2011 Awards

Year 14 – May 15, 2012  – Edelweiss Banquet Hall, Kitchener

2011 ATHLETE of the Year – MIRANDA RANIERI – SQUASH (Waterloo)


Performance Highlights:

Pan American Games – team gold

–          Individual – bronze

–          Doubles – bronze

Canadian National Championship – champion

Canadian Women’s Ranking – 1st

World International Women’s Ranking – 44th

Miranda Ranieri


Keely Brown – ringette (Kitchener)

Mandy Bujold – boxing (Kitchener)

Dillon Heap – football (Waterloo)

Jake Jagas – wrestling (Kitchener)

Ian Logan – football (Waterloo)

Sarah Pavan – volleyball (Kitchener)

Garrett Rank – golf (Elmira)

Leah Robinson – track & field (Mannheim)

Brienne Stairs – field hockey (Kitchener)

Awards of Excellence



Bob McKillop, “The Major”, has dedicated his life to sport, community and the pursuit of excellence. His resume of achievement, involvement and commitment to sport is extensive, impressive and remarkable. Born in Toronto ON, Bob began his professional baseball career playing in the Chicago White Sox organization from 1960 – 1965.  Following graduation from the University of Waterloo, he continued his athletic pursuits playing for and managing the Kitchener Panthers Baseball Team until 1977.


Bob’s awards include the U of W Athlete of the year (1968); four-time MVP of the Senior Inter-County Baseball League; OUAA Coach of the Year (1974); inductee into both the Waterloo County (Region) and University of Waterloo sports halls of fame.


Bob’s outstanding leadership, excellence and influence on the field continued off the field through his professional and volunteer endeavours. He has dedicated immeasurable time and energy as coach, executive, manager, chair and volunteer to numerous associations, teams and events including Panthers Baseball, Baseball Canada, Professional Baseball Players of America, Kitchener Minor Hockey, Waterloo Chipper Sports Club and the 2008 MasterCard Memorial Cup.



Twin City Spinners Wheelchair Basketball Team was formed in 1976 and joined the Southern Ontario Wheelchair Basketball League in 1977, and the National Wheelchair Basketball Association in 1980, competing throughout Canada and the USA. Through hard work and determination, team members improved their ranking from top 25 in the 1990s to National League Division 2 Champions in 2009.


The program has produced Canadian National and Olympic Team athletes Bill Bowden, Billy Bridges, John Burns and Katie Harnock.



Sports for Special Athletes is a Waterloo region community-based sport and recreation organization which is opening new doors of integrated opportunities for people of all ages with special needs. SSA promotes participation in community fitness, leisure and recreational activities through training with qualified instructors.


The organization began in 2001 introducing three sports –  bowling, 10 pin bowling and speed skating. Today, athletes ranging in age from 5 to 70  participate in multiple sporting venues and are living and experiencing the organization’s motto “We recognize the Ability not the Disability”.

Sports for Special Athletes