Rotary athletic awards go Wednesday night
Morning Star Staff
Former LPGA veteran A.J. Eathorne and B.C. Lions offensive lineman Angus Reid will address the inaugural Rotary North Okanagan Athletic Awards night Wednesday at The Best Western Vernon Lodge.
The best high school athletes and the top coach and booster will be honoured. Tickets are $10 and seating is limited to 100.
Eathorne, who won more than $1 million on the pro golf tour, now works at Predator Ridge Golf Resort’s academy.
Inducted into the New Mexico State University/Citizen’s Bank Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004, Eathorne is innvolved in the “Women Tee Up for Cancer’ event, raising money for cancer-screening machines at local hospitals
Reid went to Simon Fraser University and played for the Clan. He began his CFL career with the Montreal Alouettes but was traded, along with a fifth-round draft pick, to BC for Adriano Belli.
In 2004, Reid was selected to the West Division All-Star Team for the first time in his career. His brother, Malcolm, is principal at VSS.
Rotary clubs from Vernon, Kalamalka, Silver Star and Armstrong are involved in the event. Keith Johnston of Silver Star Rotary took the idea to the other clubs last year.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a slide show of high school athletes and the program starts 30 minutes later.
The Coach of the Year winner will receive the Patrick Nicol Memorial Award in honour of the late broadcaster and humanitarian.
The Most Outstanding Male and Female athletes and Most Oustanding Team will follow the female and male sports awards.
Johnston is joined on the athletic awards committee by: Shirley Fowler, Jim Ferguson, Leigh Hewer, Greg Kalyniuk, Pat Loehndorf, Greg McKinnon, Bev Rundell and Jerry Tellier.
Meanwhile, the Tim Hortons North Okanagan Sport Awards winners will be honoured Tuesday night (6:15) at the old Lakers Clubhouse.
Since 1993, the awards have been recognizing teams, athletes, and sport leaders who have contributed to sport.
The Sport Awards has three categories: Athlete of the Year, Team of the Year and Sport Leader.
Those nominated for athlete of the year include: Paralympic skier Josh Dueck, field lacrosse player Bayne Bosquet, Kirsten Dodds of university soccer, Curtis Lazar of the Western Hockey League Edmonton Oil Kings, Olympic snowboarder Kevin Hill and university golfer Conner Kozak.
The public is encouraged to attend, free of charge, with refreshments and snacks supplied by Dan Currie of Tim Hortons.
Mel Briggeman chairs the awards committee which includes John Topping, Currie, Betty Selin, Peter McIntyre, Mazereeuw and Kevin Mitchell.