Wall of Fame 2016 Inductees
Female Junior Athlete of the Year
Shallon Olsen – Gymnastics
Shallon has represented Canada many times at international gymnastics competitions. After first-place showings on the vault at the International Gymnix Senior Cup and Pacific Rim championships, Olsen made it all the way to the vault final at the Rio Olympics, demonstrating nerves of steel. Here at home the Centennial Secondary student finished 1st in the vault and 2nd in the floor routine at the Canadian Championships.
Male Junior Athlete of the Year
Connor Hollingshead – Boxing
He is ranked No.1 provincially and 2nd nationally in his age and weight class. Among many of his titles this year, Connor is the Oregon State Golden Gloves, BC Golden Gloves Provincial Champion and Canadian National Silver Medalist.
Not known for pulling his punches in the ring, Connor has made major strides in boxing among the 70-kg weight class. There just may be an Olympics in his future, if he keeps it up.
Female High School Athlete of the Year
Jacqueline Lew – Wrestling
Jacqueline dominated nationally represented Canada at the Cadet Pan American Games, finishing 3rd, at the United World Wrestling Cadet Trials, where she won, and at the Western Juniors Regionals placing 1st. She wrapped up her high school career with another provincial gold, maintaining undefeated at the high school competition level. I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot more of Jacqueline.
Male High School Athlete of the Year
Nic Greene – Football
Nic has had an impressive football career at Centennial High School, and was a major part in the team’s resurgence this past year. He led the team to the provincial quarterfinals by ranking 1st in defensive interceptions, in yards off interceptions and also 1st in interceptions to TD’s for BC AAA High School Football. He was also 3rd in receiving. Nic was named to the 1st provincial all-star team in 2016, and has since signed to play and study at the University of Saskatchewan. Well done Nic!
Female University Athletes of the Year
Samantha McILwrick – Field Hockey
Sam is currently at Cornell University achieving academic excellence and is the co-captain for their varsity field hockey team. Sam was named to the 1st team All-Ivy Field hockey all-star team in 2016. She also represents Canada as a member of the Canadian Junior National field hockey team, competing in Chile and Trinidad in 2016. When she’s home, Sam continues to give back to the sport and her club. She’s the epitome of class on grass.
Addy Townsend – Track and Field
Our other female university honouree is Simon Fraser University’s Olivia Willett, who was named the 2017 GNAC Freshman of the Year in cross country and has been an impressive part of the Clan’s winning ways. Her ninth place finish helped her team come in second at the GNAC Women’s Cross Country Championships. At the NCAA cross country championships Olivia helped SFU post an impressive 10th finish as a team.
Male University Athletes of the Year
Challen Rogers – Field Lacrosse
Challen is attending Stony Brook University and playing on their field lacrosse team. He became the 5th player ever in field lacrosse to reach 200 points in a season. Challen made the 1st All-American East team in his senior year and was drafted 2nd overall to the Toronto Rock in the National Lacrosse League.
Adam Jones – Soccer
Adam had a stellar career at SFU being named to the 2016 NCAA Div 2 men’s soccer All-American first team. He led the SFU soccer team with 10 goals, 9 assists and was chosen the 2016 West Region Player of the Year award. Always dangerous with the ball, Adam is currently playing with the Seattle Sounders U23 team so we gladly give his award to his parents of his behalf.
Female Senior Athlete of the Year
Jasmin Glaesser – Cycling
In her second Olympics as a key member of Canada’s cycling team, Jasmine earned an impressive bronze medal in team pursuit. She also won 2 silver medals at the World Championships and 2 gold medals at the Pan Am Games all in team pursuit. Already a two-time Olympic medalist at the youthful age of 24, Jasmine continues to pedal far and wide in pursuit of more records and races to win.
Male Senior Athlete of the Year
Christian Del Bianco – Lacrosse
Christian Del Bianco, who is inducted for his role with the 2016 Coquitlam Junior Adanacs’ Minto Cup championship run. In net Christian made 59 saves on 64 shots to help his team defeat Orangeville in the final and hoist the 2016 Minto Cup as an 18 year old. His performance netted him the tourney’s MVP award, to go along with a bounty of hardware from the regular season. Christian was drafted in the 2nd round by the Calgary Roughnecks in the NLL. We look forward to watching Christian’s netminding career in the National Lacrosse League.
