Members of the KajaksTFC took home some hardware at last night’s Richmond Sports Awards held at McMath Secondary School in Richmond’s Steveston neighborhood. At the 20th edition of the event, Carson Bradley, Victoria (Vicki) Wideski, Zoltan Durgo, Camryn Rogers and lifetime KajaksTFC friend Evan Dunfee were among the award winners.
Starting things off, McMath Secondary senior Carson Bradley was the recipient of the Outstanding Male High School award. Carson had a strong 2018 high school season culminating in double bronze performances in the Senior Boys 400m and as a member of the Senior Boys 4 x 100m McMath Relay team respectively. Carson was a dominant force locally in Richmond High School zone and elimination meets.
In the Junior Female category, thrower Victoria Wideski took home top honors for her performances during the 2018 club track & field season. Her accomplishments last year included gold medal performances in the Girls Discus throw at the 2018 BC Summer Games, the Grade 8 Girls Discus throw at the 2018 BC High School Track & Field Championships and multiple medals at the BC Athletics Track & Field Jamboree. Also nominated for this category was Claire Bosma who represented Zone 5 at the BC Summer Games in the 300m (Silver) and 4 x 400m relay (Bronze) in addition to a silver medal performance in the Girls Junior 800m at last years BC High School Track & Field Championships in Langley.
For Senior (Masters) athlete Zoltan Durgo, a fantastic 2018 season in the throws earned him the Top Senior Male Athlete in 2018. As the Masters Men’s 55-59 national champion in both the Discus and Hammer events, Zoltan had a break out season. Also nominated in the Senior age category was Kajaks Cross Country coach Rachel Maika who finished with a gold medal performance in the BC Masters Cross Country Championships. Rachel also went on to represent Team BC at the Canadian Masters Cross Country Championships.
“Embodying the true form of sportsmanship,” Don Fennell presented lifetime KajaksTFC honorary member Evan Dunfee with the Don Fennell Award of Distinction. As a champion for Kidsport, Dunfee’s community involvement is truly inspirational while he maintains a busy schedule as a National Team member. Evan recently qualified for the 2020 Olympics hoping to earn a spot on the podium after an amazing performance in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.
Finally, KajaksTFC Camryn Rogers was named the 2018 Richmond Sports Person of the Year for her performances during her inaugural NCAA season and meteoric club season culminating in a championship performance as the 2018 IAAF U20 World Champion in the Women’s Hammer Throw. 2018 was another breakout year for Rogers who ended the year as the Canadian U20 record holder and UC Berkeley Freshman and School record holder in the hammer event.
Also nominated for awards was Richmond Wall of Fame inductee Moseley Jack (Coach), former award winner Garrett Collier (Coach), Club Treasurer Dereck Hamada (Administrator), Apparel Manager and volunteer extraordinaire Kathy Howarth (Administrator) and former Club President and Steveston Icebreaker 8K Race Director Jared Hulme (Administrator).
KajaksTFC also had the honor of presenting Kidsport Richmond president Bob Jackson with a cheque for $600 raised at the inaugural New Balance Vancouver 1K Kidsrun held in conjunction with the Steveston Icebreaker 8K Run/Walk held earlier this year in January.
Big Thanks to event sponsors Richmond Sports Council, Richmond News, Richmond Sentinel and the Leadership Class of McMath Secondary for putting on such a great event.
The KajaksTFC is proud to have been well represented at the 2018 Richmond Sports Awards. For more information on the Kajaks Track & Field Club including programs and community events head over to www.kajaks.ca/programs to check out more about the #KajaksFam.