Awards

Winnipeg Optimist Award Winner’s List for 2015WOA Awards 2015 – Complete

Parent Executive Scholarship for 2015/16 Recipient – Claudia Parrott
Each year at the WOA Annual Awards Banquet, the Parent Executive awards a $200 post-secondary scholarship to a deserving club athlete who is returning to the club and the sport in 2013/14, while continuing their education.
Criteria include athletic and academic performance, as well as service or contribution to Winnipeg Optimist Athletics. Information regarding the scholarship can be obtained from the President, Larry Switzer.

Jim Lyon Executive Awards Recipient for 2015 Dmitri Gray
Annually, a plaque is awarded to a member of WOA who has displayed general, all-round support to the club and its athletes through volunteer and fundraising activities.
This award is in memory of Jim Lyon, who passed away in May 2003. Jim was Treasurer of WOA from 1997 – 2002 and a recipient of the award in 2001.
Commencing in October 2003 and for a period of six years, a scholarship in the amount of $100 was awarded each year to an athlete recipient. The scholarship was donated by Shirley Lyon, the wife of Jim Lyon. In the event that the award is presented to a member of the Club other than an athlete, the scholarship amount will be divided between the top Male and Female Athlete of the Year winners for that year.

Winnipeg Optimist Award Winner’s List for 2014. WOA Awards Final 2014

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Parent Executive Scholarship for 2014/15

Each year at the WOA Annual Awards Banquet, the Parent Executive awards a $200 post-secondary scholarship to a deserving club athlete who is returning to the club and the sport in 2013/14, while continuing their education.

Criteria include athletic and academic performance, as well as service or contribution to Winnipeg Optimist Athletics. Information regarding the scholarship can be obtained from the President, Jack Booth, 204-781-5866 or jbooth@mts.net.
The 2014 Recipient is Robyn Wear.

Jim Lyon Parent Executive Award

Annually, a plaque is awarded to a member of WOA who has displayed general, all-round support to the club and its athletes through volunteer and fundraising activities.

This award is in memory of Jim Lyon, who passed away in May 2003. Jim was Treasurer of WOA from 1997 – 2002 and a recipient of the award in 2001.

Commencing in October 2003 and for a period of six years, a scholarship in the amount of $100 was awarded each year to an athlete recipient. The scholarship was donated by Shirley Lyon, the wife of Jim Lyon. In the event that the award is presented to a member of the Club other than an athlete, the scholarship amount will be divided between the top Male and Female Athlete of the Year winners for that year.

In 2006, the Parent Executive Committee agreed the scholarship for the Jim Lyon Parent Executive Award would be continued after the initial six year period (October 2003 – 2008).

The 2014 Recipient is Patrick Beckett.The 2013 recipient was Eric Guy. The 2012 Recipients were Mathieu Desmarais and Patrick Beckett.

Athletes placing in the top three at National Championships will receive:

Seniors – First Place: $1000; Second place: $750; Third place: $500.

Juniors – First place: $300; Second place: $200; Third place: $100

Funding for Self-funded National Teams

Athletics Manitoba, through the Dave Lyon Legacy Fund, will provide funding to athletes who have been selected to a Canadian Team where self-funding is required. The funds shall be divided between all eligible applicants and not exceed the individual maximum grant amount of $750. The selection will be based on level of competition and athlete performance.

WOA awards $500 to any club member who makes a National self-funded team. This award is limited to one self-funded team per fiscal year.

Free/Reduced Membership

Full member WOA athletes will be awarded a free membership for the following year (value = $250) based on the following placings:

  • In top six at the Canadian Senior Track & Field Championships
  • In top three at the Canadian Junior Track & Field Championships
  • In top ten at Junior or Senior National Cross Country Championships
  • Being named to the National Cross Country team

The athlete is responsible for other fees (Athletics Canada/Manitoba membership and Exclusive Use Facility fee, etc.).

For 2012/13, free memberships and training assistance will be awarded to the following athletes:

  • Alhaji Mansaray (Silver) and Eric Guy (double Bronze) at Junior Chapionships

New athletes under the age of 13 as of December 31 will be offered a reduced membership at $125 for their first year with WOA. The athlete will be responsible for other fees (i.e. Athletics Canada/Manitoba membership, Exclusive Use Facility fee, etc.).

Entry Fees for out-of-town competitions

WOA will cover 100% of entry fees for WOA sanctioned/sponsored club trips to out-of-town events

For other out-of-town meets that individual athletes may attend, prior approval is required to ensure coverage of the entry fees.

National championships do not require prior approval.

Entry Fees for National Championships

National championship entry fees are very high (approximately $45.00 – $50.00 per event), compared to regular competitions (ranging from $5.00 – $15.00 per event).

For full member athletes (September to August), WOA will cover 50% of cost of entry fee for up to three individual events at national championships each fiscal year.

For summer member athletes (April – August), WOA will cover 50% of cost of entry fee for one individual event at national championships each fiscal year.

Summer member athletes will not be eligible for performance awards or free membership based on placing at national championships.

Larry Switzer – Wayne McMahon Scholarship

In 1999, the Parent Executive of Winnipeg Optimist Athletics established a scholarship at the University of Manitoba to recognize the significant contribution of Larry and Wayne to Winnipeg Optimist Athletics and to the sport of track and field in Manitoba. The current value of the scholarship is approximately $475 annually.

The award is available to full-time students at the University of Manitoba with a 3.0 GPA, participating in track and field. Applicants must be a member of Athletics Manitoba and demonstrate leadership and involvement within the sport community in Manitoba. Applicants are required to submit a two page letter outlining their involvement in athletics and the leadership they have shown in the sport community, whether in competition, coaching or other aspects of sport. Deadline for application is September 30 of each year.

Applications should be submitted to:

Claude Berube Head Coach Athletics
Room 109 Max Bell Centre
University of Manitoba Winnipeg MB R3T 2N2