Swimmer Brent Hayden and Speed Skater Kalyna Roberge among winners of the 35th Canadian Sport Awards

    IIHF World Men's Championship take Team of the Year

    WINNIPEG, March 19 /CNW/ - The True Sport Foundation officially announced
the winners for the 35th Canadian Sport Awards (CSA) at a gala awards ceremony
co-hosted by Sport Manitoba at Winnipeg's Garrick Theatre. Today's awards
event celebrated excellence in sport and honoured the athletes and leaders who
competed and inspired hope throughout the 2007 calendar year.
    The event was co-hosted by local CBC Sportscaster, Scott Oakes and
Canadian cyclist Erin Carter, also from Manitoba, who has represented Canada
at the Commonwealth Games and multiple world championships. Leaders from the
sport and corporate communities gathered at the ceremony to represent the
pinnacle of commitment and competition in the world of Canadian amateur sport.
Members of the general public were also invited to attend the ceremony and
catch a glimpse of some of Canada's sporting heroes.
    British Columbia swimming sensation and 2007 World Aquatic Championship
gold medal winner Brent Hayden, scored the honour of Male Athlete of the Year,
while Olympic medal-winning short track speed skating marvel Kalyna Roberge
was awarded Female Athlete of the Year.
    Calgary swimmer and record-breaker Erica Morningstar was named Junior
Athlete of the Year and Team of the Year went to IIHF World Men's Championship
team. Partners of the Year were Rowing World Championship Men's Eights.
    "It is truly an honour to celebrate the achievement and contributions of
these athletes and community leaders for their contribution to Canadian
amateur sport," said Victor Lachance, Executive Director, The True Sport
Foundation. "Their commitment and courage is the ultimate tribute to Canada's
sport legacy."


    This 35-year-old tradition of sport celebration also kicks off a new
community outreach effort designed to engage and inspire inner-city school
children in sport. The True Sport Road Trip takes place tomorrow (Thursday,
March 20th), and will expose Manitoba schoolchildren to the accomplishments
and empowering stories of some of Canada's top amateur athletes.
    This first-time event will send attending athletes to visit three
schools: Robert Smith School, Lord Selkirk SD (Selkirk); Elwick Community
School, Seven Oaks SD (North Winnipeg); St Johns High School, Winnipeg One SD
(North Winnipeg) to examine issues and challenges specific to each school.
These role models will read, play and engage in a dialogue with students with
the goal of demonstrating how sport can lift the human spirit and encouraging
them to follow their own dreams.
    Continued Lachance: "Once again, The True Sport Foundation would like to
thank the enthusiastic sport community of Winnipeg for its leadership and for
opening its doors to embrace this event and Canada's athletic community."
    The 2007 winners were chosen by an independent jury from among finalists
in the following categories: Athletic Performance, Leadership in Sport,
Corporate Excellence and Investors Group Spirit of Sport Story of the Year.
Any Canadian citizen can nominate an individual, team or corporation for the
Canadian Sport Awards. Individuals and corporations can also self-nominate.
Eligible entries were for performances or contributions from January 1, 2007
through to December 31, 2007.

    This year's winners in the Athletic Performance category for the 35th
Annual Canadian Sport Awards, recognizing and celebrating outstanding athletic
performance in 2007, are:

    Male Athlete of the Year

    Brent Hayden

    Female Athlete of the Year

    Kalyna Roberge

    Junior Athlete of the Year

    Erica Morningstar

    Team of the Year

    Hockey - IIHF World Men's Championship

    Partners of the Year

    Rowing Men's 8+ (Wetzel/Light/Rutledge/Seiterle/Howard/Kreek/Hamilton/

    The winners in the Leadership Awards category for the 35th Annual
Canadian Annual Sport Awards, recognizing and celebrating an individual's
outstanding contribution to the betterment of sport in 2007, are:

    Leadership in Sport Award

    Dr. Roger Jackson

    Coach of the Year

    Paul Kristofic

    The winner of the Corporate Excellence Award for the 35th Annual Canadian
Sport Awards, recognizing and celebrating a corporation who has provided
outstanding support to Canadian sport in 2007, is: Bell Canada

    The winner of the Investors Group Spirit of Sport Story of the Year Award
for the 35th Annual Canadian Sport Awards, recognizing 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 in 2007, is: Sue Swain

    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 boast a strong relationship with
its modern day founding partners, which include Athletes CAN, Commonwealth
Games Canada, the Canada Games Council and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in
Sport. For more information about the Canadian Sport Awards, please visit

    About Sport Manitoba

    The home of amateur sport in the province of Manitoba, Sport Manitoba is
the lead planning, programming and funding agency for the development of
amateur sport in Manitoba. The primary focus of Sport Manitoba is on the
development of athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers. Visit the website
at www.sportmanitoba.ca.

For further information:

For further information: Robin Turnbull, Canadian Sport Awards, Program
Director, W: 1-800-672-7775 ext 4000, Cell: (416) 805-4221,
rtevent@sympatico.ca; Victor Lachance, Executive Director, True Sport
Foundation, w: (613) 521-3340, vgl@rogers.com

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