Photo by Martin van den Hemel
Among the many deserving of recognition at the Richmond FC award ceremony held recently at city hall, one soccer team stands out.
It wasn’t their win-loss record that set them apart however, but their general play on the pitch.
Richmond U17 Silver Strikers received the Charlie Mead Award as the youth soccer association’s most sportsmanlike team. The team didn’t receive a single card throughout the 2017-18 season.
The award honours the memory of Mead, who was a Richmond official.
Also recognized were:
•Tai Shimada (U15 Metro United)
Shimada was presented with the Patrice Sarrazin Award as Most Outstanding Select Player. Presented annually, the award remembers Sarrazin, a Richmond player who passed away of a rare bone cancer in 1993 at the age of 19. The award is meant to recognize a player with the qualities that made Sarrazin stand out among his teammates—hardest worker, team player and leader on and off the field.
•Kody Glasspool (U17 Gold Wolves)
Glasspool was presented with the Jordan Yttri Award as the District’s Most Outstanding Goalkeeper. It is in memory of a former Richmond player and McMath Secondary School student who passed away in 2004 at the age of 17. He was a gifted athlete who excelled in many sports.
•Sunny Sandher (Graduates)
A goalkeeper with the Richmond Adult Soccer Association Graduates, the Richmond FC product received the new award presented annually to the most outstanding Richmond FC adult player. It is named in honour of Jim Lamond for his lifelong and continued support of soccer in Richmond.
•U13 Metro United
This Richmond team earned the Bradley Nielsen Award for its determination. The award is presented annually in memory of a former Richmond coach who passed away in 2005 at the age of 40 after a courageous battle with cancer. The award is meant to recognize not necessarily a winning team but one that has come together while overcoming obstacles.
Richmond FC also bestowed several lifetime membership awards to nine deserving individuals. It is the highest accolade and most prestigious award given to members for 10 years of contributing to the sport of soccer, administrative ability or significant ongoing assistance to the club.
This year, those honoured were Dougie Gordon, Doug Newstead, Fari Fuladi, Ken Glasspool, Terry Dowie, Paul Lambranda, Indie Sahota and association chair Rein Weber.