Dheensaw has covered sports on Vancouver Island and its athletes for 36 years at the Times Colonist, since joining the paper in 1981. The Victoria, B.C., native has also covered nine Olympic, Commonwealth and Pan Am Games, and has been a familiar face in the Vancouver Island high school, college and university scene, including coverage of seven national championships hosted by the Victoria Vikes since 2011.
Trailblazing basketball coach Olga Hrycak, reporter Cleve Dheensaw, long-time athletic director and basketball bench boss Coleen Dufresne, and late football advocate and business leader Adam Zimmerman were honoured Wednesday night at the U SPORTS Awards Gala as part of the 40th Annual Meeting and 2017 conference.
Dheensaw received the Fred Sgambati Media Award, presented to a member of the media in recognition of major contributions to the development and growth of Canadian university sport.
“There’s no one more deserving of the Fred Sgambati Award than Cleve Dheensaw,” said Times Colonist sports editor Brian Drewry. “Born and raised in Victoria, he understands the importance of varsity sports at UVic and what the school means to the community and the province. His coverage of the Vikes, whether it be basketball, soccer, field hockey or track and field, is always thorough and entertaining for our readers.”