Tsawwassen swim star Markus Thormeyer is among the finalists for the 54th annual Sport BC Athlete of the Year Awards set for March 12 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
The event recognizes the province’s best in amateur sport including athletes, coaches, teams, and officials for outstanding performances in their sport over the 2019 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.
Thormeyer is up for University Athlete of the Year after leading the UBC Thunderbirds to their third straight U Sports national championship.
The Winskill Dolphins Swim Club alumni captured seven gold medals and also broke several meet records in being named the U Sports Male Swimmer of the Year.
Thormeyer is poised to compete in his second straight Olympic Games this summer in Toyko. He was named Swim Canada’s Male Swimmer of the Year last month.
He is up against Kiera Van Ryk (volleyball) and Anna Mollenhauer (field hockey) in the University Athlete of the Year category.
"The Athlete of the Year Awards is a true celebration of sport in our province, these finalists represent an exceptional 2019 in BC sport. We congratulate all of our finalists and the organizations they represent," shares Sport BC’s President and CEO, Rob Newman. “The 2019 finalists represent 20 sports from 24 different communities demonstrating the collective strength of our province’s sport sector.”
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.