The Doug Waller Memorial Trophy for Most Improved Swimmer went to Crystal Russeau, left, and was presented by Peggy Waller, centre, and her daughter Louise Waller. SONJA DRINKWATER PHOTO

Port Alberni’s Special Olympics athletes awarded

Annual awards banquet took place on June 23



Port Alberni’s Special Olympics athletes were recognized at an annual awards banquet on Saturday, June 23 at the Echo Centre.

Special Olympics Award Night Results:


Most Dedicated—Richard Morgan (Honorable mentions: Joey Elgood, Lioba Rehm, Sebastien Thomas)

Sportsmanship—Jolyn Watts/Kim Giesbrecht (Honorable mentions: Simone Myer, Sara Bischke, Jenna Domovich, Crystal Domovich, Domovich, Rosa Ross)

Best All Round Swimmer—Michael MacDonald

Most Splashes—Shelley Hyggen

Doug Waller Award for Most Improved Swimmer—Crystal Rousseau (Honorable mentions Lucas and Alex Bell) presented by Peggy and Louise Waller.


Best All Around Female Basketballer—Jenna Domovich

Best All Around Male Basketballer—Brandon Pater

Most Sportsmanlike Basketballer—Brandi Pretty

Most Elusive Basketballer—Daniel George

Best “Game-Face”—Kelina Weaver


Sportsmanship—Bryce VanKooten

Improved—Kim Giesbrecht

Floor Hockey

Most Improved—Billy Mabley and Gary Peter

Most Sportsmanlike—Matt Deforge and Kirk Margetish

Most Dedicated—Ken Joudrey

Unsung Hero Award—Brandon Pater and Sebastien Thomas


Goal Setting Award—Simone Myers (for setting a goal to run the 800m and encouraging other athletes to join)

Consistency Award—Joey Elgood (for helping demo skills at practice and always performing to his capability)

Team Spirit Award—Jolyn Watts (for her upbeat personality and always coming to practice with a smile)


Sebastien Thomas received Best Unsung Hero for Floor Hockey and was presented this award by coaches Barb VanZoeren and Barb Giesbrecht. SONJA DRINKWATER PHOTO

Jolyn Watts and Richard Morgan won the Colleen Deakin Memorial Award for Most Sportsmanlike Athlete (Male and Female). SONJA DRINKWATER PHOTO

Barb VanZoeren, right, received the Jim Rutherford Most Dedicated Volunteer from his daughter Anne Evans. SONJA DRINKWATER PHOTO

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