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Recipients/Nominees

2023 – Waterloo Rec Complex Community Pavilion, Waterloo (Wednesday May 29, 2024)

Drew Becker, Kitchener – Horseshoe Pitching

Jackie Dent, Waterloo – Badminton

Khashayar Farzam, Kitchener – Powerlifting

Ben Flanagan, Kitchener – Track & Field

Nic Hague, Kitchener – Ice Hockey

Blake Jacklin, St. Jacobs – Baseball

Alex Klein, Kitchener – Bobsleigh

Caitlin Kraemer, Waterloo – Ice Hockey

Foster Malleck, Waterloo – Track & Field

Ethan Powell, Kitchener – Cycling

Kelly Rudney, Waterloo – Golf Long Drive

Cory Schoenherr, Waterloo – Volleyball

Dhane Smith, Kitchener – Lacrosse

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CAITLIN KRAEMER – 2023 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Caitlin Kraemer - 2023 Athlete of the Year

2022 – St. George’s Banquet Hall, Waterloo (Wednesday May 31, 2023)

Drew Becker, Kitchener – Horseshoe Pitching

Joey Daniels, Waterloo – Track & Field

Jessica Dreghici, Kitchener – Swimming

Alec Elliot, Kitchener – Swimming

Loren Gabel, Kitchener – Ice Hockey

Ava Murphy, Kitchener – Ice Hockey

Tyler Rorke, Baden – Cycling

Kelly Rudney, Waterloo – Golf Long Drive

Trinity Shadd-Ceres, Kitchener – Track & Field

Dhane Smith, Kitchener – Lacrosse

Amanda Woodcroft, Waterloo – Field Hockey

ALEC ELLIOT – 2022 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

2021 – Ken Seiling Region of Waterloo Museum, Kitchener (Wednesday June 15, 2022)

Keith Priestman, Kitchener – Badminton

Garrett Rank, Elmira – Golf

Kelly Rudney, Kitchener – Long Drive

Alyssa Lagonia, Kitchener – Soccer

Keira Hickox, Kitchener – Squash

Ben Flanagan, Kitchener – Track

Lauryn Hovey, Kitchener – Volleyball

Dhane Smith, Kitchener – Lacrosse

Tyler Pasher, Kitchener – Soccer

Trinity Shadd-Ceres, Kitchener – Track & Field

Ben Flanagan – 2021 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Ben Flanagan - 2021 Athlete of the Year

2020 – Ken Seiling Region of Waterloo Museum, Kitchener (Wednesday June 15, 2022)

Mandy Bujold, Kitchener – Boxing

Mark Scheifele, Kitchener – Hockey

Alec Elliot, Kitchener – Swimming

Ryan Benesch, Kitchener – Lacrosse

Shelina Zadorsky, Kitchener – Soccer

David Edgar, Kitchener – Soccer

Maya Zonneveld, Kitchener – Gymnastics

Shelina Zadorsky – 2020 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Shelina Zadorsky 2020 Athlete of the Year

2019 – Online (Tuesday, November 10, 2020)

Drew Becker, Kitchener – Horseshoe Pitching

Alec Elliot, Kitchener – Swimming

Loren Gabel, Kitchener – Ice Hockey

Foster Malleck, Kitchener – Track & Field

Alyssa Mason, Waterloo – Ultimate

Samantha McCrory, Kitchener – Field Hockey

Mike Poulin, Waterloo – Lacrosse

Pat Pytlik, Waterloo – Martial Arts

Mike Poulin – 2019 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Mike Poulin 2019 Athlete of the Year

2018 – Online (Tuesday, November 10, 2020)

Howard Armitage, Waterloo – Squash

Murphy Burnatowski, Waterloo – Basketball

Ben Flanagan, Kitchener – Track & Field

Tyler Miller, Kitchener – Basketball

Andrew Poje & Kaitlyn Weaver, Waterloo – Figure Skating

Garrett Rank, Elmira – Golf

Howard Armitage – 2018 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Howard Armitage 2018 Athlete of the Year

