COQUITLAM SPORTS HALL OF FAME

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June 13, 2014 - CSHOF Honours the Best of 2013
COQUITLAM, BC – Every year has its champions, and the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame will celebrate the community's top achievers in athletics for 2013 with its Wall of Fame awards later this month as part of a gala event at the Coquitlam Sports and Leisure Centre.

This year's group covers the gamut of sports, from ice to pitch, golf course to ski slopes. Topping the list of recipients this year are two teams – the Coquitlam Curling Club junior boys team and the Coquitlam Metro-Ford Soccer Club's under-18 boys Sparta – that reached new heights in 2013.

The Habkirk rink (Kyle Habkirk, Nicholas Umbach, Ryan Harbrink, Kento Sato), under the tutelage of coach Debbie Carroll, racked up provincial titles in both the juvenile and high school circuits, and scooped up bronze as an underaged team at the junior B.C.s. The Les Krivak-coached Sparta would storm through the provincial soccer championships and collect the Canadian u-18 title in relatively easy fashion.

Among the individual honours for the past sports year are: Junior - Kyle Jones (soccer) and Tamara O'Brien (gymnastics); High school - Adrian Lee (table tennis) and Chanell Botsis (track and field); College athletes - Paul Clerc (soccer) and Soobin Kim (golf); Senior - Kiera Leung (freestyle skiing), and for coaching, Debbie Carroll (curling) and Les Krivak (soccer).

Botsis would capture gold in under-16 girls hammerthrow at the Royal Canadian Legion Youth track and field championships with a new meet record.

A CIS All-Canadian all-star with the two-time defending Canadian national interuniversity soccer champion University of B.C. Thunderbirds, Clerc would score the winning goal in Canada's win over Peru at the Summer Universiade. Jones was a member of the Coquitlam Metro-Ford's u-17 boys Barca team that won its league championship, and would step up and join the u-18 Sparta in its run to a national championship.

A sophomore at the University of Washington, Kim would earn a second-team All-American honour on the women's golf circuit, setting a new low scoring average for UW women's golf, as well as placing second at the B.C. Women's Amateur championships.

For a second straight year, Lee won the B.C. high school boys singles table tennis title with a stellar performance for Gleneagle Secondary. Leung returned to competitive skiing after a three-year detour due to knee injuries and capture gold, silver and bronze at various NorAm skiing competitions, while reclaiming a position on the national ski team.

At 17, O'Brien would take tumbling gold at the world age group gymnastics championships in Bulgaria, and help Canada secure silver at the senior world championships, while posting the 11th best individual score.

Carroll coached the Habkirk rink to a pair of titles and an upset showing at the junior B.C. championships in Coquitlam, while Krivak steered the Coquitlam Metro-Ford u-18 Sparta to a national title.

The Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame gala on June 19, 2014 will celebrate the 2013 Wall of Fame annual recipients, as well as induct newest Hall of Fame members Bill Bradley (lacrosse), Pat Philley (soccer), Gale Sayers (basketball) Brian Lewis (builder - field hockey) and Bill Mitchell (builder - wrestling). The celebration begins at 7 p.m., at the Coquitlam Sports and Leisure Centre, 633 Poirier Street).

For information on the ceremony or to purchase tickets for the event, email info@coquitlamshof.com. Tickets are also available at the door for $10.00.

For more information on the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame, visit the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame nomination page, where you can find out more about how to nominate someone for future awards.

For more information on the inductees and the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame, contact Les Wingrove Vice President CSHOF 604 936-5128 email Les Wingrove.

Hall of Fame and Wall of Fame gala
7:00 p.m.
Thursday June 19th, 2014

Coquitlam Sports and Leisure Centre
633 Poirier Street, Coquitlam, BC
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