Sport BC Announces 56th Annual Athlete of the Year Award Finalists

Lauren Kim (L) And Keri Moffat Are Finalists In The Sport BC AOY Awards For 2023

(Vancouver, BC) - Sport BC announced the finalists to be celebrated at the upcoming 56th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards taking place on Thursday, March 7, 2024 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

The event, to be hosted by CBC’s Scott Russell, recognizes the province’s best in amateur sport including athletes, coaches, teams, and officials for outstanding performances in their sport in the 2023 season.

Each finalist was nominated by their Provincial or Multi-Sport Organization, High School, College, or University. The Selection Committee, led by long-serving Chair Bernie Pascall, included a diverse group of highly experienced British Columbia sport leaders and media members.

An additional six awards will be presented at the ceremony including the Best of BC, KidSport BC Community Champion, Harry Jerome Comeback, Daryl Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award and In Her Footsteps Honourees and the Bobbie Steen Legacy Foundation Award recipient.

“The Athlete of the Year Awards is a true celebration of sport in our province. The finalists listed below will be honoured at the event and represent exceptional efforts and accomplishments in 2023. We congratulate our finalists and the organizations they represent”, shared Sport BC’s President and CEO, Rob Newman.

“We look forward to celebrating as a sector together on Thursday, March 7, 2024 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. The finalists represent 24 sports from communities all throughout BC demonstrating the collective strength of our province’s sport sector.”

Athlete with a Disability

Yuka Chokyu (Vancouver, BC) – Badminton

Bo Hedges (Wonowon, BC) – Wheelchair Basketball

Mel Pemble (Victoria, BC) – Para Cycling (Track)

Female Coach of the Year

Jane Gumley (Victoria, BC) – Rowing (UVIC)

Sarah Hunter (Surrey, BC) – Wheelchair Tennis

Keri Moffat (Richmond, BC) – Golf

Male Coach of the Year

Dylan Armstrong (Kamloops, BC) – Athletics

Victor Gantsevich (Richmond, BC) – Fencing

Graham Thomas (Calgary, AB) – Ice Hockey (UBC)

High School Female Athlete of the Year

Amelia Kristen (Vancouver, BC) – Athletics (Crofton House)

Keira Pemberton (Langley, BC) – Basketball (Walnut Grove)

Eva Ruse (North Vancouver, BC) – Basketball and Volleyball (Mulgrave)

High School Male Athlete of the Year

Mark Johnson (Vernon, BC) – Football (Vernon Secondary)

Yemane Mulugeta (Surrey, BC) – Athletics (L.A. Matheson)

Nash Semeniuk (Kelowna, BC) – Basketball and Volleyball (Kelowna Secondary)

Junior Female Athlete of the Year

Lauren Kim (Surrey, BC) – Golf

Emmy Lan (Comox, BC) – Cycling

Chloe Primerano (North Vancouver, BC) – Ice Hockey

Junior Male Athlete of the Year

Nicholas Bennett (Parksville, BC) – Para Swimming

Gavin Dodd (Kamloops, BC) – Gymnastics

Tyson Philpot (Delta, BC) – Football

Senior Female Athlete of the Year

Gabby Flynn (Burnaby, BC) – Gymnastics

Megan Kinna (Maple Ridge, BC) – Lacrosse

Camryn Rogers (Richmond, BC) – Athletics

Senior Male Athlete of the Year

Jack Crawford – Alpine Skiing

Dylan French (Richmond, BC) – Fencing

Ethan Katzberg (Nanaimo, BC) – Athletics

Post Secondary Athlete of the Year

Theo Benedet (North Vancouver, BC) – Football (UBC)

Rowan Hamilton (Chilliwack, BC) – Athletics (UBC)

Michael Henman (Victoria, BC) – Soccer (UNBC)

Team of the Year

BC Female U18 Hockey

TWU Spartans Men’s Volleyball

UVIC Vikes Women’s Field Hockey

Master Athlete of the Year

Betty Brussel (New Westminster, BC) – Swimming

Malindi Elmore (Kelowna, BC) – Athletics

Melanie McQuaid (Victoria, BC) – Triathlon

Official of the Year

Shanda Assmus (Vancouver, BC) – Rugby

Melanie Stewart (Port Coquitlam, BC) – Ringette

Trevor Walmsley (Vancouver, BC) – Karate