2017 – Bingemans, Kitchener (Wednesday, May 16, 2018)

Dan Benvenuti, Kitchener – Ultimate

Alec Elliot, Kitchener – Swimming

Chris Ernst, Kitchener – Track Cycling

Tim Grant, Waterloo – Adventure Racing

Brandon Horn, Waterloo – Fastpitch Softball

Boris Katchouk, Waterloo – Ice Hockey

Jamal Murray, Kitchener – Basketball

Alyssa Lagonia, Kitchener – Soccer

Paige Nossal, Waterloo – Ringette

Jaimie Phelan, Waterloo – Track & Field

Mike Poulin, Kitchener – Lacrosse

Garrett Rank, Elmira – Golf

Jamal Murray – 2017 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Jamal Murray - 2017 Athlete of the Year

MEDIA CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS (April 10, 2018)

Award of Excellence Recipients 2018

Individual

Barry Abelson, Waterloo (squash)

Adele Couchman, Kitchener (Sports for Special Athletes)

Organization

Waterloo Chippers Athletic Club

K-W Matmen (wrestling)

Team

KW Vipers U14 Girls (basketball)

2016 – Golf’s Steakhouse, Kitchener (Tuesday, May 16, 2017)

Alec Elliot, Kitchener – Swimming

Darryl Fitzgerald, Kitchener – Lawn Bowling

Alyssa Lagonia, Kitchener – Soccer

Jamal Murray, Kitchener – Basketball

Garrett Rank, Elmira – Golf

Mark Scheifele, Kitchener – Ice Hockey

Dhane Smith, Kitchener – Lacrosse

Kevin Sorley, Kitchener – Sledge Hockey

Mark Scheifele – 2016 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Mark Scheifele

Award of Excellence Recipients 2017

Individual

Bruce Young, Waterloo (softball)

Organization

Waterloo Region Boxing Academy, Kitchener

Team

Kitchener Panthers Minor Baseball, Bantam Tier 1

2015 – Edelweiss Banquet Hall, Kitchener (Tuesday, May 17, 2016)

Ryan Benesch, Kitchener – Lacrosse

Mandy Bujold, Kitchener – Boxing

Alec Elliot, Kitchener – Swimming

Mike Hoffman, Kitchener – Ice Hockey

Brandon Horn, Kitchener – Fastpitch Softball

Jamal Murray, Kitchener – Basketball

Sarah Pavan, Kitchener – Volleyball

Leah Robinson, Mannheim – Track

Dhane Smith, Kitchener – Lacrosse

Tyler Varga, Kitchener – Football

Mandy Bujold – 2015 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Mandy Bujold

Award of Excellence Recipients 2016

Individual

Gord Dearborn, Kitchener (softball)

Organization

Civitan Sports Waterloo Region, Kitchener

Team

Kitchener Soccer Club – Girls U15 Spirit

2014 – Wilmot Community Centre, New Hamburg (Wednesday, May 20, 2015)

Jessica Buttinger, Waterloo – Field Hockey

Alec Elliot, Kitchener – Swimming

Katie Harnock, Elmira – Wheelchair Basketball

Taveena Kum, Kitchener – Boxing

Becky Pavan, Kitchener – Volleyball

Tanner Pearson, Kitchener – Ice Hockey

Andrew Poje & Kaitlyn Weaver, Waterloo – Figure Skating / Ice Dance

Silvana Shamoun, Waterloo – Martial Arts

Tyler Varga, Kitchener – Football

Amanda Woodcroft, Waterloo – Field Hockey

Andrew Poje & Kaitlyn Weaver – 2014 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Poje-Weaver

Award of Excellence Recipients 2015

Individual

Rob Way, Waterloo (hockey/softball)

Organization

Wilmot Aquatic Aces Swim Club, New Hamburg

Team

New Hamburg Firebirds Jr. C Hockey Team

2013 – Edelweiss Banquet Hall, Kitchener (Tuesday, May 20, 2014)

