2017 Field Hockey BC Award Winners

Field Hockey BC Annual Award Winners

Senior Female Player of the Year:      Kaitlyn Williams

The Senior Female Player of the year award is presented to Kaitlyn Williams for 2017.

Kaitlyn receives this award as recognition of her commitment and achievement with the Canadian National Team. She was selected to the Senior National Team in 2011, achieving a near podium performance at that year’s Pan American Games in Rio. A podium finish came quickly thereafter as Kaitlyn helped Team Canada to a Bronze Medal at the 2013 Pan Am Cup, followed up with strong performances at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and another podium finish and bronze medal on home soil at the 2015 Pan American Games. Kaitlyn continues to train hard and develop her craft as a goalkeeper, making her a formidable opponent for any international offense.

Field Hockey BC is proud to recognize the 95 representative caps Kaitlyn has achieved for Canada to date, recognizing her as our 2017 Senior Female Player of the year.

 

Senior Male Player of the Year:       Adam Froese (Unable to Attend)

Adam receives this award as recognition of his on-going commitment and achievement with the Canadian National Team. We are extremely proud of Adam’s National Team accomplishments to date that began with major games honours in 2010 at the Commonwealth Games in India. Adam went on to represent Canada at the 2011 and 2015 Pan American Games, winning Silver on both occasions. He also represented Canada at the 2013 Pan American Cup, the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and several World League events, including the 2015 World League Semi-Final where Adam scored the shoot-out winner against New Zealand to qualify Canada for the 2015 World League Finals and 2016 Olympic Games. Adam also represented Canada at the ultimate event: the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Field Hockey BC is proud to recognize the 158 representative caps Adam has achieved for Canada to date and name him the 2017 Senior Male Player of the year. Regrettably, Adam was unable to attend the Awards Dinner. Ian Baggott, Chair of the Board of Directors at Field Hockey Canada, accepted the award on his behalf.

 

Senior Under-23 Female Player of the Year:      Lindsay Cole

The Senior Under 23 Female Player of the year award is presented to Lindsay Cole for 2017.

Lindsay is a current member of the Women’s Junior Development Squad and represented Canada at the Junior Pan American Championship in 2016. Blessed with speed and the ability go past opposition players, Lindsay was an exciting and impactful member of this year’s Under 23 group. A natural forward, she had a willingness to play all over the pitch and led team defence to win the ball. When on the ball, she relished the opportunity to eliminate opponents, which brought an exciting attacking dimension to the team. Off field, Lindsay was a quiet and unassuming leader who helped gel the group into a team and we look forward to following her career as there is no doubt she will continue to dazzle as she transitions into senior squads.

Field Hockey BC is proud to recognize Lindsay Cole as the 2017 Senior Under 23 Female Player of the Year.

 

Senior Under-23 Male Player of the Year:      Balraj Panesar

The Senior Under 23 Male Player of the year award is presented to Balraj Panesar for 2017.

Balraj is a talented player, who made his competition debut for the Senior Men’s National Team this year at World League Round 2 and has played every game for Canada since. Balraj was also a member of the Men’s Junior National Team that won Silver at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, and has represented Canada at two Junior World Cups. He has a good set of possession skills and plays extremely well under pressure. He is very professional in his approach and has a bright future ahead of him.

Whilst we look forward to witnessing even greater things in the future, it is Field Hockey BC’s pleasure to recognize Balraj as the 2017 Under 23 Male Player of the Year.

 

Junior Under-18 Female Player of the Year:  Alissa Wong
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The Junior U-18 Female Player of the Year award is presented to Alissa Wong for 2017.

Alissa Wong is an outstanding athlete who has developed into an impactful and integral player within Field Hockey BC programming. She is a skilled player who has an awesome work ethic, one that allows her to perform to the highest level. This past summer, Alissa helped lead the BC Rams team to a silver medal at the U18 National Championship. She was also recently identified as part of the Field Hockey Canada Junior Development Squad. Alissa’s future certainly looks bright and we are excited to see where she may go from here.

It is Field Hockey BC’s pleasure to announce Alissa as this year’s U-18 Female Player of the Year. This Award was presented along with a $300 clothing voucher from Kukri Sports Canada.

 

Junior Under-18 Male Player of the Year: Jamie Wallace
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The Junior U-18 Male Player of the Year award is presented to Jamie Wallace for 2017.

Jamie was a member of the Under 21 Men’s Junior National Team that took part in the FIH Junior World Cup in December 2016. He has since been named to the National Senior Development Squad and trains on a regular basis with the Men’s Senior National Team. He has used this experience and the knowledge gained to help improve the Under 18 BC Boys Rams team. Jamie was captain of the Rams and is an inspirational player who leads by example both on and off the field.

