Maple Ridge, B.C., May 23, 2024 – One of the legacies from the cancelled 2020 BC Summer Games that were to be held in Maple Ridge was the implementation of the ‘Karina LeBlanc Game Changer Award’ to be given to an athlete who is a game changer both on and off the field. The first recipient of the Karina Leblanc Game Changer Award was Anna Huber, an accomplished local athlete and volunteer.

“The Maple Ridge 2024 BC Summer Games motto is ‘Celebrating Competition & Community’ showing a shared commitment to building capacity and community pride as we host youth athletes from around BC,” said Maple Ridge BC Summer Games Society President Laura Butler. 

She continued, “This year we are seeking nominations for both the Karina Leblanc Game Changer Award and a second award called the ‘BC Women & Sport Leadership Award’ that will be handed out during the upcoming Games to shine a spotlight on athletes who go above and beyond in their sport and in our community.”

“The upcoming Summer Games are our chance to shine as a community and to bring the spotlight on the incredible sports organizations and athletes here in Maple Ridge. Our City will welcome over 3000 youth athletes, coaches and sports officials from July 17 to 21, and these award recipients will be incredible ambassadors and a source of inspiration for everyone involved in the 2024 BC Summer Games,” said Maple Ridge Mayor Dan Ruimy. 

How to Nominate an Athlete

You can go to the City of Maple Ridge website at 2024 BC Summer Games Awards | Maple Ridge, BC and you will find the full award criteria in the nomination form links for each award.

The Karina LeBlanc Game Changer Award

The Karina LeBlanc Game Changer Award is given to an athlete who is a game changer both on or off the field, much as Karina has been in her sports career. 

BC Women & Sport Leadership Award

BC Women & Sport Leadership Award is given to a female community leader who challenges the traditional limits for women in sports.

The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2024, and the awards will be handed out at the upcoming Summer Games.

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