Felicien and Reed named Canadian Sport Awards Finalists
Thursday, February 07, 2008
OTTAWA Athletics Canada would like to congratulate hurdler Perdita Felicien from Pickering, ON and 800 metre specialist Gary Reed of Victoria, BC who were both announced today as finalists for the Canadian Sport Awards. The award winners will be announced at a ceremony in Winnipeg on March 19.
Felicien, finalist in the Female Athlete of the Year category, raced back onto the international scene in 2007, a season highlighted with a silver medal at the World Championships in Osaka, Japan. Reed, finalist in the Male Athlete of the Year category, also captured silver at Worlds in a photo finish, missing out on gold by one-hundredth of a second.
Feliciens season included a first place finish at the Intersport Meeting in Linz, Austria and a gold medal at the Canadian Championships. She also received the Jack Davies Trophy as Athletics Canadas Outstanding Overall Athlete.
Reed won both of his heats on his way to the final in Osaka, captured gold at the Canadian Championships and finished first in races in Eugene, Oregon and Luzern, Switzerland. At Athletics Canadas annual awards, Reed was honored with the Cal D. Bricker Memorial Trophy as having registered the Single Outstanding Performance of the Year. Reeds coach Wynn Gmitroski was recognized with the Outstanding Coach of the Year award.
Felicien is up against speed skater Kalyna Roberge, and Karine Sergerie who competes in taekwondo. Reeds competition is swimmer Brent Hayden and kayaker Adam Van Koeverden.
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