Athletics Canada reveals 2017 annual award winners

Over the past few weeks, Athletics Canada has announced the finalists of its 2017 annual awards. On social media (FacebookInstagram and Twitter) and at, 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


Myrtle Cook Trophy – U18 Athlete of the Year


Dr. Doug Clement Award – Coach of the Year

Charles Allen
Richard Parkinson
Doug Wood


Eric E. Coy Trophy – U20 Athlete of the Year

Camryn Rogers
Nina Schultz
Lucia Stafford


Dr. Fred Tees Memorial Trophy – Canadian University Athlete of the Year

Gabriela Stafford
Lucia Stafford
Jenna Westaway


Fred Begley Memorial Trophy – Off-Track Athlete of the Year


Lyle Sanderson Award – Combined Events Athlete of the Year

Nicole Oudenaarden
Nina Schultz
Damian Warner


F.N.A. Rowell Trophy – Field Athlete of the Year

Brittany Crew
Alysha Newman
Trinity Tutti


Arnold Boldt Award – Ambulatory Athlete of the Year


Phil A. Edwards Memorial Trophy – Track Athlete of the Year

Mohammed Ahmed
Melissa Bishop
Brent Lakatos


Chantal Petitclerc Award – Wheelchair Athlete of the Year

Jessica Frotten
Austin Smeenk
Brent Lakatos


Cal D. Bricker Memorial Trophy – Outstanding Performance of the year


Jack W. Davies Trophy – Athlete of the Year

Mohammed Ahmed
Melissa Bishop
Brent Lakatos

For a list of each finalist’s accomplishments during the 2017 season, as well as a full list of nominees please click here.

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  • Melissa Bishop (@melissacorinneb) named the 2017 recipient of the Cal D. Bricker Memorial Trophy for Single Most Outstanding Performance of the Year. The performance recognized is her 1:57.68 recorded in the 800m final at the @iaaf_athletics World Championships #YaBish
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▪️May 19 ⏰ 8:09pm men’s mile @coreybellemore ▪️May 19 ⏰ 8:17pm men’s 800m @mcbride46 ▪️May 20 ⏰2:03pm men’s 110m hurdles @jknightcabral
  • Stellar 🇨🇦 performances at the @usatf Distance Classic last night, including @raecliff ‘s 5000m PB 🥈15:20.66 @runnerspace
  • @evandunfee wins his 3rd Fred Begley Memorial Trophy for Off Track Athlete of the Year. This is the first acceptance 🎥 with a guest appearance (@justyn.knight). Congrats on a wonderful season Evan!
  • Get ready for a fast one in LA tonight 🌴☀️ Go to to watch these 🇨🇦 athletes compete @runnerspace
  • Liam Stanley (@liamrstanley) is the 2017 recipient of the Arnold Boldt Award. In 2017 he won 🥈 at the World Para Athletics Championships (1500m) and set 🇨🇦 records in the 800m & 1500m.
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  • Trinity Tutti (@trinity.tutti) is the winner of the 2017 Myrtle Cook Trophy for the U18 Athlete of the Year. Her season included double 🥇 at the Commonwealth Youth Games and 🥇at the Canada Games. Congratulations on an outstanding season 👏👏👏.
  • Harold Willers of the @valleyroyals is the 2017 recipient of the Jane & Gerry Swan Award for Development Coach of the Year. The Valley Royals were actually started by the Swans. Harold, the athletics community appreciates everything you do!
  • Welcome to the 8m club Jared Kerr. 8.14m and a shiny new long jump personal best. 4th longest jump ever by a 🇨🇦.
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  • Full-time athlete. Full-time mom. How do they do it? Happy Mother’s Day to all those SuperWomen out there.
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  • Nationals is only 53 days away! Come watch Liz Gleadle launch a javelin over 60m (no pressure Liz). Visit to get your tickets today.
  • Run Ottawa Distance Night is back for the 2018 🇨🇦 Championships on July 5. This year we’re adding another twist. We’re bringing spectators on the track for the 5000m finals.
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