Gymnastics BC honoured the province’s top athletes, coaches and volunteers at its annual awards banquet Oct. 25 in Burnaby, and two Surrey residents were among those recognized.
Shallon Olsen was presented with the Kate Richardson Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year award in recognition of a season of successful results in major competitions.
Olsen began her season in France at the Massilia Cup where she finished fourth in the vault final competing in a field which included 2014 world championship competitors Larisa Iordache and Alla Sosnitskaya
At the 2014 Elite Canada competition, she was second in the Junior Women’s all around standings, and won two gold and two silver medals in the apparatus finals.
She qualified for three event finals at the 2014 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships, and won two medals – a silver on floor exercise and a bronze on vault.
Her season concluded with a second place finish at the Canadian championships. She medaled in all four apparatus competitions, including one gold.
Carolyn Doherty was named Volunteer of the Year, earning an award that goes to “an individual who has demonstrated outstanding volunteer contributions on behalf of gymnastics in B.C.”
The club president of Shasta Trampoline, Doherty created a training manual for the scorekeeping program and provided back-up support for volunteers at Shasta and other clubs.
She also worked alongside the trampoline official scorekeeper at the Pacific Rim Gymnastic Championships.