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 2018.
  • 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.

2018 Bryan Couling Athletic Team of the Year Award Recipient

Kelowna Ringette U16A Elite

Remember the children’s book, The Little Engine That Could, all about the train whose positive thinking enabled it to do what others said was impossible? Well, the U16 Elite Kelowna Ringette Team took that theory and ran, or should we say skated with it, all the way to the Western Canadian Finals.

By using that positive attitude and training three to five times a week both on and off the ice, the team was rewarded with multiple gold medals. Even after losing a heartbreaking shoot out in the Calgary Golden Ring Esso Tournament’s semi-finals, they never stopped believing. Their season wins included the Burnaby Ringette Tournament, the Kelowna Sweetheart Tournament, the Thompson Okanagan Cup and a 5-0 shut out over Vernon in the final match to win the Provincial Championships for a second year in a row.

From there it was on to Saskatoon for the Western Canadian Finals where their gold streak continued, becoming the first Kelowna ringette team to ever win the Western title. The team demonstrated that they have the grit, determination, fitness and high-performing abilities to achieve these major milestones.

Other accolades for the team include Coach of the Year for Todd MacMillan, one player was named to the All-Star team at the Western finals and another winning the Fastest Shot competition for all teams in that age category.

The team constantly showed that they could come together for a common goal and never looked back, striving for gold in many tournaments and becoming Provincial Champions for the second year in a row. 

Sponsored by Grant Thornton

Past Recipients of the Award
  • 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