Athlete of the year honour for local youth

Kelowna’s James Turner has been recognized by B.C. Athletics for his outstanding performances in track and field during the 2010 season.

Kelowna’s James Turner has been recognized by B.C. Athletics for his outstanding performances in track and field during the 2010 season.

Turner was named the athlete of the year in the youth category at the B.C. Athletics awards banquet last weekend.

James, a member of the Kelowna Track and Field Club, set the B.C. Youth Octathlon record at last summer’s National Legion Youth Championships with his accumulated point total of 6,006 points.

James’ brother Rostam Turner, Aaron Stroda and Elisa Joyce all received Awards of Excellence at the banquet.

Rostam won the gold medal in the javelin (48.65m) and a silver medal in the discus (45.55m) at the 2010 B.C. Summer Games.

Earlier in the fall, Aaron Stroda won a B.C. Athletics Junior Development Award in throws for his 55.66m throw in the discus and 15.6m throw in the shot put.

Both performances were the best ever recorded in B.C. for these implements at these weights (new weights were introduced in 2002 and 1998).

Aaron won double gold medals in the shot put and discus at the 2010 BC Summer Games.

Kelowna Secondary School student Elisa Joyce, a past member of the Kelowna Track and Field Club who ran unattached in 2010, was also awarded a B.C. Athletics Award of Excellence in the midget category for outstanding performances in the sprints.

Eliza won the U16 200m and 300m at the Legion National Youth Championships, and claimed a silver medal in the sprint relays.

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