Ontario Celebrates Top Athletes of 2011
McGuinty Government Congratulates Ontario Sport Award Finalists
Ontario is proud to recognize 33 of the province's top amateur athletes and coaches whose performances excelled on both national and international arenas, including at the 2011 Pan/Parapan American Games.
The 2011 Ontario Sport Awards celebrate the outstanding contributions of athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and corporate sponsors who support amateur sport in Ontario.
This year's finalists include:
- Male Athlete of the Year -- Eric Lamaze (Equestrian), Adam van Koeverden(Kayak), Patrick Chan (Figure Skating)
- Female Athlete of the Year --Michelle Li (Badminton), Whitney McClintock (Water Ski), Mary Spencer (Boxing)
- Male Athlete with a Disability of the Year -- Kyle Whitehouse (Special Olympics),Shayne Smith (Wheelchair Basketball), Mark Ledo (Cycling)
- Female Athlete with a Disability of the Year --Meagan Michie (Special Olympics), Summer Mortimer (Swimming), Robbi Weldon (Cycling)
Winners will be announced and recognized on April 19, 2012 in Toronto.
- Established in 1965, the Ontario Sport Awards marks its 46th year honouring outstanding achievements in Ontario amateur sport. It is the highest recognition for sport excellence in the province.
- Finalists are nominated by their Provincial/Multi Sport Organization and winners are chosen by the Sport Awards Selection Committee, a group of former athletes and sport administrators from Ontario.
- Previous recipients include Heather Moyse, Richard Ball, Priscilla Lopes-Schlieppe, Eric Lamaze, Patrick Chan, Donovan Bailey, Silken Laumann and Lennox Lewis.
- Fourteen 2011 Ontario Sport Awards finalists have benefited from the Quest for Gold Program.
- 47 Ontario athletes who reached the podium at the 2011 Pan and Parapan American Games received support through Quest for Gold.
- Ontarians will have the opportunity to cheer on some of these honoured coaches and athletes as members of Team Canada in London, England at the 2012 Olympic and Paraylmpic Games or when the GTA hosts the highly anticipated, Pan/Parapan American Games in 2015.
- The Pan/Parapan American Games will create thousands of construction jobs, improve sports infrastructure and attract over 250,000 athletes, coaches and tourists to Ontario.
“The McGuinty Government is proud to celebrate the achievements of Ontario's talented athletes, coaches, volunteers and sponsors whose contributions inspire healthy living and economic growth by attracting fans and sports enthusiasts to our province. Congratulations to all our finalists on your remarkable achievements.”
“On behalf of the board of directors of Sport Alliance Ontario I would like to thank all those who took the time to provide candidates for the 2011 Ontario Sport Awards. We received a record number of nominations this year demonstrating the many achievements of Ontario athletes, coaches, volunteers and corporate sponsors in 2011. We look forward to welcoming everyone at the awards ceremony on April 19th.”