COQUITLAM SPORTS HALL OF FAME

 Wall of Fame—2012 Inductees


Here are the annual Wall of Fame awards, celebrating the achievements and athletes of 2012!

Female Junior Athlete of the Year
Track and Field - Chanell Botsis
Chanell established a BC Summer Games record as a 13 year old in the javelin with a throw of 43.06 metres, while also winning both the hammerthrow and discus events. For her performance, she was awarded the WR Bennett Award as Outstanding Athlete. In August she established a new Canadian Legion Midget Girls record with a gold medal distance of 60.7 metres in the hammerthrow.

Male Junior Athlete of the Year
Hockey - Mathew Barzal
Mathew captained the Burnaby Winter Club's bantam team to a 2nd straight Western Canadian title last spring, and would later be selected first overall by the Seattle Thunderbirds in the Western Hockey League's Bantam Draft. He was named co-winner of the Hockey NOW's minor player of the year award, and continued to attract the attention of NHL scouts for the 2015 Entry Draft with a starring performance at last summer's AllState All-Canadian Mentorship Cup.

Female High School Athlete of the Year
Soccer, Volleyball and Basketball - Olivia Aguiar
Olivia Aguiar is a triple threat excelling in soccer, volleyball and basketball. Olivia wrapped up her time at Centennial, winning the school's girls soccer MVP award for a third consecutive year, to go along with the Golden Boot award. The team went on place third at the Fraser Valleys and sixth in BC. She was also a major contributor to impressive seasons in both basketball and volleyball, and collected an unprecedented fourth straight Top Female Athlete at Centennial. Olivia is preparing for her second year at SFU.

Male High School Athlete of the Year
Track and Field - Nathan George
For a second straight year, Nathan was quick to the finish in taking the senior boys 200-metre B.C. high school title, and he added the 400m crown at the 2012 championships. Both finish times, 22.04 seconds in the 200m and 48.08 seconds in the 400m, were new school records. He was also named to the B.C. senior track team for the 400m. Nathan is now attending and running for Trinity Western University in Langley.

Female University Athlete of the Year
Wrestling - Justina DiStasio
As a second-year student athlete at Simon Fraser University, Justina kicked off 2012 by capturing her first Women's College Wrestling Association national title in women's 77kg division, as well as an All-American honour. She did double duty at the Canadian national championships, winning the 72kg junior women's title, and collecting bronze in the same weight class in senior women's.

Male University Athlete of the Year
Soccer - Carlo Basso
A forward with a golden touch, Carlo led the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in goals in 2011-12 with 16, an average of .83 per game. The Simon Fraser University forward was named to the NCAA Div. 2 first team All-American, a GNAC first all-star for a second straight year, as well chosen a first team all-star by the National Soccer Coaches Association. His achievements earned him SFU's 2012 Male Athlete of the Year award.

Female Senior Athlete of the Year
Soccer - Brittany Timko
Brittany was a valuable veteran on Team Canada's thrilling bronze medal in women's soccer at the 2012 London Olympics. She entered the bronze medal game in the 77th minute and was on the field when Diana Matheson scored the game's lone goal in the 1-0 win over France. Her first appearance for Canada occurred 10 years earlier, resulting in an amazing reward for 10 years of service. Brittany has made more than 120 appearances as a member of Team Canada, including at the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament, where Canada collected silver.

Male Senior Athlete of the Year
Powerligting and Benchpress - Bill You
In 2012 Bill picked up, literally, his fourth straight B.C. Provincial Powerlifting and Benchpress championship title with an unequipped lift of 145.5kg, followed by an equipped lift of 165 kg, setting a new B.C. record in the process. As a member of Canada's world powerlifting team, Bill would capture the World Masters title with an equipped lift of 160kg, making him the No. 1 ranked lifter in masters 1, 74kg benchpress class. He began competitively lifting just three years ago.

Coach of the Year
Soccer - Dave Jones
After a year hiatus from provincial competition, the Dr. Charles Best Blue Devils boys' team returned with a vengeance by beating cross-district rival Terry Fox in the B.C. 'AAA' championship game 1-0. Jones also co-coached the senior squad with Giovanni Valente, as well as oversaw the Dr. Charles Best junior boys soccer team with a second straight Fraser Valley title.

Team of the Year
Football - Coquitlam Vikings Jr. Football Club
The Coquitlam Vikings rolled undefeated through the Vancouver Mainland regular season with an 8-0 record, topping club rival Coquitlam Raiders 16-3 in the league playoff. That propelled them into the provincial championship where they bested West Kelowna 26-20 in a thrilling final.

Players
Adam Tennet
Mahammed Hassan
Brenden Dieno
Michael Clark
Nico Depaoli
Matteo Siniscalchi
Malcolm Clark
Nic Green
Xavion Fleary
Keon Feouco
Liam Felet
Matthew Shuen
Graeme Melnyk
Mario Marra
Danny Bennett
Max Kennedy
Quinn Dronsky
Mathew Barzal
Joseph Bianchi
Donny Motz
Biagio Marra - Coach
Tom Bennett - Coach
Richard Kask - Coach
Kristi Kennedy - Manager


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