It is Field Hockey BC’s pleasure to award the Junior U-18 Male Player of the year away to Jamie Wallace. This Award was presented along with a $300 clothing voucher from Kukri Sports Canada.

 

Junior Under-15 Female Player of the Year:  Kate Rogers (Unable to Attend)
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The Junior U15 Female Player of the Year award is presented to Kate Rogers, and accepted by her dad, Cal Pye.

Over the past year, Kate Rogers has grown to be a dominant player who demonstrates great composure, skill and dedication to improving herself. As a captain and important leader on the 2017 U15 BC Girls Rams team, she used her outstanding work ethic and motivation to increase the level of intensity and competition of those playing with her both in training and games. Not only was Kate a force in the attacking structure, she was a critical piece to the defensive unit that allowed no goals against during the Team BC season. Kate has a very bright future ahead of her, and we look forward to watching her grow.

It is Field Hockey BC’s pleasure to announce Kate Rogers as this year’s U-15 Female Player of the year. Unfortunately, Kate was unable to attend as she was competing at a tournament in Florida. Her father, Cal Pye, accepted the award on her behalf. This Award was presented along with a $300 clothing voucher from Kukri Sports Canada.

 

Junior Under-15 Male Player of the Year:    Amol Bassi
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The Junior Male Player of the year is presented to Amol Bassi for 2017.

Amol displayed qualities that fostered a positive performance environment for the whole BC team this summer. Amol was a member of the U15 BC Boys Rams that captured the Gold Medal at the U15 National Championship in July. Throughout the Provincial Program, Amol was always on time, was open to new experiences and advice, continuously looked for ways to improve holistically, maintained a positive outlook and was encouraging even when things got tough. His coaches were very impressed with his The future certainly looks bright and we all look forward to seeing Amol’s continued growth in the future.

It is Field Hockey BC’s pleasure to announce Amol Bassi as this year’s U-15 Male Player of the year. This Award was presented along with a $300 clothing voucher from Kukri Sports Canada.

 

Barbara Schrodt Award: Brian Lewis

The Barbara Schrodt Award is presented to “someone who has made a difference to women’s field hockey in BC”. The Award was presented to Brian Lewis for 2017.

Brian has been a leading force with field hockey in BC for over thirty-five years. In the year 2000, Brian made the decision to take his involvement with high school field hockey to another level and entered a female team into the local league. From this decision, the Tri-City Eagles Field Hockey Club was borna dn Brian has been instrumental in the Club’s growth and governance for the last seventeen years and counting. Under his guidance and that of his executive, the Club continue to extend opportunities in the Tri-City area with numerous senior and junior teams playing in local, regional, and provincial leagues and events for much of the year. Just this last season, the Club broke the 500 member barrier and Brian rightfully should take great pride in taking a single team and shaping a Club community.

Brian’s efforts, dedication and commitment to the sport of field hockey were honoured by the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame in 2014 and it is Field Hockey BC’s pleasure to recognize Brian as the 2017 Barbara Schrodt Award Winner.

 

Contribution to Men’s Field Hockey Award:    Narinder Sangha

The Contribution to Men’s Field Hockey Award is presented to Narinder Sangha for 2017.

Narinder is an absolute legend in BC Field Hockey terms and is without a doubt one of the most dedicated builders and supporters of field hockey across Canada. Whether it is playing, coaching, umpiring, technical officiating, volunteering, or advocacy, Narinder continues to give back to the sport he loves and share his vast knowledge and experience with all. Instrumental in Club Governance and Support with India Field Hockey Club, Narinder still manages to find time to lead the development of the Vancouver Junior League as President and works tirelessly with the City of Surrey to further develop the first class facilities at Tamanawis Park.

Playing an integral role in convincing the City to develop Tamanawis Park in 2006, Narinder continues to drive forward for a third field to complement existing facilities.

It is a fact that Field Hockey in and around the City of Surrey is booming, none more so than in the junior boys ranks in particular, and this is in no small part due to to continued dedication of Narinder and the network of committed local volunteers. It is Field Hockey BC’s absolute pleasure to present the 2017 Contribution to Men’s Field Hockey Award to Narinder Sangha.

 

Coach of the Year:    Andrew Kanerva

The Coach of the Year Award for 2017 is presented to Andrew Kanerva, by Eric Broom.

It has been a pleasure to watch Andrew’s growth as a coach and his tranistion from elite player to talented young coach. Andrew is a serious student of the game of field hockey and the art and science involved in coaching it. He looks for learning moments and is open to new ideas. As such, he was able to lead the BC Boys Rams to the gold medal at the 2017 U15 National Championship and achieved this with a firm focus on development –  a testament to his long term approach to player development.

