Pair of Mission athletes nominated

Wrestler Alexia Seal for female high school athlete of the year and basketball player Kim Gaucher for female senior athlete of the year.

  • Feb. 13, 2016 11:00 a.m.

A pair of Mission athletes have been nominated for the biggest amateur sports honour in the province.

Wrestler Alexia Seal is up for the SportBC female high school athlete of the year, and basketball player Kim Gaucher received a nomination for SportBC’s female senior athlete of the year.

Seal, a Mission Secondary School student, won gold in the 43 kilogram class at the 2015 BC High School Wrestling Championships in March. At last year’s national championships in Fredericton, N.B., Seal was the best of her class, securing first place against her fellow Canadian opponents.

She also medaled in two tournaments held in Spain and Romania in May, locking up gold and silver, respectively. In July she earned a bronze at the Cadet Pan-American Wrestling Championships in Mexico, and also competed in Sarajevo in August.

Gaucher was a key member of the Pan-Am gold medal winning Team Canada women’s basketball team. Gaucher scored eight points and seven rebounds in Canada’s 82-66 gold-medal win over Cuba.

She has also earned a silver and bronze with Canada at the FIBA Americas Women’s Championship, and was the first female to have her number retired by the University of Utah. She played three professional seasons with the WNBA’s Sacramento Monarchs, and also played professionally in Europe.

The 50th annual SportBC Awards Ceremony and Gala dinner is set for March 10 at the Vancouver Convention Centre East.

For more information on the event, visit sportbc.com.