2013 Junior Development Awards Banquet – Tickets on sale now #2013JDAwards

September 23, 2013

Tickets are now available for the 2013 JD Awards Banquet on Sun, October 27, 2013. 

Please see order form here: http://www.bcathletics.org/main/pdf/jdbanquettix.pdf

Award Winners list: http://www.bcathletics.org/main/pdf/bcjdawards13.pdf


2013 Junior Development Award Winners Announced #2013JDAwards

September 20, 2013

BC Athletics and the Junior Development Committee are happy to announce the 2013 Junior Development Award Winners.

Congratulations to all the selected athletes!

Full award list here: http://www.bcathletics.org/main/pdf/bcjdawards13.pdf

SAVE THE DATE for the JD Awards Banquet: Sunday, October 27, 2013

The JD Awards Banquet will take place at the Croatian Cultural Centre in Vancouver, BC. Tickets will be for sale starting next week.



Sammons, East share top Peninsula Track award @VictoriaNews

September 18, 2013

September 17, 2013

By: Danny Daniels — Contributor

VICTORIA NEWS – Although they are separated by 60 years in age, young Ben Sammons and Masters competitor Les East have one thing in common — exceptional performances in the sport of track and field.

At the season-ending barbecue and picnic for the Peninsula Track and Field Club, Sammons, 13, and East, 74, were named as joint winners of the Inspirational Athlete Trophy for 2013.

Their names will go on the trophy to join with those from previous years, including Olympic bronze medalist Angela Chalmers, sprint champion Tom Michell and decathlete Greg Dingle.

Sammons set a career high of 38 personal best performances in both hurdles and flat races on the track, as well as in many jumping and throwing events.

East was a gold medalist in both throwing and jumping events at the BC and Canadian Masters Championships and at the B.C. Seniors Games.

Sarah Gibson, Julia Irwin and Meagan Peterson shared the Fiona Clarke (girls) award, given for performance excellence and sportsmanship, while the boys award went to Finn Battersby.

Oliver Adam, Matteo Hilton and David Johnson will have their names engraved on the Eleanor Richardson Memorial Trophy for participation, cooperation and dedication.

In the specific event categories, Conor Loughnane and Connor McCoullogh received the Runner of the Year trophies, and Julia Peterson was named Jumper of the Year.

Another Masters athlete, Carl Jensen, was given the Thrower of the Year trophy for his prowess in the Island series meets and at the Victoria Highland Games.

At opposite ends of the sport, first-timers Blake Furtado, Alyssa Jensen and Olivia Lucas were acknowledged at Outstanding Novice Athletes, while the Outstanding Masters Athlete trophy went to Anne Murfitt in recognition of her six gold medals from the Canadian Masters Championships.

Full article: http://www.vicnews.com/neighbourhoods/sidney/223693181.html

Nikki Reiter and Pat Sima-Ledding presented ACE Awards following the Canada Summer Games #jcg2013 @viaSport

September 13, 2013

September 12, 2013

Burnaby – Two BC Athletics coaches have been named to the list of outstanding members of Team BC following the recent 2013 Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, QC. Nikki Reiter and Pat Sima-Ledding have been named as two out of the eight members of Team BC receiving ACE (Achieving Community Excellence) Awards.

Both coaches out of Kelowna BC were integral parts of the BC success at the Canada Summer Games in Athletics this summer.

Nikki Reiter (athletics) – Kelowna, BC

Nikki is an athletics endurance coach and has been involved in the sport for 20 years. She currently coaches at the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) and the Okanagan Athletics Club. Nikki was nominated by her UBCO Heat Cross Country Team who praised Nikki’s work in organizing a series of fundraising initiatives that helped save the future of their club. Through her vast network, Nikki brings together runners of all ages and skill levels to train and learn together.

Nikki was also a part of the Women In Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program from the Coaching Association of Canada, where she has been mentored by new BC Athletics Coaching Education Coordinator, Jennifer Schutz.

