Sport BC: Nominations needed for sports heroes

Local individuals to be honoured for their contributions to local sport organizations.

Sport BC is encouraging Greater Trail residents to submit nominations for the Community Sport Heroes awards to be held in Trail on May 9.

Sponsored by Teck, the awards will honour long-standing community volunteers who have made significant contributions to sport.

“Volunteers fuel the development and sustainability of community sport within British Columbia,” said Rob Newman, President and CEO of Sport BC.

“These awards are an important and meaningful opportunity to acknowledge individuals who have made significant and continued contributions to sport within their community.  Sport BC is honoured to partner with Teck in highlighting these deserving volunteers.”

Last year an unprecedented number of Greater Trail volunteers, 10, were recognized for their contributions to sport at a packed ceremony at the Best Western Terra Nova. They included Ken Koshey, Ray Nelson, Keith Smythe, Katheryn Johnstone, Nicole Renee Lord, Cliff Tyson, Barry Zanier, Fred Bushell, Tom Gawryletz, and Ryan Kuhn.

Nominations are now being accepted through until  April 12.

To be eligible, nominees for the Community Sport Hero Awards must meet the following criteria:

Be an individual from the local community who makes a voluntary contribution to sport through coaching, officiating, boards, administration, special events, etc;

· Be an individual (not an organization or foundation); and

· Has been, or continues to be, a dedicated sport volunteer for a minimum of eight years.

This ceremony marks the third of eight stops in 2013 for the traveling awards show, presented by Teck. It will be the third visit to Trail for the Community Sport Hero Awards since the program began in 2001.