Augie Ciancone Memorial Award - Young Female Athlete

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Augie Ciancone was instrumental in setting up Kelowna's first formal sports and recreation program for youth.  He was an all-around athlete, excelling in gymnastics, lacrosse, boxing and horsemanship.

Augie's greatest gift was his ability and personal desire to encourage the young people of Kelowna to get involved in sports.  He also challenged them to achieve their personal best.  His goal was to turn their lives around by instilling the desire to challenge and achieve personal satisfaction through sports.  

Augie passed away in January of 1952.

Award Criteria

  • Awarded to the most outstanding female high school athlete in the area of the Central Okanagan.
  • Winner is chosen by the Okanagan Central Schools Athletic Association.

To nominate someone, please contact the School District at

2018 Augie Ciancone Memorial Award Recipient

Lonica McKinney

From field hockey to ultimate frisbee, plus baseball, soccer and ice hockey, it’s hard to imagine how Lonica McKinney fits it all in. But she does. And she does it well.

As a grade 12 KSS student, Lonica played on the AAA Ultimate Frisbee team and helped her AAA Field Hockey team make it to the finals the past two years in a row. She was selected as Assistant Captain last year and Captain this year for the Field Hockey team, showing how her peers look up to her and see her as their leader on and off the field.

Outside of school, Lonica plays with Field Hockey BC’s Interior Regional team and has spent the past two summers traveling to Vancouver to practice as part of Team BC. She was invited to attend a Junior Development Squad performance camp in California and trained with the Canadian Junior National Developmental Field Hockey team where she earned a starting spot in the U21 Junior National Squad match against Chile.

After several seasons playing goalie for a AAA rep ice hockey team and winning the BC Bantam rep provincials, Lonica switched to house league and decided to play forward. A decision that turned out to be very beneficial, as she has become one of the top scorers on her team.

Her coaches and peers describe her as positive, dedicated, and caring, and say she fosters an inclusive, welcoming environment, highlighting her true leadership qualities.

At school, she is a member of the Green Team, which is part of the Sustainable Development Challenge where they are working to implement community fridges in Kelowna, and volunteers her time with the Rec Leadership Event Crew. She is a cooperative, punctual student who works independently with little supervision and academically, has a perfect 4.0 GPA. Combine all these athletic achievements, qualities and attributes, and there is no surprise why she has received a full scholarship to attend Virginia Commonwealth University next year.

Past Recipients of the Award
  • 2017 - Taryn O'Neill
  • 2016 - Ashlyn Day
  • 2015 - Ellie McCarthy
  • 2014 - Emma Johnson
  • 2013 - Jacqueline Sellers
  • 2012 - Olivia Johnson
  • 2011 - Justine Drosdovech
  • 2010 - Jonel Boileau
  • 2009 - Sydney Mullen
  • 2008 - Abigail Raye/Chantal McFetridge
  • 2007 - Danielle Hennig
  • 2006 - Kayla Ungaro
  • 2005 - Robyn Buna
  • 2004 - Samantha Aynsley
  • 2003 - Katie Woodman
  • 2002 - Alison Pendray/Kyla Jones
  • 2001 - Tara Murphy
  • 2000 - Kirby Dow/Carly Czuba
  • 1999 - Heather Mandoli/Rachelle Thomas