2007 Athletics Canada Award Winners
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
OTTAWA - Athletics Canada is pleased to announce the 2007 Award winners. The winners were presented with their awards at an Awards Gala tonight in Toronto coinciding with the 2007 Technical Congress. Congratulations to all recipients, finalists and nominees.
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Outstanding Overall Athlete - Jack W. Davies Trophy
Perdita Felicien, Pickering, ON
Perdita Felicien had a great season after missing a few key meets in the spring due to an injury. For her sixth consecutive year she captured the Canadian Championship title in the 100 metre hurdles. After nationals Perdita headed for Rio de Janeiro to compete in the Pan American Games where she raced to a photo finish capturing the silver medal. In August she captured silver at the World Championships running a seasonal best 12.49, her fastest mark since she broke the Canadian record in 2004.
Top Athlete in Track Events - Phil A. Edwards Memorial Trophy
Adam Kunkel, Paisley, ON
Adam Kunkel began the season looking to improve the Canadian Record he set three times in 2006. At the Canadian Championships in Windsor, ON Adam came away with the gold medal and a new Canadian Championship mark in the 400 metre hurdles. The Pan American Games was where he would better his Canadian Record finishing in a time of 48.24. Adam Qualified for the final at the World Championships and would finish 8th due to an unfortunate injury early in the race.
Top Para-Athlete in Wheelchair Events - Wheelchair Para-Athlete Award
Chantal Petitclerc, Montréal, QC
Chantal Petitclercs first international performance of the year was a clean sweep at the Swiss Race Series. She came away with Gold in the 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1500 metre events. She set three world records this season; once in the 1500 and twice in the 200 metres. Petitclerc won Canadian titles in the 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500 metre events and in the 10km Road Race. At the World Championships in Athletics Petitclerc won gold in the 1500 metres wheelchair demonstration event.
Top Athlete in Field Events - F.N.A. Rowell Trophy
Dylan Armstrong, Kamloops, BC
Dylan Armstrong set a new personal best in the shot put early in the season setting the stage for a career year. Dylan won the Canadian shot put title at the National Championships and captured gold at the Pan American Games. Competing in his first World Championship, he qualified for the final finishing 9th overall.
Single Outstanding Performance of the Year - Cal D. Bricker Memorial Trophy
Gary Reed, Victoria, BC
Gary Reed is the recipient of the Cal D. Bricker Memorial Trophy for his outstanding performance at the World Championships. As a relative unknown on the international stage, he burst on the scene winning his heat, and semi-final to qualify for the final. Reed was at it again leading from the start in the final coming down to a photo finish earning his first World Championships medal just off the gold by one-hundredth of a second.
Top Para-Athlete in Ambulatory Events - Ambulatory Para-Athlete Award
Jason Dunkerley, Ottawa, ON
Jason Dunkerley is the recipient of the Ambulatory Para-Athlete Award. Dunkerley broke two Canadian and two Parapanamerican records on his way to two gold medals at the Parapanamerican Games in the 800 and 1500 metres. At the Canadian Championships Dunkerley took the title in the 800 metres and finished second in the 400 metres. Greg Dailey of St. Georges, ON is Jasons guide runner.
Top Marathon Athlete - Fred Begley Memorial Trophy
Diane Roy, Hatley, QC
Diane Roy kicked off the season with a win in Ottawa at the 2007 Canadian Wheelchair Marathon Championships. She would later break the Canadian wheelchair marathon record during the Swiss Racing Series. Diane also set a new 5000 metres Canadian record on her way to the 5000 metres Canadian title.
Best Athlete of the year in Combined Events - Combined Events Award
Best University Athlete of the Year - Dr. Fred Tees Memorial Trophy
Jessica Zelinka, London, ON
Jessica Zelinka won every event she entered at the Canada West Universities Athletics Association (CWUAA) Championships (60 metre hurdles, 60 metres, shot put, long jump, pentathlon). At the Canadian interuniversity Sport (CIS) Indoor Championships she won gold in the 60 metre hurdles, long jump, shot put and pentathlon and was named CIS Top Female Athlete for the season. In May Zelinka improved her Canadian heptathlon with a performance of 6343 points at the IAAF Combined Events Challenge in Austria. She demonstrated courageous effort at the Pan American Games suffering an injury in the final event but fought through the pain to finish the 800 metres and earn gold. Unfortunately the injury would keep her from competing at Worlds.
Best Junior Athlete of the Year - Eric E. Coy Memorial Trophy
Jenna Martin, Bridgewater, NS
The 2007 Eric E. Coy Memorial Trophy was awarded to Jenna Martin. Jenna set a Canadian Junior Indoor record of 54.22 in the 400 metres. Jenna also represented her country at the Pan American Junior Championships, coming home with silver in the 400 metres.
Best Youth Athlete of the Year - Myrtle Cook Trophy
Natalie Geiger, Stouffville, ON
At the World Youth Championships Natalie Geiger finished 5th in the 400 metres and captured bronze with her teammates in the medley relay which consists of a 400 metres leg, two 200 metres legs and an 800 metres leg. She won gold at the Canadian Junior Championships in the 400 metres.
Outstanding Coach of the Year
Wynn Gmitroski, Victoria, BC
This 2007 Outstanding Coach of the Year is Wynn Gmitroski, coach of 2007 World Championships silver medalist Gary Reed. Wynn has been coaching for 28 years which has seen him involved in four Olympic Games, twelve World Championships, and five Commonwealth Games.
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