To celebrate the dedication and performance of our athletes, the OAC provides recognition through various awards.
Awards and bursaries will not be awarded if there are no suitable/eligible candidates.
MIKE PASSMORE Memorial Bursary (up to 2 awards/year – one female, one male)
OAC Membership Fee + BC Athletics Fee + Singlet (if required) for one year
Mike was a former member of the KT&FC who excelled as a middle distance and cross-country runner. He later competed in cross-country and won honours for Okanagan University College and Simon Fraser University before his premature death at the age of 26. Mike stood out as a dedicated and passionate athlete. His fiery red hair and freckled face sprinted to the front of the Steve Reynolds Race, and that’s where you would usually find him at the end of the race as well.
In conjunction with Mike’s parents, Bob and Pat Passmore, the Kelowna Track & Field Club initiated the Mike Passmore Memorial Bursary and the Okanagan Athletics Club is proud to carry on his legacy through this Bursary. Each year two awards are available to one male and one female athlete meeting the following criteria:
- Grade 6 or 7 student
- Demonstrates a high level of dedication and motivation in cross-country running
- Positive attitude, outstanding citizenship, and sense of fair play
- Motivated to continue developing as a middle distance/cross-country runner
- Athletes can only be awarded the Mike Passmore Memorial Bursary once.
STEVE RUSSELL Memorial Bursary (up to 2 awards/year – one female, one male)
$500 Bursary for Post-secondary Education
This bursary is awarded annually in memory of former Club President, Steve Russell. It is intended to recognize those athletes who best exemplify his giving, caring, and “be the best you can be!” philosophy. Steve supported all KT&FC events and tragically died while volunteering at a KT&FC fundraiser.
The senior coaches of the Club have traditionally selected the Bursary recipients. These coaches have typically worked with graduating athletes for a number of years, and best know the abilities and personal qualities of the applicants. Two members of the executive will sit on the selection committee along with the senior coaches.
Eligible recipients will be given an application package in April, to be completed and received by the Vice-President by June 1st. When possible, the award(s) will be presented to the winners at their respective graduation ceremonies. Athletes can only be awarded the Steve Russell Memorial Bursary once.
ROZANNE BRISOTTO Memorial Award
Plaque – Top Female OAC Sprinter/Hurdler
For years, Rozanne Brisotto could be seen sitting in the stands at the Apple Bowl on cold nights and hot days, watching her two daughters sprint and hurdle. Her daughters were her pride and joy. Sadly, Rozanne was stricken with cancer and passed away early in 2000.
From contributions from her friends in the community and at the track, OAC is able to present an award to the club’s top female sprinter/hurdler (14 years of age or older). A Commemorative plaque is presented to the winner each year. Athletes may win the Rozanne Brisotto Memorial Award more than once.
MALE SPRINTS/HURDLES Award
Trophy – Top Male OAC Sprinter/Hurdler
Awarded annually to the club’s top male sprinter/hurdler (14 years of age or older). Athletes may
win this award more than once.
MIKE PASSMORE Memorial Award
Trophy – Top Male OAC Middle Distance/Distance Runner
Awarded annually to the club’s top male middle distance/distance runner (14 years of age or older). Athletes may win the Mike Passmore Memorial Award more than once.
PAM MEDLAND Award
Trophy – Top Female OAC Middle Distance/Distance Runner
Awarded annually to the club’s top female middle distance/distance runner (14 years of age or older). Athletes may win this award more than once.
SHELLEY YOUNG Memorial Award
Trophy – Top Female OAC Thrower
Awarded annually to the club’s top female thrower (14 years of age or older). Athletes may win this award more than once.
KEITH AND MARCIA ANKERMAN Award
Trophy – Top Male OAC Thrower
Awarded annually to the club’s top male thrower (14 years of age or older). Athletes may win this award more than once.
ROBIN MUIR Memorial Award
Trophy – Top Female OAC Jumper
Awarded annually to the club’s top female jumper (14 years of age or older). Athletes may win this award more than once.
STEVE RUSSELL Memorial Award
Trophy – Top Male OAC Jumper
Awarded annually to the club’s top male jumper (14 years of age or older). Athletes may win this award more than once.
JACK BROW Award
Top OAC Athletes at the Jack Brow – one female, one male
Each year, the OAC has presented The Jack Brow Award to an OAC athlete who has put their heart and soul into competition at the Jack Brow Memorial Track & Field Meet and achieved outstanding results.
