MONTREAL, Nov. 25, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada is asking Canadians to help select the winner of the Air Canada Athlete of the Year Award 2015. Voters can go to http://athleteoftheyear.aircanada.com/ and vote for one of three finalists for the Award who were chosen for demonstrating a drive for excellence, leadership and integrity. The voting ends December 4 with the winner to be announced December 11.
"The Air Canada Athlete of the year Award was launched in 2012 to inspire Canadian athletes in their quest for excellence. With less than a year before the Canadian flag enters the stadium during the opening ceremonies of the summer Olympic Games in Rio on Friday, August 5th, 2016, they are in the final stretch of intense preparation," said Craig Landry, Vice President of Marketing at Air Canada. "We are inviting the public to vote online for the Air Canada Athlete of the Year Award 2015, and send messages encouraging them in their commitment and dedication at being at their best– values we also share as a proud Canadian brand."
Air Canada Athlete of the Year Award was presented last year to freestyle skier Alexandre Bilodeau, in 2013 to short track speed skater Charles Hamelin and in 2012 to soccer player Christine Sinclair.
In order to raise the athletes' profiles and engage all Canadians, the winner will be chosen by a public vote from a short-list of finalists selected by a committee representing Air Canada, the Canadian Olympic Committee, athletes, the government, media and also last year's Award winner. This year's finalists are:
- Derek Drouin – Athletics (High Jump)
- Shawnacy Barber – Athletics (Pole Vault)
- Mark de Jonge – Canoe/Kayak Sprint (K-1 200m)
The winner will receive two Business Class tickets to anywhere in the world Air Canada flies, as well as Super Elite™ 100K status in Air Canada's Altitude program for one year. To cast your vote now and be eligible for a chance to win two Economy Class round-trip tickets anywhere Air Canada flies in North America, visit http://athleteoftheyear.aircanada.com/.
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Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline serving more than 200 airports on six continents. Canada's flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2014 served more than 38 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 63 airports in Canada, 55 in the United States and 86 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world's most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,321 airports in 193 countries. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax. For more information, please visit: www.aircanada.com, follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook.
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