SOURCE: Sport BC Press Release
Richmond, BC –Sport BC named Ray Carter (Delta, BC) the recipient of this year’s Daryl Thompson Award, presented by The Beedie Group, for his 35 years of dedication to developing baseball in Canada at the local, provincial and national level. The award, handed out at Sport BC’s 45th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards presented by TELUS, recognizes a British Columbian who has contributed to sport in an extraordinary way over an extended period of time.
Carter began volunteering as a coach and groundskeeper with the Tsawwassen Amateur Baseball Association after settling in Delta in 1975, and eventually became President of the organization. He went on to hold positions as President of BC Minor Baseball, President of Baseball BC, Vice-President of Baseball Canada and, in 2000, he was elected President of Baseball Canada, a position he still holds today.
As a long-time sport volunteer, Carter was honoured with the Governor General’s medal for volunteerism in 1993, and, in 2006, was inducted into the Delta Sports Hall of Fame. His name also holds a permanent place at a Midget baseball diamond in Tsawwassen, christened “Ray Carter Field” in 2009.
“It takes an amazing amount of passion to dedicate the time Ray Carter has to the development of sport in not only his community, but also his province and country,” said Tim Gayda, President and CEO of Sport BC. “It is people like Ray upon which amateur sport is built, and we thank him for his continued commitment over the years.”
“Baseball has been a big part of my life and I am sure it has given me more than I have given to baseball,” said Carter. “To be singled out when so many are deserving is indeed special. I am honoured and grateful.”
The Daryl Thompson Award is named in honour of the late former Sport BC Chair, Daryl Thompson, and the recipient is selected annually by Sport BC’s Board of Directors. Previous award winners include John Furlong (1998), Rick Hansen (1986), and Terry Fox (1980).
Join us in celebrating Ray Carter and the excellence of BC’s amateur athletes at the 45th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards, presented by TELUS. More information on the event can be found at SportBC.com.
About Sport BC’s Athlete of the Year Awards presented by TELUS:
Sport BC’s Athlete of the Year Awards is the longest-standing sport recognition event in the country. Awards in 17 different categories are given each year to athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers based on their performance and contribution to sport in the province. For a list of previous award winners and for further information on the 45th Annual Athlete of the Year Awards presented by TELUS, please visit SportBC.com
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