Masters Athlete of the Year
Urith Hayley – Track and Field
Urith is a track and field athlete of epic achievements, regardless of age. In the 65-69 women’s age group she brought home no less than 4 gold medals in high jump, pole vault, 100 m sprint and 200m hurdles and 2 silver medals in 50m and 200 m sprints at the 55+ BC Games. She won gold in 100m, 200m and 800m hurdles at the Canadian masters championships, and picked up two golds at the Americas Masters Games. Age is no issue when it comes to crossing the finish line first for this Coquitlam athlete.
Coach of the Year
Pat Coyle – Lacrosse
A hall of fame player over an illustrious career, Pat brought his knowledge and passion for the game to the rink and skippered the Coquitlam junior Adanacs through an incredible season. For only the second time in franchise history, the Adanacs captured the national title, needing overtime to beat Orangeville for the prized Minto Cup. It takes a special skill to bring a team of teenagers and young men together, but Pat made it look easy.
Volunteer of the Year
Gayle Statton – Soccer
Gayle’s contributions also span decades of volunteer work in our community but this year she out did herself. Her many years of championing soccer behind the scenes in various roles gave her the organizational experience to tackle the position of chair for the 55+ Games hosted by Coquitlam. The city could not have found a better leader for the job. These kinds of undertakings require a massive commitment and expertise, as well as patience. Gayle’s leadership ensured the Games were a tremendous success.
Earlene Graham – Curling
Earlene’s remarkable volunteer contributions go far beyond 2016. But this year we are recognizing her for outstanding leadership during the reorganization of the curling club and for her tireless efforts hosted two major events this year – the BC Junior Provincials and the BC Scotties Championships. They were successful due to Earlene knowledge, expertise and dedication. Both the sport and community have benefited from her involvement.
Disabled Athlete of the Year
Ahmad Zeividavi – Goalball
Ahmad is a national team member in goalball and has competed at two Paralympics. In 2016 he represented Canada with distinction at the Rio Paralympics, helping the men’s team advance to the quarterfinals before falling to Lithuania in overtime. His outstanding commitment and dedication to sport has taken him around the world, and a big reason why we honour him today.
Team of the Year
Coquitlam junior Adanacs – Lacrosse
This group of young men, and a few teenagers, came together over a four-month season to deliver a rare gem. The Coquitlam junior Adanacs were extremely competitive at the local level and took it up a notch at the national level. Let’s have the 2016 Junior Adanacs Lacrosse Team join us on stage for their recognition. This team not only won their regular season with an impressive 21 – 0 record but they also went on to win the prestigious Minto Cup. In beating Orangeville 6-5 in overtime, the junior Adanacs brought home the cup to Coquitlam, while setting a shining example for the next generation of players.
- Anthony Dale
- Brett Kujula
- Christian Basso
- Christian DelBianco
- Cody Graydon
- Colin Munro
- Conner Stroup
- Danny Spagnuolo
- Dereck Downs
- Dennon Armstrong
- Dylan Chand
- Eli Salama
- Jake Taylor
- Jen-Luc Chetner
- John Hofseth
- Jordan Magnuson
- Josh Kemp
- Julian Infanti
- Kai McDonald
- Keegan Rittinger
- Mac Dailly
- Reid Bowering
- Nicco McNabb
- Ryan Sinkiex
- Thomas Semple
- Tyler Pace
- Pat Coyle – Head Coach
- Creighton Reid – Assistant Coach
- Saqib Niaz – Trainer
- Ben McIlhargey – Ball Boy
- Kyle Sorenson – Assistant Coach
- Frank Dailly – Equipment Manager
- Raymond Sidhu – Trainer
- Carter Ashworth – Ball Boy
- Garrett Ungaro
- Johnny Dale
- Lance Hofseth
- Marc Lalonde
- Tosh Nishimura
- James Abbott
- Kerry McGaffney
- Les Wingrove
- Scott Wortley
- Todd Miller