2016 Field Hockey BC Annual Award Winners:
Senior Male Player of the Year: Iain Smythe
Iain receives this award as recognition of his on-going commitment and achievement with the Canadian National Team. We are extremely proud that we can add ‘Olympian’ to Iain’s achievements, a crowning glory in his field hockey journey to date, a journey with the National Team which began in 2009. Iain has represented the Canadian Team at the Commonwealth Games twice, the Pan-American Games twice, winning Silver on both occasions and most recently on home soil in Toronto in 2015, and this past year competed as a member of the Rio Olympic Games team.
Field Hockey BC is proud to recognize the 134 representative caps Iain has achieved for Canada and name him the 2016 Senior Male Player of the year.
Sara 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. Sara’s career highlights include a silver medal at the 2012 Junior Pan American Championships, participation in the 2013 Junior World Cup, senior representation at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014, and a bronze medal finish at the Pan-American Games in 2015 on home soil.
Field Hockey BC is proud to recognize the 111 representative caps Sara has achieved for Canada to date, recognizing her as our 2016 Senior Female Player of the year.
Indy Sehmbi, Canada’s Junior National Coach writes; “Rowan has been an outstanding addition to the Canadian Men’s junior squad. Rowan joined us after a successful India Club tournament with the BC Train to Compete team. He has shown tremendous commitment to his physical and technical improvement, especially over the past 5 months. His teammates describe him as a pivotal part of our team and an up and coming leader within our team. Rowan is extremely deserving of this recognition and we hope he will continue to make great strides in the years to come.”
Field Hockey BC is proud to recognize Rowan as the Senior Under 23 Male Player of the Year. We wish him luck as he competes at the 2016 Junior World Cup in Lucknow, India in December.
Thora has been part of our regional and provincial program in recent years, having been selected into our Team BC Provincial Blue teams at both the Train to Train and Train to Compete level. Resuming training with us for the 2015/16 season, Thora was set to become one of our leading lights again at the 2016 Nationals, however early in the year she was selected into the Women’s National Team program and so progressed out of our programming into Field Hockey Canada’s centralized training environment. A huge achievement in itself. However, her successful season did not stop there, with Thora continuing her progress and ticking off another landmark to gain her first Canadian cap as a 16 year old during the tour to New Zealand in March.
Whilst extremely happy of Thora’s progress, we are not surprised. She has an outstanding work rate, a fantastic attitude and a high level of ability. Although it is unusual for us to recognize a junior player from outside of our Provincial team ranks, Thora’s outstanding progression into the Women’s National Team more than warrants recognition in this new Awards Category, an award that we are pleased to align, from next summer onwards, to the new Under 23 National Championships.
Field Hockey BC is proud to recognize Thora Rae as the 2016 Senior Under 23 Female Player of the Year.
Arjun’s Team BC Coach writes; ‘This year Arjun was our unsung hero. He showed the ability to play as part of the team, by stepping up and taking charge, and by leading by example both on and off the pitch. He showed his professionalism by working on his craft at each and every practice. He was extremely coachable and showed the ability to understand and execute his multiple roles and responsibilities while making the necessary tactical adjustments. Arjun showed great maturity under pressure. When you use the words like consistent, hardworking, ability to execute under pressure, Arjun comes to mind. All the coaching staff that worked with Arjun this year can agree that we anticipate a great future for Arjun as he continues to develop to what we hope will be a real asset for our National program. He is truly deserving of this award.’
Anna’s Team BC Coach writes; ‘In a team game, on a team of our top athletes, it is hard to find one athlete that stands out. This year Anna was an athlete that took things to the next level. Her commitment to the team and her hard work shone through both on and off the pitch. At nationals this year it was Anna’s fitness, her ability to stay calm under pressure, and her competitive drive that helped lead the team. Her ability to know how and when to use her skills helped the team to capture Gold at U18 Nationals. Anna, is a very intelligent, creative and coachable athlete. She was a credit to her team and fully deserves this recognition.’
Roop was selected to the top Under 15 BC Team competing at this year’s Under 16 National Championship in Brampton Ontario, with the team bringing back the gold medal. His Team BC coach writes, ‘Roop was the captain of BC Blue, and was instrumental in leading the team both on and off the field. His leadership skills grew from strength to strength throughout the National Championship, culminating in a goal in the final – his third of the tournament, which gave BC Blue an early lead in the gold medal game. Roop is a worthy winner of this year’s award and can take great satisfaction in his efforts both in training and during the 2016 Nationals’.
Aerin has shown outstanding progress in all aspects of her development during the past 2 seasons in the Field Hockey BC program. Quiet and unassuming, Aerin works hard in all sessions; she is brave, technically very strong, a brilliant shot stopper and always keen to learn and improve. Last year Aerin’s work saw her selected into the Train to Train Team BC Provincial Blue team, where she played an outstanding tournament, helping BC Blue reach the final. Her performances have seen her promoted into Field Hockey Canada’s Junior Development Squad for this season and it is for this progress and these achievements that we are pleased to recognize Aerin this year.
