16 BC Winter Games participants recognized for outstanding leadership

16 BC Winter Games participants recognized for outstanding leadership

Author: BC Games Society/Tuesday, February 27, 2018/Categories: Front Page, 2018 News

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16 outstanding youth leaders were recognized with a Coast Capital Savings Leadership Bursary at the Closing Ceremony of the 2018 BC Winter Games in Kamloops.

The bursary recipients were chosen from over 100 applicants for their significant achievements in sport and education and most importantly for their leadership contributions to their schools, community, or sport associations.  The recipients are from communities across the province and their leadership involvement includes service with student councils, community events, food banks, fundraising, coaching, and officiating, to name a few.

The BC Games provides our youth with the opportunity to not only challenge themselves but also with the opportunity to build connections with each other and with their community,” said Ian Thomas, Interim Chief Member Experience Officer with Coast Capital Savings.  “That is why Coast Capital Savings is pleased reward the hard work and sacrifice of 16 outstanding athletes at these Games.  These young people have demonstrated high levels of athletics achievement coupled with exemplary community leadership and commitment to their education.”    

The BC Winter Games are an important opportunity for sport development, but through sport, these 16 accomplished young people are also learning lifelong skills of commitment and leadership. 

 “These young leaders are truly impressive in what they contribute to their communities while also spending significant time training for their sport,” said Kelly Mann, President and CEO of the BC Games Society.  “We are proud to recognize these BC Games participants and we look forward to see the impact each one of them makes in the future.”

Below is the full list of 14 athletes, 1 coach, and 1 official who were recipients of the Coast Capital Savings Leadership Bursary for the 2018 BC Winter Games:



Sport (Role)

Emery Hoko


Gymnastics - Athlete

Douglas Caldwell


Cross Country Skiing - Athlete

Hannah O’Neil


Curling - Athlete

Tate Solomonson

Kamloops/Sun Peaks

Biathlon - Athlete

Emily Moorthy


Gymnastics - Coach

Spencer Cyr


Judo - Athlete

Angela Le


Netball - Athlete

Paxton Lin


Badminton - Athlete

Bryana Spur


Karate - Official

Michael Fraser


Basketball Special Olympics - Athlete

Merren deBellefeuille



Michael Good


Karate - Athlete

Taylor Halvorsen


Archery - Athlete

Brynn Witwicki

Prince George

Biathlon - Athlete

Riley Stiles

Prince George

Wheelchair Basketball - Athlete

Joel Ewert

Prince George

Wheelchair Basketball - Athlete



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