Claypool, Pilgrim up for awards

Abbotsford high school athletes earn recognition from Sport BC

A pair of Abbotstford athletes have been recognized by Sport BC.

The organization announced on Wednesday that football star Chase Claypool is nominated for male high school athlete of the year, and multi-sport athlete Callum Pilgrim is up for female high school athlete of the year.

Claypool, a Grade 12 student at Abbotsford Senior Secondary, helped lead the Panthers to a deep playoff run in AA provincial football championships. He was heavily recruited by several American college football programs, and committed to Notre Dame in July. He’s also a star basketball player for the Panthers.

Pilgrim, a 2015 WJ Mouat Secondary grad, was honoured for her achievements in volleyball, track and field, basketball, soccer and softball. She was selected to the Canadian junior women’s national softball team in July, and received a softball scholarship to Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky earlier this summer. She also was the Fraser Valley senior girls cross-country champion in 2012, Mouat athlete of the year in 2012 and 2013, Valley Royals rookie of the year in 2013, and won a provincial basketball title with Mouat in 2013.

This year’s edition of the Sport BC athlete of the year awards is the group’s 50th, and the winners will be announced at a ceremony in Vancouver on March 10. For more information, visit