Over the past few weeks, Athletics Canada has announced the finalists of its 2017 annual awards. On social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) and at athletics.ca, we had a look back at their accomplishments during the 2017 calendar year, shared stories, photos and highlights from the season that was.
Now it’s time to officially name the 2017 award winners. We invite you to follow along once again, as we share videos from the athletes/coaches and to congratulate them on a successful 2017.
Once all award winners have been announced, the Athletics Canada Hall of Fame will share the list of athletes, coaches and builders who will form the ‘Class of 2018’. The Hall of Fame inductees will be honoured in Toronto at Track & Field in the 6ix.
2017 Athletics Canada annual award winners
Jane & Gerry Swan Award – Development Coach of the Year
We're pleased to announce that Harold Willers of the @TheValleyRoyals Track and Field Club in @BC_Athletics is the 2017 recipient of the Jane & Gerry Swan Award. Congratulations Harold for all your hard work. pic.twitter.com/Mq2BziQEfX— Athletics Canada (@AthleticsCanada) May 15, 2018
Myrtle Cook Trophy – U18 Athlete of the Year
Trinity Tutti is the 2017 Myrtle Cook Trophy winner recognizing the U18 Athlete of the Year. Her accomplishments included 🥇 at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the discus and shot as well as 🥇 at the Canada Games in the discus. pic.twitter.com/focX1lJznN— Athletics Canada (@AthleticsCanada) May 16, 2018
Dr. Doug Clement Award – Coach of the Year
Eric E. Coy Trophy – U20 Athlete of the Year
Today we are happy to announce Nina Schultz is the recipient of the 2017 U20 Athlete of the Year. She placed in the top 3 at the indoor & outdoor NCAA Champs, she is also the youngest 🇨🇦 to break 6,000pts in the heptathlon. Set new 🇨🇦 bests in the pent and hep. pic.twitter.com/Oqe0jXkLA2— Athletics Canada (@AthleticsCanada) May 31, 2018
Dr. Fred Tees Memorial Trophy – Canadian University Athlete of the Year
Congratulations Gabriela Stafford on being named the 2017 recipient of the Dr. Fred Tees Memorial Trophy for the 🇨🇦 University Athlete of the Year 🎉. Her season included a victory in the 1500m at the @usportsca Champs, a 🇨🇦 title in the 1500m and an appearance at the @iaaf_athletics Worlds. More importantly she has household bragging rights as her sister @luciastafford7 was also nominated for this award!
Fred Begley Memorial Trophy – Off-Track Athlete of the Year
Congratulations @EvanDunfee on winning the Fred Begley for a 3rd time in your illustrious career. Evan's season included a 15th finish at the World Champs in the 50km race walk. Bonus points for the 😂 video cc: @justyn_knight pic.twitter.com/OhRrdGLWx7— Athletics Canada (@AthleticsCanada) May 18, 2018
Lyle Sanderson Award – Combined Events Athlete of the Year
🏆 Congratulations Damian Warner on winning the 2017 Combined Events Athlete of the Year Award. Damian battled through illness to finish 5th at the World Championships and won titles at both the Hypo-Meeting and Decastar. pic.twitter.com/pnUHrKp5dh— Athletics Canada (@AthleticsCanada) May 30, 2018
F.N.A. Rowell Trophy – Field Athlete of the Year
Congratulations to Brittany Crew (@BrittCrew) on winning the 2017 FNA Rowell Trophy Athlete of the Year in Field Events. Her season included new indoor & outdoor 🇨🇦 records and a 6th place finish at IAAF Worlds. pic.twitter.com/14Bxd1QdaL— Athletics Canada (@AthleticsCanada) May 28, 2018
Arnold Boldt Award – Ambulatory Athlete of the Year
Liam Stanley wins the 2017 Arnold Boldt Award for Ambulatory Athlete of the Year. His season included 🥈at the World Para Athletics Championships in the T37 1500m. He also set 🇨🇦 records in the 800m & 1500m. Congrats Liam and coach @BruceDeacon pic.twitter.com/awzeGRcAYg— Athletics Canada (@AthleticsCanada) May 17, 2018
Phil A. Edwards Memorial Trophy – Track Athlete of the Year
Chantal Petitclerc Award – Wheelchair Athlete of the Year
Cal D. Bricker Memorial Trophy – Outstanding Performance of the year
Melissa Bishop (@BishopMelissa) wins the 2017 Cal D. Bricker Memorial Trophy for Single Most Outstanding Performance of the Year for her 1:57.68 in the 800m final at IAAF Worlds. pic.twitter.com/NejGV3dlsE— Athletics Canada (@AthleticsCanada) May 22, 2018
Jack W. Davies Trophy – Athlete of the Year
It's time to reveal the winner of our most prestigious award. Congratulations @BrentLak, winner of the 2017 Jack W. Davis for Athlete of the Year. Brent also wins the @CPetitclerc Award for Wheelchair Athlete of the Year. Recap of his season, he won (almost) everything 🏆. pic.twitter.com/TQ9YrnQ5Ph— Athletics Canada (@AthleticsCanada) June 6, 2018
For a list of each finalist’s accomplishments during the 2017 season, as well as a full list of nominees please click here.