Hotel. The ceremonies will recognize BC’s best in amateur sport including
athletes, coaches, and officials for outstanding performances in their sport over the 2016
season. Each finalist was nominated by their Provincial or Multi-Sport Organization, High
School, College or University. The Selection Committee, chaired by Bernie Pascall, included 15
highly regarded sportswriters, broadcasters, and amateur sport leaders in British Columbia.
“A large number of highly qualified nominations for each of the categories were received this
year,” notes Sport BC President & CEO, Rob Newman. “Each year the Athlete of the Year
Awards recognizes the talented and deserving athletes, coaches and officials. This year’s
nominees in all the award categories are certainly a testament to the strength and depth of sport
development in our province over the last 51 years. Each year, we are grateful for the support
and contribution of our sport and business partners and volunteers.”
Finalists for the 2017 Sport BC Athlete of the Year Awards represent 18 sports from 21 various
cities and are noted below. An additional four awards will be presented at the ceremony
including the Best of BC, KidSport BC Community Champion, Harry Jerome Comeback and the
Daryl Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award.