Awards

Swimming is a discipline that brings together athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers from all walks of life. Through these awards, we aim to honour the remarkable individuals who have left an indelible mark on the sport, inspiring countless others to chase their dreams.

Swim BC Awards

Swim BC has long been dedicated to fostering a vibrant and thriving swimming community. The awards bestowed by Swim BC recognize the remarkable achievements of athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers who have represented the province with distinction.

Swim BC Awards Criteria

Swimmer Eligibility 

To be eligible for an award, a swimmer must be deemed to be a BC Swimmer, defined as follows: 

  • Registered with and representing a Swim BC member club in good standing or HPC-Vancouver.  
  • Living, training and registered full-time in BC 12-months prior to consideration for nomination. 
  • Where a swimmer represents HPC-Vancouver, the swimmer’s club of origin, and current club, must be a Swim BC member club.  
  • Swimmers training at a HPC outside of BC are not eligible for Swim BC Awards. 
  • Awards are based on competition and eligibility for the competitive season September 1 – August 31. 

Swim BC Swimmer of the Year (Male and Female)

  • Both Male and a Female award will be presented when the criteria is met. If no swimmer from a specific gender meets the criteria, no award will be presented for that gender. 
  • A swimmer must have represented a BC club or HPC Vancouver at the Canadian Swimming Trials or highest rated international swimming event, prioritized as: 
    1. Olympics / Paralympics 
    2. World Championships / World Para Swimming Championships 
    3. Pan Pacific Championships / Para Pan Pacific Championships 
    4. World Aquatics Championships (25m) 
    5. FISU Games 
    6. Commonwealth Games
    7. World Junior Swimming Championships 
    8. Pan American Games / Para Pan American Games 
  • The eligible swimmer with the highest placing in the top 8 at the highest prioritized international swimming event will be the Senior Swimmer of the Year. 
  • If no eligible swimmer places in the top 8 in a prioritized competition, then all eligible swimmer’s placing’s (ie/9th and lower) will be ranked for each of the prioritized competitions.  In priority order, a swimmer’s international ranking will be added to their placing in the Canadian Swimming Trials in that event. The swimmer with the lowest combined placing “add-up” will be the Senior Swimmer of the Year. (ie/ 14th place, 100 breast at World Aquatic World Champs + 2nd place in 100 breast at Canadian Swimming Trials = 16 combined). 
  • World Aquatics / IPC points will be utilized to break a tie.  
  • A World Aquatics recognized LCM world record in an individual event regardless of competition will be prioritized above a placing rating. 
  • A World Para Swimming LCM world record in an individual event must be achieved at the Canadain Swimming Trials or the primary Para international competition and in an event recognized by their sport class. 
  • A World Aquatics recognized SCM world record in an individual event will rank after any medal (won in the same individual event) at a #1 or #2 international swimming competition; and before any medal won at a #3 – #8 international competition. 

 Swim BC Provincial Para-Swimmer of the Year (Male and Female)

  • A Provincial Para-Swimmer must have competed at a minimum of one BC Provincial Championship meet. 
  • Both Male and a Female award will be presented when the criteria is met by a swimmer from each gender. If no swimmer in a gender achieves the criteria, no award for that gender will be presented. 
  • To be eligible, Para classified swimmers must have been classified Level 2 prior to the BC Winter Provincial Championships.   
  • A swimmer’s highest point score in a single event competed at the Provincial Championships will be the Provincial Para-Swimmer of the Year. 

  Swim BC Provincial Swimmer of the Year (Male and Female) 

  • To be eligible, a Provincial Swimmer must have competed at a minimum of one BC Provincial Championship meet. 
  • Award criteria scoring (individual events only): 
  • National age group SCM or LCM records (5 points per event – multiple records in a single event will be considered once only) 
  • Provincial age group records (3 points per event – multiple records in a single event will be considered once only) 
  • Selection to any National Senior Team (2 points) 
  • Selection to any National Junior Team (1 point) 
  • Swim BC targeted athlete:
    1. SC AAP Senior Card – 4 points 
    2. SC AAP Development Card – 3 points 
    3. Provincial Development 1 – 2 points
    4. Provincial Development 2 – 1 point 
  • BC Provincial Championships Aggregate Winners (1 point per award) 
  • Tie breaker – single highest FINA point scoring swim 

 Master Swimmer of the Year (Male and Female) 

  • This award will be determined in consultation with MSABC. 
  • An Eligible BC Master swimmer will be:  
  • registered in the Masters category with, and representing a registered Swim BC / MSABC Club  
  • residing full time in the province prior to the entry deadline for the MSABC Provincial Championships 
  • The awards will be based on results from the BC Masters Championships. Where no World Record is broken, the swimmer achieving a time closest to a current World Record based on percentage in any single event, will be the Master Swimmer of the Year.  Where a World Record or multiple World Records are recognized, the swimmer achieving the largest percentage drop in the World Record will be the Master Swimmer of the Year.

