Winners Release - Equestrian Eric Lamaze and paralympian Chantal Petitclerc win 2008 Male/Female Athlete of the Year

                   Sara Reid, Junior Athlete of the Year;
           Curling: Men's World Championship take Team of the Year

    OTTAWA, Feb. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - The True Sport Foundation officially
announced the winners for the 36th Canadian Sport Awards (CSA) at an awards
ceremony in Ottawa's Water Court Gallery at the National Gallery of Canada.
Today's awards event celebrated excellence in sport and honoured the athletes
and leaders who competed and inspired hope throughout the 2008 calendar year.
    The event was hosted by former Canadian Olympic synchronized swimmer,
Carolyn Waldo, now a Sports Reporter & Anchor for CTV. 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 able to attend the ceremony and catch a
glimpse of some of Canada's sporting heroes.
    Montreal-born Olympic equestrian show jumper Eric Lamaze scored the
honour of Male Athlete of the Year, while dynamic Paralympian and sports
organizer Chantal Petitclerc was awarded Female Athlete of the Year.
    Promising young skeleton athlete Sara Reid was named Junior Athlete of
the Year and Team of the Year went to Men's Curling. Partners of the Year were
Rowing Men's Eights (M8+).
    "Canadian can take great pride in the performances and dedication of our
amateur athletes and community leaders," said Victor Lachance, Executive
Director, The True Sport Foundation. "Their contribution to Canadian sport
continues to build Canada's enduring sport legacy."


    This 36-year-old tradition of sport celebration will be followed up with
a new community outreach effort designed to engage and inspire school children
in sport. The True Sport Road Trip takes place on Wednesday, February 25 and
will expose Ottawa schoolchildren to the accomplishments and empowering
stories of some of Canada's top amateur athletes.
    The Road Trip will send attending athletes to South Carleton High School
to 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: "The True Sport Foundation is very grateful to the
enthusiastic sport community of Ottawa for opening its doors to embrace this
event and welcome Canada's athletic community."
    The 2008 winners were chosen by an independent jury from among finalists
in the following categories: Athletic Performance, Leadership in Sport,
Volunteer Achievement, Corporate Excellence and Spirit of Sport Story of the

    CSA 2008 Finalists
    The Athletic Performance Awards recognize outstanding athletic
    Male Athlete of the Year: Eric Lamaze - Equestrian

    Female Athlete of the Year: Chantal Petitclerc - Athletics

    Junior Athlete of the Year: Sarah Reid - Skeleton

    Team of the Year: Curling: Men's (K. Martin)

    Partners of the Year: Rowing: M Eights (M8+)

    The Leadership Awards recognize and celebrate an individual's outstanding
    contribution to the betterment of sport. Winners include:

    Leadership in Sport Award: Jane Roos

    Volunteer Achievement: Alain Maillé

    The Corporate Excellence Award recognizes and celebrates a corporation 
who provides outstanding support to Canadian sport. The winner is: Mitsubishi
Motor Sales of Canada Inc.

    The Spirit of Sport Story of the Year category recognizes and celebrates
Canadian heroes who, in the pursuit of sporting excellence, have demonstrated
values such as fairness, inclusion, perseverance, sportsmanship, respect for
others, and a true love of sport.
    The winner is: Kyle Shewfelt

    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, 2008 through to December 31, 2008.
    The CSA 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.

    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
    For complete nomination rules and guidelines, and more information about
the Canadian Sport Awards, please visit

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For further information:

For further information: Robin Turnbull, Canadian Sport Awards, Program
Director, (416) 604-0310,; Victor Lachance, Executive
Director, True Sport Foundation, (613) 255-3372,

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