Shallon Olsen wins Sport BC's Junior Female Athlete of the Year

Shallon Olsen was named the 2012 Sport BC Junior Female Athlete of the Year at last night's awards ceremony and gala. The annual awards event recognizes B.C.’s best amateur athletes, coaches, and officials for outstanding performances in their sport over the 2012 season.

Olsen was the 2012 Canadian Junior Champion and 2012 Elite Canada Junior Champion. She won medals internationally and continues to impress on all apparatus, especially vault. She recently won the 2013 Elite Canada and is currently in Montreal representing Canada at the Gymnix international event.

Joining Olsen as finalists in the Junior Female Athlete of the Year category were Julia Ransom (Kelowna, Biathlon) and Haley Stradling (Langley, Equestrian).

Previous Gymnastics BC's recipients of this award are Sarah Charles (2004), Anita Botnen (1982) and Karen Kelsall (1977).

Also honoured during the event was Nicky Carroll as the gymnastics recipient of the Sport BC President's Award for her service to gymnastics.