Swim BC Coach of the Year (Male and Female) 

  • An Eligible BC Coach will be:  
    • registered with and representing a BC Club  
    • actively coaching full time in the province 12 months prior to consideration  
    • Compliant with all Swim BC coach registration requirements 
    • Declared Coach of Record for individual swimmers.  The Swim BC Awards Committee will request and or confirm Coach of Record status where necessary
  • Awards will be based on the following scoring achievements: 
    • 8 points per provincial records(SCM, LCM, individual and relay events – counted once, not cumulatively)
      • Full relay (coach of record for all swimmers) = 8 pts per record
      • Partial relay (coach of record for some swimmers) = 2 pts per record per swimmer
    • 12  points per national records (SCM, LCM, individual and relay events – counted once, not cumulatively)
      • Full relay (coach of record for all swimmers) = 12 pts per record
      • Partial relay (coach of record for some swimmers) = 3 pts per record per swimmer
    • Total number of Swim BC targeted athletes – points distribution per swimmer:
      • Canadian Elite – 4 points
      • Canadian Development – 3 points
      • Provincial Development 1 – 2 points
      • Provincial Development 2 – 1 point
    • Selection and acceptance to coach provincial team(s) – point distribution
      • Provincial Development 1 – 2 points
      • Provincial Development 2 – 1 point
    • Selection and acceptance to any National Senior Team (2 points) 
    • Selection and acceptance to any National Junior Team (1 point)
    • NB – A National Team appointment that coincides with a BC Team appointment and prevents acceptance to participate on a provincial team will be scored at full value.  
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Swim BC Flip Filippelli Official of the Year Award 

  • Recognition of a registered official who has contributed substantially of their time, expertise, and energy toward officiating and officials’ development. 
  • A recipient will have:
    • Officiated at a minimum of three regional competitions, one Divisional competition; and a BC Provincial Championships. 
    • Lead a minimum of two in-person clinics and mentored at least two officials. 
  • Demonstrated ongoing personal development through course work and / or experiential opportunities. 
  • Demonstrated individual dedication to leadership and contribution to local sport development and promotion of fair play and ethical behaviours in swimming. 
  • The Swim BC Officials Committee will make recommendation to the Awards Committee 

 Swim BC Volunteer Contribution Award  

  • Recognition of an individual who has made a significant contribution to community through commitment, service, creativity, cooperation, and leadership in their volunteer role.   
  • Submissions will be solicited from the Swim BC membership requesting submissions that outline the following: 
    • Club impact  
    • Swimming community reach,  
    • Ongoing engagement,  
    • Overcoming personal challenges,  
    • Inspirational impact to swimming community  

Swim BC President’s Award 

  • The President of Swim BC, at their sole discretion, will determine the recipient(s).   
  • The award is intended to recognize a long serving individual (BC resident) within the BC swimming community who has had a significant and lasting impact on the direction of competitive swimming in the province. 
  • Multiple individuals may be recognized 

 Club of the Year  

  • An eligible BC Club will:   
    • be registered with Swim BC 12 months prior to the award year and have no suspensions or letters of warning during that period,
    • be coaching registration and certification compliant, 
    • have swimmers registered in the Competitive category, 
    • have attended at least one of the Winter BC Divisionals or Winter BC Championships; and at least one of the Summer BC Divisionals or Summer BC Provincial Championships,
    • Varsity only clubs and Masters’ only clubs are not eligible for this award. 
  • The award will be determined as follows: 
    • Total Provincial Championships combined score (Winter + Summer) ranked and scored in reverse by the total number of ranked clubs, 
    • Total number of National Qualifiers weighted by level of competition:
      • Canadian Swimming Trials Senior standard – 4 points / swimmer 
      • Canadian Swimming Trials Junior standard – 2 points / swimmer 
      • Canadian Swimming Championships standard – 3 points / swimmer 
      • Canadian Junior Championships standard – 2 points / swimmer 
      • Western Championships – 1 point / swimmer 
    • Provincial technical program (CSI-Pacific ID) selection – 1 point / swimmer 
    • Total number of registered officials per registered competitive swimmer; ranked and scored in reverse order by the total number of ranked clubs.
2022-2023 Award Winners

President’s Award Winner – LINDA METCALFE

Swim BC Volunteer Contribution Award – JESSICA JENSEN (DELTA)

