Bryan Couling Memorial Athletic Team of the Year Award

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 2017.
  • 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.

2016 Bryan Couling Athletic Team of the Year Award Recipient

KSS Owls Senior AAAA Boys Basketball Team

Vancouver Sun reporter Mike Beamish described the Okanagan as, "a region known for crushing grapes and apples, but not necessari ly high school basketball opponents. Until now."

The KSS Owls’ undefeated regular season boasted a perfect 23 in the wins column, and a grape shaped zero in losses. Not only did the Owls crush their opponents like grapes, they made them "whine" by winning games by an average of 24 points– and by 45 points or more against other valley teams.

En route to Provincials, the Owls won the Top Ten Classic, Legal Beagle and Western Canada Tournament. By winning the BC High School AAAA Championship, they became th e first Okanagan team in the tournament’s 71 year history to win the provincial title. Coach Harry Parmar was awarded Coach of the Tournament.

The only three losses suffered all entire season came at the hands of American teams they faced at a tournament in Edmonton.

The Owls are ranked the third best high school basketball team in Canada – the only two higher ranked teams being in Ontario and that is only because the Owls never got a chance to play them.

Past Recipients of the Award
  • 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