A Canadian bombshell has taken home Sports Illustrated’s 2013 “Swimsuit Rookie of the Year” award.

Kate Bock, 21, of West Vancouver, B.C. won 41 per cent of overall ballots cast by voters on Sports Illustrated’s website.

“Happiest rookie there ever was!!” tweeted Bock just after her win on Thursday.

The West Vancouver Secondary School graduate was flown to Chile, dressed in tiny, colourful bikinis and hopped around Easter Island for the magazine’s annual swimsuit edition photo shoot.

The win adds to a string of successes the 5’11” model has tasted in the past year. In 2012, Bock landed high exposure modelling contracts, appearing in campaigns for Victoria’s Secret and Perry Ellis.

The gorgeous blonde beat models Hannah Davis, Natasha Barnard and Emily DiDonato, who also appeared in this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.

It's already been a good year for B.C. models. Vancouver's Ashley Diana Morris was named as the new face of Guess Lingerie and Bikini in January.

This week, Vancouver's Ania Korkh, a Kate Upton lookalike, became a viral star after tweeting a photo of herself imitating the supermodel's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover. The Capilano University student and gymnastics coach isn't a professional model but has reportedly landed an agent after all the international attention.

Check out some photos of Kate Bock:

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    Model Kate Bock attends as Sports Illustrated celebrates SI Swimsuit 2013 with a star-studded red carpet kickoff event at Crimson on Feb. 12, 2013 in New York City.

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    Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Bock attends SI Swimsuit on Location at the Marquee Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Feb. 13, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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    Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Bock attends Club SI Swimsuit at 1 OAK Nightclub at The Mirage Hotel & Casino on Feb. 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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    SI Swimsuit Model Kate Bock visits Forevermark Diamond Suite at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Feb. 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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    Models Hannah Davis (L) and Kate Bock attend as Sports Illustrated celebrates SI Swimsuit 2013 with a star-studded kickoff event at Crimson on Feb. 12, 2013 in New York City.

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    SI Swimsuit Model Kate Bock visits Forevermark Diamond Suite at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Feb. 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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    Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Bock visits Forevermark Diamond Suite at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Feb. 13, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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    Sports Illustrated swimsuit models Nina Agdal (L) and Kate Bock visit Forevermark Diamond Suite at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Feb. 13, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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    Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Bock visits Forevermark Diamond Suite at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Feb. 13, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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    SI Swimsuit Model Kate Bock visits Forevermark Diamond Suite at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Feb. 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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    LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 14: SI Swimsuit Model Kate Bock visits Forevermark Diamond Suite at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Feb. 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • Kate Bock

    SI Swimsuit Model Kate Bock visits Forevermark Diamond Suite at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Feb. 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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    Model Kate Bock attends as Sports Illustrated celebrates SI Swimsuit 2013 with a star-studded red carpet kickoff event at Crimson on Feb. 12, 2013 in New York City.

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