W.R. Bennett Award - 2014 BC Summer Games - Nolan Badovinac

Port Alberni wrestler, Nolan Badovinac has made an impressive mark in wresting in his young career.  He attended the BC Summer Games in both 2012 and 2014 bringing home an individual and team gold medal at each event.  He has also competed at the national level and was the Cadet National Champion in 2012 and 2013 for his weight class.  As part of Team BC at the 2013 Canada Summer Games, he won a bronze medal.  Badovinac was the Top Cadet Male Wrestler for BC Wrestling in 2013 and has won the combined top academic/athlete from the Alberni Wrestling Club for the past three years.

Badovinac not only has achieved in sport, he has also demonstrated on a daily basis what it means to be a leader within his sport, school, and community.  He has worked as the coordinator of the local wrestling club and regularly coaches elementary and middle school students.  Giving back to his community is a focus as he organizes volunteers for events including the Fall Fair and Drag Races.  Badovinac was also one of 16 athletes presented a Coast Capital Savings Athlete Bursary Award at the 2014 BC Summer Games for his exemplary leadership activities.

Entering Grade 12 in September, Badovinac hopes to lead his high school team to a provincial title.  He would like to go on to continue his sport at university where he is interested in pursuing a degree in Kinesiology to ultimately pursue a career in orthopaedic surgery.



Nolan receiving his gold medal at the 2014 BC Summer Games.