Monika Eggens. File photo

Hometown Heroes dinner celebrates inductee and community that raised her

Tuesday event honours Maple Ridge native Monika Eggens at Pitt Meadows Secondary

Meadow Ridge Sports Hero Society is excited to induct their 10th Olympian into their Home Town Heroes program.

A dinner will be held at Pitt Meadows Secondary on Tuesday, Feb. 11 in honour of Monika Eggens, who will be the 44th Hometown Hero to be inducted.

The talented water polo player is a graduate of the high school, so the setting seems perfect.

Honorees are chosen from a list of candidates who have have gone through the school system in District 42 Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows and have gone on to play in their sport on an international level.

READ MORE: Eggens this year’s Hometown Hero

Eggens was chosen from a field of nine candidates. Working in her favour is an upcoming trip to the the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo as part of the Canadian water polo team.

Allison Noble, CEO of the BC Games Society, will give a speech on the upcoming Maple Ridge 2020 BC Summer Games and some former Home Town Heroes will be on hand to welcome Eggens to the club.

The dinner has become an important event for the local sports community, said Meadow Ridge Sports Hero Society president Mary Robson.

“It reflects the commitment this community has for youth in sport,” she said, “We’ve got so many dedicated people in our community that maintain our sports organizations through the school and extra-curricular programs.”

READ MORE: Building a better community with Hometown Heroes

While the night will mostly be about celebrating Eggens’ accomplishment, those gathered will also be celebrating the community that made it possible for her to achieve the success that she has.

“It’s all those volunteers,” Robson said, “It’s the moms and the dads and the teachers and the coaches and all the different organizations.

“We’ve got a very strong sports community here.”

Doors open at 5 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

Tickets are available at the leisure centre’s second floor reception, or by contacting Jackie Montgomery at jacquiemont@shaw.ca, or 604-329-2682.



ronan.p.odoherty@blackpress.ca

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