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Kajaks Awardees at the 2022 BC Athletics Awards Banquet

Updated: Feb 11, 2023

February 4, 2023, held in Richmond, B.C.


Clubs from all over BC gathered to celebrate the 2022 season. Among them several

Kajaks athletes and coaches were honored at the BC Athletics Awards banquet for their achievements in 2022. Congratulations to all the award recipients and nominees!


We are looking forward to the 2023 season and what it will bring.




Chase Longley

U16 Track & Field (14 yo) Male Athlete of the Year Awards Recipient

Coach: Garrett Collier

Event & Performance: Hammer Throw 53.34m








Sofia Varma-Vitug (2nd from right)

U16 Track & Field (15 yo) Female Athlete of the Year Awards Recipient

Coach: Jacob Emerson

Event & Performance: Triple Jump 10.69m



Lawrence Man (8th from right)

U16 Track & Field (15 yo) Male Athlete of the Year Awards Recipient

Coach: Garrett Collier

Event & Performance: Hammer Throw 59.25m




Lauren Curtis (leftmost)

U18 Female Track & Field Athlete of the Year Nominee

Coach: Michale Ogbeiwi, Don Allermersch; Garrett Collier

Event & Performance: Hammer Throw 55.22m

Ranking: BC U18 - 1st, CAN U18 -1st





Aidan Turner (2nd from left)

U18 Male Track & Field Athlete of the Year Award Recipient

Coach:Michaela Colluney, Garrett Collier, Jamie Sinclair

Events & Performance: Decathlon 6817 pts, Pole vault 4.85m

Highlights:

U18 CAN Record - Decathlon

Legion T&F Championships - Decathlon - 2nd

BC Jamboree - Decathlon - 1st

U20 CAN T&F Championships - Pole Vault - 1st

Canada Summer Games - Pole Vault - 8th; 4x100m - 2nd

Rankings: Decathlon/Pole Vault BC U18 -1st, CAN U18 - 1st


Levi Tuura (2nd from right)

U18 Male Track & Field Athlete of the Year Nominee

Event & Performance: High Jump 2.07m

Highlights:

Legion T&F Championships - 1st

U20 CAN T&F Championships - 2nd

Canada Summer Games - 6th

BC Jamboree - 1st

Ranking: BC U18 - 1st, CAN U18 - 1st





Selin Tasdemir

U20 Female Road Runner of the Year Award

Coach: Nurten Tasdemir

Event Highlight: First half marathon U20 - 1st, Steveston Icebreaker 8k - 6th (U19)

Ranking: (U20)

Half marathon 1:30:07 BC - 1st, CAN - 1st







Camryn Rogers

Senior Female Track & Field Athlete of the Year Award and Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year Award Recipient

Coach: Mo Saatara

Event & Performance: Hammer Throw 77.67m

Highlights:

Canadian Record

Canadian T&F Championships - 1st

NCAA T&F Championships - 1st

World T&F Championships - 2nd

Commonwealth Games - 1st

Ranking: CAN - 1st, Int'l - 4th








Evan Dunfee

Senior Male Track & Field Athlete of the Year Award Recipient

Coach: Gerry Dragomir

Events: Race walk 35km, 20km, 10km

Highlights:

Canadian Record 35km RW - 2:25.02

Canadian T&F Championships - 1st

World T&F Championships - 6th

Commonwealth Games - 1st

NACAC Championships - 2nd

Race Walking Team Championships - 7th


Ranking: 10km Race walk - CAN - 1st, Int'l - 6th

20km Race walk - CAN - 1st, Int'l - 10th

35km Race walk - CAN - 1st, Int'l - 6th







Michaela Colluney (2nd from left)

U16/U18 Coach of the Year Award

- Jumps/Combined Events Coach on the BC Legions Team, Sprints/Relays Coach at the Canada Summer Games. Coached Aidan Turner. Also coached Logan Duley to personal best performace in the 100m and 200ms, including bronze medal performance at the BC Jamboree.








Mo Saatara

High Performance Coach of the Year Award

- Lead Throws coach at UCLA Berkeley, coached Camryn Rogers throughout her collegiate and now international career in hammer throw.

- Involved in developing BC Throws Coaches through the BC Throws Project







Kanwal Neel (2nd from right)

Excellence in Officiating Awards - 50 years Officiating Service

Level 5 Umpire, Track Referee, Race Walk Judge, Level 4 Multi-Events Judge

Kajaks Alumnus from 1969-1982 as an athlete, coach, and official.

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