Wall of Fame—2013 Inductees

Here are the annual Wall of Fame awards, celebrating the achievements and athletes of 2013!

Female Junior Athlete of the Year
Gymnastics - Tamara O'Brien
Tamara tumbled her way to this Junior female athlete of the year honour! Competing in the Canadian Championships Tamara placed 1st in the double mini trampoline and 3rd in tumbling then moved on to the Elite Canadian championship where she placed 2nd in the double mini trampoline and 2nd in tumbling. Representing Canada at the World Championships in Sofia Bulgaria she placed 11th in the double mini trampoline, 2nd in team double mini trampoline and 2nd in tumbling. What a year for this talented your woman. Please welcome Tamara O’Brien!

Male Junior Athlete of the Year
Soccer - Kyle Jones
Kyle has played soccer for many years but the 2013 season was especially good for him. Kyle was a member of the under 17 CMFSC Barca’s league cup winning team, was selected to represent BC at the Canada Summer Games, and was invited into the Whitecaps Full-Time Residency program for the 2013-14 Season. Kyle has been a CMFSC member since he was 4 years old – back to when you could really party like it was 1999. Kyle is the second player from Barca to be selected to the Whitecaps Residency Program, joining Marcello Polisi.

Female University Athlete of the Year
Track and Field - Chanell Botsis
Chanell won a gold and silver medal at the 2013 Legion Canadian youth track and field championships at Langley’s McLeod Park. Botsis broke her own national record in the hammer throw to win gold in the U-16 girls category with a toss of 55.21 metres. She also picked up a silver medal in the U-16 discus with her throw of 36.40 m. Chanell has been throwing the discus and javelin for the past four years — with a back injury forcing her to give up the javelin last season — and only picked up the hammer three years ago. Quite an accomplishment for someone so young!

Male High School Athlete of the Year
Table Tennis - Adrian Lee
This young Gleneagle Secondary student was a repeat champion on the table top as a senior, reclaiming the provincial title in 2013 after achieving that lofty height two years earlier as a Grade 10. A BC silver medal in 2011 only fuelled his desire to get the gold in his final year – he held a hot paddle last year. Congratulations Adrian!

Female University Athlete of the Year
Golf - SooBin Kim
As a University of Washington junior SooBin Kim shot a 2-under-par 70 for the second straight round to tie the first – round leader at the NCAA West Regional championships, which helped the Huskies remain in contention for the team title. Then in the Safeway Amateur Open she shot a 3 under 68 to tie, winning with par on the 2nd playoff hole. SooBin was also selected First team – All –Conference, the first Huskie so honoured since 2008! She set a new UW record for the lowest average round, 71.97.

Male University Athlete of the Year
Soccer - Paul Clerc
This was a great year for Paul, leading UBC to a Gold Medal at the Canada West Tournament against the Saskatchewan Huskies and then repeating the feat at the CIS National where UBC beat out Laval University 3 – 1. Paul is a three time Academic All-Canadian in Kinesiology and was honoured by Governor General David Johnston winning the Governor General’s Academic All-Canadian Commendation as one of the top eight student-athlete Academic All Canadians. He also represented Canada at the Universiade Games in Kazan, Russia, scoring a key goal in the team’s win over Peru.

Female Senior Athlete of the Year
Skiing - Kiera Leung
This year, following a three-year hiatus due to reoccurring knee injuries, Kiera Leung racked up an incredible list of personal bests. She placed 3rd in the NorAm Cup Series, 8th Dual Moguls at Telluride, 2nd Dual moguls at Val Saint-Come Quebec, and 1st in the Dual moguls, NorAm Cup in 2013. Kiera achieve an international ranking of 31st and was ranked 8th nationally. It earned her a spot back on the national ski team. Through it all, Kiera was a picture of perseverance who whether on the moguls or in rehab, demonstrated how to best handle life’s many ups and downs.

Coach of the Year
Soccer - Les Krivak
More than 2,700 players, staff and officials attended the 2013 Canadian Soccer Club National Tournament where the Metro Ford Sparta’s won Gold, becoming the Canada National Soccer Club Champions. The U18 boys played five matches and went undefeated throughout the tournament. The boys faced clubs from Ontario, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan before meeting Nova Scotia in the final. Two goals and strong defense from Coquitlam was all that was needed to seal up the championship with a 2-0 win over Halifax City.

And this was done under the guidance of coach Les Krivak. Les is senior instructor with Coquitlam Metro Ford and has been coaching with them since 2000 in varying roles of Metro Coach, Y-League Coach, and Academy Coach. He was named the BC Soccer Youth Coach of the year for 2014. He expressed his desire to be here with this team tonight but of course, is on the soccer pitch doing his job, coaching in Florida. The team will take his award for him.

Team of the Year
Soccer - U18 Metro Ford Sparta Team

Coach of the Year
Curling - Debbie Carroll
Debbie Carroll coaches Team Habkirk 3 – 4 times per week as well as coaching high school and manages to squeeze in time to curl herself each week. She is a certified NCCP coach and teaches Rocks & Rings at least once per week. But that’s just half of what she does, as she is also a wife and mother of 4 children and volunteers in many sports with her children.

Team Habkirk competed in three provincial events this year and, as a juvenile-aged team, placed third in the provincial junior level, first in the provincial high school level and first in the provincial juvenile event and was ranked 9th out of 12 teams in the world at the U18 International Optimist Championships. An outstanding year for Skip Kyle Habkirk, Coach Debbie Carroll and team!

Team of the Year
Curling - Team Habkirk
Kyle Habkirk, Nicholas Umbach, Ryan Harbrink, Kento Sato and Zackery Umbach

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