Ontario's Best Athletes Compete for Top Honours
Province Congratulates 2013 Ontario Sport Award Finalists
Ontario is proud to recognize top amateur athletes, para-athletes and coaches, whose outstanding performances in both national and international arenas have inspired the nation.
This year's finalists for the 2013 Ontario Sport Awards include:
- Male Athlete of the Year -- Derek Drouin (high jump), Damian Warner (decathlon) and Patrick Chan (figure skating).
- Female Athlete of the Year -- Madeline Schmidt (kayak), Rosannagh (Rosie) MacLennan (gymnastics), Jessica Klimkait (judo) and Gabrielle Daleman (figure skating).
- Male Athlete with a Disability of the Year -- Mac Marcoux (para-alpine skiing), Tim Ekert (powerlifting) and Tim Goodacre (figure skating).
- Female Athlete with a Disability of the Year -- Erin Latimer (para-alpine skiing), Virginia McLachlan (sprint) and Sara McKelvie (figure skating).
- Team of the Year - Team Brad Jacobs (curling), Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (figure skating) and Rosie MacLennan and Samantha Sendel (synchro trampoline).
Winners will be announced at a gala on Apr. 10, 2014 in Toronto.
Helping athletes compete and win is part of the government's plan to work together as One Ontario, to build a successful, vital province where everyone has the opportunity to connect, contribute and achieve their goals.
- The 2013 Ontario Sport Awards also celebrate the contributions of volunteers, corporate sponsors and officials, such as sport program developers and sport committee members who support amateur sport in Ontario.
- Established in 1965, the Ontario Sport Awards are the highest recognition for sport excellence in the province.
- Athletes are nominated by their Provincial/ Multi Sport Organization. Finalists and winners are chosen by the Sport Awards Selection Committee, a group of former athletes and sport administrators from across Ontario.
- Previous recipients include Heather Moyse (bobsleigh), Patrick Chan (figure skating), Rossanagh MacLennan (gymnastics), Patrick Anderson (wheelchair basketball), Summer Mortimer (para-swimming), Tessa Virtue (figure skating) and Scott Moir (figure skating).
- The province has nearly tripled support for amateur sport from $8.78 million in 2003 to more than $23 million in 2013-14.
- Ontario will host the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan American Games which will provide an opportunity to showcase the province to an international audience of 250,000 visitors and 10,000 athletes and officials.
- The Pan Am and Parapan American Games and games-related investments will be a key economic driver in the Greater Golden Horseshoe over the next three years, creating 26,000 jobs and showcasing Ontario as a great place to visit, invest and do business.
“Our government commends the achievements of our amateur athletes, para-athletes and coaches and values the support volunteers and corporate sponsors provide to them. The Ontario Sport Awards celebrate the accomplishments of these talented individuals who inspire us and make us proud as they represent Ontario at all levels of competition. Congratulations to all of the finalists on your remarkable achievements.”
“On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Sport Alliance Ontario, I would like to congratulate all of our athletes, coaches and support networks for another great year of representation on the Provincial, National and International stages. We are pleased to partner with the Ontario government to acknowledge and recognize these significant accomplishments. Congratulations to all.”