Field Hockey BC is pleased to recognize Andrew for his leadership and commitment to BC athletes, as well as to Sport Science, recognizing him as the 2017 Coach of the Year.  The award was presented by Field Hockey BC’s Coaching Director, Eric Broom.

 

Umpire of the Year:    Margaux Brand

The Umpire of the Year Award for 2017 is presented to Margaux Brand, by Alan Waterman.

Margaux has been a committed umpire now for close to ten years. She has worked hard to challenge herself over this time and her dedicated work ethic has paid dividends, as Margaux has gradually climbed the officiating ranks, gaining essential experience along the way. This past year, Margaux has been an active umpire in local league play, club championships, junior festivals, high performance events and most recently made her debut on the international stage. In November, Margaux took on her first international appointment at the Pan American Hockey Federation Central American and Caribbean Games qualifying tournament in Jamaica. She received her FIH Umpiring Badge at this tournament and should be seeing more international appointments in the future.

It is for both her continued dedication, and her progression from a community umpire to the international fold that Field Hockey BC recognize Margaux as the 2017 Umpire of the Year. Alan Waterman, Field Hockey BC’s Umpiring Director presented the award.

 

Field Hockey BC Volunteer Recognition Awards

This awards event, currently in its tenth year, was designed to provide Field Hockey BC with the opportunity to recognise members of our community who have contributed endless hours of time and energy to assist the Society in delivering extended opportunities to those involved with field hockey in BC. We hope that the following voluntary recognition awards go some way to expressing our gratitude for the difference you make to our sport.

A volunteer is defined as “a person who freely offers to undertake a task”. Our field hockey community has a great many volunteers and tonight we again recognise those that have played a role in assisting our sport at a provincial, regional, and local level. Field Hockey BC hopes that the following voluntary recognition awards go some way to expressing our gratitude for the difference you make to our sport.

In the category of Athlete Program Support, Field Hockey BC would like to recognise:

Preet Sidhu – Managerial & Technical Support

Preet is a great volunteer who throws herself into all aspects of field hockey volunteerism, whether it be at the club level, as a coach, a manager, or a technical official. Her communication to athletes is exemplary, rarely having to go over things twice as the athletes and parents are in the know about everything.

Preet’s Team BC Coaches wished to highlight that Preet simply allows them to coach and complete tasks without any concern for the managerial side of the team. She is an absolute pro!

For her dedication to team management and her seemingly endless support for field hockey, it is Field Hockey BC’s pleasure to present a voluntary contribution award to Preet Sidhu.

 

Jim Knight – Managerial & Coach Support

Madge Johnson accepted the award on behalf of Jim Knight. (Inset) Jim pictured with two of his children, Lexi & Ryan Knight.

Jim embodies the stereotype of the same people stepping up, helping and volunteering for everything. This summer was not Jim’s first time volunteering to manage a team, as he has volunteered in varying capacities for a number of years. At the National Championships this summer, Jim was basically living at the field. He was doing double duty with two children playing in games. When his daughter’s game finished, he would rush over to the dressing room and help organize the boy’s team with all the mundane things that managers have to do. He was genuine about his care for the team, he had great insight and pointers for the boys during and after games and did a great job keeping the BC Rams organized. He really stepped up to do whatever needed to be done to help the coaches focus on their job.

Jim’s Team BC Coaches wish to ass that Jim is the kind of guy that you can always count on to help out. It is always so wonderful to have supportive people step up and do some of the behind-the-scenes tasks that get no glory and do it with a smile on their face. It really is quite fitting for Field Hockey BC to honour Jim with this award. It really couldn’t go to a nicer guy.

Field Hockey BC is proud to honour Jim with this award. Regrettably, Jim was unable to attend the Awards Dinner, so Madge Johnson, Field Hockey BC Vice-President, accepted the award on his behalf.

 

Glenda Schoenroth – Managerial Support

Alan Waterman accepted the award on behalf of Glenda Schoenroth (inset).

Glenda is a phenomenal manager who takes a great deal of pride in making the team environment as professional as possible. Throughout her work with teams, she has also taught the girls a lot about being high performance athletes. During the National Championships this past summer, Glenda kept the athletes on track with their hydration, snacks, and recovery and definitely went well above and beyond the call of duty on many an occasion. Moreover, Glenda is always willing to lend a hand to the Field Hockey BC staff and continuously helps make managing high performance athletes that much easier.

Glenda’s Team BC Coaches wish to add that Glenda was an integral part of the staff team. She took the initiative at every opportunity and never had to be asked to do anything. It was a pleasure to have her on board.

