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Finalists named for North Okanagan Athletic Awards

The Tim Hortons North Okanagan Athletic Award winners will be announced at Vernon city hall June 22
Spallumcheen Paralympic wheelchair curler Ina Forrest (second from right), was named Tim Hortons North Okanagan Athletic Awards Athlete of the Year for 2021-22 at a ceremony Friday, June 17, at Vernon’s Spirit Square. With help from husband Curtis (second from left), Forrest accepts the honour from awards committee members Ann Holmes (left) and Dan Currie. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

The finalists have been selected, and soon the 30th annual Tim Hortons North Okanagan Athletic Awards winners will have their special moment.

The annual North Okanagan Athlete, Team and Leadership in Sports awards will be handed out at a public ceremony at Vernon city hall Thursday, June 22 at 6 p.m., following a deluge of nominations from the public.

The wide-ranging nominations include players and teams from hockey, cycling, ringette, curling, para swimming, volleyball, basketball, junior varsity football and track.

Ten regional athletes have been nominated for the 2023 Tim Hortons Athlete of the Year award. They include:

• Aimee Skinner

• Eliana Stein

• Landon Currie

• Colten Colmorgen

• Jacob Brayshaw

• Brea Duncan

• Senna Entner

• Makenna Jackson

• Leah Goldstein

• Sierra Munroe

Six North Okanagan clubs have been nominated for Team of the Year:

• U19 Zone 5 Venom ringette

• Kalamalka senior girls volleyball

• Okanagan para swim group

• Vernon Secondary School (VSS) junior varsity football

• VSS Grade 8 basketball

• VSS Grade 8 4x100 relay track team

Those who work behind the bench or behind the scenes are not forgotten. Four sports stalwarts have been nominated for this year’s Leadership in Sports Award:

• Stacy Roest

• Cindy Masters

• Rory Taber

• Dave Merklinger

The final winners are chosen by a panel of media and sports community representatives following the nomination process.

Members of the public are invited to attend the awards ceremony.

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Brendan Shykora

About the Author: Brendan Shykora

I started as a carrier at the age of 8. In 2019 graduated from the Master of Journalism program at Carleton University.
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