Field Hockey BC Annual Award Winners:
Male Player of the Year: Mark Pearson
Mark receives this award as recognition of his on-going commitment and achievement with the Canadian National Team. Mark achieved his first cap against Scotland in Vancouver in the summer of 2005. Seven years later, Mark has represented the Canadian Team at the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games, the World Cup and the Pan-American Games. Field Hockey BC is proud to recognise the 122 representative caps Mark has achieved for Canada in naming him the 2012 Senior Male Athlete of the Year. Regrettably, Mark is unable to be here as he is at this moment coaching the next generation of high performance athletes.
Accepting the award on Mark’s behalf is Kinder Gill, Field Hockey BC’s Regional Head Coach and Assistant Coach to the Senior National Men’s Program, the award being presented by Field Hockey BC Past President, Ian Baggott.
Senior Female Player of the Year: Tyla Flexman
Tyla receives this award as recognition of her commitment and achievement with the Canadian National Team. Tyla was selected to the Senior National Team in 2009, achieving her first cap against Ireland in Dublin. Tyla’s career highlights include multiple FIH events, as well as, representation at the Commonwealth and Pan-American Games. Tyla recently retired from the National Team and it is field Hockey BC’s pleasure to be able to recognise a career spanning 8 years and 70 caps for Canada, in naming Tyla the 2012 Senior Female Player of the Year, award being presented by Sue Demuynck FHBC President
Junior Under 18 Male Player of the Year: Brandon Pereira
Brandon was selected to the top Under 18 BC Team this past summer, the team winning their division at the 2012 Canada Cup. His Team BC coach writes, “Brandon is a very rounded player in all aspects of the game. He played a key role in his center midfield position and never disappointed. Brandon’s skills, good decisions, and good work ethic made him the team’s most valuable player and fully deserving of this years’ award”. This Award along with a $300 clothing voucher from Kukri Sports Canada being presented to Brandon by Mathias Ahrens, Men’s Junior National Head Coach Head Coach and Jamie Williams, Sales Director for Kukri Sports Canada
Junior Under 18 Female Player of the Year: Emma Mackie
Emma was selected to the top BC Team competing at this year’s Under 18 National Championship, the team bringing back the gold medal. Her coach writes, “Emma was co-captain of the Train to Compete BC Blue Team and played an integral role in the team’s success. She controlled the midfield with her crafty elimination skills and accurate passing. Emma also scored key goals in key games and was named to the tournament XI at the National Championship”.
This Award along with a $300 clothing voucher from Kukri Sports Canada will be presented on behalf of Emma to Tyla Flexman by Wendy Hughes, General Manager of Kukri Sports Canada
Junior Under 16 Male Player of the Year: Harkirat Ahluwalia
Harkirat was selected to the top Under 15 BC Team competing at this year’s Under 16 National Championship, the team bringing back the silver medal. His Team BC coach writes, “Harkirat was the Captain and backbone of the Boys Train to Train BC Blue Team. He led by example with his work ethic and passion for the game which was evident in his skill set. Harikirat’s leadership on and off the field was important to the team and pushed everyone to be their best. He is very deserving of this award”.
This Award along with a $300 clothing voucher from Kukri Sports Canada will be presented to Harkirat by Kinder Gill, Field Hockey BC’s Regional Head Coach and Jamie Williams, Sales Director for Kukri Sports Canada
Junior Under 16 Female Player of the Year: Chelsey Cleemoff
The Junior Under 15 Female Player of the Year award is presented to Chelsey Cleemoff for 2012. Chelsey was selected to the top Under 15 BC Team competing at this year’s Under 16 National Championship, the team bringing back the gold medal. Her Team BC coach writes, “Chelsey was an integral part of the success of the Girls Train to Train BC Blue Team and she acted as co-captain. Her complete range of speed, strength, tackling and distribution skills made her a mainstay on defense while also adding an important attacking presence. She was always enthusiastic and positive with her teammates and was one of the key reasons for the team’s cohesion and effectiveness. Chelsey demonstrated the key traits required of an athlete at this stage of development and fully deserves this recognition”.
This Award along with a $300 clothing voucher from Kukri Sports Canada will be presented to Sydney by Shiv Jagday, Field Hockey BC’s Technical Head Coach and Wendy Hughes, General Manager for Kukri Sports Canada
Barbara Schrodt Award: Sue Robertson
The BARBARA SCHRODT AWARD is presented to “someone who has made a difference to women’s field hockey in BC”. In fact it was Barbara Schrodt who introduced Sue to the sport of field hockey whilst Sue was a student at UBC. For many years, Sue coached and umpired at David Thompson Secondary School and for the Burnaby Ladies League, she also assisted in the organisation of the Vancouver Secondary Schools High School League and in the running of Secondary School Tournaments, and it was here, under the tutelage of Jenny John, that Sue was first introduced to the art of technical officiating. Some would say ‘the rest is history’ but bear with us….Over the last 12 years, Sue has been technical director for both AA and AAA girls high school championships, she has been a technical official for Field Hockey BC club championships, Field Hockey BC high performance tournaments, and for both Senior and Junior National Championships. In fact, Sue has been part of the technical team and ever-present for all Field Hockey BC high performance events dating back to 2005.
