Athletic nominations sought

North Okanagan Sport Awards to recognize teams, athletes, and sport leaders who have contributed to sport

The call has gone out for nominations for the North Okanagan’s top athletes and teams.

Since 1993, the North Okanagan Sport Awards have been recognizing teams, athletes, and sport leaders who have contributed to sport.

Previous winners include wheelchair curling Paralympic gold medallist and world champion Sonja Gaudet, Jim Cotter’s curling team, Fulton and Seaton volleyball teams and speed skater Connie Kapak.

“The awards celebrate those in our communities who spend countless hours in the pool, on the courts or on the field, whether as an athlete, a coach or as a volunteer,” said Shannon Mazereeuw, sport program leader with PacificSport Okanagan, “The awards allow us to thank those who are involved as well as highlight their accomplishments.”

The Sport Awards, sponsored by Tim Hortons, has three categories: Athlete of the Year, Team of the Year and Sport Leader.

The committee has added a new category this year called Female in Sport which will recognize a female who has inspired and empowered women and girls through sport.

The finalist will be rewarded with a $250 grant, sponsored by Smart & Associates, to pursue further coaching certifications, workshops, seminars or other learning opportunities.

Nominations are being accepted for the Tim Hortons’ North Okanagan Sport Awards. A nomination form can be found online at www.pacificsportokanagan.com, by e-mail ssmart@pacificsport.com or calling 250-550-3678.

The nomination deadline is Wednesday.

The awards ceremony will take place Wednesday, June 5, at Lakers Club House in Vernon.