The Sailors Field Hockey Club is the oldest women’s league club on Vancouver Island – over 50 years and counting. Now grown to include a women’s team in each of the three divisions, as well as two men’s league teams, the Sailors Club has been fortunate to have Ronnie Lee as both a player and its club president for an impressive 31 years. Outside of her regular duties as Sailors club president, Ronnie has spent time on the VILFHA executive, originally as Director of Membership and now as Director of Operations. Ronnie was a volunteer at the 2008 Women’s Olympic Qualifier tournament, and is a prominent volunteer on the technical table at National Championships, Canada West Games, Bridgman Cup and any other Victoria-hosted tournaments. Ronnie has helped organize a team to attend the Vancouver International Tournament and the Master’s Tournament for a number of years and organizes weekly summer drop in sessions for Victoria. Her efforts, dedication and commitment to the sport of field hockey were honoured by VILFHA as the Christine Trophy Winner for Ability, Sportsmanship and Service in 2013. A travel agent by day and a committed field hockey volunteer for life, Ronnie is most deserving of the Barbara Schrodt Award.
Field Hockey BC is proud to recognise the commitment Ronnie continues to give to players, coaches and officials alike. Ronnie was regrettably not able to attend the Awards Dinner. Ian Baggott, Field Hockey Canada Presiedent, accepted the award on her behalf.
John has an incredible history in Field Hockey both as a representative athlete with both Hockey Australia and Field Hockey Canada, and as a builder and supporter with the FIH, the Pan-American Federation and closer to home with Field Hockey BC and with the Vancouver Hawks Club. Whilst recognising John’s multi-faceted career, it is his recent leadership in reigniting master’s hockey in Canada that brings Field Hockey BC to honour John with this award.
Three years ago John made it his mission to assess whether there was an avenue to return men’s masters hockey to the annual calendar. With a top down strategy, John convinced Field Hockey Canada to commit to a master’s program and in doing so, provide the platform for master’s athletes to represent Canada at the Masters World Cup. This they did with both men’s and women’s teams travelling to Australia for the Masters World Cup earlier this year. Such opportunities owe a great deal to John’s vision and commitment, and there seems to be no letting up as he continues his efforts towards the next Masters World Cup in Spain in 2018.
Field Hockey BC is proud to recognise the commitment John continues to give to Field Hockey in BC and across Canada, recognizing him as the 2016 recipient of the Contribution to Men’s Field Hockey Award.
Hall of Famer, Bubli Chohan has been coaching within our regional and provincial programs for more than 10 years. He receives this award in recognition of his outstanding success and leadership in coaching the Train to Compete BC Blue Team to Gold at the National Championships, beating the current national title holders and hosts Ontario on their home turf.
Bubli is no stranger to leading Team BC teams to success, but what makes this year’s success worthy of this award is the manner of BC’s win. Going to Ontario without BC’s identified Junior Development Squad players, BC faced a full strength Ontario team which included 5 junior national team players. This did not disturb BC, who played an outstanding game to record the win, picking up the Gold Medal and re-gaining the accolade of being National Champions in the process.
Field Hockey BC is pleased to recognize Bubli for his continued efforts and commitment to BC athletes, recognizing him as the 2016 Coach of the Year. The award was presented by Field Hockey BC’s Coaching Director, Eric Broom.
Umpire of the Year: Tyler Klenk
Tyler is seemingly a young hockey umpire, yet he’s blown a whistle for almost ten years already. Starting at the age of 14, Tyler has worked hard to challenge himself and move up the hockey ranks, both as a player and an official. His work ethic paid off as a player, with selection to the University of Victoria Vikes in the Vancouver Men’s Premier Division and caps with the Junior National Team. He applied that same drive to his umpiring career with appointments to National Championships, Premier Men’s Division, BC Provincial Championships, CIS, Canada West, the 2015 Canada Cup, and the 2015 California Cup. He was named the 2015 Canada West Umpire of the Year. Tyler’s big debut onto the international stage came this past May, at age 23, with his appointment to the Junior Men’s Pan Am Championships in Toronto. He surpassed all expectations of a rookie international, with well-earned nods to both a semi-final and the bronze medal match. Tyler has since followed that up with a great performance during the Canada-USA Test Series. It’s obvious that both the FIH and PAHF have taken notice, as Tyler is now booked to umpire at the 2017 Men’s Pan Am Cup in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. And this just the beginning for Tyler.
Field Hockey BC is proud to name Tyler as our Umpire of the Year Award Recipient. The award was presented by Field Hockey BC’s Umpiring Director, Alan Waterman.
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 Governance Support, Field Hockey BC would like to recognise:
It is our pleasure to recognise Gillian for her leadership role on behalf the field hockey community in British Columbia. Gillian stepped down from her role as Umpiring Director for the Field Hockey BC Board of Directors this past spring after four years in the role.
