2008 Bobbie Steen Awards

The Bobbie Steen Legacy Foundation Award ($1,000) is awarded given to an Emerging Leader to further their education or to support programming which champions girls and women in sport and physical activity.

The 2008 Emerging Leader is Rae Mitchell (co-recipient)

Rae is an elite athlete who has excelled in the sport of volleyball, playing professionally in Belgium and France and was a member of the Women’s Team Canada Masters in June 2006. Rae has devoted her life to passing on her skill and knowledge as a coach, mentor and role model.  She is the founder of the Action Volleyball Club.  Rae exemplifies Bobbie Steen’s vision of providing access and opportunity for girls and women.

The 2008 Emerging Leader is Brooke Pighin (co- recipient)

After recovering from a devastating skiing accident in her childhood, this young athlete found her passion in Track and Field.  Brooke has successfully competed on the provincial, national and international stage. Her main event is javelin but she has successfully competed in discus, high jump, pole vault and in the challenging heptathlon. As a talented coach and mentor, Brooke is actively developing female athletes in the Alberni Valley and the Lower Mainland. In 2007, she was the proud recipient of the ASRA Athlete of the Year Award.

The Bobbie Steen Awards of Excellence for Career Achievement recognizes outstanding role models who have, over the course of their career championed women in sport and physical activity.

The 2008 recipient of the Bobbie Steen Award of Excellence for Career Achievement is Dee Neukomm

Dee became involved in Special Olympics BC in 1986 when her daughter Lara expressed an interest in participating in sport.  Dee not only supported Lara’s quest but attained her coaching certification in order to help her. Dee went on to coach other Special Olympic athletes in Prince George. Lara and Dee worked to have the sport of Rhythmic Gymnastics brought into the Special Olympics. In 1990 her daughter Lara was diagnosed with cancer and although Lara still competed at the National Summer Games, she lost her battle with cancer that fall. Since her daughter’s passing, Dee has been the Head Coach and Team Manager for the Provincial, National and World Games.  Dee recently coached her Rhythmic Gymnastics team to victory at the 2007 World Summer Games in Shanghai China.

The Bobbie Steen Award for Excellent for Development is given to an individual or organization for a new or existing program or for professional development which champions women in sport and physical activity ($1500 is provided by BC Games Society, Sport BC and the BC Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts)

The 2008 recipient of the Bobbie Steen Award of Excellence for Development is the West Coast Nordic Club.

In 2007, the Nordic club introduced the Biathlon Bears program in the Sea to Sky corridor. The program targets youth under age 13 and ensures they are provided with quality equipment and highly qualified coaches to inspire and instruct them. Wanting to attract more girls to the sport of biathlon, the club set up its own coaches’ training program. Since then 4 women have become Biathlon Bears Gold Coaches and two more are Silver Coaches. This mentorship program sees senior women imparting their knowledge and skill to young athletes.  The club’s future goal is to provide sport opportunities for women of all ages.