2018 Recipient: Courtney Keith

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Long-time SOBC rhythmic gymnastics coach Courtney Keith was named the 2018 winner of the Howard Carter Award.

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 each athlete in mind. Keith works hard to help athletes succeed, and she is the deserving winner of the 2018 Howard Carter Award.

One of Keith’s main strengths is her communication skills, and she takes time and care to take athletes’ personalities into account when training them. Her positive attitude inspires athletes and coaches, and she always considers an athlete’s overall well-being, not just the athlete’s progress in a sport.

A coach with almost 10 years of experience with Special Olympics BC, Keith has helped elevate the SOBC – Delta rhythmic gymnastics program. Prior to her arrival, the Local had never sent athletes to Provincial or National Games. Through her hard work, dedication, and commitment to her athletes, Keith helped two SOBC – Delta rhythmic gymnasts break that barrier and make it all the way to the 2014 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Vancouver. 

Keith has inspired athletes by encouraging them to set goals and try their best, and she has set up extra practices and performances to help them achieve these goals. By setting achievable goals for fitness, nutrition, training, and competition, she has encouraged athletes to move forward in all aspects of their lives. 

SOBC salutes all the deserving nominees for the 2018 Howard Carter Award:

  • Nikki Apps, SOBC – Comox Valley
  • Penny Coyle, SOBC – Kimberly/Cranbrook
  • Wilma VanHage, SOBC – Prince George