Kelowna's top athletes honoured at annual Civic Awards
A season replete with victories and accolades around the world has earned Kelsey Serwa another award back in her hometown.
For the second straight year, the 22-year-old ski cross racer has been named the City of Kelowna's female athlete of the year.
Serwa was among the sports, arts, and community honourees at the Civic Awards ceremony Thursday night at the Kelowna Community Theatre.
Serwa began 2011 with a bang, winning both the X-Games and world championships, and finished the season with six World Cup podium finishes.
In December, she won back-to-back World Cup races in Italy, before suffering a season-ending knee injury in January after crashing at a race in France.
Serwa is well on the road to recovery and expects to be fit and ready to go for the start of the 2012-13 season.
The other finalists were Malindi Elmore and Emma Tucker.
The other sports award winners were:
• Male athlete of the year—Keefer Joyce, sprinter
Joyce helped Canada win the bronze medal in the 4 by 100 relay at the 2011 Youth Commonwealth Games in the Isle of Man. He was also fifth in the men's 100 metres.
Joyce finished the 2011 track season ranked first in his age group in B.C. and second in Canada for the 100.
The other finalists were Bob LaRue and Steven Doege.
• Augie Ciancone female high school athlete of the year—Justine Drosdovech, Immaculata.
Drosdovech excelled on the Immaculata girls soccer and volleyball teams, and competed in cross country running while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.
Justine volunteers at her school by coaching volleyball, helping with score keeping, helping student’s council and mentoring young students. In the community, she’s a regular volunteer at the front desk of the Canadian Cancer Society.
The two other finalists were Rachel Penner and Kaitlynn Given.
• Augie Ciancone male high school athlete of the year—Mitchell Goodwin, KSS.
A star point guard and captain with the KSS boys basketball team, Goodwin led the Owls to the Okanagan Valley championship.
He also won numerous individual awards, including MVP at two major tournaments during the season and first all-star honours at the Western Canada Basketball Tournament.
With a perfect 4.0 GPA, he is part of the Link Crew and Rec Leadership team, and volunteers for the Elementary Mentorship program he helped create in 2011.
The other finalists were Michael Lee and Trevor Swaisland.
• Bryan Couling Memorial Award (team)—Kelowna Owls senior girls AAAA volleyball team.
Near the top of provincial rankings all season, the Owls realized their season long goal in December by winning the B.C. AAAA girls volleyball championship in North Vancouver. It was the first time 51 years that a local high school had won top honours in provincial girls volleyball.
The Owls also won the UBC, UBC Okanagan, KSS Best of the West and Okanagan Valley championships.
The other finalists were the UBCO men's volleyball team and the KCS Knights girls volleyball team.
• Bob Giordano Memorial Award (volunteer)—Tony Sodaro, KSS girls volleyball.
A tireless volunteer, Sodaro led the Kelowna Owls girls volleyball program to B.C. AAAA gold for the first time in the school's history.
Sodaro has been a coach and volunteer in the volleyball community for the last 17 years at the club, collegiate and high school levels.
The other finalists were Dino Gini and Richard Montgomery.