November 28, 2013, TORONTO (ISN) Game, set, match. Announced this morning on Brady & Walker on Sportsnet 590 The FAN, Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic has been named Sportsnet’s 2013 Canadian Athlete of the Year.
Raonic’s win will be celebrated in a special half-hour interview with Stephen Brunt today at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West, and Pacific.
Sportsnet’s 11th annual Athlete of the Year award was voted on by a panel of contributors from Sportsnet’s TV, radio, web and magazine platforms. Past winners include soccer star Christine Sinclair (2012), figure skater Patrick Chan (2011), and three-time winner UFC champ Georges St-Pierre. In honour of the award, Sportsnet is donating $10,000 to Raonic’s charity of choice.
“It’s a great feeling. There’s an aura around Canadian athletes,” said Raonic. “Whether it’s in the NBA, college sports, figure skating or hockey, there’s a bit more of a spotlight, and I think it’s special to be part of that and to receive this award for 2013 is an honour.”
Raonic’s storied year includes recently becoming the first Canadian male to crack the top 10 of the world rankings and pushing his country’s Davis Cup team to its first tournament semifinal in the Open Era.
Also nominated this year were IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe, bobsledder Kaillie Humphries, PGA golfer Graham DeLaet, No. 1 NBA draft pick Anthony Bennett, and Chicago Blackhawks centre Jonathan Toews. For a special feature on each nominee, fans can visit sportsnet.ca and watch Connected today at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.
For more on Raonic’s banner year, fans can pick up Sportsnet magazine’s annual awards issue, on newsstands today. In addition to Brunt’s interview with Raonic, the issue also hands out dozens of accolades for 2013’s best and worst – and weirdest – in sports.