On Wednesday, December 21st, Athletics Canada will announce the winners of the 2011 Annual Awards—including the Jack W. Davies Trophy for Overall Athlete of the Year, and the Cal D. Bricker Memorial Trophy for the Single Outstanding Performance of the Year.
On Friday, Athletics Canada’s Acting Award Liaison, Robyn Woods, released the top three nominees in each of the 12 award categories (see image below for award descriptions)
Reid Coolsaet, of Speed River TC—Canada’s distance running powerhouse, is up for two awards including Athlete of the Year and Off-Track Athlete of the year (Fred Begley Memorial Trophy). Speed River teammate and University of Guelph-CIS Champion, Kyle Boorsma, was nominated for University Athlete of the Year. To further engrave their stamp of dominance in the Canadian distance running scene, Speed River Coach, Dave Scott-Thomas was nominated for the Coach of the Year Award. In 2011, Scott-Thomas had two athletes (Reid Coolsaet, Eric Gillis) attain incredibly difficult Olympic-A marathon qualifying standards.
Recipients of these awards will be formally recognized and awarded at a banquet following the 2012 Canadian Track and Field Championships in Calgary, AB.
Finalists and awardees were ultimately chosen by the Athletics Canada Awards Committee based on the pool of nominations they received from Athletics Canada members—including athletes and coaches.
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About the Author: Chantelle Wilder is the Senior Editor and Co-Founder of Runners Feed. She also competes for the New Balance Silicon Valley Club in the Bay Area of California. When she isn’t running, or editing she can be found enjoying the fruitful wines of nearby Napa Valley while challenging her husband to a game of Bananagrams®.