BC Soccer Announces 2016-2017 Award Recipients

24 individuals, 1 team and 1 club recognized for their incredible contributions to soccer

Vancouver BC, May 25 – Each year BC Soccer’s Board of Directors and the BC Soccer Membership recognize a few exceptional individuals, clubs, and teams, for their dedication and commitment to the beautiful game in British Columbia. These awards help show BC Soccer’s appreciation for their contributions to soccer within this province.  This year 24 individuals, 1 team and 1 club will be presented awards for their outstanding achievements.

“With so many amazing individuals involved in soccer throughout this province it is always a great honor to be able to present these awards to a few outstanding people, teams and clubs,” said Rob Brown, BC Soccer Board of Director and Awards and Scholarships Committee Chair. “I also want to thank each and every one of the award recipients for their dedication and commitment to soccer within BC.”

The BC Soccer Board of Directors is proud to nominate, select and present the following four awards to individuals and clubs for their longstanding achievements in Soccer. These awards are presented to individuals who have dedicated years of service to soccer within British Columbia and whose contributions truly go above and beyond.

The BC Soccer Board of Directors are proud to present Charlie Cuzzetto with the BC Soccer Life Member Award. The Life Member Award is presented to an individual in recognition of long time services and distinguished contributions to soccer in British Columbia.  Long time is generally defined as over 20 years!
The A.C. Sanford Award is presented to an individual in recognition of long time exceptional service to soccer “Long time”. This year the BC Soccer Board is pleased to present the A.C. Sanford Award to Bob Sawtell.

Established by the BC Soccer Board of Directors in 2016 the Special Recognition Award is presented to an individual or organization in recognition of exceptional service and contributions to soccer in British Columbia. This year the Special Recognition Award will be present to Bob Lenarduzzi.

The Presidents Award is presented to a league, district, or club in recognition of exceptional achievement in the presentation of a community event. Nominated and selected by the BC Soccer Board of Directors, this year’s President’s Award recipient is Coastal FC.

The Awards of Merit are nominated by the BC Soccer Membership as well as the Board of Directors and are presented to individuals in recognition of contributions to soccer, during a period of ten or more years, as a player, manager, coach, official, or administrator at the club/league or district Level. This year BC Soccer is proud to present the Awards of Merit to Carlos Amaral, Graham Cope, Rosemary Davis, Glen Martin, Thomas Mills, Al Moir, Mike Oldale, Frank Palmieri, Claudio Ramirez, and John Sneddon.

The Woman of Distinction Award is nominated by the BC Soccer membership and selected by the BC Soccer Board of Directors.  The award is presented to a woman who has dedicated an incredible amount time and energy to bettering the game of soccer across the province. This could be through, but not limited to, fairplay, coaching, excelling on the pitch, refereeing, dedication to administration.  This year BC Soccer and the BC Soccer board of Directors are honored to present the Woman of Distinction Award to Ella Sandoval-Carlsten

BC Soccer also presents awards to a few individuals for their accomplishments throughout the past year. These awards are nominated by the membership and are selected by the BC Soccer Board of Directors. From administrators who help leagues and clubs run smoothly to the players who score (or save) goals, BC Soccer is proud to award these select individuals with their respective awards.

Administrator of the Year – Matthew Campbell
Adult Coach of the Year - Les Krivak
Adult Official of the Year – Rubin Smilev
Adult Player of the Year Female – Rheanne Sleiman
Adult Player of the Year Male – Connor Hildebrandt
Clarkes Fair Play – North Delta FC 91’s
Werner Winsemann High Performance Referee Award - Chris Wattam
Youth Coach of the Year – Brian Johnston
Youth Player of the Year Female – Brooke Mussche
Youth Player of the Year Male – Joshua Pikul
Youth Official of the Year – Sara Abelenda

BC Soccer would also like to thank the thousands of volunteers, coaches, players, administrators, and parents throughout British Columbia who help make soccer beautiful in British Columbia.

About BC Soccer

BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body with the mission to govern, promote and develop the game of soccer in British Columbia in a professional and progressive manner. Established in 1907, BC Soccer is the largest provincial sport organization (PSO) in BC and the third largest soccer specific PSO in Canada with over 150,000 participants.  As a professional not-for-profit society and a member of Canada Soccer, BC Soccer is committed to providing the widest opportunities for existing and potential participants, as well as provide support in the most effective and appropriate way for current players, parents, volunteers, member clubs, leagues and districts.  

BC Soccer is comprised of more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,200 registered referees, and thousands of volunteer coaches, administrators and soccer leaders. Working with its 40 member Youth Districts and 11 Adult Leagues as well as their affiliate member clubs, BC Soccer operates under the guiding principles of Professional Leadership, Passionate Service and Progressive Collaboration. In managing its relationships throughout the larger soccer community, BC Soccer’s vision is to ensure every British Columbian has the opportunity to be involved in soccer as part of a lifelong commitment to active, health and involved lifestyle