You can add another award to the mantle of local sharpshooter Dorothy Ludwig.
On Nov. 1 at the Langley Events Centre, Ludwig, along with Reg Shaw, Tom Brent, and Bill Bettles were recognized at PacificSport Fraser Valley's Annual General Meeting and Sport Recognition Awards event.
The annual awards ceremony, now in its eighth year, identifies and celebrates athletes, coaches, volunteers, and builders who have set the bar high in terms of their achievements and contributions to sport in the Fraser Valley.
Ludwig was named Athlete of the Year - an obvious choice for those lucky enough to know the petite shooting powerhouse.
A first-time mom this spring, Ludwig successfully balances her important new role with her accomplishments as a world-class target shooter.
In July, Ludwig placed first (individual competition) at the Canadian national championships to earn her spot on Team Canada for the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, where she won gold and secured an Olympic quota spot for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England.
In Guadalajara, Ludwig captured gold after narrowly winning the 10-metre air pistol event, securing a spot for Canada at the London Olympics [Ludwig wins Pan Am gold, Oct. 18, Langley Advance].
Her score of 476.8 was only 0.1 points over silver medallist Maribel Pineda from Venezuela.
"I've been shooting for over 18 years, and you commit a lot of time, and make a lot of sacrifices in order to maintain the training and the discipline that you need in order to compete at an international level," Ludwig said, following her gold medal victory in Guadalajara. "It's hard work, but it's worth it in the end. I've been trying to get to this point for a number of years now, so it feels good to be here."
Other award recipients were:
Surrey coach Reg Shaw was named Coach of the Year.
When Shaw joined the Surrey Knights Swim Club in 2009, paraswimming athletes from the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island soon followed. Three of these athletes earned five gold medals at the 2011 Para Can Am Championships in July.
Mission resident Tom Brent received the Outstanding Volunteer Award for his invaluable contributions to the Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club.
Bill Bettles of Abbotsford was recognized as Community Sport Builder for his 30-plus years of contribution to amateur sport.
Bettles's numerous accomplishments include: establishing the Langley Girls Ice Hockey Association, starting the Westcoast Softball Academy in Surrey, and purchasing the rights to a National Ringette League Team - the Fraser Valley Avalanche. With the Avalanche, Bettles raised more than $180,000 to fund the team.
In 2010, Bettles created the Michelle VanDale Memorial Ringette Scholarship, an annual award of $1,000.
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