April 11, 2014, VANCOUVER (ISN) – Olympic silver medallist Dominique Maltais of Petite-Rivière-St-François, Que., and Para-snowboarder John Leslie of Arnprior, Ont., received the Auclair Team Spirit Award today from Canada Snowboard.
The award is for a national team members who posts strong results, shows leadership skills, makes a positive impact on teammates, shows dedication to their community and snowboarding and is an excellent representative for the sport at home and abroad.
Maltais posted Canada’s best snowboard result at the Sochi Games – her third Olympics – with the silver in the women’s snowboard cross. She also collected three wins this winter on the World Cup circuit to collect her fifth Crystal Globe as the season champion.
In 2013-14, Leslie sparkled with three World Cup bronze medals and a seventh place at the Paralympic Games in Sochi. Canada Snowboard noted his infectious positive attitude which inspires everyone around him and his professional attitude towards his sport and academics.
Bergermann and McManiman receive Neil Daffern Award
Zoe Bergermann of Acton, Ont., and Audrey McManiman of St-Ambroise-de-Kildare, Que., were also honored by Canada Snowboard as recipients of the Neil Daffern Award.
The award provides financial assistance to young snowboarders with the potential to be among the best in the world in their discipline. Daffern was a snowboarding pioneer in Canada as a competitor, advocate and designer.
Bergermann is regarded as one of the top prospects in snowboard cross. The 19-year-old took second spot overall this season on the FIS Nor Am circuit and was also runner-up at this past weekend’s national championships. She was eighth at the world junior championships last week and competed at several World Cup events this winter.
McManiman, a member of the national development team and the Quebec snowboard team, starred internationally this season in both halfpipe and slopestyle. Her big highlights were a fourth place finish in slopestyle and eighth place in halfpipe at the World University Games in Italy this past December. The 2010 Youth Olympics champion also competed at the World Cup stop in Stoneham, Que., in January.