Ontario Congratulates Top Athletes
McGuinty Government Recognizes Achievements in Amateur Sport
Ontario honours some of the province's top athletes and coaches for their outstanding achievements in amateur sport in 2011.
Of the 33 finalists for this year's Ontario Sport Awards, the following athletes received the top honours in a ceremony last night:
- Male Athlete of the Year -- Patrick Chan (Figure Skating)
- Female Athlete of the Year -- Whitney McClintock (Water Ski)
- Male Athlete with a Disability of the Year -- Mark Ledo (Para-cycling)
- Female Athlete with a Disability of the Year -- Robbi Weldon (Para-cycling)
- Team of the Year -- Victoria Altomare and Melissa Humana-Paredes (Volleyball)
The awards recognize the outstanding contributions that Ontario athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and corporate supporters make to amateur sport.
Ontario's athletes and coaches will have the opportunity to shine this summer at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, England. Ontarians will also have the opportunity to cheer on some of these honoured coaches and athletes as members of Team Canada when the Greater Golden Horseshoe plays host to the highly anticipated 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.
- 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. Winners are chosen by the Sport Awards Selection Committee, a group comprised of former athletes and sport administrators from Ontario.
- Previous recipients include Heather Moyse, Richard Ball, Priscilla Lopes-Schlieppe, Eric Lamaze, Donovan Bailey, Silken Laumann and Lennox Lewis.
- Ontario athletes captured half of Canada's 182 medals at the 2011 Pan/Parapan American Games.
- The 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games will create 15,000 jobs, build new and improve sport infrastructure, attract 250,000 visitors and welcome 10,000 athletes, coaches and officials.
“It is an honour to recognize the hard work and outstanding talents of our athletes. The Ontario Sport Awards are a tribute to the dedication and hard work of Ontario's amateur athletes and all the coaches, volunteers and corporate sponsors who support them.”
“On behalf of the Board of Directors of Sport Alliance Ontario, I want to congratulate all the winners of the Ontario Sport Awards. We are thrilled to recognize the athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and corporate sponsors that make the Ontario sport system so vibrant. The Ontario Sport Awards is one way for us to recognize these accomplishments and I thank all individuals that helped support this prestigious event.”
“It is an honour to be recognized for my work in sport among a group of individuals who have all had a huge impact in sport in 2011. I also want to thank the Ontario government for recognizing the importance of sport and providing support and programs that allow high performance athletes and coaches to train more effectively and compete at the highest levels.”