paul van steen sports achievement award
The Paul van Steen Sports Achievement Award was created by the Bridlewood Community Association (BCA) in 2009 in memory of a dedicated community member and volunteer who helped establish and support sports programs in Bridlewood across many age groups and levels. The goal of the award is to recognize excellence in competitive or demonstrative sport by a permanent resident of Bridlewood over the age of 16.
Paul Van Steen moved to Bridlewood in 1979 and helped establish the Bridlewood Spring Sports Program for children aged 5 – 12. This program offered an 8 week league of both soccer and softball. He also led the establishment of community run outdoor ice rinks throughout Bridlewood, organized winter carnival events (eg. cross country ski races, snow sculptures, broomball games), Bridlewood Canada Day activities and was a driving force behind the Bridlewood Men’s Hockey league. He passed away suddenly in 2007 while renewing his hockey refereeing certification. Paul was also heavily involved with the Bridlewood Community Association and assisted with Park Development as well as coordinating the Outdoor Rink Program for many years. Paul’s legacy lives on in the Spring Sports program which now serves over 750 children every spring, the Bridlewood Men’s Hockey league which is a men’s non-contact hockey league and the 9 volunteer-run outdoor rinks in Bridlewood.
The Paul van Steen Sports Achievement Award consists of a commemorative trophy to be inscribed with the winner’s name each year and kept in the Eva James Community Centre display cabinet as well as a keepsake trophy and a $250 cash award for the recipient.