Bryan Couling Memorial Athletic Team of the Year Award

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Bryan Couling, sports director for CKIQ radio during the late 1970's and 1980's, became known as the "Voice for Sports" in Kelowna.  After suffering a debilitating stroke in 1986, Bryan continued to volunteer and keep up with local sports.  Bryan, a sportsman's sportsman, always recognized the effort of the athlete, along with the coaches, parents and managers.  

Bryan passed away in April of 1997.

Award Criteria

  • Awarded to the Kelowna based team (amateur or professional) who brought the greatest amount of recognition to Kelowna.
  • Selections are based on the nominated team's achievements/contributions for the year 2020 or 2021*.
  • Past information (awards and achievements) may be included, but should primarily be regarding the current award year.
  • Finalist selections are based solely on the information in the completed nomination package.

Nominations for the 48th annual Civic & Community Awards will open in fall 2022. 

2021 Bryan Couling Athletic Team of the Year Award Recipient

KSS Owls Boys Volleyball Team

2021 was a massive year for the KSS Owls Boys Volleyball Team bringing home numerous championships and gold medals as they toured across BC last season. The Owls season record was an astonishing 48 wins and only one loss, while capturing an unprecedented 6 Championships Tournaments throughout the 2021 volleyball season. This group of boys have shown tremendous dedication training and playing 6 days a week plus individual training sessions, club volleyball, Volleyball Camp and BC Volleyball.

The KSS Owls also organized, facilitated, and officiated several youth volleyball tournaments to help promote and encourage sport participation for junior and elementary experiences. This dedicated team worked hard and in true team fashion to earn their victorious season.

Past Recipients of the Award
  • 2019 - KSS Owls AAAA Girls Volleyball Team
  • 2018 - Kelowna Ringette U16A Elite
  • 2017 - Kelowna Secondary School Owls Boys Curling Team
  • 2016 - KSS Owls Senior AAAA Boys Basketball Team
  • 2015 - The Kelowna Rockets 2014/2015 Hockey Club
  • 2014 - Okanagan Rockets, Major Midget Hockey Club
  • 2013 - Kelowna Christian School Senior Boys Basketball Team
  • 2012 - Okanagan Mission Secondary School Senior Boys Soccer Team
  • 2011 - Kelowna Senior Secondary School 4A Girls Volleyball Team
  • 2010 - UBC Okanagan Heat Women's Volleyball Team
  • 2009 - UBC Okanagan Heat Women's Volleyball Team
  • 2008 - UBC Okanagan Men' Volleyball Team 
  • 2007 - Team Scott, Team Canada Women’s Curling (Kelly Scott, Jeanna Schraeder, Sasha Carter, Renee Simmons, Michelle Allen and Gerry Richard)
  • 2006 - Team Scott, Team Canada Women’s Curling (Kelly Scott, Jeanna Schraeder, Sasha Carter, Renee Simmons, Michelle Allen and Gerry Richard)
  • 2005 - Kelowna U14 Boys Soccer Team
  • 2004 - Kelowna Rockets Hockey Club
  • 2003 - Kelowna Rockets Hockey Club
  • 2002 - Kelowna Stingers U16 Soccer Team
  • 2001 - KSS Owls Girls Field Hockey Team
  • 2000 - Okanagan Sun Football Team
  • 1999 - Kelowna Grizzlies Special Olympic Softball Team