Sport BC to honour Brittany Rogers with Harry Jerome Comeback Award

Sport BC has announced that Brittany Rogers (Flicka) is the Harry Jerome Comeback Award winner for 2011. The award, presented by Canadian Direct Insurance, recognizes a BC amateur athlete who demonstrated great perseverance in the face of adversity — a trait that epitomizes the story of the 18-year old gymnast.

While competing for Team Canada at the Pacific Rim Championships in 2010, Rogers fell on a beam dismount and broke her ankle. This would have been career-ending for most gymnasts; however, Rogers persevered through her injury and returned to the world stage a year after surgery and extensive rehabilitation. At the 2011 Osijek Challenger Cup World Cup in Croatia, she was the only gymnast to qualify in all four event finals securing a silver medal on vault — now she has her eye on the 2012 Summer Olympics.

“It takes a certain level of passion and drive to overcome the obstacles with which Brittany Rogers has faced,” said Carey Summerfelt, Manager of Sponsorship & Events at Sport BC. “She is among Canada’s best female artistic gymnasts and, through her power, conviction and dedication, returned to full form to be a top contender in her sport.”

“Canadian Direct Insurance is proud to sponsor the Harry Jerome Comeback Award and would like to congratulate Brittany Rogers on her achievement.” said Colin Brown, Chief Operating Officer for Canadian Direct Insurance. “Canadian Direct wishes Brittany continued success and all the best in her goal to compete in London 2012!”

On March 8, 2012, at Sport BC’s 46th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards presented by TELUS, Rogers will be honoured for her long road back to sport alongside 16 other athletes, coaches and offices who represent BC’s best. Previous Harry Jerome Comeback award winners include gymnasts Kate Richardson (2002), Karen Kelsall (1980) and Bill Mackie (1972) alongside other athletes such as Emily Brydon (2003, Alpine Skiing), Silken Laumann (1992, Rowing) and Harry Jerome (Athletics) himself in the award’s inaugural year, 1968.

About Sport BC’s Athlete of the Year Awards:
Sport BC’s Athlete of the Year Awards is the longest standing sport recognition event in the country. Awards in 17 different categories are given each year to athletes, coaches, and officials on their performance and contribution to sport in the province. The awards play a valuable role in nurturing athletic success and recognizing some of BC’s growing talents. For a list of previous award winners and additional information on the 46th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards presented by TELUS, please visit