The True Sport Foundation officially announced the winners for the 36th Canadian Sport Awards

(Ottawa – February 24, 2009) – 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.”

ATHLETES VISIT OTTAWA SCHOOL FOR “TRUE SPORT ROAD TRIP”

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 Year.

WINNERS OF THE 36TH CANADIAN SPORT AWARDS:

The Athletic Performance Awards recognize outstanding athletic performance.

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+) 
(Wetzel/Light/Rutledge/Seiterle/Howard/Kreek/Hamilton/Price/Byrnes)

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. 

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For more information, please contact:

Robin Turnbull
Canadian Sport Awards, Program Director 
416.604.0310
rtevent@sympatico.ca