Another honour for Ellenwood
Another year, another award for Georgia Ellenwood.
The latest honour for the Langley track and field star was winning the Sport B.C. junior female athlete of the year.
Her father Dave accepted the award on her behalf at the awards ceremony on March 5 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. The awards ceremony was to recognize the province’s best amateur athletes, coaches and officials.
The 18-year-old Ellenwood is in Madison, Wisc. in her freshman year with the Wisconsin Badgers. She is at the school on a track and field scholarship.
“I’m so honoured to be recognized for junior athlete of the year, especially when there are so many other talented competitors,” she wrote in an email to The Times.
“I hope to continue to make my province proud.”
The other nominees in the category were Surrey golfer Taylor Kim and Vancouver’s Emma von Dadelszen, who competes in fencing.
Ellenwood holds both the high school and provincial junior records in the heptathlon and she also won gold in the heptathlon and long jump at the Canadian junior championships in 2013. She is currently ranked number one in the province and number two in the country in the heptathlon, long jump and high jump.
This is the second time she has been honoured by Sport BC as Ellenwood was the recipient of the high school female athlete of the year in 2011.
Ellenwood is one of the most decorated youth track and field athletes from the province both with her club team, the Langley Mustangs, and her high school team, the Langley Secondary Saints.
As a high school athlete, she won 10 gold and three silver medals, including four consecutive titles in her specialty, the heptathlon.
She has also represented Canada three times, and won bronze in the heptathlon at the Pan-American junior (19 and under) championships in Medellin, Colombia.
Both a local team and a coach were also finalists in their respective categories.
The Trinity Western Spartans women’s soccer team was up for the team of the year after capturing the Canadian Interuniversity Sport national championship in 2013. The award went to the UBC men’s soccer team.
And Kim Chapdelaine, who coached Ellenwood with the Langley Mustangs Track and Field Club, was nominated for female coach of the year. The winner was Abbotsford’s Jen Ross.