Mr. Carter recognized the value of coaches and as such this award is presented in his memory. The winner of the Howard Carter Award is a coach who provides exceptional training to the athletes and ensures that they are prepared to beat their personal bests and deliver high-calibre performances at competitions. This coach is a creative problem solver and always is developing new ways to improve strength and conditioning of the athletes.
2018 Howard Carter Award recipient: Courtney Keith
Special Olympics BC – Delta’s Courtney Keith is well known for her positive attitude. As a coach for rhythmic gymnastics, her ability to lift up her athletes and help them reach their full potential is matched by her dedication to go above and beyond when it comes to individualized training with the specific needs of the athlete in mind.
With an emphasis on improving the lives of her athletes, Keith is an excellent choice as the winner of the 2018 Howard Carter Award.
One of Courtney’s main strengths is her communication skills – she takes time and care to take athletes’ individual personalities into account when training them. She always has a very positive attitude, which is encouraging for the athletes and coaches, and considers their overall well-being, not just their progress in the sport.
As a coach with almost 10 years of experience with SOBC, Keith has helped elevate the Delta rhythmic gymnastics program. Prior to her arrival, the club had never sent athletes to the provincial or national games.
With her hard work, dedication, and commitment to her athletes Keith helped two of her athletes break that barrier saw two Delta rhythmic gymnastics team members make it all the way to the 2014 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Vancouver. Keith is again helping her team reach national levels as she has two Team BC athletes preparing for the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Antigonish.
“Courtney is truly an ambassador for Special Olympics – she is proud of her association with our organization, and promotes it outside of our Special Olympics family to our whole community,” Jodi Cobden, SOBC – Delta Local Coordinator said. “She believes strongly in what we do, and, along with her mother Pam Keith, has involved her whole family in community events, including the golf tournaments, the annual Polar Plunge, and actively fundraises and recruits athletes and volunteers.”
Keith has personally inspired individual athletes by encouraging them to set goals to do their best and has facilitated extra practices and performances to help achieve these goals. She has set a great example for all her athletes – by setting achievable goals for fitness, nutrition and training and competing, she encourages them to move forward in all aspects of their life – both in Special Olympics and in life skills.
“Courtney represents the values and goals of our organization at all times – respect for others and their accomplishments, fair play, working hard to meet personal goals, and believing in the power of sport to enrich the lives of our athletes,” Cobden said. “Her consistently positive attitude translates directly into positive athletes.”
Congratulations, Courtney, and thank you for all your dedication to Special Olympics BC!
SOBC salutes all the deserving nominees for the 2018 Howard Carter Award:
- Nikki Apps, SOBC – Comox
- Penny Coyle, SOBC – Kimberly/Cranbrook
- Wilma VanHage, SOBC – Prince George
Past Howard Carter Award recipients:
- Donna Bilous, SOBC – Abbotsford
- Garth Vickers, SOBC – Kelowna (2016)
- Tom Norton, SOBC – Abbotsford (2015)
- Deborah Carter, SOBC – Surrey (2014)
- Sheila Snell, SOBC – Surrey (2013)
- Walde Libera, SOBC – Coquitlam (2012)
- Donna Bilous, SOBC – Abbotsford (2011)
- Jaci Gaetz, SOBC – Port Alberni (2010)
- Nanci Martin, SOBC – Vancouver (2009)
- Jackie Ross, SOBC – Prince George (2008)
- Aleila Miller, SOBC – Smithers (2007)
- Heather Hamilton-Wright, SOBC – Vancouver (2006)
- Sylvia Wallach, SOBC – Port Alberni (2005)
- Sallie Szanik, SOBC – Prince George (2004)
- Randy Scott, SOBC – North Shore (2003)
- Ralph Bramble, SOBC – Prince George (2002)
- Rita Quelch, SOBC – North Shore (2001)
- Sally Yee, SOBC – Vancouver (2000)
- Mary McIntosh, SOBC – Vancouver (1999)
- Dee Neukomm, SOBC – Prince George (1998)
- Mick McLellan, SOBC – Kimberley/Cranbrook (1997)
- Mona Hazell, SOBC – Penticton (1996)
- Maureen Brinson, SOBC – Campbell River (1995)
- Carmen Biko, SOBC – Vancouver (1994)
- Hughie Wat, SOBC – Vancouver (1993)
- Kathy Dumont, SOBC – Kamloops (1992)
- Robb Berezan, SOBC – Coquitlam (1991)
- Mike Vezina, SOBC – Surrey (1990)
- Carollyne Sinclaire, SOBC – Vancouver (1989)