The 2013 Ontario Sport Awards were held on April 10, 2014 to recognize top amateur athletic achievement and celebrate the contributions of coaches, sport program developers, volunteers and sponsors, whose outstanding achievements in both national and international arenas have contributed to athletic excellence in 2013. The Awards, which were held at the Marriot Toronto Airport and hosted by Sport Alliance Ontario, brought sport administrators, volunteers, athletes and coaches together for a night of celebration. Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport was also in attendance, providing a welcome address and giving out the awards to recipients.
The 2013 Ontario Sport Award Winners are:
Male Athlete of the Year: Patrick Chan (Figure Skating)
Female Athlete of the Year: Jessica Klimkait (Judo)
Male Athlete of the Year with a Disability: Mac Marcoux (Para-Alpine Skiing)
Female Athlete of the Year with a Disability: Virginia McLachlan (Sprint)
Team of the Year: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (Figure Skating)
Male Coach of the Year: Volker Nolte (Ontario University Athletics)
Female Coach of the Year: Vickie Croley (Athletics)
Sport Builders: Gordon Peterson (Dive Ontario) & Shirley Shelby (Ontario Blind Sports Association)
The prestigious Rolf Lund Jule Nisse Award was presented to Marianne Allen, nominated by Softball Ontario, for her decades of dedication and service to the sport.
Also recognized at the Ontario Sport Awards were this year’s 23 recipients of the Syl Apps Volunteer Achievement Award and the 13 organizations receiving a Corporate Sport Citation Award.
Nominations for each category were submitted by Ontario Provincial Sport and Multi-Sport Organizations. Finalists and award recipients were chosen by the Sport Awards Selection Committee, a group of former athletes and sport administrators from across Ontario.
For a complete list of 2013 Ontario Sport Award Winners and Recipients, please visit the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sports website.