Provincial gymnastics leaders honoured by Sport BC

Provincial gymnastics leaders honoured by Sport BC

On Wednesday, March 28, two leaders within the Gymnastics BC community were honoured at the 52nd Annual Sport BC Athlete of the Year Awards.

Sport BC Official of the Year: Andrée Montreuil

Gymnastics BC Technical Director, Andrée Montreuil, was presented with the Official of the Year Award for her leadership and extensive contributions in women’s artistic gymnastics judging.

Montreuil began her gymnastics career in 1974 at the age of 13; today, she is a respected leader and a fierce advocate for gymnastics in BC and beyond. With 43 years of experience, she has been a national judge since 1986 and an international judge since 1997. She has officiated international competitions inside and outside of Canada since 1997 – including the 2014 World Championships, 2001 and 2015 PanAm Games, and multiple World Cups. In 2016, Montreuil obtained her most recent international judging Brevet, from the Federation International de Gymnastique at the FIG Intercontinental course in Spain – where she received category 2.

In 2017, Montreuil officiated the 2017 World Championships (Montreal), 2017 World Challenge Cup (Bulgaria), 2017 Senior Pan American Cup (Peru) and the 2017 Gymnix International Invitational (Montreal). Nationally, she has officiated the 2017 Canadian Championships and 2017 Elite Canada. Provincially, she has officiated the 2017 Gymnastics BC Provincial Championships plus approximately 25 other competitions at various competitions across British Columbia. Montreuil has also been invited to judge provincial events in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. Dedicated to supporting the development of athletes, she is also an exceptional mentor to new and upcoming judges throughout British Columbia and internationally.

Sport BC Presidents’ Award: Bobbi Symes

Bobbi Symes was presented with a Sport BC Presidents’ Award for her outstanding dedication and commitment to the sport of gymnastics. In November 2017, Symes was also recognized as the Gymnastics BC Volunteer of the Year.

Symes recipient has been walking through the doors of Omega Gymnastics since her daughter was one-and-a-half years old. For the past 15 years, she has committed her time, her leadership, and her heart to the growth and development of her club, its staff and its members.

Symes’ contributions to Omega Gymnastics are countless. When she’s not picking up, dropping off, or doing whatever she can to help athletes and coaches, you can find her volunteering at Omega’s annual invitational, festivals, carnivals, and other special events.

This selfless volunteer is also the current President of the Omega Gymnastics board of directors, where she has been an active member since 2009. As President, Symes gives her time freely to provide effective leadership to the Omega board, ensuring that all relevant matters are discussed and that effective decisions are made and carried out in the best interest of the club.

Congratulations to both winners for their ongoing commitment to advancing the sport of gymnastics in BC!