Kelowna women honoured for sports leadership

Nikki Reiter and Pat Sima-Ledding two of eight across BC honoured with ACE awards

Two members of the Kelowna sporting community have been recognized with an ACE (Achieving Community Excellence) Award

Nikki Reiter, a UBCO running coach, and Patricia Sima-Ledding, a track and field coach, are among eight “outstanding members of Team BC—all having participated in the recent 2013 Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, QC,” stated a press release from the ACE awards, a non for profit BC sports group.

Reiter is an athletics endurance coach and has been involved in the sport for 20 years. She currently coaches at the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) and the Okanagan Athletics Club. Nikki was nominated by her UBCO Heat Cross Country Team who praised Nikki’s work in organizing a series of fundraising initiatives that helped save the future of their club. Through her vast network, Nikki brings together runners of all ages and skill levels to train and learn together.

Sima-Ledding is an athletics coach and has been involved in the sport for 29 years. Patricia is the president, founder and a coach for “Competitive Edge,” a company that offers a unique speed training program to athletes. However, after work Pat spends the remainder of her day coaching with Team BC or her team of high school athletes at the Okanagan Athletics Club. Pat also serves on the BC Athletics Track & Field Committee and continues to dedicate countless hours to growing athletics in her community.

The ACE Awards, founded by BC Athlete Voice and administered by ViaSport, are presented to a select group of Team BC athletes and coaches every year. The award acknowledges the importance of using leadership skills honed through sport to give back to the community, both on and off the playing surface. From an exceptional group of nominees, winners are selected based on their leadership in promoting sport and physical activity for the greater benefit of their sport and community

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