See Nikki’s CAC profile here: http://www.coach.ca/nikki-reiter-p154843

Patricia Sima-Ledding (athletics) – Kelowna, BC

Patricia is an athletics coach and has been involved in the sport for 29 years. Patricia is the president, founder and a coach for “Competitive Edge,” a company that offers a unique speed training program to athletes. However, after work Pat spends the remainder of her day coaching with Team BC or her team of high school athletes at the Okanagan Athletics Club. Pat also serves on the BC Athletics Track & Field Committee and continues to dedicate countless hours to growing athletics in her community.

About the ACE Awards:

The ACE Awards, founded by BC Athlete Voice and administered by ViaSport, are presented to a select group of Team BC athletes and coaches every year. The award acknowledges the importance of using leadership skills honed through sport to give back to the community, both on and off the playing surface. From an exceptional group of nominees, winners are selected based on their leadership in promoting sport and physical activity for the greater benefit of their sport and community.

ACE awards in the news:

Island Sports News Article: http://islandsportsnews.net/sportsa-z/soccer/9016-viasport-recognizes-team-bc-athletes-and-coaches-for-outstanding-leadership

Kelowna Capital News Article: http://www.kelownacapnews.com/sports/223548491.html

viaSport Release: http://www.viasport.ca/sites/default/files/PDFs/NR_ACE_Award_Winners_Sept12%2013.pdf

PacificSport Fraser Valley honours Tom Nielsen and Mike Mason

June 14, 2013

Eight Fraser Valley individuals were honoured last week with a PacificSport Fraser Valley Recognition Award at the 2013 ceremony. 

Nominated by their peers for his or her contribution to community, sport and/or athlete development, this year’s recipients are an accomplished group including Athletics coach Tom Nielsen and athlete Mike Mason.

Tom Nielsen receives Coach of the Year Award

Tom Nielsen is a throws coach specializing in the javelin. Tom previously coached for UBC, the Vancouver Thunderbirds, and the Coquitlam Cheetahs. He is now a coach for the High School High Performance Group of the Langley Mustangs Track and Field Club. Tom has had incredible success with his athletes, including his son, Kyle, a three time All-American, as well as two athletes participating in London 2012, Liz Gleadle and Curtis Moss. Tom has also had several of his younger athletes recognized by Athletics Canada as the ones to watch for 2016. Most recently, Kyle and Tiffany Matteazzi have qualified for the World University Championships, and Brittni Wolczyk has qualified for the World Junior Championships. According to his athletes, Tom is the epitome of a great coach. Not only does he sacrifice long hours in order to help his athletes, he goes the extra mile to tailor programs and training to each individual athlete in order for them to reach their potential. Athletes come from all areas of the Fraser Valley to train with Tom because of his ability to build on the strengths of athletes as individuals. According to one athlete, “I have never had a coach that has sacrificed so much for me. All the accomplishments I have achieved are due to Tom Nielsen!”

Mike Mason receives Athlete Lifetime Achievement Award 

Originally from Nanoose Bay, high jumper Mike Mason relocated to Abbotsford in order to train under “Coach Ziggy” before London 2012. Mason had a stellar junior career, including a world junior championship gold in 2004. At the senior level, Mason has represented Canada at Commonwealth Games and World Championships, as well as both the Beijing and London Olympics. Mason had top 10 finishes at the 2008 World Indoor Championships, the 2010 Commonwealth Games, and most recently the 2012 London Olympics. The road to London was not easy for Mason, who had to battle back from an ankle injury just to make the team. He overcame his injury in London, posting a strong 8th place finish. During this time, he completed a degree at UBC and continues to train and compete for Canada.

To read about all the PacificSport Fraser Valley 2013 Recognition Award Winners – click here

BC Athletics would like to congratulate both Tom and Mike  and wish them continued success for the future!


Helen Crofts wins GNAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award

June 12, 2013


Courtesy SFU Clan – June 12, 2013

Portland, OR – Simon Fraser University track and field athlete Helen Crofts (West Vancouver, BC) has been voted the 2012-13 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Crofts along with male winner David Downs of Seattle Pacific, will now be a candidate for the 2013 Conference Commissioners Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, which will be selected this summer.

