Athlete of the Year Awards Ticket Giveaway

Comments 3 by Rebecca Bollwitt

I have two tickets up for grabs for a special event tomorrow evening that honors the best and most inspirational athletes from around our province.

What: 43rd Annual Athlete of the Year Awards presented by TELUS
When: Tuesday, March 24th (6:30pm Cocktail Reception, 8:00pm Awards Ceremony)
Where: River Rock Show Theatre, Richmond, BC


The Athlete of the Year Awards is the longest-standing sport recognition event in the country. Awards in 16 different categories are given each year to athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers based on their performance and contribution to sport in the province.

The awards play a valuable role in nurturing athletic success and recognizing some of BC’s growing talents, such as past recipients Nancy Greene-Raine (Senior Female Athlete of the Year Award 1967 and 1968, Alpine Skiing), Rick Hansen (Athlete with a Disability Award 1979 and 1980, Wheelchair Athletics) Scott Niedermeyer (Senior Male Athlete of the Year Award 1991, Ice Hockey) and James Lepp (Junior Male Athlete of the Year 2001/Senior Male Athlete of the Year 2003 and 2005, Golf). [SportBC]

Guests, speakers, and presenters include: Paul Kelly, Executive Director, NHLPA, Gino Odjick, Vancouver Canucks Alumni, Lui Passaglia, BC Lions Alumni, Karen Magnussen, Olympic Gold Medalist and many more.

I grew up playing organized sports which started when I joined the school’s volleyball team when in grade six, and I went on to play five sports each year throughout high school. The skills and lessons learned throughout those years have always been with me (even though the muscle mass gained is probably long-gone).

Talented folks around the province grew up pouring their heart and soul into their passions for curling, hockey, rowing, wrestling, track, basketball, and those winter sports in which we hope to take home a gold medal on home soil next year.

Tickets for tomorrow’s reception and awards are currently on sale for $95 a piece however, if you would like to attend, I have two tickets to give away. Please leave a comment stating your favourite BC Athlete (of any year) and I’ll do a draw first thing tomorrow for the tickets.

Update: Vanessa (comment 1) was the winner of the giveaway.

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  1. VanessaMonday, March 23rd, 2009 — 1:23pm PDT

    I’m a fan of Martin Nash (Steve Nash’s brother) of the Vancouver Whitecaps. Most often overshadowed by his older brother Steve, Martin is a very talented soccer player, and can even hold his own on the basketball court. I think Martin deserves just as much accolade as Steve does.

  2. StephanieCorkerIrwinMonday, March 23rd, 2009 — 2:54pm PDT

    Simon Whitfield! BC is blessed with such an amazing tri-community and Simon is a inspiration to young and old.

  3. Matt CorkerMonday, March 23rd, 2009 — 6:37pm PDT

    Ben Rutledge for sure! When you hear this Olympic gold medalist speak to his friends (and large crowds) about how he didn’t even start rowing til his first year of University, he truly embodies the fact that all athletic dreams are possible. Even after a disappointing showing at Athens, he had enough drive to pull through for a gold medal finish later on in Beijing. And now he volunteers as a rowing coach for novice rowers – talk about inspiring the next generation of great rowers!

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