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Richmond athletes, coaches named Athletes of the Year Award finalists

Camryn Rogers and Dylan French are among the finalists for this year's athlete of the year.
Richmond athletes Camryn Rogers (left) and Dylan French are among the finalists for the 56th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards.

Two athletes and two coaches from Richmond are being named finalists for the 56th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards.

The awards, hosted by Sport BC, celebrate the province's best in amateur sport including athletes, coaches, teams and officials for their outstanding performances in their sport for the 2023 season.

Hammer throwing world champion Camryn Rogers and fencer Dylan French were selected as finalists for the senior female and male athlete of the year, respectively.

Meanwhile, Keri Moffat and Victor Gantsevich are named finalists for the female and male coaches of the year in golf and fencing, respectively.

Each finalist was nominated by their provincial or multi-sport organization, high school, college or university.

Six additional awards including the Best of B.C., KidSport BC Community Champion, Harry Jerome Comeback, Daryl Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award. In Her Footsteps Honourees and the Bobbie Steen Legacy Foundation Award recipient will be presented at the awards ceremony on Mar. 7 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

SportBC President and CEO Rob Newman said the Athlete of the Year Awards honours athletes representing exceptional efforts and accomplishments in the sports realm last season.

"The finalists represent 24 sports from communities all throughout B.C. demonstrating the collective strength of our province's sport sector," said Newman.

Full list of finalists:

Athlete with a Disability

Yuka Chokyu (Vancouver) – Badminton

Bo Hedges (Wonowon) – Wheelchair Basketball

Mel Pemble (Victoria) – Para Cycling (Track)

Female Coach of the Year

Jane Gumley (Victoria) – Rowing (UVIC)

Sarah Hunter (Surrey) – Wheelchair Tennis

Keri Moffat (Richmond) - Golf

Male Coach of the Year

Dylan Armstrong (Kamloops) – Athletics

Victor Gantsevich (Richmond) – Fencing

Graham Thomas (Calgary) – Ice Hockey (UBC)

High School Female Athlete of the Year

Amelia Kristen (Vancouver) – Athletics (Crofton House)

Keira Pemberton (Langley) – Basketball (Walnut Grove)

Eva Ruse (North Vancouver) – Basketball and Volleyball (Mulgrave)

High School Male Athlete of the Year

Mark Johnson (Vernon) – Football (Vernon Secondary)

Yemane Mulugeta (Surrey) – Athletics (L.A. Matheson)

Nash Semeniuk (Kelowna) – Basketball and Volleyball (Kelowna Secondary)

Junior Female Athlete of the Year

Lauren Kim (Surrey) – Golf

Emmy Lan (Comox) – Cycling

Chloe Primerano (North Vancouver) – Ice Hockey

Junior Male Athlete of the Year

Nicholas Bennett (Parksville) – Para Swimming

Gavin Dodd (Kamloops) – Gymnastics

Tyson Philpot (Delta) - Football

Senior Female Athlete of the Year

Gabby Flynn (Burnaby) – Gymnastics

Megan Kinna (Maple Ridge) – Lacrosse

Camryn Rogers (Richmond) - Athletics

Senior Male Athlete of the Year

Jack Crawford – Alpine Skiing

Dylan French (Richmond) – Fencing

Ethan Katzberg (Nanaimo) - Athletics

Post Secondary Athlete of the Year

Theo Benedet (North Vancouver) – Football (UBC)

Rowan Hamilton (Chilliwack) – Athletics (UBC)

Michael Henman (Victoria) – Soccer (UNBC)

Team of the Year

BC Female U18 Hockey

TWU Spartans Men’s Volleyball

UVIC Vikes Women’s Field Hockey

Master Athlete of the Year

Betty Brussel (New Westminster) – Swimming

Malindi Elmore (Kelowna) – Athletics

Melanie McQuaid (Victoria) - Triathlon

Official of the Year

Shanda Assmus (Vancouver) – Rugby

Melanie Stewart (Port Coquitlam) – Ringette

Trevor Walmsley (Vancouver) - Karate

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