Blizzard is proud to be able to recognize outstanding teams and athletes for their contribution to soccer and our communities.
Alex Flynn was a very special and proud member of the Calgary Blizzard Soccer Club until his untimely death in 2008.
This award takes into account the things that made Alex special. Alex was a leader, but not a “look at me” kind of leader. He led quietly, letting his behaviour do the talking and leading by example. He also led by encouraging others, helping them up when they were down and getting them to their feet.
First and foremost, Alex was a team guy. He always valued the team achievements more than individual accomplishment. While he took soccer seriously, he knew that winning wasn’t everything and that having fun was also important. Alex Flynn knew how to have fun and make things fun for others. When you name an award for a young man with such strength of character, it needs to honor his values and so it has been decided that this award will be presented annually to a team, not an individual. This is more is about strength of personality, as opposed to a winning at all costs mentality.
To qualify, a team must have the following attributes:
If you think that a team you represented this year, either in indoor or outdoor, qualifies for this award, please email your nomination to Alan Rickwood, our General Manager, email@example.com. Nominations will be reviewed by a group that knew Alex well. The winning team will be announced towards the end of February. The coach will get to keep the commemorative shield for a year.
Rigel Cole had been a Blizzard soccer player since U12, playing through the entire Blizzard minor program. Rigel was an outstanding defensive player and a wonderful, smart and exceptional young man. He had a variety of very committed and dedicated coaches throughout his lifetime. Most times Rigel’s team progressed through the upper divisional standings, going onto Provincials.
When Rigel was old enough, he graduated to the Blizzard Men’s team, coached by Grant Stevens. Even though he was a defender – and sometimes it can get a bit rough in Men’s – Rigel showed only his very best and never drew a card! An outstanding feat for any player.
Sadly, before Rigel could experience much in his talented life, he died in very unfortunate circumstances. To remember Rigel and embrace his outstanding contributions we have created a trophy that will be awarded to the player who most closely models Rigel’s pattern; shows exemplary skills, patience and discipline in soccer. Rigel would have been humbled to think anyone thought his contributions important enough to develop such an award.