Swim BC Flip Filippelli Official of the Year Award – NORMA LACHANCE

Swim BC Female Coach of the Year Award – RENATE TERPSTRA (KISU)

Swim BC Male Coach of the Year Award – ANDREW LENNSTROM (HYACK)

Swim BC Male Swimmer of the Year Award – NICHOLAS BENNETT (RAC)

Swim BC Female Provincial Swimmer of the Year Award – MICHELLE ZENG (WVOSC)

Swim BC Male Provincial Swimmer of the Year Award – LAON KIM (HYACK)

Swim BC Female Para Provincial Swimmer of the Year Award – SOPHIE WOOD (UVPCS)

Swim BC Male Para Provincial Swimmer of the Year Award  – CAMERON CHAMBERS (KISU)

Swim BC Masters Female Swimmer of the Year Award – KIRSTEN DOUGLAS (EBMSC)

Swim BC Masters Male Swimmer of the Year Award – DARIAN FRY (WRW)

Swim BC Club of the Year Award – LANGLEY OLYMPIANS SWIM CUB 

2021-2022 Award Winners

President’s Award Winner – ROB TRAYNOR 

Volunteer of the Year – KATHY FINDLAY (VPSC)

Official of the Year – GLENN GREIG 

Female Coach of the Year – JY LAWRENCE (PSW)

Male Coach of the Year – ANDREW LENNSTROM (HYACK)

Senior Male Swimmer of the Year – JACOB BRAYSHAW (KISU)

Female Provincial Swimmer – KATELYN SCHROEDER (LOSC)

Male Provincial Swimmer – LAON KIM (HYACK)

Female Para Provincial Swimmer – SOPHIE WOOD (UVPCS)

Male Para Provincial Swimmer – LUCAS VAN HERK (SPART)

Club of the Year – SIMON FRASER AQUATICS

2020-2021 Award Winners

Senior Male Swimmer of the Year – Brent Hayden

Senior Female Swimmer of the Year – Keira Smith

Provincial Male Swimmer of the Year – Laon Kim

Provincial Female Swimmer of the Year – Leilani Fack

Provincial Male Para Swimmer of the Year – Jacob Brayshaw

Provincial Female Para Swimmer of the Year – Arianna Hunsicker

Male Coach of the Year – Brian Metcalfe

Female Coach of the Year – Sue Logan

Volunteer of the Year – Angie Abdou

Club of the Year – Kamloops Classic Swimming

2019-2020 Award Winners

Swim BC President’s Award – Jeannie Lo (CDSC)

Swim BC Club of the Year – Hyack Swim Club

Swim BC Male Provincial Swimmer of the Year – Peter Huang (HYACK)

Swim BC Female Provincial Swimmer of the Year – Bailey Herbert (LOSC)

Swim BC Male Provincial Para Swimmer of the Year – Cameron Chambers (KAJ)

Swim BC Female Provincial Para Swimmer of the Year  – Arianna Hunsicker (SKSC)

Swim BC Female Coach of the Year – Tina Hoeben (KISU)

Swim BC Male Coach of the Year – Brian Metcalfe (LOSC)

Volunteer of the Year – Carmen Massey (CSSSC)

Official of the Year – Piero Porreca

Swimming Canada Awards

Swimming Canada’s National Awards celebrate the exceptional achievements and contributions of swimmers, coaches, officials, and volunteers who have made a profound impact on the sport of swimming in Canada. These awards recognize, at the national level, some of our outstanding Swim BC members.

2022-2023 Award Winners
  • Male Swimmer of the YearBrent Hayden
  • Breakout Male Para Swimmer of the YearNicholas Bennett
  • Volunteer Contribution AwardLinda Metcalfe
2021-2022 Award Winners
2020-2021 Award Winners
2019-2020 Award Winners

Sport BC Awards

Sport BC offers various recognition events throughout the year in order to promote and reflect the values of sport and the critical role of Provincial Sport Organizations in the delivery of successful sport systems.  They develop these events to celebrate athletes, coaches, officials, and sport management volunteers who keep sport alive in BC.

2022-2023 Award Winners
  • Male High School Athlete of the Year – Laon Kim
2021-2022 Award Winners
2020-2021 Award Winners
2019-2020 Award Winners

Volunteer of the Year Award

Criteria: 

The Swim BC Volunteer of the Year Award will be presented to a Swim BC member who has displayed outstanding contributions to the sport of competitive swimming through leadership and volunteerism to make a positive impact as:

  • A club volunteer, Swim BC or Affiliated Board Member, or Swim Official who saw a need and responded 
  • Promoted and supported the development of volunteer networks in their local organization 

  Nominees must have been involved in swimming for at least three years. 

 

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