There was much to celebrate during the Ponoka Secondary Campus athletic awards held June 14.
The evening was an ideal time to celebrate the accomplishments of all the school’s athletes but also as a way to send-off the senior athletes before the end of the school year.
Along with coaches celebrating their athletes, students also took time to speak on their year. There is a big list of sports offered at the school: football, basketball, volleyball, golf, cross country, badminton, curling plus track and field and because of that, there were quite a few names to recognize.
Athletic director Paula Chapman said the athletic awards is an ideal time to celebrate the athletic season with junior and senior high school athletes being recognized.
Junior high students get awarded with bronze, silver, gold and platinum participation awards depending on the number of teams they played on while the senior athletes are recognized with the Ponoka Athletics (PA) awards. For the latter they are presented to any athlete who has participated in a school activity and earned points based on skill, attitude, effort, leadership and commitment.
“This is huge for me. We do a lot in the school and there’s a lot going on,” explained Chapman, adding that she is proud of taking the time to recognize the school’s athletes.
“A lot of the seasons like volleyball and cross country have been over for the whole year so it’s nice to touch base with them (athletes) before the (school) season’s over and just say thanks,” said Chapman.
The school also took time to recognize someone who supports the Broncs whenever possible. At any Broncs game fans can see Richard Hinkley supporting the teams by either keeping score or watching along the sidelines.
If there’s a game on, Hinkley is there.
He is an avid sports fan but even more so with the Broncs athletes. He was presented with special cap and jacket with the new Broncs logo.
“This is his 30th year that he has been actively part of the Broncs athletic culture; first as a student he was a score keeper,” said Chapman.
The banquet was an ideal time to celebrate Hinkley’s 30 years of Broncs support. For his part Hinkley said simply that he loves sports and he loves to watch the games.
Chapman also added her gratitude to the coaches and community members who support the school’s athletics program.