Speed Skating Canada well represented at the 32nd Annual Canadian Sport Awards

Justin Warsylewicz of Regina leads a strong contingent of Speed Skating Canada nominees as the True Sport Foundation officially announced the list of 41 finalists in five award categories for the 32nd Annual Canadian Sport Awards (CSA). The winners will be announced March 29 at an awards gala in downtown Toronto at the John Bassett Theatre, hosted by CTV and TSN sportscaster Rod Black.

Warsylewicz is a finalist for Junior Male Athlete of the Year on the strength of winning the 2004 world junior championships and the Canadian all round championships.

Shannon Rempel of Winnipeg is once again a finalist for Junior Female Athlete of the Year. Rempel, who won this award in 2004, is the 2003 world junior champion and 2004 world junior bronze medallist.

James Monson and Cindy Klassen both of Winnipeg and Danielle Wotherspoon of Red Deer, Alberta are finalists for the Spirit of Sport Story of the Year. The three national team athletes were part of a church group that built a home for a family in Tijuana, Mexico in March of 2004.

The Spirit of Sport Story of the Year Award recognizes and celebrates a Canadian hero who, in the pursuit of sporting excellence, has demonstrated values such as dedication, perseverance, sportsmanship, respect for others, and a true love of sport. This award showcases the magic that lies within sport to inspire, motivate, and capture the hearts and minds of all Canadians.

Speed Skating Canada is a finalist in the Leadership in Sports category. The award recognizes the outstanding contribution of a sport leader or organization who exemplifies Spirit of Sport values as demonstrated by ground breaking organizational leadership, innovative practices, influential communications, cutting edge sport marketing or powerful positioning.

Other Speed Skating Canada finalists include the men’s relay team for Partner of the Year, Descente Ltd for Corporate Excellence – National Team Support and Bell Canada for Corporate Excellence - National Initiative Support.

Canadian Sport Awards

The CSA brings together more than 700 leaders from the sporting and corporate communities who represent the pinnacle of commitment and competition: Canadian amateur athletes, coaches, sport leaders and volunteers. The annual event promotes sporting excellence across Canada, and reminds Canadians how sport lifts the human spirit. It is a tribute to the hard work, the dedication and the victories of our country’s finest athletes.