Jenna Blasman, Kitchener – Snowboarding

Emily Brown, Waterloo – Soccer

Maddie Buttinger, Waterloo – Athletics,Track & Field

Jason Masters, Kitchener – Basketball

Kirsten Moore-Towers & Dylan Moscovitch, Waterloo – Figure Skating / Pairs

Andrew Poje & Kaitlyn Weaver, Waterloo – Figure Skating / Ice Dance

Josh Williams, Kitchener – Golf

Amanda Woodcroft, Waterloo – Field Hockey

Kirsten Moore-Towers & Dylan Moscovitch – 2013 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Moore - Moscovitch

Award of Excellence Recipients 2014

Individual

Carolyn Fedy (Figure Skating)

Organization

Kitchener Minor Hockey Association

Team

Kitchener Jr. Rangers Hockey Peewee Select Team

2012 – Edelweiss Banquet Hall, Kitchener (Tuesday, May 25, 2013)

Chelsea Aubry, Kitchener – Basketball

Maddie Buttinger, Waterloo – Athletics, Track & Field

Kory Lorentz, St. Clements – Amputee Ice Hockey

Dustin Miller, Kitchener – Speed Skating

Tyler Miller, Kitchener – Wheelchair Basketball

Garrett Rank, Elmira – Golf

Leah Robinson, Mannheim – Track & Field

Mark Scheifele, Kitchener – Ice Hockey

Tyler Miller – 2012 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Award of Excellence Recipients 2013

Individual

Gerhard Griebenow, Kitchener (Gymnastics)

Organization

K-W Predators Volleyball Club, Kitchener

Team

Kitchener Dutchmen Jr. “B” Hockey Team

2011 – Edelweiss Banquet Hall, Kitchener (Tuesday, May 15, 2012)

Keely Brown, Kitchener – Ringette

Mandy Bujold, Kitchener – Boxing

Dillon Heap, Waterloo – Football

Jake Jagas, Kitchener – Wrestling

Alyssa Lagonia, Kitchener – Soccer

Ian Logan, Waterloo – Football

Sarah Pavan, Kitchener – Volleyball

Miranda Ranieri, Waterloo – Squash

Garrett Rank, Elmira – Golf

Leah Robinson, Mannheim – Track & Field

Brienne Stairs, Kitchener – Field Hockey

Miranda Ranieri – 2011 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Miranda Ranieri

Award of Excellence Recipients 2012

Individual

Bob McKillop, Kitchener (Ice Hockey)

Organization

Sports for Special Athletes, Kitchener

Team

Twin City Spinners Wheelchair Basketball Team

2010 – Woolwich Community Centre, Elmira (Wednesday, May 25, 2011)

Mandy Bujold, Kitchener – Boxing

Stephen Drew, Kitchener – Track & Field

Jake Jagas, Kitchener – Wrestling

Kristen Moore-Towers & Dylan Moscovitch, Waterloo – Figure Skating / Pairs

Andrew Poje & Kaitlyn Weaver, Waterloo – Figure Skating / Ice Dance

Miranda Ranieri, Waterloo – Squash

Leah Robinson, Mannheim – Track & Field

Brienne Stairs, Kitchener – Field Hockey

Andrew Poje & Kaitlyn Weaver – 2010 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Poje-Weaver

Award of Excellence Recipients 2011

Individual

Larry Lynch, Kitchener (Fastpitch Softball)

Organization

Chicopee Ski and Summer Resort, Kitchener

Team

Kitchener-Waterloo Blind Curlers Team

2009 – Woolwich Community Centre, Elmira (Wednesday, May 26, 2010)

