BC Soccer Announces 2012/2013 Award Winners!

Vancouver, BC – BC Soccer is honored to recognize twenty-two (22) of its membership’s exceptional individuals for this year’s Awards.  These players, coaches, team managers, officials, schedulers, club administrators, directors and volunteers, allow the players of BC to participate in our beautiful game.

BC Soccer would like to take a moment to thank one of their finest recipients, Les Sinnott who unfortunately passed away this past year.  He is being honoured posthumously with the prestigious A.C. Sanford Award and Life Membership of the Association, recognizing his exceptional service to soccer in British Columbia over a period of twenty years or more.  As a respected BC Soccer Board Member, Chair of the BC Soccer Governance Committee and member of the Canadian Soccer Association Governance Committee, Les led the Association and its members through governance, rule and bylaw amendments and was an unwavering true supporter of soccer at all levels in BC.  Les, held many roles in the soccer community, from his days at the Chair of the North Shore Girls Soccer Club and then the North Shore Youth SA to his time with the Terrace Youth Soccer. For the last 25 years, as a resident of Terrace, Les was largely considered the ‘face of BC Soccer’ for Northern BC communities, as he attended many events and worked to support the needs of the regions members.  

Steve Reed (Surrey), Victor Montagliani (Burnaby), Robert Sawtell (Surrey) and William Azzi (Coquitlam) join the late Les Sinnott in receiving Life Membership Awards.  These individuals have dedicated their time and passion to the sport of soccer in areas ranging from administration and governance to refereeing and Board leadership.  BC Soccer thanks them for their endless contributions and is proud to acknowledge them with this achievement.  

In recognition of her hard work and dedication, Emma Fletcher (Victoria) is awarded the Youth Player of the Year.  Emma is a Provincial program player, member of the Whitecaps Girls Elite program and is looking to represent Canada’s National Team in the 2015 Women’s World Cup.  Adult Player of the Year, Paul Shepherd (Surrey) has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL).  William Azzi, VP of VMSL stated, “His agility and reflexes are razor sharp and he never ceases to amaze his own teammates with outstanding saves, which are quite often the post-game topic of discussion.”  Both recipients are well deserving of being named the Youth and Adult Player of the Year Award.

Coach of the Year awards are presented in a Youth category and an Adult category.  From Surrey United of the EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League (BCSPL), Frank McCann (Surrey) is BC Soccer’s Youth Coach of the Year.  “This past October his team won the Canadian National Club Championship Gold Medal which is the pinnacle of his long and distinguished coaching career,” said Executive Director, Martin Foden of Surrey United Soccer Club.  In his four short years as head coach of Surrey United SC’s Firefighters, Niall Thompson (Surrey) receives the same honour as this year’s Adult Coach of the Year.  He and his team have won two league titles, two Imperial Cups, one Pacific Cup, as well as the BC Soccer Provincial Cup in 2012 and 2013.  Congratulations to these two hardworking coaches.

Cameron Olive (Victoria), from Lower Island Soccer Association, has been awarded the Youth Official of the Year.  With strong commitment and passion for refereeing, Cameron attends the BC Soccer Candidates Program in Victoria and has aspirations to referee at a FIFA World Cup.  “I am delighted and honoured to receive this year’s Youth Official of the Year award. Every year since I have started refereeing, I feel that I am taking larger and larger steps towards my ultimate goal of top-flight refereeing, and this award is definitely a huge step forward in my refereeing career.”  Dedicated referee, Kyle Williams (North Vancouver) has been awarded the Adult Official of the Year for his work refereeing in the Fraser Valley Soccer League.  “Kyle has been a referee in the FVSL for over 15 years and has developed into one of our best, this past season he was in the middle for the Pacific Cup Final, a tournament between the Vancouver Island and Fraser Valley and had a terrific season handling many Premier games and Pakenham Cup Semi Finals.” stated Thomas Mills of the Fraser Valley Soccer League.

The President’s Award is presented to a league, district, or club in recognition of exceptional achievement within the soccer community.  Nominated and selected by the BC Soccer Board of Directors, this has been awarded to the Lower Island Soccer Association, Vancouver Island Soccer League, and Lower Island Women’s Soccer Association for their collaboration on developing and promoting soccer on Vancouver Island as the United Football Association.  These organizations most recently came together again to successfully host the Adult Provincial Cup Finals this past month.    

BC Soccer’s Awards and Scholarship Committee is proud to present Dixie Allan (Victoria) with the Administrator of the year Award. “Dixie has been the Peninsula Soccer Association registrar since 1984, she has been a joy to work with.  She started with her kids and now is seeing her grandkids go through the club,” high praise from Lower Island Soccer Association president, Tim Satterford, who’s organization put forward her nomination.    

Eight individuals are taking home a BC Soccer Award of Merit, recognizing their efforts and contributions to the soccer community for periods of ten years or more.  This year’s recipients from Vancouver Island are Janet Bisson (Lower Island Women’s Soccer Association), Tracy David (University of Victoria), Darrin McLeod (Upper Island Youth Soccer Association) and Brian Davis (Lower Island Soccer Association), all whom have spent countless hours volunteering in youth and adult soccer.  In similar fashion, Geoff Catliff (Vancouver Metro Soccer League), Henry Paterson (Fraser Valley Soccer League), Jim Matheson (Delta Youth Soccer Association) and Peter Shrimpton (Whistler Youth Soccer Club) from the Lower Mainland also received Awards of Merit.   

“We are very delighted to be able to recognize these worthy recipients for their achievements,” said Roger Barnes, President of BC Soccer.  “The dedication and passion that these volunteer award winners demonstrate is invaluable to their communities.”
BC Soccer will honour all of these award recipients by hosting them at BC Place when the Vancouver Whitecaps FC take on the New England Revolution, Saturday June 15, 2013 where they will be presented with their awards.  Congratulations.

A full list of BC Soccer Award winners can be found on our Awards page.

About BC Soccer

BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body responsible for the promotion and development of the game in British Columbia. The professional not-for-profit society is committed to developing the game by inspiring British Columbians to lifelong active, inclusive and team play.

Its vision is to pursue Canada's foremost integrated soccer development system built upon club, school, varsity and professional team excellence. BC Soccer is comprised of 150 member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, spanning more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,500 referees, and thousands of coaches and other volunteer administrators and soccer leaders. Working with these member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, BC Soccer will operate under the guiding principles of Professional Leadership, Passionate Service and Progressive Collaboration. In managing its relationships throughout the larger soccer community, BC Soccer will promote the integral soccer values of authenticity, unity and integrity.

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