Hayden & Morningstar named 2007 Canadian Sport Award Male and Junior Athlete of the Year

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The True Sport Foundation officially announced the winners for the 35th Canadian Sport Awards (CSA) at a gala awards ceremony co-hosted by Sport Manitoba at Winnipeg’s Garrick Theatre. Today’s awards event celebrated excellence in sport and honoured the athletes and leaders who competed and inspired hope throughout the 2007 calendar year.

The event was co-hosted by local CBC Sportscaster, Scott Oakes and Canadian cyclist Erin Carter, also from Manitoba, who has represented Canada at the Commonwealth Games and multiple world championships.

Leaders from the sport and corporate communities gathered at the ceremony to represent the pinnacle of commitment and competition in the world of Canadian amateur sport. Members of the general public were also invited to attend the ceremony and catch a glimpse of some of Canada’s sporting heroes.

British Columbia swimming sensation and 2007 World Aquatic Championship gold medal winner Brent Hayden, scored the honour of Male Athlete of the Year, while Olympic medal winning short track speed skating marvel Kalyna Roberge was awarded Female Athlete of the Year.

Calgary swimmer and record-breaker Erica Morningstar was named Junior
Athlete of the Year and Team of the Year went to IIHF World Men’s Championship team. Partners of the Year were Rowing World Championship Men’s Eights.

“It is truly an honour to celebrate the achievement and contributions of these athletes and community leaders for their contribution to Canadian amateur sport,” said Victor Lachance, Executive Director, The True Sport Foundation. “Their commitment and courage is the ultimate tribute to Canada’s sport legacy.”

Athletic Performance Awards:
This year’s winners in the Athletic Performance category for the 35th Annual Canadian Sport Awards, recognizing and celebrating outstanding athletic performance in 2007, are:

Male Athlete of the Year – Brent Hayden
Junior Athlete of the Year – Erica Morningstar

Corporate Excellence Award:
Bell Canada
The winner of the Corporate Excellence Award for the 35th Annual Canadian Sport Awards, recognizing and celebrating a corporation who has provided outstanding support to Canadian sport in 2007

About the True Sport Foundation
The True Sport Foundation is a charitable organization committed to ensuring that sport makes a positive contribution to Canadian society. Managed by the Foundation, the Canadian Sport Awards boast a b relationship with its modern day founding partners, which include Athletes CAN, Commonwealth Games Canada, the Canada Games Council and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. For more information about the Canadian Sport Awards, please visit www.canadiansportawards.ca.

About Sport Manitoba
The home of amateur sport in the province of Manitoba, Sport Manitoba is the lead planning, programming and funding agency for the development of amateur sport in Manitoba. The primary focus of Sport Manitoba is on the development of athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers. Visit the website at www.sportmanitoba.ca.

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