By Eric Welsh, as published in the Chilliwack Progress Newspaper
For the first time this fall, the Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame will put the spotlight on the next generation of elite athletes with the introduction of U-18 Female and Male Athlete of the Year awards.
At the annual Chilliwack Sports Dinner on Oct. 23 at the SureStay Hotel by Best Western, the CSHOF will recognize soccer star Jordyn Huitema as Chilliwack’s U-18 Female Athleteof the Year, and GW Graham football standout Logan Buchwitz as the U-18 Male Athlete of the Year.
“While we honour the past with the induction of our Class of 2019, the Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame also wants to recognize two very talented teenagers who are on track to befuture Hall of Famers, hopefully after long and productive careers in their chosen sports,” said CSHOF spokesman Barry Douglas. “What Jordyn has done on the international soccer scene is unprecedented for a Chilliwack athlete, and we believe the best is yet to come. And Logan’s accomplishments on the football field at such a young age can only be described as spectacular. The introduction of these U-18 Athlete of the Year awards fits with the Chilliwack Sports Hall of Fame’s broader goal of telling stories and inspiring athletes to strive for greatness, and we look forward to watching and cheering on Jordan and Logan for years to come.”
Huitema’s year included time with Canadian national soccer squad, including a start against Netherlands in the FIFA Women’s World Cup. She also played for the senior squad at the 2019 Algarve Cup in Portugal and captained the Canadian entry in the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. In May, the 18 year old signed a professional contract with Paris Saint-Germain.
Buchwitz has been busy making a name for himself on the local football scene.
The GW Graham student was a dominant force for the Grizzlies junior and senior teams during the 2018 season. He led the GWG juniors to a provincial championship last November, scoring seven touchdowns at BC Place Stadium as his team pummelled the Windsor Dukes 69-27. Identified as a player with the potential to play professionally in the Canadian Football League, the 16 year old was chosen to participate in the first annual CanadianFootballChat.com Prospect Game, which was televised nationally on TSN.