True Sport Foundation Announces Call for Nominations For the 35th Canadian Sport Awards



    Recognizing Excellence in Sport in 2007

    OTTAWA, Nov. 28 /CNW/ - The True Sport Foundation today announced its
call for nominations for the 35th Canadian Sport Awards (CSA). The nomination
period begins today and closes on January 18, 2008 and will recognize
excellence in sport in 2007. The official nomination forms are available at
www.canadiansportawards.ca.
    "The Canadian Sport Awards are the definitive recognition event for sport
in Canada," said Victor Lachance, Executive Director of the True Sport
Foundation. "For 35 years, this event has honoured the nation's leading
athletes, teams, leaders and businesses for their expertise and contribution
to Canadian sport. Now is the time for sport organizations, media and the
general public to nominate their sport heroes for this year's Canadian Sport
Awards," said Mr. Lachance.
    Finalists for each CSA award will be announced in February 2008. Winners
will be announced at the official gala awards ceremony in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
    Established in 1972, the Canadian Sport Awards brings together leaders
from the sporting and corporate communities who represent the pinnacle of
commitment and competition: Canadian amateur athletes, coaches, sport leaders
and volunteers. The annual event promotes sporting excellence across Canada,
and reminds Canadians how sport lifts the human spirit. It is a tribute to the
hard work, the dedication and the victories of our country's finest athletes.
    The 35th Canadian Sport Award categories are listed below, followed by a
list of athletes, teams and corporations honoured for each award in 2006.

    ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE AWARDS:
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    Male Athlete of the Year; Female Athlete of the Year; Junior Athlete of
    the Year; Team of the Year; Partners of the Year.

    LEADERSHIP AWARDS:
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    The Leadership Awards category recognizes and celebrates an individual's
    outstanding contribution to the betterment of sport.

    Athlete Leadership Award; Volunteer Achievement Award; Leadership in
    Sport Award; Coach of the Year

    CORPORATE EXCELLENCE AWARD:
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    The Corporate Excellence Award recognizes and celebrates corporations
    that provide outstanding support to Canadian sport.

    The 34th Canadian Sport Award honourees were:

    ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE AWARDS:
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    Male Athlete of the Year
    2006 winner: Duff Gibson, Skeleton

    Female Athlete of the Year
    2006 winner: Cindy Klassen, Long Track Speed Skating

    Junior Male Athlete of the Year
    2006 winner: Stefan Guay, Alpine Ski

    Junior Female Athlete of the Year
    2006 winner: Kirsten Sweetland, Triathalon

    Male Team of the Year
    2006 winner: Men's Olympic Curling Team (Brad Gushue Rink)

    Female Team of the Year
    2006 winner: Women's National Hockey Team

    Partners of the Year
    2006 winner: Pierre Lueders/Lascelles Brown, Bobsleigh

    LEADERSHIP AWARDS:
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    Athlete Leadership Award
    2006 winner: Beckie Scott, Vergreville, Alberta

    Volunteer Achievement Award
    2006 winner: Walter Sieber, Saint Julie, Quebec

    Leadership in Sport Award
    2006 winner: Victor Lachance, Navan, Ontario

    Coach of the Year
    2006 winner: Neal Marshall, Calgary, Alberta

    CORPORATE EXCELLENCE AWARDS:
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    National Team Support
    2006 winner: Pacific Custom Brokers

    Individual Athlete Support
    2006 winner: Hudson's Bay Company

    National Initiative Support
    2006 winner: BMO Financial Group

    True Sport Community Award
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    Baker Lake, Nunavut
    Hamilton, Ontario
    Richmond, British Columbia

    INVESTORS GROUP SPIRIT OF SPORT STORY OF THE YEAR
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    The Investors Group Spirit of Sport Story of the Year Award recognizes a
Canadian hero who, in the pursuit of sporting excellence, has demonstrated
values such as dedication, perseverance, sportsmanship, respect for others and
a true love of sport.
    2006 winner: Clara Anne Hughes, Winnipeg, Manitoba

    Nomination Eligibility

    Any Canadian citizen can nominate an individual, team or corporation for
the Canadian Sport Awards. Individuals and corporations can also
self-nominate. Eligible entries are for performances or contributions from
January 1, 2007 through to December 31, 2007.
    Submissions must be received at the True Sport Foundation no later than
5:00 p.m. E.S.T., January 18, 2008. Late submissions will not be accepted.
Completed ORIGINAL submissions should be sent to:

    True Sport Foundation
    CSA Selection Advisory Committee
    350-955 Green Valley Crescent
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K2C 3V4

    About the True Sport Foundation

    The True Sport Foundation is a charitable organization committed to
ensuring that sport makes a positive contribution to Canadian society. Managed
by the Foundation, the Canadian Sport Awards boasts a strong relationship with
its modern day founding partners, which include Athletes CAN, the Commonwealth
Games Association of Canada, the Canada Games and the Canadian Centre for
Ethics in Sport. For more information about the Canadian Sport Awards, please
visit www.canadiansportawards.ca.
    For complete nomination rules and guidelines, and more information about
the Canadian Sport Awards, please visit www.canadiansportawards.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Robin Turnbull, Canadian Sport Awards, Program
Director, (416) 604-0310, rtevent@sympatico.ca; Victor Lachance, Executive
Director, True Sport Foundation, (613) 521-3340 x 3224, vgl@rogers.com

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