Last night at the 2017 BC Sports Hall of Fame Banquet of Champions, Wes Hammer (Burnaby Canoe & Kayak Club) was presented with the 2016 B.C. Regional/Provincial Coach of the Year award.
Founded by the Coaches Association of BC and funded by the Bob Bearpark Foundation, the Coach of the Year Awards were created to recognize the history and dedication to coaching in British Columbia. Each year, B.C.’s best coaches are nominated for their contributions across three categories: Recreational/Grassroots, Regional/Provincial and International.
In addition to Wes, viaSport also honoured:
- Bruce Kamstra (Prince George)
- 2016 B.C. Recreational/Grassroots Coach of the Year | Judo
- Peter Lawless (Victoria)
- 2016 B.C. International Coach of the Year | Wheelchair Athletics
“When sport experiences are positive and inclusive, sport can have a lasting impact,” says viaSport CEO, Sheila Bouman. “Coaches have always been a contributor to sport. They have this innate ability to shape lessons that allow people to thrive, both in sport and in life. It’s our pleasure to highlight these passionate leaders and the legacies they’re leaving to further the impact of sport and physical activity.”
With eight years of experience as an athlete on the canoe/kayak national team, Wes brought his expertise to B.C. as a coach and changed the landscape for canoe/kayak clubs in the west.
After his arrival at the Burnaby Canoe Kayak Club, the club captured the Pacific Cup three times in the past four years. Wes’ continued dedication to the club has also led three athletes from his senior training group to the canoe/kayak provincial team.
One of his senior performance athletes was the youngest member of Team BC to attend the 2015 Western Canada Games. In addition to being a coach, Wes is also a life mentor as he actively inspires and encourages his athletes to become leaders themselves.