Augie Ciancone Memorial Award - Young Male 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 male 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

2018 Augie Ciancone Memorial Award Male Recipient

Brandon Frechette

It would almost be a shorter list to name the sports teams Brandon Frechette doesn’t play for at George Elliot Secondary School. As starting libero, Brandon helped the Senior Boys Volleyball team win silver at provincials this year and gold in his grade 10 year. In golf, he led the Senior Boys team to gold during his grade 10 year and to a fifth-place finish last year. He also plays on the Senior Boys Basketball team and last year he and his partner finished 5th in provincial doubles for table tennis.

Outside of school, Brandon plays regional football with the Thompson Okanagan Football Club, soccer with Kelowna United and Lake Country Soccer Association and was a member of the Junior Heat and Lake Country Volleyball Clubs. Brandon is known as one of the top three players in the libero position in the province.

Despite being a dominant player in all these sports, golf is his passion and he placed second in the North American Junior Amateur Golf Championships in Phoenix. He is looked upon as the leader on the Okanagan Golf Club Performance team and mentors the younger players in golf and in academics. He also volunteers at the Junior Summer Golf Camp.

At school, he has helped with the Terry Fox run, coaches and referees Junior Volleyball, has been a peer tutor for the school’s golf academy, and is a member of the Rec Management class, where he helped organize intramurals and other events like the Rail Trail Fundraiser. Brandon also finds time to help coach Little Tykes soccer for 3-5 year old’s in Lake Country and maintains a 3.6 GPA. He hopes to pursue golf at the post-secondary level but has also received interest from some college volleyball programs to continue as a libero.

Past Recipients of the Award
  • 2017 - Clarke Larsen
  • 2016 - Fynn McCarthy
  • 2015 - Parker Simson
  • 2014 - Jeff Tubbs
  • 2013 - Josiah Joseph
  • 2012 - Ryan Linttell
  • 2011 - Mitchell Goodwin
  • 2010 - Devin Spence
  • 2009 - Conner Clerke 
  • 2008 - Adam Schwarz
  • 2007 - Lukas Bonnett
  • 2006 - Zack Frehlick
  • 2005 - Quinten Dreger
  • 2004 - Will Dean
  • 2003 - Kyle Murphy
  • 2002 - Jeff Barth
  • 2001 - Dallas Weller
  • 2000 - Troy Doell
  • 1999 - John Rowe