Jean Peters founded Burnaby's one and only synchronized swim club with Lorraine Rowland in 1972. Jean was the Caprice club's president and coach until her untimely death from complications from diabetes more than 25 years later.
Peters started the club with just seven swimmers and learned on the job, being solely responsible for all coaching, financial management, and administrative duties.
When numbers grew, Peters hired coaches and organized volunteers, while earning her level one coaching certificate.
Peters received a Burnaby Chamber of Commerce award for dedication to sport in 1987. Two years later, Caprice sent a masters team to compete internationally in Denmark. By 1990, she had a Caprice team competing in Calgary.
"She brought out the best in all of us. She always had a smile on her face and she always did her very best"
JEAN PETERS MEMORIAL AWARD
The following character qualities were considered when determining the award recipient:
Persistent work ethic
Encouraging others through words and actions
Dedication shown through attendance
An attitude of never giving up
Always speaks positively of the club, other clubs, and athletes
Looks for the best in others and tries to bring it out
Overcoming spirit when confronted with obstacles
Shows initiative and creativity in problem-solving
Maintains a positive attitude even when the results are not what was hoped for
Courageous and compassionate communicator
We are proud to present this award to the following recipients:
1995-96 Catherine Jones
1996-97 Carrie Hilko
2000-01 Christina Lovatt
2001-02 Tara Evans
2002-03 Amy Johnson/Lauren Seldon
2003-04 Lauren Matthews/Katherine Wallis
2004-05 Corina Hojan
2005-06 Chantice Hamm
2006-07 Claire Jonker
2007-08 Eli Hamm
2008-09 Alina Aref’yeva
2009-10 Elizabeth Hanson
2010-11 Ela Stawarska
2011-12 Helena Diao
2012-13 Soheila Boscarino
2013-14 Anne-Marie North
2014-15 Kate Seo / Maddison Leroux-Pipe
2015-16 Danika Miles
2016-17 Claire Hein-Salvi
2017-18 Naomi Madokoro