During this time, Gillian has been a central figure in driving the strategic direction and supporting structure for officiating at Field Hockey BC and in doing so, has contributed to the Society being regarded as one of the top Provincial Sport Organizations in British Columbia. Gillian has volunteered her time to mentor young and experienced umpires alike at all manner of local, regional, and national tournaments, continues to work within junior and senior leagues, and is an invaluable resource as we look to continue to improve standards in officiating across BC. It is with some sadness that we see Gillian step down from her governance role with Field Hockey BC, but we hope that this award goes some way to express our sincere gratitude for her leadership.
In the category of Event Hosting Support, Field Hockey BC would like to recognise:
There has certainly been a resurgence in field hockey activity in the Fraser Valley, none more so than at the Chilliwack Pink Panthers Field Hockey Club, under the leadership of Michelle Savich. Chilliwack Pink Panther Teams now regularly compete in all manner of events, involving both senior and junior teams.
Over the past two seasons, the Chilliwack Pink Panthers have taken point in hosting the Under 18 Girls Club Championships, and during this time club volunteers under the direction of Michelle have worked tirelessly to create a welcoming atmosphere for all teams and to ensure that the event runs smoothly, both on and off the field. It is our pleasure to recognise Michelle for her commitment and leadership, and we hope this award goes some way to thanking you for your significant voluntary efforts.
Joel King & Justin Van Der Putten
Over the last eleven years, the Jokers Field Hockey Club have partnered with Field Hockey BC in the hosting of the Vancouver International Tournament, and most significantly have managed the single most important social aspect of the event, that being the Community Beer Garden. Some might say that the running of a beer garden has some obvious merit, but the organisation and time commitment required is very significant, and that is why we would like to take this opportunity to recognise and thank both Justin and Joel for all their time in ensuring this essential service is managed in a seamless fashion.
In recognition of their commitment, it is Field Hockey BC’s pleasure to recognise Justin and Joel as voluntary award recipients this year.
In the category of Event Management, Field Hockey BC would like to recognise:
Over the last 11 years, Sue Jameson has been technical advisor, judge, officer and director for a multitude of local, regional, provincial, national, and international events across BC and Canada. Technical officiating across the World is still very much a voluntary occupation and Field Hockey BC is extremely fortunate to have a number of dedicated and extremely knowledgeable technical officials, none more so than Sue Jameson. Sue is one of a team of individuals committed to giving of their time to create a first-class environment for athletes and their coaches to play and compete. It is fitting that Sue follows other technical officials that have been honored to receive voluntary contribution awards. In fact, every one of our annual athlete, coach and official award winners this evening will have been involved in at least one event officiated under Sue’s guidance.
Words cannot express the level of due diligence and professionalism Sue brings to her voluntary role in event management, and after so many years it would be fitting to allow Sue and her husband Morley some time together during event season, but truth be told, we hope Sue will continue to give back to the sport she loves for a little while longer – Sorry Morley!
The FHBC Community Club and League Awards – as nominated by their respective membership:
Stan Bennett has held the position of 2nd Vice President for Cowichan Field Hockey Club for a number of years now, he is one of the junior coaches, has been directly involved in Cowichan’s indoor program for many years, he plays point in the distribution of uniforms and equipment for the club and has spent many hours building equipment for the club, including the equipment locker used to this day. We hope this award goes some way to thanking Stan for all that he has done for the club.
Heather Goodman has volunteered countless hours during the years her daughters have been involved with Cowichan Field Hockey Club. She is an organizer extraordinaire, helping co-ordinate field hockey events for our members of all ages. Heather was the Junior Coordinator for five years and is currently the club’s 2ndVice President. We again hope that this award goes some way to show the Club’s appreciation.
Udham Hundal – West Coast Kings Field Hockey Club
Udham Hundal has made a tremendous impact on sport and cultural activities for adults and children alike. He has been instrumental in building field hockey in his local community and in helping create the West Coast Kings Field Hockey Club. He has been organizing the International field hockey Tournament since 2008 and along with other society members has been organizing the Canada Cup international hockey tournament since 2011. The success of the Canada Cup is all because of his hard work and dedication along with other society members. Healthy competition for field hockey among the community youth has emerged and it has given a lot encouragement to youth in society. With his dedication he has enriched the lives of many generations especially youth by serving as a role model and mentor. Udham has achieved excellence in his field of work and made significant, observable changes to the Canadian sports community.
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 Udham Hundal.
Chris Baggott – West Vancouver Field Hockey Club
Most clubs rely on a handful of families to keep the lights on. At West Vancouver Field Hockey Club it is the Baggott family. Unfortunately for Chris, he is the last in a long line of dedicated Field Hockey volunteers. He is still hoping for a younger brother to take over! It’s looking like he might have to wait for the next generation.
Chris took over the West Van Field Hockey Club’s Men’s division in 2012 and has provided a quietly competent and very steady hand. Nobody really knows how much work Chris has put into the men’s club…. but it is much more than anyone else. He has expanded and grown the men’s side because of his diligence to signing up people and staying on top of league issues. Plus his umpiring has improved dramatically since he has been forced to umpire so many games that no one else volunteers for. Huge thanks to Chris; the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club Men would not exist without him.
On behalf of the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club, it is Field Hockey BC’s pleasure to present a community voluntary recognition award to Chris Baggott.