Crofts received seven of 10 first-place votes in the balloting by the conference’s athletic directors.

The award comes a week after Crofts was named the GNAC Co-Female Athlete of the Year.

She had an impressive career not only on the track, but also in the classroom at Simon Fraser, compiling a near-perfect 4.14 grade point average.

A biological science major with a concentration in Cells, Molecules and Physiology, Crofts compiled the highest grade point average among Clan athletes in 2012-13, earning the Bill DeVries Award for excellence in academics and athletics.

She accomplished all that academically while also winning two national titles and four All-American awards during the 2013 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor national championships.

Read the full article here: http://athletics.sfu.ca/news/2013/6/12/WTRACK_0612130927.aspx?path=general

Helen Crofts named GNAC Female Co-Athlete of the Year

June 6, 2013

Portland, OR – Simon Fraser University track athlete Helen Crofts (West Vancouver, BC) has been named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s Female Co-Athlete of the Year along with Seattle Pacific’s Ali Worthen.

The award is voted on by the conference’s 10 athletic directors, who rank their top three choices for the award. Crofts and Worthen each received 18 ballot points in the voting process.

Crofts won two national titles and earned four All-American awards in the 2013 NCAA indoor and outdoor national championships.

At the indoor meet in March in Birmingham, AL, she won the 800-metre in a meet-record time of 2:05.96 and also led SFU to a third-place finish in the distance medley relay (11:37.62) and an eighth-place finish in the 4×400 relay (3:47.14).

She completed a sweep of the 800-metre titles at the outdoor meet in May at Pueblo, CO, finishing first in a time of 2:08.18.

A week prior to the outdoor national meet, she finished ninth in the USA Track & Field High Performance Distance Classic at Occidental.  Her time of 2:02.10 was not only a GNAC record but also was the third fastest time by a collegiate athlete this spring at all levels.

Read the full article here: http://athletics.sfu.ca/news/2013/6/6/WTRACK_0606133015.aspx?path=general

Dan Horan named a Trail Community Sport Hero

May 30, 2013

Trail Sport Heroes Announced

Nine sport volunteers to receive the Community Sport Hero Awards presented by Teck

RICHMOND, BC (May 15, 2013) – ViaSport and Sport BC will honour nine dedicated sport leaders from Trail on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 with the Community Sport Hero Awards presented by Teck.

The public award ceremony, hosted at the Best Western Plus Columbia River Hotel in Trail, celebrates the contributions of long-time community sport volunteers.

“The Community Sport Hero Awards are a celebration of volunteers who have contributed eight or more years to sport,” said Twyla Ryan, Chair of Sport BC. “Sport is crucial to the development of strong, healthy communities, and community volunteers, like the nine scheduled to be honoured, are essential to that success.”

The following individuals are the outstanding volunteers who were selected by their peers to receive the 2013 Community Sport Hero Awards in Trail:

  • Brian Pipes, Baseball
  • Brad Elliott, Baseball
  • John D’Arcangelo, Floor Hockey
  • Dale and Wendy Glover, Baseball
  • Sheila Hawton, Special Olympics
  • Sandra Rothwell, Special Olympics
  • Elisabeth Iannone, Skating
  • Dan Horan, Track and Field

Congratulations Dan!

To view full release CLICK HERE

Maureen de St. Croix named award winner at YMCA’s Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony

May 29, 2013


Photograph by: Jason Payne, VANCOUVER SUN

BC Athletics would like to congratulate Ocean Athletics founder and Head Coach Maureen de St. Croix on her recognition at the YWCA’s 30th Annual Women of Distinction Awards in Vancouver on Tuesday, May 28, 2013.

Maureen was chosen as the winner in the Health, Wellness and Athletics category.

Maureen was one of nine nominees in the category. Other nominees included Kathy Newman – Retired, BC Wheelchair Sports Association, Wendy Pattenden – CEO, Canadian Sport Institute Pacific, Cathy Priestner Allinger – Chair, viaSport and Laura Watson – Sport Development Lead, viaSport.

Congratulations Maureen!

