Male Athlete of the Year Award

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Award Criteria

  • Awarded to the male 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 nominees 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 package.

*Due to shortened sports seasons, no winners were selected in 2020. Nominations from 2020 and 2021 ae being combined and one winner will be chosen as part of the 47th annual Civic & Community Awards Ceremony on April 28th at the Laurel Packinghouse.

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

2020-21 Male Athlete of the Year Award Recipient

Jerome Blake is becoming very familiar with a podium finish. Leading up to the 2020 Summer Olympics, Jerome placed second at the Canadian Time Trials and set his personal best just before heading to the 2020 Olympics, running the 100 meter in 10.15 seconds. Jerome went on to help Team Canada win silver in the 4-man 4 x 100 meter relay in Tokyo. Since 2015 Jerome has won five consecutive BC Athletics 100-metre titles and two 200-metre titles. Jerome is passionate about giving back to youth through a mentorship called StepIn Stone. Jerome knows from experience that nothing is given easily but hard work, determination and support are the keys to success.

Past Recipients of the Award
  • 2019 - Trevor Brigden
  • 2018 - Fynnian McCarthy
  • 2017 - Grant Shephard
  • 2016 - Rostam Turner
  • 2015 - Will Dean
  • 2014 - Robbie Yochim
  • 2013 - Alex Hart
  • 2012 - Rostam Turner
  • 2011 - Keefer Joyce
  • 2010 - Dan Crockett 
  • 2009 - Daniel Brown
  • 2008 - Scott Frandsen
  • 2007 - Steve Omischl
  • 2006 - Carlos Guglielmi
  • 2005 - Craig Buntin
  • 2004 - Mervin Watson
  • 2002 - Clayton Miller
  • 2001 - Rob Friend
  • 2000 - Aaron David
  • 1999 - Conrad Leinemann