VMFL recognizes Ryan Leslie with award

The head coach and vice-president of the Royal City Hyacks community football program has received the 2013 Vancouver Mainland Football League's Rob Mountford Builder Award.

Ryan Leslie is being recognized for his efforts to establish and grow the program in New Westminster and for his dedication, effort and creativity in making the club a success.

Leslie trains and develops new coaches, coordinates volunteers and many aspects of the program such as its website, promotions, finances, equipment, fundraising, and on-field operations and management.

The program, began in 2004 with just one team and now has six.

Leslie was the defensive coordinator for four seasons for the high school team coached by Farhan Lalji, a New Westminster resident and TSN reporter who last week won his second consecutive best sport television reporter award at the Paul Carson Broadcast and Media Awards.

Another Royal City resident, Iain McLetchie who works for Team 1040 Radio, was named the best sport radio anchor.

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