More than 300 Nelson Soccer Association rep players, their coaches and other volunteers gathered at Lakeside Park pitch on Tuesday for a ceremony to honour the late Kerry Dyck, who was a pillar of the soccer community. Photo submitted

Nelson Soccer Association pays tribute to Kerry Dyck

‘He was an unbelievable human being’

Nelson Soccer Association (NSA) players, coaches and volunteers gathered at Lakeside Park pitch on Tuesday to kick off the 2018 outdoor season and honour a man who was instrumental in making the sport a success in the region.

Kerry Dyck was a former president of NSA, a passionate youth coach and active adult player. He passed away earlier this year after a courageous battle against cancer.

“Kerry was more than a soccer man, he was an unbelievable human being,” says Brett Adams, the head coach for the Whitecaps Kootenay Academy Centres. “He lived for his family, his friends and soccer. He will be sadly missed, but never forgotten.”

Dyck grew up in Nelson where he was active in the sport at both the youth soccer and high school level. The father of three was pillar of youth soccer, coaching hundreds of young players at both the house and rep level. He was known for his tireless work as a volunteer on the executive who strengthened the sport at every turn.

Dyck was also very involved as a player and leader in the adult soccer community in Nelson.

At Tuesday’s ceremony, players from all ages at the rep soccer level gathered for a ceremony on Lakeside pitch that included a one-minute moment of silence and one-minute of applause. Players, coaches and volunteers from the 15 teams were on hand for the special moment that included Dyck’s wife, children and parents.

“We want to honour the memory of Kerry in light of all his hard work and perseverance with soccer in Nelson,” says Adams. “We wanted to be able to kick the season off with Kerry and carry him with us for the rest of the season and beyond.”

The outdoor rep season has now started with more than 300 male and female soccer players between the ages of 12 and 18 preparing to represent Nelson at tournaments throughout the spring that lead up to the provincial championships in early-July.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Nelson residents arrive home from quarantine in Peru

Greg Smith, Laurel Conley and Veronica Holman were travelling in Peru before the COVID-19 pandemic

Nelson and COVID-19: everything you need to know

Check this page for every local story related to the outbreak

BC Housing enlists Nelson hotels, Kalein Centre for COVID-19 isolation spaces

The service is for people either at-risk of or currently homeless

Schools re-open in Nelson and Creston, but only for children of front-line workers

School District 8 is providing on-site education for certain families during the pandemic

COVID-19 death toll reaches 50 in B.C., while daily case count steadies

B.C. records 34 new cases in the province, bringing total active confirmed cases to 462

B.C. unveils $5M for mental health supports during the COVID-19 pandemic

Will include virtual clinics and resources for British Columbians, including front-line workers

B.C.’s COVID-19 rent supplement starts taking applications

$300 to $500 to landlords for April, May and June if eligible

Reality TV show about bodybuilders still filming in Okanagan, amid COVID-19

Five bodybuilders from across the country flew to Kelowna to move into a house for a reality TV show

B.C.’s top doctor details prescription for safe long weekend

Yes, it includes hosting an online cooking show

BC SPCA seeks help for abandoned German shepherd puppies

Donations have ‘petered out’ as doors are closed due to COVID-19

Researchers to study whether plasma of recovered patients can treat COVID-19

Plasma is the liquid portion of the blood that contains the antibodies that protect against illness

Grand Forks conservation officer steps up to buy groceries for quarantined snowbirds from Kitimat

‘In these times of need, when people in the community need something like that done, it’s a no-brainer’

Most Read