Bob Giordano Memorial Award

The name Bob Giordano was synonymous with hockey in the Central Okanagan in the 1950's and 60's.  Giordano wasn't known for his athletic prowess, it was his organizational skills and enthusiasm for the game that made him an indispensable part of the local sporting fabric.  Bob truly loved to share his time and talent with the young people of Kelowna.  

Bob passed away in October 1965.

Award Criteria

  • Awarded to an individual who has contributed significantly to Kelowna through voluntary service to amateur sport, such as coaching or administrative support. 
  • Selections are based on the nominees achievements/contributions for the year 2017.
  • Past information can be included, but should primarily be regarding the current award year.
  • Nominees must no have personally benefitted from their volunteer activities, nor should the contributions be considered part of their normal employment or job responsibilities.
  • Selections are based solely on the information in the completed nomination package.

2017 Bob Giordano Memorial Award Recipient

Linda McIntosh

There is certainly something special about Linda. Just ask any of the Special Olympics athletes she’s helped over the past 29 years and they’ll quickly agree.

As a former Canadian Champion in both the 100 and 200 meters, Linda first began volunteering with Special Olympics in Richmond as a track and field coach, eventually moving up to become the Special Olympics Track and Field Coordinator. In 1994, she was part of the National Athletics Coaching team and in 2000, joined the Cross Country National Coaching team as well.

When Linda moved to Kelowna in 2004, she wasted no time getting involved with Special Olympics here, coaching track and cross-country teams. She became the Athletics Meet director, and Mentor for the Athletes Speakers Bureau. As Athletics Head Coach, she attended the 2008 Provincial games in Kamloops.

Linda has also volunteered as Marshal for Special Olympics Aquatics, Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoe competitions. In 2014, she attended the World Games in LA as the Family Liaison for the Team Canada’s Softball team.

Since then, she’s been the Special Olympics Registration Coordinator and caddied at the 2017 Provincial games for Team Kelowna.

Past Recipients of the Award
  • 2016 - Kendall Gross
  • 2015 - Dennis Richardson
  • 2014 - Tom Maxwell
  • 2013 - Dino Gini
  • 2012 - Hal Hennenfent
  • 2011 - Tony Sodaro
  • 2010 - Terry Britton
  • 2009 - Arnar Bernhardsson
  • 2008 - Dan Wray
  • 2007 - Garth Vickers
  • 2006 - Dave McClellan 
  • 2005 - Jane Fairey 
  • 2004 - Ross Sutcliffe
  • 2003 - Ken Wilson
  • 2002 - Lloyd Nelson
  • 2001 - Jennifer Charles
  • 2000 - Kevin Davies
  • 1999 - Joan Schemley