Gymnastics BC 2023 Awards And Scholarships Night Recognizes Outstanding Contributions
OCTOBER 18, 2023
This past Saturday, the Gymnastics BC community gathered at the Element Vancouver Metrotown Hotel to celebrate the exceptional talents, dedication, and successes, that filled the 2022-2023 Gymnastics BC Season. The 2023 Gymnastics BC Awards and Scholarships Night, presented by Sport Burnaby, was a memorable event filled with heartfelt acknowledgments and inspiring stories.
Gymnastics BC congratulates all of the award recipients! For a full list of awards, click here.
2023 Scholarship Recipients
Gymnastics BC provides financial assistance to deserving student athletes who are pursuing higher education. These scholarships are awarded based on a combination of athletic and scholastic achievements, community involvement, gymnastics/sport backgrounds, reference letters, and personal essays.
The first scholarship recipient to be applauded was Connor Yates from North Peace Gymnastics Association. Connor’s dedication to gymnastics and his desire to help others earned him this well-deserved scholarship. He plans to continue coaching while pursuing his education, promising to make a positive impact on the sport and community.
The second scholarship recipient was Kayla Howell from Club Aviva, whose journey in gymnastics has brought her unforgettable experiences and a fresh start. Her dedication and passion for the sport are evident, and her continued success is eagerly awaited.
The third and final scholarship recipient was Amélie Andres from Vancouver Phoenix Gymnastics. Amelie’s resilience and determination in the face of adversity are truly inspiring, and she encourages others to live life to the fullest.
2023 Inclusivity Award
The evening also featured the presentation of the Inclusivity Award, which went to Carrie Campbell from White Rock Gymnastics Athletic Society. Carrie’s commitment to inclusivity and diversity within the gymnastics community creates a welcoming atmosphere for all. They have demonstrated tremendous and sustained leadership in addressing injustice and championing equity and diversity, particularly for 2SLGTBQIA+ people.
2023 Members of Distinction and Life Members
Gymnastics BC honors Members of Distinction, whose long-term commitment, contributions, and achievements have greatly benefited gymnastics in BC.
The first GymBC Member of Distinction award was presented to Carole Williamson. Carole’s journey into the world of gymnastics began when her daughter attended a birthday party at a local gym. Her support and contributions as a judge, despite initially feeling daunted by the task, were highlighted. Carole expressed her gratitude for the coaches and fellow judges who supported her along the way and looks forward to continuing her contributions to the gymnastics community.
The second GymBC Member of Distinction award was presented to Chantelle Yates Chantelle has had an inspiring journey through the community. She began gymnastics at the age of 2, dedicated her childhood to recreational gymnastics, and later became a coach. Chantelle’s involvement extended beyond the gym, including her time on the Gymnastics For All Committee and GymBC Board of Directors. Her profound impact on the gymnastics community was acknowledged.
Gymnastics BC Life Members are honoured to individuals who have devoted their life’s work to bettering the sport and acting in the best interest of the BC gymnastics community.
The first GymBC Life Member was presented to John Carroll. John expresses gratitude for having been nominated for the GymBC Life Achievement Award and shared his 52-year involvement in gymnastics in British Columbia. He thanks several groups of individuals who had played crucial roles in his gymnastics journey: personal coaches, those who provided coaching opportunities and mentorship, judging mentors, administration leaders, athletes and their families, and good friends. He emphasized the importance of the supportive community in gymnastics.
The second GymBC Life Member award was presented to Penny Erickson. Penny’s lifelong dedication to gymnastics, including her co-founding of GymCo Gymnastics Club in Comox, BC, and her mentorship efforts were celebrated.
The night concluded with a sense of unity and celebration, recognizing the outstanding contributions of the Gymnastics BC community. Congratulations to all of our award recipients, and thank you for spending the evening with us!