In the run up to the 2015 Canada Winter Games, a $2,000 Pacific Western Brewing (PWB) Community Foundation Hometown Heroes bursary has been awarded to Kamloops track & field hammer thrower Adam Keenan.Ceremonies at The Habitat in Kelowna marked Round Three of four rounds of bursary awards ahead of the start of the Games in Prince George in February.
Keenan said: “I feel that I can be a positive and inspiring choice as a Hometown Hero because I strive to be a strong role model who promotes physical activity through my love of sport. Thank you for selecting me to receive this important bursary. It is really difficult to fund myself through this path that I have chosen, and being awarded funding will help me towards my goal of making the Canadian Olympic Team in 2016.”
PWB’s special guest at the event was Shane Beatty, head coach of The Okanagan Sun Football Team. “The Pacific Western Brewing Hometown Heroes Program is designed to support the goals of the 2015 Canada Winter Games,” Coach Beatty said. “These goals are all about sportsmanship, leadership and citizenship. Today is also about recognizing an outstanding athlete who believes in going for gold and puts down his very best every day.”
Kazuko Komatsu, owner and CEO of PWB, said: “Adam will be one of 16 young athletes and other community heroes whose extraordinary endeavours inspire us all.”
From Left To Right: Kazuko Komatsu, Adam Keenan
PWB is continuing to accept applications to the end of January 2015 for the final round of selections. In each round a Hometown Hero has been selected from BC’s four major regions – the Northern and Southern Interior, Greater Vancouver and Vancouver Island.
In the first round in May the winners included: Quesnel Paralympics hopeful Landon McGauley, Kelowna speed skater Nick Goplen, Port Alberni educator and coach Tom McEvay and North Vancouver javelin-throwing track star Andy White. In July, second round winners included: Revelstoke Freeskiier Adam McCraw, Smithers gymnastics coach Alana Jensen, UBC women’s hockey player Danielle Dube and Victoria Special Olympics figure skater Emily Walzak.
Candidates who were not picked in the first three rounds will continue to be valid contenders in the final round. Application to the Hometown Heroes program is open to any BC resident currently engaged in sports as an athlete or coach, or otherwise excelling in a community mentoring activity. Applicants must be at least 19 years old.
Application forms are available online at www.pwbrewing.com. Email the application to: email@example.com or mail to: Hometown Heroes Bursaries, PWB Community Foundation, 3876 Norland Avenue, Burnaby, BC V5G 4T9.
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Tuesday June 17th's event will feature a performance by our favorite local heart throbs Van Damsel, and then showcase brand new, hot off the press videos by Van Damsel, Icelandia, Andrew Judah, Nuuka, Young Sparrows, Paperboy, Stage, and Matt Brevner. So much excitement packed into one night, I can’t even handle it.
We will also be getting a super special visit from one of the most talented, stylish, and handsome Kelowna-ite we know, Brandon Fletcher of Faked Potatoes. Since he ventured from Kelowna to pursue his passion as videographer extraordinaire in Vancouver, Brandon has been killing it in the film world and is snagging some amazing opportunities. For example, the new video he produced for Sebell’s “Till The Sun Burns Out” was featured on the Nylon Magazine website. Yes you read that right, NYLON! Tuesday will be the grand unveiling of Brandon’s newest video with Van Damsel for their song “Begins With A Return”. The guys road-tripped down to California to shoot the video, and considering how stoked and insanely jealous I was of their Instagram teaser pictures, I can’t even imagine how mind-blowing the final product will be!
Swing by Tuesday night to support all the local talent! Doors open at 7pm and because Public Records is the best, the show is free for our viewing pleasure!Also, to get a taste of what you’ll be seeing on Tuesday, check out the video for Sebell’s “Till The Sun Burns Out” by Brandon Fletcher, and check out his website Faked Potatoes.
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