Port Coquitlam honours its top athletes, coaches, builders

The Port Coquitlam Sports Alliance recently honoured some of the city’s best and brightest athletes, coaches and builders as part of its ceremony to induct new members to its hall of fame.

Lacrosse player Curtis Dickson was named Port Coquitlam’s outstanding adult athlete. The forward, who plies his trade in the summertime with the Maple Ridge Burrards of the Western Lacrosse Assocaition, just led his winter team, the Calgary Roughnecks, to their first championship in the National Lacrosse League. Last summer, he was also named the most valuable attacker at the World Lacrosse Championships in Israel.

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Terry Fox Ravens’ offensive lineman, Matthew Hewa-Baddege, was awarded the outstanding junior athlete. The top-ranked player in his position in the province, and number two in Canada, he’s headed to Eastern Washington University in the fall.

The top team of the year was the PoCo Minor U16 Softball Ravens. They won the BC provincial championship last year, as well as the Canada International Cup.

Four coaches were co-recipients of the award for outstanding coaching team. Trevor Perri and Andy Irvine headed their PoCo Euro-Rte soccer team to a provincial championship, and Mike Carkner along with Teena Frost guided the Terry Fox Ravens junior girls basketball team to a 2019 provincial championship in February.

Melanie Stewart, of Port Coquitlam Ridge Meadows ringette, was awarded the outstanding official for her roles in several provincial and national competitions.

Karin Khuong, whose basketball season with the Terry Fox Ravens was cut short by a cancer diagnosis, was honoured with the courage award, and three coaches — Brian Lowe, of the Port Coquitlam Pirates, Sean Cauley of Marlins Swimming, and Fred Tinck from Terry Fox secondary school, were honoured as outstanding community leaders.

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