Augie Ciancone Memorial Award - Young Female Athlete

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

2017 Augie Ciancone Memorial Award Recipient

Taryn O'Neill

Runner’s World magazine states running shoes need replacing every 500 to 700 kilometres. As a cross country and middle distance runner with Okanagan Athletics Club for the past eight years, one can only guess how many pairs Taryn O’Neill has burnt through.

Taryn also runs for George Elliot Secondary and has earned dozens of medals and top place finishes at the provincial level in Cross-country and Track & Field Championships every year since grade eight.

After a 2nd place finish at the Provincial Cross Country Championships, Taryn was named to Team BC where she went on to win the silver medal at the Nationals. In track & field, after winning both the 1500m and 3000 meter events at provincials, she was named to the Team BC for both the Canada Games and as part of Team Canada to compete at the U20 Pan Am Games where she won silver and smashed a 30 year old BC record in the 3000 meter event.

Taryn volunteers at track meets and local sporting events, is Captain of the Okanagan Athletics team and helps coach her school’s team as well. She is a Red Cross youth facilitator, a member of Me2We and the Social Justice Club. Academically, she has a perfect 4.0 GPA.

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Past Recipients of the Award
  • 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