There will be a strong football flavour when Sport BC holds their 48th annual Athlete of the Year Awards Ceremony and gala dinner on March 5 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.
Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish (New Westminster) will receive the most prestigious award of the night - the "Best of BC" award - which is presented to the athlete thought to have best represented BC, nationally or internationally, in either a professional or amateur sport.
Cornish, who played his high school football at St. Thomas More Collegiate, became the first CFL player since Russ Jackson in 1969 to win the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's top athlete in 2013. Cornish led the CFL with 1,813 yards en route to winning the CFL's Most Outstanding Player award as well as the CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian Award.
In addition to Cornish being honoured, football fans around these parts will be watching with bated breath to see if two-time BC High School MVP Marcus Davis will be crowned this year's Male High School Athlete of the Year.
Davis led the Mt. Douglas Rams to their third consecutive Sr. AAA championship back in December while earning championship game MVP honours as well.
Sport BC will also be presenting former BC Lions Tommy Europe with the KidSport Community Championship Award. The award recognizes significant and meaningful contributions to KidSport.
Europe has helped to raise over $500,000 for KidSport through the annual Ritchie Bros. Corporate KidSport Challenge in the event's four-year lifespan.