Cam Burke, New Hamburg – Golf

Colin Doyle, Waterloo – Lacrosse

Jake Jagas, Kitchener – Wrestling

Alyssa Lagonia, Kitchener – Soccer

Andrew Poje, Waterloo – Figure Skating / Ice Dance

Ron Vankoughnett, Waterloo – Duathlon

Dennis Wideman, Floradale – Ice Hockey

Ron Vankoughnett – 2009 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Tron Van Kougnet

Award of Excellence Recipients 2010

Individual

Graham Snyder, Elmira (Ice Hockey)

Organization

Waterloo Siskins Jr. B Hockey Club

Team

Kitchener Krush Ladies Softball Team

2008 – RIM Park, Forbes Room, Waterloo (Wednesday, May 13, 2009)

Mandy Bujold, Kitchener – Boxing

Katie Harnock, Elmira – Wheelchair Basketball

Lisa Huston, West Montrose – Mountain Biking

Alyssa Lagonia, Kitchener – Soccer

Andrew Poje, Waterloo – Figure Skating / Ice Dance

Miranda Ranieri, Waterloo – Squash

Richard Singh, Kitchener – Powerlifting

Kelly VanderBeek, Kitchener – Alpine Skiing

Mandy Bujold – 2008 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Mandy Bujold

Award of Excellence Recipients 2009

Individual

Ray Alviano, Kitchener (Softball)

Organization

Kitchener Panthers Baseball Club

Team

St. Clements Ringette Jr. Girls “AA” Team

2007 – RIM Park, Forbes Room, Waterloo (Wednesday, May 28, 2008)

Chelsea Aubry, Kitchener – Basketball

Ryan Benesch, Kitchener – Lacrosse

Mandy Bujold, Kitchener – Boxing

Luca Congi, Waterloo – Football

David Edgar, Kitchener – Soccer

Laurie McGrath, Baden – Running

Andrew Poje, Waterloo – Figure Skating / Ice Dance

Richard Singh, Kitchener – Powerlifting

Mark Sommerfeld, Waterloo – Golf

Kelly VanderBeek, Kitchener – Alpine Skiing

Luca Congi – 2007 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Luca Congi

Award of Excellence Recipients 2008

Individual

Bill Pegg, Kitchener (Baseball)

Organization

Kitchener Sports Association

Team

Elmira Sugar Kings Jr. “B” Hockey Team

2006 – Subscribers Lounge, The Aud, Kitchener (Monday, April 23, 2007)

Chelsea Aubry, Kitchener – Basketball

Reecca Barras, Kitchener – Diving

Luca Congi, Waterloo – Football

David Edgar, Kitchener – Soccer

Katie Harnock, Elmira – Wheelchair Basketball

Sarah Pavan, Kitchener – Volleyball

Miranda Ranieri, Waterloo – Squash

Erin Scherrer, Waterloo – Figure Skating

Mark Sommerfeld, Waterloo – Golf

Kelly VanderBeek, Kitchener – Alpine Skiing

Ron VanKoughnett, Waterloo – Duathlon

Sarah Pavan – 2006 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Sarah Pavan

Award of Excellence Recipients 2007

Individual

Pat Doherty, Kitchener (Ice Hockey)

Organization

KW Hallman Twins/CHYMrs Softball Club

2005 – Subscribers Lounge, The Aud, Kitchener (Monday, April 24, 2006)

Chelsea Aubry, Kitchener – Basketball

Steve Dietrich, Kitchener – Lacrosse

Katie Harnock, Elmira – Wheelchair Basketball

Amanda Overland, Kitchener – Speed Skating / Short Track

Sarah Pavan, Kitchener – Volleyball

Miranda Ranieri, Waterloo – Squash

Amanda Overland – 2005 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Amanda Overland

Award of Excellence Recipients 2006

Individual

Ed Davies, Kitchener (Sports Historian)

Organization

Kitchener-Waterloo Skating Club

2004 – Subscribers Lounge, The Aud, Kitchener (Monday, April 18, 2005)

