KGTC hands out awards at Spirit of KGTC


By: Kamloops This Week in Gymnastics, Sports September 16, 2014

The Kamloops Gymnastics and Trampoline Centre acknowledged the season’s successes earlier this week with a celebration titled the Spirit of KGTC.

The celebration began with an athlete demonstration at the KGTC, before athletes, coaches, volunteers and officials moved to the Thompson Rivers University Gardens for an awards ceremony.

R.E.A.L. Athlete awards were handed out to ten athletes, all of whom exemplified the ideals of respect, education, assistance and leadership. Ava Cail, Julia Crowfoot, Brooklynn Luison, Kristina Dodd, Jade Wood, Rachel Beauchamp, Christine Strain, Drew Kannigan, Emily Schmidt and Gavin Dodd received the awards.

Beauchamp was also honoured with the Above and Beyond award, for contributing to the KGTC in ways extending beyond athletics, including coaching, judging and volunteering.

Chris Larouche was named the volunteer of the year.

Three athletes given athlete of the year honours, one for each of the recreational, developmental and competitive divisions. Naomi Silverberg, Sienna Rawlings and Mario Bruno received the awards.

Melanie MacLeod, daytime program leader, was named the coach of the year.

The KGTC also handed out three scholarships to further coaching development. Breann Erickson, Tove Dall and Kristyne Makortoff-Jones all received the Spirit of KGTC Coach Scholarship.

The Spirit of KGTC award concluded the honours, with an athlete, a volunteer and a coach recognized for embodying the KGTC’s imagine, believe, achieve values. The Niedziekjo family received the volunteer award, while Jean Luc Larouche received the coach award. Scott Nabata was bestowed with the athlete award.