Gee, McNamara Twins and Friesen win Sport BC Awards

North Delta MLA Ravi Kahlon and Volleyball BC Boris Tyzuk presenting Bryan with his Sport BC President’s Award. [Photo: Chrissy Benz]

Bryan Gee, Simon Friesen and the duo of Megan and Nicole McNamara were recognized by Sport BC at the organization’s 53rd Athlete of the Year Awards.

Gee, an executive member and longtime coach of the Ducks Volleyball Club, was chosen by Volleyball BC to win the latest Sport BC Presidents’ Award. He spent the last two decades growing grassroots programs throughout the Tri-Cities. Gee also sits on the Coquitlam Secondary Schools Athletic Association’s executive committee.

“I am extremely humbled and honoured,” said Gee on winning the award. “I am thankful to work with amazing people who love sport in our community, invest their lives in growing the leaders of tomorrow, and share their passion for volleyball … Thank you for such wonderful recognition and to everyone who helped make this possible.”

Beach volleyball duo Megan and Nicole McNamara at the 2018 FISU World University Beach Volleyball Championship. [Photo: U Sports]

Beach volleyball stars and twins Megan and Nicole McNamara won the Sport BC Team of the Year Award, beating rowers Hillary Janssens and Caileigh Filmer and the Coquitlam Jr. A Adanacs Lacrosse Club.

The McNamaras finished their third year at UCLA by winning the NCAA Beach Volleyball Championships, followed by winning gold at the World University Championships and the Sr. National Championships. The twins also have played in nine FIVB events around the world.

Capilano Blues player Simon Friesen accepting his Sport BC College Athlete of the Year Award.

Simon Friesen of the Capilano University Blues earned the Sport BC College Athlete of the Year Award. He was named CCAA Player of the Year and All-Canadian in 2018, as well the PacWest Player of the Year and First Team All-Star. Friesen also coaches for the BCO Volleyball Club and Atomic Volleyball programs.

For more information about the Athlete of the Year Awards, please visit the Sport BC website.