Aidan Turner has been recognized for his excellence in track and field over the past year.
The Grade 12 South Delta Secondary student is a finalist for B.C. High School Male Athlete of the Year. Turner is up against Laon Kim (swimming), Walker Sodaro (volleyball), Logan Thiessen (football) and Jimmy Zaborniak (basketball).
The winner will be announced at Sport B.C.’s 55th annual Athlete of the Year Awards on March 9 at the Vancouver Convention Centre East.
The event, to be hosted by CBC’s Scott Russell, recognizes the province’s best in amateur sport including athletes, coaches, teams, and officials for outstanding performances in their sport in either the 2021 or 2022 season.
Each finalist was nominated by their provincial or multi-sport organization, high school, college, or university. The selection committee, led by long-serving chair Bernie Pascall, included a diverse group of highly experienced British Columbia sport leaders and media members.
An additional six awards will be presented at the ceremony including the Best of BC, KidSport BC Community Champion, Harry Jerome Comeback, Daryl Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award and In Her Footsteps Honourees.
It was a magical June for Turner at the B.C. Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships that began with an epic battle with Nanaimo’s Nate Paris in the decathlon.
The pair finished first or second in nine of the 10 events. Paris edged Turner for gold. Turner’s point total (6,817) would have been good enough to win gold in each of the last 20 years.
Turner was only getting started, winning two gold medals and another silver a week later during the final three days of the championships to be named the meet’s Most Inspirational Athlete. He broke the meet record in the pole vault with a winning leap of 4.85 metres. He also captured the 110 metre hurdles (14.27 seconds) while earning silver in the discus with a throw of 39.09 metres.
This fall, he announced he will be continuing his promising career on a scholarship to Long Beach State University.
Among Turner’s coaches is his mom Michaela Colluney. She will be honoured at the BC Athletics’ annual awards banquet on Feb. 4 in Richmond where she will be named U18 Coach of the Year. Colluney also does her coaching out of Richmond with the Kajaks.