Tim Hortons North Okanagan Athletic Awards committee members Dan Currie (left) and Ann Holmes (right) present the 2020-21 Leadership in Sports award to Don Friesen of the Vernon Pickleball Association, a driving force behind fundraising for a fully enclosed year-round pickleball facility built at Marshall Fields. A call for nominations for the 2022 Leadership, Athlete and Team awards has gone out. (Pete McIntyre photo)

Tim Hortons North Okanagan Athletic Awards committee members Dan Currie (left) and Ann Holmes (right) present the 2020-21 Leadership in Sports award to Don Friesen of the Vernon Pickleball Association, a driving force behind fundraising for a fully enclosed year-round pickleball facility built at Marshall Fields. A call for nominations for the 2022 Leadership, Athlete and Team awards has gone out. (Pete McIntyre photo)

Nominations sought for North Okanagan athletic awards

Tim Hortons Awards honour excellence from Athlete, Team and in Leadership; deadline is May 31

The public is invited to nominate local sports heroes for the 29th annual Tim Hortons North Okanagan Athlete, Team and Leadership awards.

You can participate by sending in your pick, either by telephone or email to awards committee chairperson Jack Gilroy (jackwendygilroy@gmail.com or 250-542-6477).

Nominations are being received now with the closing date set for May 30, 2022.

The 2020-2021 winners included:

1). Tim Hortons North Okanagan Athlete of the Year

Ben Hladik, a Vernon native, who was chosen by the BC Lions in the 2021 CFL draft;

2).Tim Hortons North Okanagan Team of the Year

VSS Panthers senior girls basketball team which advanced to the provincial championship round last year for a 16th straight year;

3). Tim Hortons North Okanagan Leadership in Sports

Don Friesen, a dynamo who raised money and then the roof on the newly-covered, 12-court pickleball facility at Marshall Fields.

The awards are chosen by a panel of media and sports community reps.

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