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 2019.
  • 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.

2018 Male Athlete of the Year Award Recipient

Fynnian McCarthy

Imagine overhearing a snippet of conversation saying Fynnian McCarthy made nine kills. You might think he was an overzealous hunter unless you heard how those kills, along with two aces and a block, happened during the finals at the 2018 U Sport National Volleyball Championships where his UBC Thunderbirds won the national title and McCarthy was awarded the prestigious player of the match. It was an impressive achievement for the 18-year old junior but only one of many for the talented 6ft 8” Fynnian.

Fynn started playing volleyball in his grade 11 year and graduated from George Elliot Secondary in 2017.  Since then, his rise to national prominence in the sport has been meteoric.  As a 16-year old, he was named to the National Youth development team and a year later joined Team Canada at the U21 world championships in the Czech Republic.  It was at the World Championships in Europe that he caught the eye of several professional teams and sport agents. 

A year later and after his rookie season at UBC, Fynn was again elevated to the prestigious Men’s National program moving to the national training center in Gatineau Quebec to train with Canada’s best players. He was just 18-years old and by far the youngest player on the Senior Men’s Team roster.

After last summers stint with the Men’s team, Fynn received several offers to move to Europe and play professionally, so he decided to put his scholarships and university aside and sign with the French A division squad - Montpellier Volley, in France. He is the youngest Canadian to ever sign a pro volleyball contract at 18 and his team is projected to compete for the French Cup this year. 

Fynn will re-join the Men’s National Team program in Quebec this summer and is scheduled to compete for Canada again at his third U-21 World Championships. It is Fynn’s goal to continue his development and preparation with the hope of representing Canada at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo Japan.

Past Recipients of the Award
  • 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