Three SwimBC Finalists in SportBC Athlete of the Year Awards

SwimBC has had three individuals named as finalists in the annual Sport BC Athlete of the Year Awards.

Annamay Pierse, a member of the UBC Dolphins club, who trains at the National Swim Centre in Vancouver, was named as a finalist in the "Senior Female Athlete of the Year" category, based on her multiple world-record swims in 2009, as well as silver-medal performance in the 200 Breastroke at the 2009 World Aquatics Championships.

Ryan Cochrane, who competes for Island Swimming out of Victoria and trains at the Victoria Academy of Swimming, was similarly named as a finalist in "Senior Male Athlete of the Year" category, for his double-medal performance in Rome at the 2009 World Aquatics Championships.  Cochrane finished third in the Men's 800 Free, while earning a silver medal in the 1500 Free.

Annamay's coach, Jozsef Nagy, earned a nomination as a finalist in the Coach of the Year category.

Each of the sports under the SportBC banner are eligible to put forward nominations, with only three being put forward as finalists in each category.

The 44th Athlete of the Year Awards presented by TELUS will be held at the River Rock Show Theatre in Richmond, BC on WednesdayMarch 31, 2010.

For more information, go to: http://www.sport.bc.ca/programs/AOY/