Two Awards will be presented; one to the top female, and one to the top male, OAC athletes competing in the Jack Brow Meet. Athletes must be at least 14 years of age to be eligible for consideration.
Awards may be given for a single outstanding result, or for outstanding achievement in a number of events. Award recipients will be chosen by senior club coaches. Athletes may win this award more than once.
MIKE AND BRENDA VAN TIGHEM Award
Most Inspirational OAC Athlete.
Awarded to the most inspirational OAC athlete. (14 years of age or older). Athletes may win this award more than once.
JACK BROW PERFORMANCE EXCELLENCE AND SPORTSMANSHIP Awards
Awarded to athletes 9-13.
Performance Excellence and Sportsmanship Awards will be awarded to Okanagan Athletics Club athletes age 9-13 years. Performance Excellence Awards will be awarded based on a top single performance or on multiple performances. Sportsmanship Awards will be awarded based on the overall attitude and sportsmanship displayed by the athlete. Athletes receiving the Performance Excellence and Sportsmanship awards will be chosen by the club’s Junior Development coaches.
A maximum of four awards (including both Performance Excellence and/or Sportsmanship) will be awarded to athletes in each year of birth spanning the ages 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13. Athletes may only be awarded one Performance Excellence or Sportsmanship award annually. Each year, eligible athletes may be awarded in one, but not both, categories. Athletes may win Performance Excellence and/or Sportsmanship awards more than once (i.e. in subsequent years).
BC Athletics Junior Development Awards
Plaque – BC Athletics Award
- Awards MAY be given for athletic performances in the 9 to 13-year-old female and male categories in each year of birth. Awards are only given to JD members of BC Athletics.
- The BCJD Awards are given for outstanding competitive performances rather than participation in the sport of Track and Field. The Junior Development Committee will present all 13-year-old JD athletes with a certificate acknowledging completion of the JD program.
- Awards may be issued for performances in the following event areas, and will be grouped together the following way for award consideration:
Sprints 60M, 100M, 200M, 300M
Hurdles 60M, 80M, 200M
Distance 800M, 1000M, 1200M, 3000M, Cross-country, Walks
Throws Shot Put, Discus, Javelin, Hammer
Jumps Long, High, Triple, Pole Vault
Multi-Events Pentathlon or 3 outstanding performances in parts A-E above
- When a change has been made in an event area (e.g. changes in implement weights for throws,) or new events initiated, the awards committee will use the times/distances VERY CAUTIOUSLY until at least five (5) years of results are available for consideration.
- Only Track & Field meets sanctioned by B.C. Athletics and listed in the annual Junior Development list of approved meets will be considered in the selection of athletes for awards.
- The BCJD Awards Committee will only consider nominations of athletes who have competed in at least one (1) B.C. JD Championship (Cross-Country, Track & Field, and Multi-Event) in the preceding twelve (12) month period. Applications for exceptions to this rule based on medical or extenuating family circumstances can be directed to the chair of the JD Committee for consideration.
- Awards for 9 to 13 year olds are based on competing in all three (3) disciplines of Run, Jump, and Throw, as well as achieving at least one performance that meets or exceeds the standard of excellence posted on the BC Athletics website. Awards for 13 year olds will be granted for performances meeting or exceeding the standard of excellence for that age posted on the BC Athletics website.
- It is the responsibility of the individual clubs, parents, athletes, and/or coaches to nominate athletes for awards. The awards committee can consider only those nominations received in the BC Athletics office by midnight Aug. 31. Athletes traveling outside B.C. to meets recognized for awards by the JD committee must get performances verified by the Meet Director in writing and results submitted to BC Athletics with a copy to the JD Committee.
The OAC recognizes the efforts of its young athletes by providing crests to reward the results of their dedication and performance. Crest levels are calculated on each athlete’s best performances from the scoring tables found in the Junior Development Manual
Athlete must have a full, competitive, Junior Development athlete membership and all Performances must be attained at track and field meets recognized by the BC Athletics Junior Development Committee.
An athlete must meet the standard for the award applied for in at least three events. By applying 3 for a gold standard, two for a silver standard and one for a bronze standard then the average of these scores must be 3 to achieve a gold crest, 2 for a silver crest, or 1 for a bronze. (i.e. if an athlete achieves a gold standard in two events (6) and a bronze standard in the third event (1), then the average will be 7 divided by 3 which is 2 1/3 so a silver crest will be awarded.
Crests are rectangles, approximately 3.5″ wide, with the BC Athletics logo. The colour of the side stitching indicates gold, silver or bronze. Only one crest may be ordered per athlete.