Two nominated for Rising Star sports award

Two Williams Lake athletes have been nominated to attend the 2017 Fan the Flames Awards Banquet and Gala.

Two Williams Lake athletes have been nominated to attend the 2017 Fan the Flames Awards Banquet and Gala and will celebrate both extraordinary athletic achievement and contribution to sport in the north for the 2016 year.

Olympic bronze-medalist Kayla Moleschi, a player on Canada’s Women’s Sevens Rugby Team, and Cole Turner, a cross-country skier currently attending Prince George’s Canadian Sports School/UNBC so he could ski and train with professional coaches, were announced last week as finalists for the ‘Rising Star’ award.

Engage Sport North, the organization organizing the awards ceremony, announced a total of 33 nominations for individuals and teams representing eight northern communities.

Those cities include Prince George, Williams Lake, Dawson Creek, Quesnel, Prince Rupert, Fort St. James, Burns Lake and Terrace.

The awards will be presented at the 2017 Fan the Flames Awards Banquet and Gala taking place on Thursday, Feb. 9 in Prince George.

“We are so pleased with the calibre of the nominees again this year and are so excited about this year’s event,” said Allan Bristowe, chair of the event’s planning task force.

“We have so much to be proud of in Northern BC and these awards are a great way to celebrate the success of our northern athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers.

CBC Olympic host and sports broadcaster Scott Russell will provide the keynote address: ‘Sport: the Universal Language” that evening. Ticket and sponsorship packages are now available by contacting Leslie Wirth at lwirth@engagesportnorth.com or 250-960-5342.