Penticton athlete given the PacificSport Institutes’ 2021 Community Sports Hero Award

Athlete earns hero award

A Penticton swimmer is being recognized by the PacificSport Institutes’ 2021 Community Sports Hero Awards.

Justin Fotherby, of the KISU local Swim Club, will be honoured in Athletic Excellence.

“The obstacles and challenges of COVID-19 have encouraged me, as an athlete, to take more ownership in sport. I have embraced an “ownership mindset” which has compelled me to train, using unconventional methods, in order to meet my goals” Fotherby said in a press release.

The non-profit regional sports hub, PacificSport Okanagan, was created to lead athletes, coaches and community sport services in BC’s Okanagan Valley. The theme for this year’s awards is celebrating excellence, innovation, and leadership.

The Kelowna-based centre is connected to a network of five regional centres and three national campuses (Canadian Sport Institute) across the province.

Fotherby and his coach Tina Hoeben were also selected recipients of Swimming Canada’s 2020-21 Dr. Jeno Tihanyi Bursary award.

All of the categorized nominees will be honoured with a virtual profile during the week of Feb. 22-26, 2021 from PacificSport Okanagan and the City of Kelowna will be honouring. These profiles will highlight their accomplishments and showcase their resilience in the face of adversity.

With those challenges in mind, both Fotherby and Hoeben have shown perseverance, innovation, and dedication to the sport of swimming during the uncertainty of COVID-19.

“Justin has shown great adaptability in this time of uncertainty. His commitment to excellence has been unwavering,” Coach Hoeben said.

This online celebration can be viewed on the PacificSport Okanagan website.

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