Dana Ellis, Waterloo – Track & Field / Pole Vault

Jennifer Fratesi, Waterloo – Swimming

Emily Jellie, Waterloo – Swimming

Sean O’Brien, Kitchener – Fastpitch Softball

Amanda Overland, Kitchener – Speed Skating / Short Track

Sarah Pavan, Kitchener – Volleyball

Miranda Ranieri, Waterloo – Squash

Dana Ellis – 2004 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Dana Ellis

Award of Excellence Recipients 2005

Individual

Garry Logel, Kitchener (Baseball)

Organization

Forest Hill T-Ball Association

2003 – Subscribers Lounge, The Aud, Kitchener (Monday, April 26, 2004)

Jason Douglas, Kitchener – Boxing

Amanda Overland, Kitchener – Speed Skating / Short Track

Sarah Pavan, Kitchener – Volleyball

Megan Poss, Waterloo – Synchronized Swimming

Kelly VanderBeek, Kitchener – Alpine Skiing

Kelly VanderBeek – 2003 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Award of Excellence Recipients 2004

Individual

Tim Collins, Charlie McMane, Gary McQuillin

Waterloo, Roadbreakers Hockey

Organization

Region of Waterloo Swim Club

2002 – Bingeman Park, Ballroom, Kitchener (Wednesday, June 18, 2003)

Sharon Bowes, Kitchener – Shooting

Jennifer Button, Waterloo – Swimming

Colin Doyle, Waterloo – Lacrosse

Kory Lorentz, St. Clements – Amputee Hockey

Sarah Pavan, Kitchener – Volleyball

Erin Scherrer, Waterloo – Figure Skating

Colin Doyle – 2002 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Colin Doyle

Award of Excellence Recipients 2003

Individual

Arnie Boehm, Kitchener (Boxing)

Organization

Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club

Jean Underwood Community Service Award

Hogg Fuel and Supply Limited, Kitchener

Dave Birnstihl Memorial Award

Kitchener Minor Baseball Association

2001 – Bingeman Park, Ballroom, Kitchener (Wednesday, June 12, 2002)

Dana Ellis, Waterloo – Track & Field / Pole Vault

Jennifer Fratesi, Waterloo – Swimming

Donna Mancuso, Ayr – Boxing

Alex Singer, Waterloo – Sailing

Kelly VanderBeek, Kitchener – Alpine Skiing

Jennifer Fratesi – 2001 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Jennifer Fratesi

Award of Excellence Recipients 2002

Individual

Brent McFarlane, Waterloo (Track & Field)

2000 – Bingeman Park, Ballroom, Kitchener (Wednesday, June 13, 2001)

Art Binkowski, Kitchener – Boxing

Jennifer Button, Waterloo – Swimming

Donna Mancuso, Ayr – Boxing

Laura Nicholls, Waterloo – Swimming

Scott Stevens, Kitchener – Ice Hockey

Kelly VanderBeek, Kitchener – Alpine Skiing

Scott Stevens – 2000 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

1999 – Bingeman Park, Ballroom, Kitchener (Wednesday, June 21, 2000)

Jennifer Button, Waterloo – Swimming

Colin Doyle, Kitchener – Lacrosse

Curtis Gloade, Waterloo – Cycling

Thomas Hope, Waterloo – Basketball

Lennox Lewis, Kitchener – Boxing

Laura Nicholls, Waterloo – Swimming

Kelly VanderBeek, Kitchener – Alpine Skiing

Fitzroy Vanderpool, Kitchener – Boxing

Lennox Lewis & Laura Nicholls – 1999 ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

Lennox Lewis
Laura Nicholls

1998 – Bingeman Park, Ballroom, Kitchener (Wednesday, June 27, 1999)

Laura Nicholls, Waterloo – Swimming

Kevin Overland, Kitchener – Speed Skating

Louise Powell, Waterloo – Triathlon

Jason Tibbits, Kitchener – Football

Fitzroy Vanderpool, Kitchener – Boxing

Fitzroy Vanderpool – 1998 ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Fitzroy Vanderpool