Wednesday, June 3, 2015
It's a Wrap
Curl BC honours teams and athletes of the year
By Ellie Lambert, Curl BC
Team Tardi, picks up their Team of the Year awards last Saturday.
team of national champions, a five-time Purple Heart recipient and a lifelong volunteer were among the recipients of the 2015 Curl BC Annual Awards.
Team Lepine, the Canadian Women’s Masters champion, Rick Sawatsky who plays lead on Team Cotter, and Bernice Mulock from North Shore Winter Club were all honoured at the awards ceremony which took place on Saturday.
Fifteen awards were handed out at the event which recognized the vital contribution that volunteers, coaches and athletes have made to the sport in curling in BC over the past year.
Team Lepine was named Masters Athlete / Team of the Year. Despite losing a player to injury just a few weeks before provincials, Team Lepine’s competitive spirit, excellent curling ability and determination helped them win not only the BC title but the national crown too. After receiving the award, skip Karen Lepine spoke of her joy at having secured a national title after experiencing numerous set-backs on previous occasions.
Sawatsky, who represented BC at the Brier for the fifth time this year, was crowned Male Athlete of the Year. The lead, who lives in Kelowna, has played a significant part in the rink’s continued success over the last twelve year and holds the record for both best percentage at a Brier and the most perfect games in a row. He was nominated by his skip Jim Cotter who described him as ‘the best team mate anyone could ask for, always putting the team ahead of himself.’
It was not just athletes that were honoured at the ceremony, the countless hours of hard work and dedication by volunteers like Bernice Mulock was recognized as well. Mulock, who received the Pat Kennedy Award for Long Service, was a founding member of the North Shore Winter Club and has devoted 56 years to developing curling at the venue. She has been Club President and organizing committee chair for several curling championships including the 1988 Pepsi Canadian Junior Championships.
The excellent achievements of BC’s juniors curlers in 2015 were also rewarded with several awards, including Team of the Year, being award to the provinces youth curlers.
Cody Tanaka, who lives in Delta, was named Young Male Athlete of the Year in recognition of a superb season which saw him win silver at the 2015 Tim Hortons BC Junior Championships and qualify for the AMJ Campbell BC Mixed Championship. As well as his success at provincial level, Cody played in four leagues this season and volunteers with young curlers across the lower mainland.
Speaking about the award, Tanaka said: “BC is full of amazing curlers and I am honoured to be awarded Junior Male Athlete of the Year. This award is also for my teammates, they deserve this as much as I do.”
“The awards ceremony was amazing as I’ve never been a part of something that big before so it was very exciting.”
Curl BC Award winners at the ceremony last Saturday.
Ron Phillips, the Chair of Curl BC’s Recognition and Awards Committee paid tribute to the winners, saying: “It has been a good year for curling in BC which made judging the nominations a very tough job. All of our award winners have made a great contribution to curling in our province and we’re pleased we can recognize their contribution in this way.”
All of the recipients received their awards at a banquet which included entertainment by BC comic John Cullen and photo booth fun courtesy of The Laugh Lounge.
Other winners included:
Team of the Year – Team
Team Tardi (Surrey, Fort St John, Coquitlam and Victoria)
Team Tardi won bronze at this year’s Canada Winter Games medal in Prince George. The team of Tyler Tardi, Sterling Middleton, Nicholas Umbach and Timothy Henderson overcame the minor issue of living 1,300 miles apart to win bronze for BC at the Games. On-route to the podium the boys topped their pool and achieved the highest team percentage to become the first BC Men’s team to win a medal since 1999. The team’s strong performance at the Games also attracted the attention of Curling Canada who has since selected Tyler and Sterling to represent Canada at the 2016 Youth Olympics.
Anita Cochrane Award for
Coach of the Year – Ernie Daniels (Delta)
Wally M’Lot Award for
Official of the Year – Garnet Boese (Prince George)
Junior Female Athlete of the
Year – Dezaray Hawes (Port Moody)
Athlete with a Disability Award –
Samantha Siu (Richmond)
Dezaray Hawes picks up the Athlete of the Year Award.
Sponsor of the Year – Berwick Retirement
Communities (sponsor of the BC Masters)
Janette Robbins Award (Builder) –
Lawrence Woytowich (North Saanich)
Elsie MacKenzie Youth/Junior Curling
Award – Brenda Nordin (Kamloops)
Customer Service Award – Peace Arch Curling Club
Peace Arch Curling Club has increased their membership by over 20% in the last two years. This is the result of hard work by management and volunteers who have run open house days and learn to curl clinics. Peace Arch was also an excellent host of the recent BC Mixed Doubles Championship, providing the competitors with a great experience.
Curling Centre of the Year – Prince
George Golf and Curling Club
Volunteer of the Year – Cathy Pidduck (Oliver)
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