The Burlington Sport Alliance has announced the 2013 winners of various awards for exceptional contributions to sport.
Male Athlete of the Year: Mark Oldershaw
Olympic bronze medallist Mark Oldershaw continues a family tradition of Olympic paddling participation, joining grandfather Bert and father Scott.
Mark is trained by his father at the Burloak Canoe Club whenever he is not at a national team training camp.
A Burlington native and Burlington Central High School grad, Oldershaw played hockey at the AAA level and at Central, but by age 17 was winning gold medals in the canoe at the world junior championships at the 500 and 1,000-metre distances in C-1.
Oldershaw has been training and competing for the past 13 years, and has been a member of the national team competing at world championship and World Cup events.
In 2008 at the Beijing Olympics he qualified for the semifinals and was the World Cup Champion in C-1 in 2012.
But the highlight of his career so far came last summer in London when he won an Olympic bronze medal in the C-1 1,000 metres.