Connor Hildebrandt, Rheanne Sleiman
Connor Hildebrandt and Rheanne Sleiman were honoured as BC Soccer’s Adult Players of the Year. Both players helped their respective teams reach the BC Cup provincial finals in May, with Hildebrandt starring for Aldergrove United and Sleiman captaining North Shore Girls SC.
Other award winners included Joshua Pikul and Brooke Mussche as Youth Player of the Year, Les Krivak as Adult Coach of the Year, Brian Johnston as Youth Coach of the Year, Rubin Smilev as Adult Official of the Year, Sara Abelenda as Youth Official of the Year, and Chris Wattam as the Werner Winsemann High Performance Referee Award winner.
Matthew Campbell won Administrator of the Year, Bob Lenarduzzi won the Special Recognition Award, Ella Sandoval-Carlsten won the Woman of Distinction award, and Bob Sawtell won the Sanford Award. Charlie Cuzzetto was presented with BC Soccer Life Membership.
The BC Soccer President’s Award went to Coastal FC while the Fair Play Award presented by Clarkes went to the North Delta FC. The BC Soccer Award of Merit winners were Carlos Amaral, Graham Cope, Rosemary Davis, Glen Martin, Thomas Mills, Al Moir, Mike Oldale, Frank Palmieri, Claudio Ramirez, and John Sneddon.
About BC Soccer
BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body with the mission to govern, promote and develop the game of soccer in British Columbia in a professional and progressive manner. Established in 1907, BC Soccer is the largest provincial sport organization (PSO) in BC and the third largest soccer specific PSO in Canada with over 150,000 participants. As a professional not-for-profit society and a member of Canada Soccer, BC Soccer is committed to providing the widest opportunities for existing and potential participants, as well as provide support in the most effective and appropriate way for current players, parents, volunteers, member clubs, leagues and districts.
Canada Soccer outlines return to soccer guidelines. The return to soccer guidelines provide member organizations with a five-step process, including a checklist of weighted questions known as the Return to Soccer Assessment Tool.