The third and final leg in the BPA Triple
Crown is its Sportsmanship Award. Coupled with the Caesar for
prowess on the gameboard and our GM of the
Year which honors those who
sacrifice their time to make the events possible, the Sportsmanship
winner completes our virtual Hall of Fame by reminding us that
there is no fun to be had with these games without an affable and
enjoyable opponent with which to cross vicarious swords. While
some get caught up in the quest for “wood,” our Sportsman of the
Year always subscribes to a higher standard…a shining example
of sportsmanship that we should all aspire to. These folks are
the ones that make it all bearable for our GMs and contribute most
to the “club” atmosphere of the convention. Their shining example
contributes to the remarkable esprit de corps and camaraderie for
which the WBC has always been noted by those in the know.
There are those who liken the Sportsmanship vote to a popularity
contest. If that’s so, there’s little doubt remaining who is WBC’s
sweetheart after this year’s vote. It seems like just yesterday
that this young lady made hobby headlines by being the first person
to win four tournaments in one WBC. The enthusiastic teenager
showed us old folks how it was done on the gameboard at the ripe
old age of 14 and apparently she made an impression, because this
year’s voting was the most lop-sided in the history of the award.
Rebecca Hebner received 73 of the 267 votes cast to garner 27%
of the total vote among the 17 nominees. Runner-up Bruce Wigdor
followed with 16% of the vote. Rounding out the top six finalists
were Andrew Chitwood, William Cooper, Tedd Mullally and Greg Smith.
In a year when another woman is making political history in presidential
politics, Rebecca showed that being the lone representative of
her gender is not a disadvantage in an election.
The Stanford sophomore was nominated for leaving her event
to fill in for an absent GM in the Junior’s room. Although jeered
by her peers for being such a soft touch, she’ll be the one laughing
this summer as she takes in WBC from the comfort of her free room
courtesy of the BPA. Thanks, Rebecca for being such a good citizen.