Patrick Chan Wins Male Athlete of the Year
Christine Nesbitt Wins Female Athlete of the Year
OTTAWA, Jan. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - The True Sport Foundation today announced the winners of the 39th Canadian Sport Awards, which recognize and honour excellence in Canadian sport including the sporting achievements of Canada's finest athletes and the contributions of others in 2011.
"The Canadian Sport Awards play an important role in honouring our hard-working athletes, sport leaders, volunteers and corporations for their accomplishments and contributions to Canadian sport in 2011," noted Peter Leyser, Executive Director, True Sport Foundation. "These winners, along with all finalists and nominees, have earned the praise of all Canadians through their immense talent, ongoing commitment and unwavering dedication to Canadian sport."
2011 Canadian Sport Awards Winners
The Athletic Performance Awards recognize outstanding athletic performance. Winners include:
|Male Athlete of the Year: Patrick Chan, Figure Skating|
|Female Athlete of the Year: Christine Nesbitt, Speed Skating|
|Junior Athlete of the Year: Alex Harvey, Cross Country Skiing|
|Team of the Year: Jeff Stoughton (skip), Jonathan Mead (3rd), Reid Carruthers (2nd), Steve Gould (lead), Garth Smith (alternate), Curling - Men's Team|
| Partners of the Year: Alex Harvey & Devon Kershaw, Cross Country Ski, Men's Team Sprint
The Leadership Awards recognize and celebrate an individual's outstanding contribution to the betterment of sport:
|Leadership in Sport Award: Tom Quinn|
|Volunteer Achievement Award: Judith Tutty|
| Athlete Leadership Award: Michael Smith
The Corporate Excellence Award recognizes and celebrates a corporation who provides outstanding support to Canadian sport: Forzani Group
The Spirit of Sport Story of the Year category recognizes and celebrates Canadian heroes: Ottawa Senators Women's Bantam AA hockey team
About the Canadian Sport Awards
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 awards promote sporting excellence across Canada and remind Canadians how sport lifts the human spirit. It is a tribute to the hard work, dedication and victories of our country's finest athletes. Managed by the True Sport Foundation, the Canadian Sport Awards boasts a strong relationship with its modern day founding partners, which include AthletesCAN, Canada Games, Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, and the Commonwealth Games Association of Canada. For more information about the Canadian Sport Awards, please visit www.canadiansportawards.ca.
About the True Sport Foundation
The True Sport Foundation is a national charitable organization that promotes values-driven sport. As a leader in the True Sport Movement, the Foundation is focused on building and enriching communities and the lives of individuals by providing a safe, welcoming, and rewarding environment for all participants, at all levels of sport. The True Sport Foundation is committed to ensuring that sport makes a positive contribution to Canadian society, to our athletes, and to the physical and moral development of Canada's youth. The Foundation also plays a pivotal role in the Canadian sport system by bringing together leading sport organizations to promote, celebrate and recognize sporting excellence. For more information about the True Sport Foundation, please visit www.truesportfoundation.ca.
For complete nomination rules and guidelines, and more information about the Canadian Sport Awards, please visit www.canadiansportawards.ca.
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