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Athletic Awards

Athletic Awards

Kamloops, BC – In 1990 the Kamloops Sports Council held their first official meeting; the ground work began for a unified sport advocacy group to promote communication, development, education and participation of sport in the greater Kamloops area. The Athletic Awards have been awarded annually since 1990 in conjunction with the Kamloops Sports Hall of Fame Banquet, which will be held this year on April 28th 2018, at the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre.

This year’s guest speaker will be Canadian Olympic ParaNordic/Biathlon Emily Young. Emily races with the Canadian ParaNordic/Biathlon World Cup team and travels to compete on the World Cup circuit. In her ski career she has been to two World Championships, 6 World Cups and a USA National Championship. This year she will be competing in Paralympics in PyeongChang.
The Kamloops Sports Council is pleased to announce the Nominees for the 28th Annual Athletic Awards, there are 8 categories that are awarded, with 3 finalists being recognized at the Banquet.
Tickets will go on sale early March and will be available for purchase at the Kamloops Box Office at the Sandman Centre, ticket price is $50 plus GST. You can get your ticket at the Kamloops Blazers box office. We hope you will join us to celebrate the best in sport.

The finalists in each category are:

Female Athlete of the Year  – Sponsored by LN Group

  • Megan Dalke – Swimming
  • Megan Hanks – Judo
  • Olivia Morgan-Cherchas – Basketball

Male Athlete of the Year – Sponsored by Kamloops Minor Baseball

  • Gavin Dodd – Trampoline
  • Colin Gilbert – Swimming
  • Ryley McRae – Swimming

Coach of the Year –  Sponsored by Tim Hortons/Jon Pankuch

  • Brad Dalke – Swimming
  • Tim Unaegbu – Basketball
  • John Antulov – Soccer

Team of the Year – Sponsored by Kamloops Blazers Sports Society

  • South Kamloops Boys Basketball – Basketball
  • TRU Men’s Soccer – Soccer
  • Jr. Blazers Bantam – Hockey

Sport Person of the Year – Sponsored by Daley and Company CPA LLP – Chartered Professional Accountants

  • Karl de Bruijn – Special Olympics BC Summer Games
  • Graham Cope – Kamloops Youth Soccer Association
  • Jack Isenor – OLPH Catholic school

International Excellence –  Sponsored by PacificSport Interior BC

  • Andrew Bryant – Bodybuilding
  • Kendra Woodland – Hockey
  • Josie Spence – Speed Skating

University Award – Sponsored by TRU WolfPack

  • Kyle Pauwels – Lacrosse
  • Mitch Popadynetz – Soccer
  • Ryan Glanville – Soccer


Download the application for Nomination HERE


To qualify for the Annual Athletic Awards, any nominee, able-bodied or with a disability, who has made a significant contribution to sport in the past calendar year, is eligible. Nominees will be judged on their performance in the past calendar year. (2017)
All nominees must have resided in Kamloops in the calendar year of nomination OR be a member in good standing with a recognized Kamloops Club/Association.

University Award Criteria:

Nominations are open to an individual, coach or team. Must have enrolled full time at any university and have resided in Kamloops in the year being nominated.

International Excellence Award Criteria:

Awarded to an individual, team/s, officials, coaches or support person who has garnered international Excellence in their sport

*Note for the University and International excellence Awards residency requirements are such as the nominee must consider Kamloops home, full time residency is not required



2016 Recipients


Scott Clark



Norm Daley & Jon Pankuch

Sports Person


TRU Men’s Basketball



Iuliia Pakhomenko

Female Athlete


Colin Gilbert

Male Athlete



Dylana Milobar

University Award



Steve Seibel



Margaret Rhebergen

Masters Athlete