Kootenay connection to curling kudos

Kootenay curlers were recognized with a variety of awards.

Curl BC announced its award winners for the 2012-13 curling season and there was a distinct Kootenay flavour.

Topping the list was Karen Lepine and her Langley foursome.

Lepine, who won the B.C. Senior ladies curling championship in Trail in February, was named the female adult Athlete of the Year.

She not only won the B.C. senior title and the B.C. masters title but continued curling after breaking her arm at the senior nationals in P.E.I. Despite the injury she represented B.C. At the masters nationals in Ontario.

Her masters curling team, which included three members of the B.C. senior championship rink, was named the Master Curler Team of the Year.

Kootenay curlers were also recognized with a variety of awards.

Nelson’s Kelli May received the Elsie McKenzie Award for supporting youth and junior curling programs for the last decade.

Creston’s Vernon Ronmark received the Pat Kennedy Award for long-time volunteerism in and around the Creston area.

Donna Butler of the Cranbrook Curling Club received the Janette Robbins Award presented to the sport’s builders. A respected official and tireless volunteer, Butler is credited with doing everything from helping maintain the ice, the teaching the game to youngsters to officiating events.

Andrew Bilesky of New Westminster, who skipped his rink to the B.C. men’s title, was named the male adult Athlete of the Year.

The junior curler awards went to Megan and Sarah Daniels, sisters out of the Delta Curling Club while Corey Chester of Victoria and Kyle Habkirk of Coquitlam shared the junior men’s award.

The Langley Curling Club was named Club of the Year.