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Youth+activist+named+Young+Woman+Distinction+YWCA+awards+ceremony/8447185/story.html#ixzz2UhHzcfTh

Helen Crofts named USTFCCCA West Region Female Track Athlete of the Year

May 22, 2013


May 20, 2013 – New Orleans, LA – Simon Fraser University track and field runner Helen Crofts (West Vancouver, BC) has been named the west region female track athlete of the year by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The senior is the Division II leader at 800-metre heading into the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championship with a time of 2:04.53 to lead by more than three seconds.

It is also the sixth ranked time in the event in Division II history.

In addition, Crofts is also ranked seventh in the 1500-metre posting a time 4:26.85 and 10th in the 400-metre with a time of 54.46.

She won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championship in both events and is also a member of the Clan’s NCAA Division II eighth seeded 4×400-metre relay team.

Crofts and the Clan will travel to Pueblo, CO this week for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championship beginning on Wednesday.

Article: http://athletics.sfu.ca/news/2013/5/20/WTRACK_0520133338.aspx?path=general

Six Simon Fraser University Clan Track & Field athletes named to USTFCCCA All-Region Team

May 17, 2013


New Orleans, LA – The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has named All-Region honorees for the 2012-13 Division II outdoor track & field season and six Simon Fraser University track and field athletes have earned a spot.

The top five from each region in individual events and each member of a relay ranked in the region’s top three have earned the All-Region distinction for this season.

Helen Crofts (West Vancouver, BC) earned the recognition for top five finishes in four different events while Lindsey Butterworth (North Vancouver, BC) place in the top five in two as did Sarah Sawatzky (Chilliwack, BC).

Meanwhile Chantel Desch (Abbotsford, BC) earned a spot for as a member of the Clan’s 4×400-metre relay team as did Michaela Kane (Robert’s Creek, BC) while Jade Richardson (Nanaimo, BC) was named to the team after a GNAC Championship performance in the discus.

Full article: http://athletics.sfu.ca/news/2013/5/17/WTRACK_0517132010.aspx?path=general

Eugene Reimer will be inducted into the Athletics Canada Hall of Fame

May 9, 2013

Reimer to be Inducted 

The Abbotsford/Mission Times – May 9, 2013 – Wheelchair racing legend Eugene Reimer of Abbotsford will be inducted into the Athletics Canada Hall of Fame.

Though Reimer passed away in 2008, he leaves behind a legacy of advocacy and excellence that has paved the way for today’s Para-lympians.

“Every wheelchair athlete competing today owes a debt of gratitude to Eugene Reimer,” said Gail Hamamoto, executive director of BC Wheelchair Sports Association.

“He wasn’t content to just win medals. He wanted to build a more inclusive society. Right up until his death, he remained passionate about promoting wheelchair sports.”

During his storied wheelchair sports career, Reimer amassed 50 national medals, 22 international medals, and 10 Paralympic medals.

Read more: http://www.abbotsfordtimes.com/sports/Reimer+inducted/8359590/story.html#ixzz2SopW2WKp

Jade Richardson named Red Lion athlete of the week

May 1, 2013

April 30, 2013 – Simon Fraser University track and field athlete Jade Richardson was named the Red Lion athlete of the week in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

The Clan junior set a NCAA Division II provisional national qualifying standard in her first throw in the discus at last Friday’s Western Washington University Twilight meet.

Her distance of 48.68-metres ranks her eighth nationally among NCAA Division II athletes and is second on the conference all-time top 10 performance list. The throw also broke the 30-year old SFU record in the event.

Full article from Burnaby Now 

Ocean Athletics Head Coach Maureen de St. Croix nominated for the 2013 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards

April 19, 2013


BC Athletics is pleased to share that Founder and Head Coach of Ocean Athletics track and field club in South Surrey, Maureen de St. Croix has been nominated in the 2013 Health, Wellness & Athletics category of the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards.

Read her full nomination profile here 

For 30 years the YWCA Metro Vancouver Women of Distinction Awards have recognized outstanding women and workplaces and has honoured 247 award recipients and more than 1,450 nominees. In addition to recognizing the nominees, this event highlights and raises funds for the programs and services that help improve the lives of more than 55,000 people each year across Metro Vancouver. 

