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Ethel Tibbits Awards: Anne Gillrie-Carre wins Sports Award

Anne Gillrie-Carre winner of the Sports Award with Richmond publisher Mary Kemmis and sports editor Don Fennell. - Rob Newell
Anne Gillrie-Carre winner of the Sports Award with Richmond publisher Mary Kemmis and sports editor Don Fennell.
— image credit: Rob Newell

A basketball coach for over 40 years, Anne Gillrie-Carre has shared her passion for sport with countless Richmond youth.

The recipient of this year’s Sports Award, Gillrie-Carre said she was simply honoured to be considered for the prize.

“I coach basketball, I coach a lot of things. I always tell my players it’s not about winning, it’s about the journey. And my journey through sport has come through my infancy all the way through to today.”

Following a playing career on the University of B.C.’s basketball team, Gillrie-Carre was hired as a physical education and band teacher by Richmond School District in 1977. Through basketball and numerous other sports, Gillrie-Carre has shared her passion with countless students and players, and today coaches the top-ranked R.A. McMath junior girls basketball team.

She told the crowd she feels blessed and honoured to work with the youth that she has—including coaching kids of the kids she previously guided.

‘”I hope that my legacy will be inspiring them to give back as others have given to them, and to work on all the character factors that go into sport. Not the winning, not the losing, but character development.”

Also nominated:

Alisa Carey, president of the Richmond Field Hockey Club.

Margaret Hobson, Richmond dragon boat team coach and founder.

Michelle Weisbom, group fitness instructor at Steve Nash Fitness.

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