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Community invited to help celebrate top young athletes from the North Okanagan

Satchel McDermid, from Clarence Fulton Secondary, is presented with the most outstanding rugby player award by Ruby Sharma at the 2015 Rotary North Okanagan Athletic Awards.
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May 27, 2016 - 11:30 AM

NORTH OKANAGAN - The top young athletes from around the North Okanagan will be celebrated by family, friends, coaches and the community in June.

The Rotary North Okanagan Athletic Awards tip a hat to the region’s most exceptional athletes, from rugby players to golfers, with a formal awards ceremony open to the public. This year marks the third annual event, which is put on by the Rotary Clubs of Armstrong, Silver Star, Vernon and Kalamalka.

Rotary member Jerry Tellier says this year’s event is set for Tuesday, June 7 at the Vernon Atrium from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

“When you’re at the event and watching them (award recipients) come up on stage, you see the excitement on their faces. It definitely means something to them,” Tellier says.

He says the program has received rave reviews from parents and principals at the seven participating schools, Vernon Secondary School, W.L. Seaton Secondary, Kalamalka Secondary, Charles Bloom Secondary, Clarence Fulton Secondary, Pleasant Valley Secondary and the Vernon Christian School. While the schools do give out their own athletic awards, Tellier says there was nothing region-wide, and nothing the community as a whole could get involved in.

“It’s one thing for schools to do it locally, but they can be pretty small and there’s no recognition from the community itself,” Tellier says. “So, we felt this type of event would be a good one to take on.”

He says many students are known to mention their nominations and awards on resumes for jobs and applications for post secondary school.

Tickets to the event cost $10 and are available at the door, or in advance by contacting Tellier at 250-542-7636. All proceeds will go towards sports programs at the participating schools.

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