Field Hockey BC is pleased to honour Glenda with a voluntary contribution award. Regrettably Glenda was not able to attend the Awards Dinner, so Alan Waterman accepted the award on her behalf.


In the category of Event Management, Field Hockey BC would like to recognise:

Sue Demuynck

Whilst it is recognized that Sue continues to give her time in a governance capacity with Field Hockey BC, as Sue is now in her fourth decade as an active governance member – something she may not wish to be reminded of but something she should rightly be extremely proud of, and something we continue to be very thankful for! It is, however, in the category of Event Management that we recognize Sue this year.

Over the last twelve years in particular, Sue Demuynck has been technical director, advisor, judge, and officer for a multitude of local, regional, provincial, national, and international events across BC and Canada. It is actually hard to remember a direct delivery Field Hockey BC event that Sue has not volunteered for, or led, over this considerable period of time. In addition, Sue took on the role of Tournament Director for the BC High School Championships for five consecutive years, stepping down this past year, and has been instrumental in helping to facilitate the UBC High School Tournaments in each of the last three years.

Always willing to give her time and most significantly pass on her vast knowledge and experience; there will come a time when Sue decides to take a well-earned rest; but we do hope that she will continue to give back tot he sport she loves a little while longer.

It is Field Hockey BC’s pleasure to present this Voluntary Contribution Award for Event Management to Sue Demuynck.


The FHBC Community Club and League Awards – as nominated by their respective membership: 

Taranjeet Hehar – West Coast Kings (Unable to Attend)

 

Alan Waterman accepted the award on behalf of Taranjeet Hehar.

Mr. Taranjeet Hehar continues to make a tremendous impact in our sports community. He became part of the West Coast Kings Field Hockey Club as Vice-President in 2011. Since joining the Club, he has been integral to the organization of the Canada Cup international field hockey tournament held annually in Surrey. Throughout the year he takes on key roles to ensure the success of the Canada Cup tournament, as well as for all West Coast Kings Club teams competing in local leagues and events. He took on the role of President in 2015 and continues to help shape the Club into delivering one of the most successful events in Canada.

On behalf of the West Coast Kings Field Hockey Club, it is Field Hockey BC’s pleasure to present a community voluntary recognition award to Taranjeet Hehar. Regrettably, Taranjeet was unable to attend the Awards Dinner, so Alan Waterman accepted the award on his behalf.

Gurjit Sidhu – Gobind Sarvar

With his elite level of play, eccentric leadership methods, and humble personality, Gurjit is a perfect package when it comes to being a great volunteer and coach. Gurjit has coached many teams ranging from Under 10 youth teams to higher level Team BC junior teams, to men’s recreation and competitive division teams. Gurjit has always given his time and field hockey knowledge for free and is always willing to lend a helping hand within the field hockey community. Even when he is unable to give time, his love for the kids and passion for the sport has always found a way to inspire others. He has helped build the junior divisions at the Club and under his guidance the Gobind Sarvar junior team has won the Club Championships four years in a row! As much as he will so humbly deny that he deserves this recognition, we think he is infinitely more deserving than anyone we know.

On behalf of Gobind Sarvar, it is Field Hockey BC’s pleasure to present a community voluntary recognition award to Gurjit Sidhu.

 

Shelley Tapp – West Vancouver Field Hockey Club

Shelley has been a member of the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club for a number of years, playing in the Women’s League programs. The Club nominated Shelley for this award due to her integral role in helping the Club host the FIH World League 2 tournament in April 2017. From November 2016 onwards, Shelley was in charge of coordinating the many volunteers involved in the event, including recruiting, organizing schedules, training and ensuring that they had everything they needed for their roles. Shelley worked tirelessley in this role, putting in a large number of hours – and always greeting everyone with a smile. It is only with people like Shelley that we can successfully organize and host these large scale events.

On behalf of the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club, it is Field Hockey BC’s pleasure to present a community voluntary recognition award to Shelley Tapp.

 

Tim Pilkington – VRC Jokers Field Hockey Club

The Vancouver International Tournament (VIT) would not be the same without the warp stick beer garden! It is a place for teams to hang out before and after games and for all teams to socialize together. Tim Pilkington took the lead yet again at this year’s VIT to organize it. Sourcing out the best products to sell, making posters, and organizing our team to help with set up/take down, as well as the oh so important serving! The Jokers are grateful to the effort that Tim took to make sure the beer garden was the place to be for the weekend.

On behalf of the VRC Jokers Field Hockey Club, it is Field Hockey BC’s pleasure to present a community voluntary recognition award to Tim Pilkington.