SARAH REID NAMED JUNIOR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AT CANADIAN SPORT AWARDS
February 26, 2009
February 26, 2009, OTTAWA – Sarah Reid was named Junior Athlete of the Year at the 2009 Canadian Sport Awards this week, which were held at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.
Calgary’s 21-year-old Reid, who became the first-ever Canadian to win gold at the Junior World Championships in skeleton last season, earned her way onto Canada’s talented World Cup team this year.
"I'm super stoked about the award. I had a really challenging season this year, I accomplished a lot of things that I wanted to accomplish, but there were a few bumps in the road as well," said Reid. "Getting this award was a really nice acknowledgment when maybe I needed it most. 2008 was a sliding season I'm proud of, and its always nice to see the hard work pay off."
The Canadian Sport Awards honour our country’s top sport leaders from amateur athletes and coaches to administrators, corporate supporters and volunteers. This annual event celebrates excellence in sport and the leaders who continue to compete and inspire throughout the year.
"I definitely hope that this award will help gain recognition for the sport. I think that skeleton is such a different and interesting sport, and especially with the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver quickly approaching, more and more people are starting to fall in love with it," said Reid. "Hopefully this will peak the interest just a little bit more, and if there are people out there who have no idea what skeleton is, then maybe this will make them want to find out."
The following is a complete list of award winners from Canadian Sport Awards:
Junior Athlete of the Year - Sara Reid, Skeleton
Male Athlete of the Year - Eric Lamaze, Equestrian
Female Athlete of the Year - Chantal Petitclerc, Athletics
Team of the Year - Men’s Curling Team (Kevin Martin, John Morris, Marc Kennedy, Ben Hebert)
Partners of the Year - Rowing Men’s Eight Team (Jake Wetzel, Kevin Light, Ben Rutledge, Dominic Seiterle, Malcolm Howard, Adam Kreek, Kyle Hamilton, Brian Price, Andrew Byrnes)
Spirit of Sport Story of the Year - Kyle Shewfelt, Artistic Gymnastics
Leadership in Sport Award - Jane Roos
Volunteer Achievement Award - Alain Maillé
Corporate Excellence Award - Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada Inc.
Mitsubishi Motors was recognized for their significant contribution to the development of sport through their support of AthletesCAN and Right To Play.
“We are honoured to have been recognized for our contributions to Canadian sport and can only hope that our actions inspire other corporations to do the same,” says Peter Renz, Director of National Marketing for Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada Inc.
AthletesCAN also congratulates the True Sport Foundation for hosting another successful Canadian Sport Awards.
For a complete list of finalists and winners, visit www.truesportpur.ca <http://myadmin.nortia.org/athletescan/ClickRedir.aspx?ath=PPDSHq9VbmN5QP5nsWuDPaPxfE4Y4itp%2bNcNeNHK%2bC8kMy2O6NJSuMkXvgL1q%2bu3l0FdtzKs%2fo0sb149dxBnsQ%3d%3d&redir=OcWfSWGWdhmVQBVnRsQZFtJteKfIlY0F9AJmYnmsvC%2fVH84q6vQap8kwVSG7TJSO9tiCC4H%2bPXw3LhshAeKn4cTFDqagwrcG>