Female Athlete of the Year Award

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Award Criteria

  • Awarded to the female athlete (amateur or professional) who brought the greatest amount of recognition to Kelowna. 
  • Include Provincial, National and World Ranking if applicable.
  • Selections are based on the nominee's achievements for the year 2020 or 2021*
  • Past information (awards and achievements) may be included, but should be primarily 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. 

2020-21 Female Athlete of the Year Award Recipient

Malindi Elmore is a Kelowna born marathon runner who most recently finished in ninth place at the women’s marathon at the 2020 Olympics. Since January 2020, she has held the Canadian marathon record: an outstanding accomplishment since finishing her first marathon only a year earlier. Not only is Malindi a Canadian champion in the 10,000 meter, she’s a five-time All American at Stanford University and holds multiple school records in the 800m and 1500m. As well as track and long-distance running, Malindi spent 2015 – 2017 competing in professional triathlons completing a sub nine-hour performance.

Malindi is dedicated to the sport and helps runners achieve their goals through working as a coach at UBC Okanagan as well as through private coaching.

Past Recipients of the Award
  • 2019 - Madelyn Hettinga
  • 2018 - Kelsey Serwa
  • 2017 - Taryn O’Neill
  • 2016 - Taylor Ruck
  • 2015 - Kierra Smith
  • 2014 - Kelsey Serwa
  • 2013 - Keely Watts-Watling
  • 2012 - Jen Woods
  • 2011 - Kelsey Serwa
  • 2010 - Kelsey Serwa
  • 2009 - Samantha Richdale
  • 2008 - Heather Mandoli
  • 2007 - Sarah Charles
  • 2006 - Robyn Buna
  • 2005 - Jessie Denys
  • 2003 - Sarah Charles

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