A pair of Capilano Blues were recognized at the 18th annual North Shore Sports Awards on Thursday evening at the West Vancouver Community Centre. The event celebrates sports achievement at all levels of play, and its purpose is to foster pride and raise the profile of the best of community sport on the North Shore.
Fourth-year forward Keith Jackson of the CapU men’s soccer team was nominated for Senior Male Athlete of the Year. A graduate of Seycove Secondary in North Van, Jackson was named 2017 PACWEST Player of the Year and a CCAA All-Canadian for the second season in a row. He led the conference in scoring with 11 goals in 11 games – four more than the next-highest total – and had three game-winning goals. The Blues won PACWEST bronze in 2017.
The other nominees in the category were alpine skier Manuel Osborne-Paradis and climber Sean McColl, with Osborne-Paradis the winner.
CapU women’s basketball head coach Ramin Sadaghiani was nominated in the Coach category, based off his success during the 2017 calendar year. Sadaghiani was named PACWEST Coach of the Year in 2017 after leading Capilano to a 16-2 regular season and a PACWEST silver medal, and at the midseason break of the 2017-18 season, the Blues were in a tie for first place; CapU ended up winning PACWEST gold in 2017-18 and advancing to CCAA Nationals. A long-time North Shore native, Sadaghiani started out his coaching career at Handsworth Secondary.
The other coach nominees were Brooks McNiven of the North Shore Twins baseball program and Jim Schuman of the Windsor Dukes AA football team, with Schuman taking home the top prize.