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Each year it is the privilege of a dedicated group of volunteers to research and select athletes who are making a mark at local, national and international levels in order to identify the nominees for the honour of Athlete of the Year. We are pleased to confirm that the Athlete of the Year Awards for 2020 and 2021 were presented on June 15, 2022.
Mandy Bujold, Boxing — Represented Canada at the 2020 Olympic Games and finished 17th.
Mark Scheifele, Hockey — Led the Winnipeg Jets in scoring, averaging over a point per game in the regular season and playoffs, and was named to the 2020 NHL all-star team.
Alec Elliot, Swimming — Represented Canada at the 2020 Paralympic Games, placing fifth in the 200-metre medley and ninth in the 50-metre freestyle
Ryan Benesch, Lacrosse — Led the National Lacrosse League’s Halifax Thunderbirds in scoring with 18 goals and 33 assists in a shortened 12-game season
Athlete of the Year Award Recipient for 2020: Shelina Zadorsky, Soccer — Captain of the Football Association Women’s Super League Tottenham Hotspur and Olympic gold medalist.
David Edgar, Soccer — Team leader on the Hamilton Forge, which won the Canadian Premier League championship
Maya Zonneveld, Gymnastics — Maya, a member of Team Canada, won silver / bronze medals at the Women's Artistic Gymnastics Elite competition and was named all-round champion.
Keith Priestman, Badminton — Won gold in the men’s doubles 60 and silver in men’s single 60 at the Badminton World Federation senior championships
Garrett Rank, Golf — Placed second at both the Porter Cup and Dogwood International amateur tournaments and ninth at the Canadian mid-amateur championship
Kelly Rudney, Long Drive — Won the women’s amateur long drive championship with a 263-yard effort. Also had drives of 283, 337 and 355 at other ALDC events
Alyssa Lagonia, Soccer — Leader on the Swiss Women’s Super League champions, Servette Chênois
Keira Hickox, Squash — Ranked as the top U15 player in 2021 after placing third at the U15 junior nationals and second at both the adult provincial and U15 Canadian junior open
Athlete of the Year Award Recipient for 2021: Ben Flanagan, Track and Field — Canadian 10-kilometre champion after placing first in five races in 2021 in a variety of distance events
Lauryn Hovey, Volleyball — Led Canada in scoring at the 2021 Fédération internationale de volleyball Girls’ U18 world championship
Dhane Smith, Lacrosse — National Lacrosse League MVP, scored 135 points in 18 regular-season games for the Buffalo Bandits, two short of the record he set in 2016
Tyler Pasher, Soccer — A leader on the MLS Houston Dynamo, and played for Canada in the CONCACAF Gold Cup
Trinity Shadd-Ceres, Track and Field — At 14 years old, placed first in three provincial-level U20 championships
Mike Daly, Football — A defensive leader with the Grey Cup finalist Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Naming of the 2021 Athlete of the Year
The Athlete of the Year Program for Kitchener-Waterloo, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich recognized nominees' athletic achievements for both 2018 and 2019 at our
AWARDS PRESENTATION HELD ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2020