The first award is the League Trophies, which go to the teams that score the most number of points* in its team category during our League meets; these are all meets held prior to our Provincial Championships. The more swimmers your club sends to each of these meets, the better your chances of scoring more points. These trophies are awarded at the Awards Banquet during Provincials.
The second award, the Champions Trophy, is presented to the team that scores the most points* at our Provincial Championships. Once again, the larger the contingent of swimmers your team sends to Provincials, the better your chances of winning. If the points are such that, prior to the final event of the meet, a team is assured of the win, the trophy will be awarded before the final event. In the event that the winning team will only be decided during the final event when most teams will have already left for home, we would present this award at one of our first meets of the following season.
*Points are awarded for 1st to 20th place finishing in each event for each age group based on the Hy-Tek point system (20-18-17-16-15, etc., for individual events and 40-36-34-32-30, etc., for relays).
Ted Simpson Achievement Award
Kurt Ouchi is the 2023 recipient of the Ted Simpson Achievement Award
Kurt has been swimming since about 5 years of age—first with the Grassroots team, then swimming for the Vernon Kokanees. He has been a standout throughout his career, breaking records early on. Kurt set a Canadian record in the 100M fly at age 12, followed by so many Provincial records, that he has lost track.
These early successes set the stage for an impressive swimming career that has continued in his races as a Master swimmer. Most recently, Kurt won 4 golds (50M, 100M, 200M fly, and 100M back) and 1 bronze (100M back) at Nationals. His Masters records include short course 50m, 100m, 200m fly (40-44 age group), and 100M SC back and 100M LC fly (45-49).
In Masters swimming, Kurt is also known as an avid supporter of the sport and a tireless volunteer, jumping in whenever he can.
This award goes to the registered MSABC Masters Swimmer who has achieved distinguished results in the current year‘s swim season. Results from Worlds, Nationals, Provincials, and local meets, improvement in personal best times, and overcoming challenges such as injury, illness, and disability will be considered for this award.
This award is presented in memory of Ted Simpson. Ted was a valued coach of the Vancouver Y Torpedoes from 1960 – 67. Ted continued his coaching and, in later years, coached Masters swimmers. Ted was valued as a coach who made swimming fun and made swimmers feel good about themselves. Ted was interested in all who came under his tutelage. As Ted valued achievement in all forms, this award is a fitting memorial to Ted and how he lived his life.
The recipient will have their name engraved on the Ted Simpson trophy and will receive a framed MSABC limited edition print.
Stan Powell Memorial Service Award
Khosro Mansuri is the 2023 recipient of the Stan Powell Award
Khosro has been a constant in Masters Swimming on the North Shore and across the lower mainland, working and advocating tirelessly on behalf of Masters Swimming. He is well-known as the only Meet Manager that the North Shore Masters Swim Meet has ever had (12 meets and counting).
His friends and teammates share countless anecdotes about Khorsro’s support throughout the lower mainland at every level of swimming—age group, high school, and masters. He coaches, runs meets, and shares his expertise with other meet managers. It has been said that between 2019 and 2021, he managed more swim meets than anyone in Canada (according to Swimming Canada records).
Khosro’s experience operating most timing systems has been invaluable across the Lower Mainland and around the province, including providing support for the Chilliwack, North Shore, and English Bay Masters meets.
This award goes to the person who has contributed to the betterment of Masters Swimming in British Columbia and/or service to Masters Swimming (e.g., past service on the MSABC Board, club official, club or event organizer, meet volunteer and/or coach).
This award is in memory of Stan Powell, who died in November 1999. Stan played most sports throughout his lifetime and coached many at the secondary school level for more than thirty years. Nearest and dearest to his heart was swimming, and so it was upon Stan’s death his family requested donations to establish a suitable memorial, which is a large oak perpetual shield, with a similar smaller plaque given to the recipient.
It was Stan’s belief one should give something back to the community for the enjoyment received by participating in sports. With this in mind, Stan was personally involved with swimming, water polo, basketball, and baseball. Stan gave so freely of his time by volunteering for sports. Stan embodied Masters swimming as a lifestyle; the Stan Powell Memorial Service Award is a fitting tribute to his memory.
THE DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS FOR 2024 IS MARCH 20th. If you know someone deserving of these awards, please send your nomination(s), with a few lines about why they are qualified, to the MSABC President.