Beth and Wes Roots first got involved with Judo in 1993 when their first child Greg, age 7, joined the Port Coquitlam Judo Club. Their seventh child made his first appearance at the judo club when he was only a day old in 1997! Six of the seven kids and Beth still do Judo. Beth has been the club registrar since 1998 and is also the current treasurer. Both Beth and Wes have been to numerous Canadian Judo Championships as spectators as well as chaperones for the BC Team. This past year, Wes was the head of security at the Championships held in Richmond. Both Beth and Wes were vital members of the organizing committee making it once again a family affair with various members of the family taking on roles from security guards, to weigh in volunteers and any other tasks that were asked of them. Four family members even helped with volunteer duties in addition to competing at the Championships! There are very few Judo events that happen in BC that don’t involve one or many of the Roots clan. Sandy Kent, Judo BC President, was honored to present this award to Wes and Beth for all that they do for Judo in BC, their ongoing commitment, dedication and passion for Judo and for raising an amazing family of Judokas.
The annual Presidents’ Awards are presented to volunteers from Sport BC member organizations who represent the spirit of volunteerism, and whose dedication, energy, and commitment contribute to the development of their sport or organization. The awards presentations took place on March 5th at the 48th Annual Sport BC Athlete of the Year Awards at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.