In recognition of Sue’s on-going support for field hockey and most significantly her lead in ensuring athletes have the best competitive environment possible, it is our pleasure to present the Barbara Schrodt Award for 2012 to Sue Robertson presented by Sue Demuynck FHBC President and Sue Jameson FHBC Accounts Manager
Contribution to Men’s Field Hockey Award: Don Paterson
Don has for the last 7 years served as the “Discipline Chair” for the Vancouver Men’s Field Hockey League, which gobbles up a tremendous about of his time and energy. Discipline issues arise on a very regular basis. Don gathers the reports from umpires, players and other witnesses, calmly considers the nature and extent of the alleged infractions, reviews the league by-laws and code of conduct, consults with the League’s Executive, and invariably comes up with the appropriate response. In addition to this, a great deal of the credit for improving the league’s playing and umpiring environment also must go to Don. Patrick Oswald, Past President of the Vancouver Men’s League writes, “ I personally relied heavily on Don’s sound judgment and wisdom while I served as President of the Men’s League, and cannot thank him enough for the extraordinary contribution that he has made”, “thank you to Field Hockey BC for recognizing Don at this year’s dinner. He absolutely deserves it and the recognition is long over-due”!
Don sends his regrets at not being able to celebrate with friends at the dinner this evening and adds his congratulations to all those being recognised this year. This Award will be presented to Ian Baggott on behalf of Don by Mark Saunders, Field Hockey BC’s Executive Director
Women’s Umpire of the Year
: Denise McGeachy
Denise has played a significant part in the successful hosting of numerous events across British Columbia. Always professional and always conscious of the need to assist developing umpires, Denise is an invaluable asset to field hockey in BC. In recent years Denise has officiated at the Senior and Junior National Championships, Field Hockey BC high performance events, the club championships, the VIT, the BC High School Championships, and of course is active within the female junior and senior leagues in BC.
Our thanks and congratulations go to Denise, accepting this award on their behalf is Paul Chohan, Field Hockey BC’s Director of Business Development, presented by Brenda Rushton, Field Hockey BC’s Domestic Director.
Men’s Umpire of the Year: Chris Wilson
Field Hockey BC is proud to recognise the contribution Chris Wilson has made TO and FOR Canadian umpiring over the last two decades. Chris retired as an International Umpire in December 2011 following an international career spanning 15 years and 89 internationals. However, it is not only this achievement we wish to recognise but also what Chris continues to give back to the community. Chris continues to serve as a member of the National and Field Hockey BC umpiring committees and trains and mentors umpires at all levels in Victoria.
Our thanks and congratulations go to Chris, accepting this award on their behalf is Paul Chohan, Field Hockey BC’s Director of Business Development, presented by Brenda Rushton, Field Hockey BC’s Domestic Director.
Female Coach of the Year: Ali Lee
2012 saw Ali take on coaching roles within both the regional and provincial programs. Concentrating on the train to train Under 15 group, Ali was a technical coach to the Island athletes in the Regional Program and Coach to the top Under 15 provincial team during the summer. Her team won gold at the prestigious India Club Tournament and repeated this in winning gold at the Under 16 National Championship. It is our pleasure to recognise Ali as our 2012 Female Coach of the Year. This Award is presented on behalf of Ali to Eric Broom, Field Hockey BC’s Director of Coaching by Paul Chohan, Field Hockey BC’s Director of Business Development
Men’s Coach of the Year: Bubli Chohan
Over the course of the last four years, Bubli has been ever present in our Regional and Provincial programming. His role as a provincial coach has brought success with national titles at both the Under 16 and Under 18 age groups. In 2012 Bubli coached within both the regional and provincial program leading the Train to Compete Under 18 development team to fifth place at the Senior National Championship and the Bronze Medal at the Under 18 Nationals. Through the years, a large percentage of athletes under the tutelage of Bubli have gone on to receive representative Canadian honours and Field Hockey BC is very proud to have such a knowledgeable and experienced coach giving back to the next generation of athletes. It is our pleasure to recognise this contribution in naming Bubli the 2012 Male Coach of the Year.
This Award is presented to Bubli by Eric Broom, Field Hockey BC’s Director of Coaching.