Read more about the Awards here 

Congratulations Maureen!

SFU Clan Awards Helen Crofts Female Athlete of the Year in 3-way tie

April 4, 2013

Burnaby, BC (April 3, 2013) – With the 2012-13 season winding down, the Simon Fraser University Clan athletic teams gathered at the Hilton Vancouver, Metrotown for the 48th annual Clan Athletic Banquet.

The awards presentation was a celebration of all the achievements earned by Clan athletes throughout their first official year in the NCAA.

The evening’s highlight award, Athlete of the Year, was a highly contested award this year, as the women’s honours were awarded in a three-way tie.

Mariya Chekanovych (Burnaby, BC), Helen Crofts (West Vancouver, BC) and Danielle Lappage (Burnaby, BC) were all recipients of the 2013 award.

Crofts was an NCAA National Champion, winning the indoor 800-metre championship. The senior came back from a serious injury in the 2011-12 season to win her first NCAA title.

Full story at athletics.sfu.ca 

Last chance to get tickets for the 2012 BC Athletics Annual Awards Banquet

November 26, 2012

Tomorrow is your last chance to get tickets for the 2012 BC Athletics Annual Awards Banquet. Make sure you get your reservation in! Tickets are going fast!


2012 BC Athletics Annual Awards Banquet

Dec 1, 2012 – 6 pm

Hilton YVR Hotel




2012 BC Athletics Awards Announcements & Banquet Details

November 16, 2012

The 2012 BC Athletics Awards have been announced in most categories. The Awards Banquet will take place on Saturday, Dec 1 at 7 pm. Tickets are still available for purchase. 

We are also accepting pictures of all award winners and nominees – please send to taunya.geelhoed (AT) bcathletics.org 

(Cross Country awards will not be announced until following the Canadian Cross Country Championships taking place Nov 24)

Visit the AGM and Awards Banquet page for the complete list of Awards announced and ticket reservation details.


Last 3 Community Sport Hero Awards Communities for 2012

August 21, 2012

There are 3 more Community Sport Hero Awards planned for the remainder of 2012 – you can nominate sport volunteers in the following communities:

Sparwood – October 2, 2012

Parksville / Qualicum – October 24, 2012

Vancouver – November 21, 2012

You can go to http://sportbc.com/programs-and-events/community-sport-hero-awards/nomination-forms to nominate an outstanding sport volunteer today!

Community Sport Hero Awards presented by Teck

December 6, 2011

Sport BC announced recently a new partnership with Teck to continue the Community Sport Hero Awards through 2015.

Eligibility Requirements for nominating a Community Sport Hero:

  • Be an individual from the local community who makes a voluntary contribution to sport through coaching, officiating, boards,  administration, special events, etc
  • Be an individual (not an organization or foundation); and
  • Has been or continues to be a dedicated sport volunteer for a minimum of 8 years

The first stop for the Community Sport Hero Awards presented by Teck is Trail in February 2012.

2012 Communities:

Community Event Date
Trail February 8
Delta March 21
Nelson April 18
Kamloops May 16
Sunshine Coast June 13
Sparwood September 12
Parksville/Qualicum October 17
Vancouver November 21

Nominations can now be made here: http://sportbc.com/programs-and-events/community-sport-hero-awards/nomination-forms/

Celebrating its 11th year, the Community Sport Hero Awards have already honoured 447 sport volunteers in 39 different communities. We would like to thank Encana for the support of the Community Sport Hero Awards in past years.

BC Athletics Annual Awards Banquet – Photos

December 6, 2011

Over 200 people attended the BC Athletics Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday night in Richmond.

Guests included:
– World silver medallist, Dylan Armstrong;
– The Hon. Ida Chong, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development;
– Athletics Canada Chair, Gordon Orlikow.

Photos of the evening, including award winners, can be viewed here: http://www.bcathletics.org/photos/agm2011gall/index.htm. With thanks to Teresa Nightingale.